OCTOBER 30, 2020 — This fall UTSA welcomed its inaugural cohort of students from the Bold Promise program into the Roadrunner family. This new tuition promise initiative is designed to provide access to an excellent education for Texas students from low- and middle-income families. One in five first-time freshmen enrolled at the university this semester are participating in the program.
Launched in December 2019, the groundbreaking program covers 100% of a first-time freshman’s tuition and fees for four years. The program is open to recent Texas high school graduates who ranked in the top 25% of their class and have a family income up to $50,500. Students are not required to fill out a separate application to be considered; Bold Promise is automatically awarded to UTSA applicants who meet the program qualifications.
The Bold Promise program is making a financial impact of $6.4 million this semester alone, resulting in significant savings for the families of these high-achieving students.
For the fall 2020 semester, 2,989 applicants from across the state were offered Bold Promise. Ultimately, 959 (32%) of those students enrolled at UTSA; 638 of the students offered Bold Promise are from Bexar County, and of that group, 371 (58%) enrolled.
By covering the total cost of tuition and fees for the students involved, the Bold Promise program is making a financial impact of $6.4 million this semester alone, resulting in significant savings for the families of these high-achieving students.
“As a Hispanic Serving Institution, UTSA has a record of investing to support educational attainment for Hispanic students as well as students from other historically underserved populations,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “I’m excited to see that our Bold Promise program is enabling increased college going by providing direct financial support to more high-achieving, high-potential students in our own community.”
⇒ Learn more about the UTSA Bold Promise program.
In order to continue to be eligible for the program, Bold Promise students must enroll full-time each semester (12 credit hours or more) and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.