Not everyone is able to afford a college tuition but, fortunately, one university stepped up and made it easier for less fortunate students to get a higher education.
Rice University took a bold step forward an created an initiative with the purpose of providing low-income and middle-income families a chance to send their children to college.
The announcement was made on the university's website and it promises to be a revolutionary measure to reduce student debt and give students the chance to shine.
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Allowing a child to get an education prepares it for the world by providing it with the necessary tools and confidence to succeed. Unfortunately, some people can't afford to get a higher education.
"Talent deserves opportunity."
According to US News & World Report, tuition and fees rose three percent for the 2018-2019 academic year, and those numbers will just keep on increasing.
It has been reported that tuition at Rice University is $46,600 for an undergraduate student, and given the tremendous amount of students still in debt or unable to attend the institution, the creation of the initiative made perfect sense.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Rice Investment, as the university chose to call it, will allow students with family incomes under $130,000 to attend the institution without having to worry about paying tuition.
Plus, for those with family incomes under $65,000, the university will also grant aid to cover school fees, room and board. But there are also solutions for students with family incomes under $200,000.
ALL IT TAKES IS A CHANCE
Students in that financial situation will be able to receive scholarships that cover half of their tuition. Ultimately, the purpose of the initiative is to help students based on their individual needs.
According to the president of Rice University, David Leebron, 'talent deserves opportunity,' which was why the plan is to aid students from all backgrounds.
THE UGLY SIDE OF EDUCATION
Although this is a step in the right direction, there are still many things wrong in today's' education system, and Jaisaan Lovett, from Rochester, New York, learned it the hard way.
He became the first African American valedictorian of University Prep Charter School but was denied a speech at his graduation ceremony, so he exposed the problem to the world with the help of Lovely Warren, the town's mayor. Now Lovett has been given a full scholarship to Clark Atlanta University in Georgia to study video game design.