How free are the free “Wings Up” summer 2019 classes at OLLU?

Heads up, Our Lady of the Lake University juniors and seniors: the new Wings Up Tuition Grant funds 6 – 8 credits of 2019 summer semester tuition expenses for junior- and senior-level undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 30 college credits combined in previous fall and spring semesters. This opportunity would help juniors and seniors take advantage of summer months and stay on track for graduation.

To be eligible for the Wings Up tuition grant, a student must fit all of the following criteria: A) be classified as a junior or senior (60+ credit hours) by the end of spring 2019; B) have completed 30 credit hours at OLLU with a grade of a D- or higher between fall 2018 and spring 2019; and C) have enrolled as a full-time student for fall 2019 unless scheduled to graduate in summer 2019.

There is no application process. If a student meets all the eligibility requirements, the grant should automatically become available. The grant is awarded for summer 2019 only, and any students who are awarded the grant and do not use the funds will lose them. All courses under the summer grant must be taken at OLLU.

The Wings Up grant funds registration of up to two courses (3-6 credit hours); however, students are responsible for student fees and costs associated with courses enrolled in. In addition, students must maintain a current account balance and resolve any outstanding holds before the grant can be applied for the summer semester registration.

According to Our Lady of the Lake University’s “Estimating Your College Costs” flyer, a part-time undergraduate student (1-11 hours) pays approximately $908 per hour, so the Wings Up grant would cover the basic tuition for up to two summer courses. If a student enrolled themselves in two summer courses, the Wings Up grant would fund a up to $1816 in tuition.

This initial tuition amount does not include books and supplies, a general semester fee, a residence hall activity fee, course laboratory fees, or technology and library fees. Likewise, resident students must include estimated fees for room and board or meal plans. Commuter students must also include costs for transportation and other personal or miscellaneous fees.

Despite the cost of other outside expenses, resident and commuter students would tackle two courses in less than half the time of a regular sixteen-week semester. If a student takes summer courses regularly, one could get ahead 3-6 credit hours every academic year and potentially graduate up to one or two semesters early. Still, it is important that interested applicants weigh their options and look over finances.

Interested students should speak with advisors before applying to ensure they are eligible. Please contact Rosa Rivera-Hainaj, Ph.D, the Assistant VP of Academic Affairs, at rhainaj@ollusa.edu with any questions or concerns about the Wings Up Summer 2019 Tuition Grant. Students can also visit www.ollusa.edu/summergrant for more information about eligibility, regulations and frequently asked questions.

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