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New St. Thomas ‘Promise Program’ Offers Free Tuition to Fall Freshmen 

A new UST program will offer free tuition and fees to eligible full-time freshmen starting in the fall of 2022, the University announced April 4. 

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement Arthur Ortiz said UST is committed to helping students and their families who are struggling financially, and that it is the University’s “mission” to serve the community.

“We feel great about offering the St. Thomas Promise because these students have earned this with their hard work,” Ortiz said.

To be eligible, students must be incoming first-time college students (not transfer students) with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. In addition, the student must come from a family with an annual income of $40,000 or less, be a Texas resident, file the FAFSA form for the upcoming school year and qualify to receive federal and state aid (The University’s FAFSA code is 003654.) 

The opportunity is open to students of all faiths, and is renewable for four years, as long as the providing family income remains within the eligibility range.

 As part of the program, the University will provide free tutorial services and a mentor for the student’s first year.

UST President Richard Ludwick said in the announcement that the program will allow the University to continue delivering its education to students who would not be able to afford college. 

“It’s a huge opportunity at no cost to these students that will change people’s lives and financial situations, and it is right in line with our Catholic mission,” Ludwick said.

UST will be holding an informational meeting via zoom on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m., and an in-person meeting with an “onsite instant admission” offer on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Jerabeck Athletic Center. 

Students can talk to a representative about the program at 346-998-6102, or email

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