Starting in January, the University of Texas at Arlington is increasing the income cap up to $65,000 for families of undergraduates to get free tuition in its two-year-old Maverick Promise program, officials said.
The program had a $40,000 cap this fall and expects to add 120 to 125 students to the estimated 550 who receive Maverick Promise grants, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday in its online edition.
The announcement of a $25,000 cap increase comes less than a month after Texas A&M University said it was offering free tuition for middle income families. In order to be eligible for free tuition, families of Texas A&M freshmen must have incomes of $60,000 or less, up from the limit of $40,000 in another program.
UT Arlington officials said they had been considering widening the coverage of the financial aid program for some time.
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"We want to do our share to make higher education more affordable and accessible for a greater number of people in this region," UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said Tuesday in a statement.
Eligible UT-Arlington students must be enrolled at least halftime and qualify for a federal Pell Grant and in-state tuition, according to director of financial aid Karen Krause.