WSU Tri-Cities launches new waiver program for incoming students

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WSU Tri-Cities

New students applying to Washington State University Tri-Cities now have a new way to get thousands of dollars off their annual tuition.

Incoming students could receive up to $4,000 a year, with a maximum amount of $16,000 over four years.

The money will come to students as a waiver, as part of the New Student Academic Achievement Award.

The waivers, which can be renewed, are for incoming freshman students and transfer students admitted to the school this coming fall.

Incoming freshman who have a 3.6 GPA can earn the $4,000 annual waiver.

Transfer students who have a 3.5 GPA can earn up to $1,500 a semester.

Transfer students who have a 3.2 GPA can earn up to $750 a semester.

Students thinking of transferring say that extra money can make a huge difference.

"Like me and other students, I don't have financial aid. So this right here, anything will help, $50 - $100. It kind of gives you that drive to get a better GPA, it gives you that extra motive, and for them to do that, it's really, really nice. It's really, really cool" said Randy Marmolejo, CBC student.

"If they got $1,500 a semester in tuition waivers, that might be a house payment for them, that might be their groceries, it might be their gas money, and it might mean that instead of working 40 hours a week, they would have to work 30 hours a week, and then focus more on their classes" said Jana Kay Lunstad, WSU Tri-Cities.

There are some other qualifications other than a student's GPA.

Educators also look at SAT scores for incoming freshman, and the number of earned credits for transfer students.

However, educators say every student who applies and qualifies will receive the money.

Students must also be Washington residents.

The deadline to apply for a waiver is July 1st.

To apply and see a full list of the qualifications, click here.