ATU Honored for Affordability and Inclusion

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Strive for Five, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing higher education opportunities for low income and first generation college students, has recognized Arkansas Tech University for its achievements in affordability and inclusion.

ATU earned the Strive for Five distinctions by maintaining a low net price and by serving a student population with significant demonstrated financial need.

“Student access is a critical aspect of our mission at Arkansas Tech University,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president. “We are pleased that a national organization has recognized our efforts to extend the benefits of higher education to low income and first generation students.”

In order to earn the affordability distinction, institutions must maintain a net tuition price that is consistent with the national average net price for students from households with incomes between $0 and $30,000 who received Title IV federal financial aid. Strive for Five bestows its inclusion distinction upon institutions that serve a student body population that includes 1 in 4 students from low income families.

Strive for College was founded in 2007 by Michael J. Carter, then a student at Washington University in St. Louis, to help acutely underserved area high school students apply to college and navigate financial aid. Strive for College counts Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, American Express, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, UPS and The Common Application among its major funders and partners.

Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech University serves 11,829 students on campuses in Russellville and Ozark. ATU is the first Strive for Five partner institution in the State of Arkansas.

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