Shawnee State University is in the heart of the poorest part of Ohio. Now, the school is offering free tuition to students in need of a little help.
The Southern Ohio school, which is known worldwide for its top-flight video-game design program, said it will cover tuition costs for first-time students who are eligible for Pell grants.
The offer extends to first-time students living in Scioto, Lawrence, Adams, Pike, Jackson, and Ross counties in Ohio and also covers students just across the Ohio River in Greenup, Boyd, and Lewis County, Kentucky.
Students must have a 3.0 GPS and an ACT score of 18 or above. First time undergraduate students entering the university in the fall are eligible. This includes students who earn college credits in the College Credit Plus Program while still in high school. Students must enroll full-time and maintain that full-time schedule.
“We’ve been making college possible at Shawnee State since our beginning, and low tuition has been a cornerstone of that tradition,” said SSU President Jeff Bauer. “By making tuition cost-free for the students and families who need it most, we are making sure that a college education is even more accessible.”
Application for the Free Tuition Initiative is automatically considered when students complete their general university application.