Tufts University Eliminates Loans for Lower Income Students

December 19, 2007

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MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Tufts University today announced that it is replacing loans with scholarship grants for all undergraduates whose annual family income is below $40,000, starting with the class of 2011.

"The new policy will enable some of the neediest families in America to send their children to Tufts. It reflects Tufts' enduring mission to provide access to students from diverse economic backgrounds," said Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin. "This year, Tufts will award $42 million in undergraduate financial aid, all of which is need based."
 
Members of the class of 2011, who enrolled in September 2007, were the first to benefit from the new program.  More than 7 percent of enrolling students qualified for the loan replacement.
 
The new program helped Tufts to enroll the most socio-economically diverse class in its history, with 11.8 percent qualifying for a Federal Pell Grant, a widely-used benchmark for socio-economic diversity. The class of 2011 includes 162 Pell recipients, a 60 percent increase over the previous year's class. More than 40 percent of Tufts undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.
 
Need-based financial aid is the top fundraising priority of the university’s current $1.2 billion "Beyond Boundaries" capital campaign.
 
About Tufts University
Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.