Our second goal is to support the incoming New Start class financially. Many of our New Start students face difficultly figuring out how to pay for college. It is our goal to help.
New Start continues to commit to college access for all. Through University support, New Start is able to offer all Pell Grant-eligible students the Pell Promise, which covers the full cost of New Start tuition, student fees, and housing. In addition, New Start offers all Arizona residents and Native students from qualifying tribes a resident tuition reduction of nearly 70%, providing more students the opportunity to participate in the program.
In addition, New Start has been successful in maintaining financial resources for students in the program through many donor-funded opportunities. For example, the New Start Friends & Alumni Scholarship will cover up to the full cost of New Start for non-Pell Grant eligible students who still demonstrate financial need. For summer 2017, New Start funded over $25,000 worth of Friends & Alumni Scholarships thanks to the contributions of alumni and community partners.
Crowdfunded donor contributions have also allowed some additional support for the New Start Academic Conference. In teams of three, students compete for recognition and scholarships during the 2-day conference. Academic Conference Awards totaling $9,000 went to the research projects for the Best Research, Best Innovation, and Best Creativity.
Recently, students completing New Start had the opportunity to apply for a First-Year Scholarship toward the following academic year. This scholarship took into account the student’s academic merit and financial need. Over $22,000 in scholarships were awarded to New Start students for the 2017-2018 academic year, partially funded by the New Start Endowment.
Opportunities like the ones listed above would not be possible without your continued passion and support for New Start. We thank you for your commitment and hope that together, we can continue to provide access and opportunity for our students.
If you would like to be part of helping us reach our 2nd goal for 2018 please consider donating to New Start by clicking here.