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Wayne State Launches Free Tuition Program

October 24, 2019

Wayne State University, located in Detroit, on Wednesday announced a free tuition program for city residents. To be eligible for the last-dollar scholarship, which will match tuition and mandatory fee gaps after other grants and aid have been applied, students must live in Detroit and have graduated from high school, or graduate from any Detroit high school in 2020 or beyond. Students also must be admitted to Wayne State as first-time, full-time freshmen to be eligible for the program, which begins next fall.

"This initiative aligns perfectly with many of our institutional values," M. Roy Wilson, the university's president, said in a written statement. "Opportunity, accessibility and affordability are all pillars of the high-quality education we provide, and the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge delivers on all those values."

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Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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