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New Ƶ Promise program fills the financial gap for HOPE, Pell recipients

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A new financial aid program for first-year students called Ƶ Promise for HOPE and Pell Recipients will cover any remaining cost for tuition after all other eligible scholarships and grants have been awarded.

“Starting this fall, Ƶ will pay the remaining tuition balance and the Institutional & Instructional development fee for eligible first-time, full-time freshman taking classes on-ground,” Nathan Goss, interim vice president for marketing and enrollment management said. “From a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, this means the students who qualify for and keep the Ƶ Promise could end up paying $0 out of pocket for tuition over the course of their undergraduate education at Ƶ.”

To be eligible for the Ƶ Promise, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-time, full-time freshman attending classes on-ground beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.
  • Meet the Georgia residency requirements associated with state financial aid programs.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify for any amount of Pell Grant funding.
  • Be confirmed eligible for the Zell Miller or HOPE Scholarship by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

To keep the Ƶ Promise scholarship throughout their undergraduate studies at Ƶ, students must continue to meet the above criteria each year.

The Ƶ Promise amount is determined and applied to a student’s account after all other institutional, state and federal scholarships and grants are calculated and applied.

“At Ƶ, we challenge our students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment. We are committed to doing what we can to help as many prospective students as possible be part of the unique opportunities that are offered through a private university education,” Goss said.

Ƶ Promise does not cover the cost of transportation, supplies, books, housing, meals or additional fees. Federal loans, anticipated Federal Work-Study Program earnings, Parent Plus Loans and private scholarships are not included in the Ƶ Promise calculation and can be used to cover those additional expenses.

All students, both in- and out-of-state, will be considered for need-based and academic merit-based financial aid.