Texas State establishes guaranteed tuition program

Posted by Mark Hendricks
University News Service
Dec. 12, 2008

Beginning next fall, Texas State University-San Marcos will cover tuition and mandatory fees for new resident freshmen whose families have adjusted gross incomes of $25,000 or less.

“We are excited about the Bobcat Promise program,” said Mariko Gomez, director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Texas State. “It will provide a wonderful opportunity to talented and dedicated students who might not otherwise have the financial capability to attend college.”

To be eligible for the program – called Bobcat Promise – students must be Texas residents, be accepted for admission and have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1.

To remain eligible for Bobcat Promise, students must complete at least 30 credit hours during each academic year (fall and spring semesters), maintain a cumulative Texas State grade point average of at least 2.0, and continue to have a family adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less. A FAFSA must be completed by April 1 prior to each upcoming academic year. The program applies only to undergraduate study.

Students may qualify for Bobcat Promise for up to eight continuous long semesters (fall and spring). The program will cover the cost of 15 credit hours of tuition and fees – an award in excess of $7,000 per academic year. Those costs will be paid through a combination of federal, state and institutional funds – including grants, scholarships and college work study.

The university simultaneously announced a supplemental San Marcos Bobcat Promise program for new graduates of San Marcos High School.


For further information, contact the Texas State Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (512) 245-2315 or visit www.finaid.txstate.edu/bobcatpromise .