Bentley University Offers In-State Tuition To First-Generation Students

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WALTHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – Bentley University will now offer in-state tuition rates to first-generation students from Massachusetts.

In a statement the school said their BentleyFirst program will provide a scholarship that meets the difference between the tuition cost at Bentley and UMass Amherst. Bentley said this scholarship builds on the university’s long history of supporting first-generation students.

“Empowering students from different backgrounds leads to diverse perspectives and conversations inside and outside the classroom that benefit all our students,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Carolina Figueroa. She was the first in her family to graduate from college.

“The BentleyFirst program increases access to all the benefits that come from a private education including smaller classes, personal attention and student support,” Figueroa continued.

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The BentleyFirst program does not require students to fill out a separate application and any eligible student accepted to Bentley will qualify. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters or until students finish their bachelor’s degree. The scholarship amount will also be adjusted every year to match the student’s current tuition difference and students can obtain additional financial aid if needed.

WBZ’s Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) breaks down the facts and figures:

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