RADFORD – Radford University has introduced a new program to cover all tuition costs for students whose families make $100,000 or less annually.
The Radford Tuition Promise, a program guaranteeing coverage of tuition costs for residents of the commonwealth with a household Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or less, was announced Wednesday.
The initiative “covers all tuition costs, not including fees or room and board, and applies to in-person undergraduate students at all Radford University locations,” according to the university. Virginia residents who are new or returning students to Radford can take advantage of the Radford Tuition Promise beginning in fall 2024. The program will “offer Virginians better access to higher education,” the university announced.
“At Radford University, we believe that everyone deserves a high quality and affordable education,” President Bret Danilowicz said in a video announcing the initiative. “That isn’t just something we say, it’s what we do. That’s why we are introducing the Radford Tuition Promise.”
“Students come first at Radford University, and we take pride in removing barriers to the life-changing difference that a degree makes,” Danilowicz said in the announcement, made Wednesday at The HUB at Radford. “The Radford Tuition Promise has the potential to affect over half of our current students who file a FAFSA, as well as significant numbers of prospective students. This will make a difference for families and students with the most need, but also those from middle-class households across Virginia. Radford University is already an affordable institution and it is also a high-quality institution. Students will now have better access than ever to a four-year degree that will accelerate the path to their careers.”
To be eligible for the Radford Tuition Promise, prospective students must apply and be admitted for fall 2024 at any of the campus locations. There is no application fee. Students must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which will be available in December 2024. The person must have less than a $15,000 Student Aid Index as determined by the FAFSA.
The Radford Tuition Promise is one of two new programs the university has announced recently described as “new ways for more Virginia students to access the benefits of a Radford University education.”
The Direct Admission program, announced Oct. 18, “removes barriers to access Radford University by eliminating much of the admission process.” Applicants who meet the criteria are automatically offered admission without committee review.
The Radford Tuition Promise is partially funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as federal funds and gifts to the university. Additional details can be found at www.radford.edu/promise.
Prospective students and their families can also register for virtual information sessions to learn more about this unique opportunity. Prospective students can begin their application process today through the Common App. Nov. 1 is the deadline for Early Action admission and Regular Decision admission applications are due by Feb. 1.