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SEMO scholarship program means free tuition for some

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Southeast Missouri State University plans a new scholarship program starting next fall that will mean no tuition or general fees for qualifying low-income Missouri students.

Details of the “Will To Do Award” scholarship were announced last week.

The Southeast Missourian reports that administrators say about 900 members of the 2020 freshman class are expected to qualify for the program. University President Carlos Vargas-Aburto says the scholarship underscores Southeast’s commitment to financial support for students who need it the most.

Vargas did not say how much money the university is investing in the program, but says it is being funded through a “reallocation of resources” within the overall financial aid program.

Vargas says the program is expected to increase student retention and graduation rates.

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