- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland State University is rolling out a program that is intended to draw more low-income Oregonians who are academic high achievers by paying tuition costs and fees that are not covered by federal and state grants.

Under the program that debuts next fall, first-year in-state students can apply to have the university cover their tuition and fees if they have a 3.4 GPA or higher, enroll full time, and receive federal Pell and Oregon grants for needy students.

PSU would cover tuition and fees not covered by the grants. Eligible students would be able to remain in the program for four years.

Undergraduate tuition and fees for in-state students are about $8,300 a year. The maximum amount provided by Pell Grants and the Oregon Opportunity Grant program combined is $8,065.

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