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      UT offers free tuition to Ohio graduates

      The University of Toledo now guarantees free tuition to eligible public school students in Ohio.

      The university is offering the innovative new scholarship, the Blie and Gold Scholar Award, to high school students in six Ohio urban communities, including Toledo. The program covers 100% tuition and general fees for academically qualified students who have financial need.

      The 'UT Guarantee' is open to public school students in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.

      The following eligibility requirements must be met to receive the Blue and Gold Scholar Award:

      • Student must apply for admission by Jan. 5, 2009
      • Student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1, 2009
      • Student must display eligibility for a Pell Grant
      • Student must have a minimum high school grade-point average of 3.0

      UT's vice president for external affairs, Lawrence Burns, says the new program is designed to allow students to being thinking about a university education when they are in junior high and to help take financial need out of focus.

      The UT Guarantee program gives Blue and Gold Scholars free tuition for all four years as long as they are able to maintain a 3.0 GPA, complete 30 credit hours each school year, and file and FAFSA annually.

      The university's nine colleges currently offer more than 250 areas of study and enroll more than 22,000 students.

      • Kevin Kucera, associate vice president for enrollment at the University of Toledo, joined NBC24 in our Third Chair Monday. Hear what Kevin had to say about this new scholarship program in the video player to the right.