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Now, transfer students will also have a shot at free tuition at Portland State University under the Transfers Finish Free program.

COURTESY: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Portland Community College students Britton Jorgensen and Diana Jimenez Alcala at a Feb. 7 event celebrating Portland State University's announcement of the Transfers Finish Free program. Portland State University celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 7, the expansion of the pool of students who can take its courses tuition-free.

Since the 2016 launch of Four Years Free, a program for low-income Oregon high school graduates with good grades, more than 500 students have attended PSU tuition-free. The university says it wants to now build on the success of that program to enable low-income transfer students from other colleges to finish up for free at PSU.

The Transfers Finish Free program will cover the base tuition and fees for up to 15 credits per term.

There are a number of boxes to check to qualify for the program. Applicants will need to be Oregon residents, transfer to PSU by Fall 2018, have and maintain good grades, have already earned 30 trimester credits, stay enrolled full-time once at PSU, and apply for and accept all federal student financial aid, including the Pell grant, by July 1.

In November, the university said its Four Years Free program had boosted enrollment in its freshman class, especially among first-generation college students.

Officials said they will not cap this program, despite the fact that transfer students currently make up the majority of PSU's student body.

"PSU is an access institution that creates opportunities for students to obtain a valuable college education to open up career opportunities," PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi said in a news release Wednesday.

"We don't want any deserving transfer student to be turned away from an opportunity to obtain a college degree because of their financial status," said John Fraire, PSU's vice president for enrollment management and student services, in the same release.

Find out more about the program on PSU's website: https://www.pdx.edu/undergraduate-admissions/transfers-finish-free

COURTESY: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - From left to right: John Fraire, PSU vice president of enrollment and student affairs; Portland Community College student Britton Jorgensen; PCC student Diana Jimenez Alcala; and PSU president Rahmat Shoureshi.

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