Full tuition scholarships available for many under new Houghton University initiative.

BREAKING: An incoming Houghton University student could be eligible for a full tuition-free, four-year scholarship next fall under a new financial initiative announced today which will enable commuting Allegany County, NY, students to attend college for only the cost of books and out-of-pocket expenses such as meals.

University President Wayne D. Lewis said the institution’s new Founder’s Promise Scholarship will elevate a Pell-eligible student’s financial aid award, before loans, to equal the cost of tuition, without some of the encumbrances of New York State’s Excelsior awards to state colleges and universities.

Students from both within and outside the state who live in University-owned housing or are a University-approved commuter will receive the scholarship for up to eight semesters if they remain Pell-eligible.

They also can work, following graduation, anywhere in the world versus the state’s requirement that graduates be employed within the state for the amount of time for which they receive an award.

University’s focus maintained
The University’s scholarship, according to Lewis, reflects the focus of the institution’s founder, Willard J. Houghton.

“Long before college access and affordability were policy goals or part of the broader social conversation, our founder recognized the impact a high-quality education could have in shaping a person’s life – not only for developing their own gifts and enhancing the career options available to them but empowering them to change the trajectory of their families for generations to come and the society around them,” the president said.

“He saw it as part of the work of God’s Kingdom – to seek out and steward the treasure of these young minds who would not otherwise receive a high-quality education,” Lewis said. “That historic and continued commitment is part of what drew me to Houghton.”

Jason Towers, vice-president for enrollment and marketing, said the “growing cost of higher education continues to be a pressing concern for families,” noting that this has been seen most recently through the national conversation around the plan for student loan forgiveness, with financial aid and scholarships making higher education accessible.

Nationally-ranked college
Houghton University is a nationally ranked Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences which, with a previous tuition decrease, already has been determined to be the best-priced Christian college in the nation, based on the most recent tuition survey by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

It offers more than 50 undergraduate in-person and online programs, including equestrian studies, data science and biological sciences, along with graduate programs in business, education and music.

Information on the new scholarship, funded by alumni and friends of the University, is available at http://bit.ly/3tuGgZK.
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