PSC Graduates Eligible for FSU's A.A. Degree Scholars Award
$1,250 Per Semester Available for Students With 3.0 GPAs
Graduates of Maryland community colleges may now be able to attend Frostburg State University at a significant discount, following the establishment of the FSU Associate’s Degree Scholars Award.
The award is available to students who graduated from any Maryland community college, as well as Potomac State College of West Virginia University, with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Arts in Teaching degree with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Certain Associate of Applied Science degrees may qualify as well.
The award is worth $1,250 per semester and will be awarded for a total of four semesters if the student enrolls full-time and maintains a 3.0 GPA.
“We know that community college graduates tend to be highly motivated to complete their bachelor’s degree and even go on to graduate school,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “This scholars program removes one of the obstacles during difficult economic times by assisting with tuition.”
“Community college graduates are some of our best students. Their success here, in and out of the classroom, is truly outstanding,” said Wray Blair, associate vice president for Enrollment Management at FSU. “We are all experiencing a challenging economy, and this award should make it easier for these students to complete their degree from FSU and minimize the amount of student loan debt that they will incur.”
The aim of the award is to bring the tuition costs for a student’s final two years of a bachelor’s degree closer to that of a community college. For Maryland students, that would translate to a 47 percent discount from FSU’s 2011-2012 in-state tuition rate of $2,652 per semester. For out-of-state students, it would be a 16 percent discount over the out-of-state rates, except for those in contiguous counties (Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin and Adams counties in Pennsylvania; Grant, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia; and Loudoun County in Virginia), where students already receive discounted tuition; this award would provide a 22 percent discount over the contiguous county rate.
Students should still apply for all applicable scholarships and grants and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 of every year to help cover the remaining educational costs. For students with significant financial need, additional financial aid opportunities may be available as well, including scholarships through the FSU Foundation.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.