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Program to make college more affordable for NH students expands to Plymouth St.

Union Leader Correspondent

January 21. 2018 8:47PM
Shown here on Sunday, Plymouth State University will become more affordable for New Hampshire students with the announcement that the Granite Guarantee program has been expanded there and to Keene State College. According to the University System of New Hampshire, the program “guarantees free in-state tuition to first-year New Hampshire students whose families qualify for need-based federal Pell Grants.” (John Koziol /Union Leader Correspondent)

PLYMOUTH — Granite Guarantee, a program that makes in-state higher education more affordable for New Hampshire students, has been expanded to Plymouth State University.

Founded last year, the Granite Guarantee is now helping 400 students at the University of New Hampshire in Durham and in Manchester.

On Jan. 15, the University System of New Hampshire announced that the program would be offered at both PSU and Keene State College beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

The program, according to the USNH, “guarantees free in-state tuition to first-year New Hampshire students whose families qualify for need-based federal Pell Grants.” It was made possible, the USNH said, “by a combination of increased fundraising success and a strong focus of efficiency at both the campus and system level.”

To qualify for the program, students are required to remain enrolled full time, remain income-eligible, and make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. The program does not cover loans for non-tuition expenses.

PSU President Donald L. Birx hailed the news.

“At Plymouth State University, we firmly believe that financial resources should never prevent someone from obtaining a life-changing university education,” said Birx in a prepared statement.

He added that PSU has recently introduced a process by which students who have exhausted “all financial resources available to them and their families through grants, scholarships, loans and other sources will now be able to request additional resources from the university.

“It is crucial that we also work with our current students and their families to assure that they have the financial resources to stay at PSU and complete their degrees,” said Birx.

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