Saint Peter’s University program will give some free tuition

Free college tuition? No student fees? Pell Grant-eligible first-year students who enroll at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City in the fall may be eligible for both.

Earlier this week, the school announced the launch of its Gateway Tuition Program, a zero-tuition promise for New Jersey residents who meet qualifying criteria.

Students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and who are enrolled full-time in one of the university’s bachelor’s degree programs may benefit. Some qualifying criteria may include those living in households with an income of $65,000 or less, as well as an Expected Family Contribution that is below $5,711.

School officials said they will perform a holistic review to determine eligibility. (Apply to the college here.)

Elizabeth Sullivan, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Saint Peter’s, said the program reflects the school’s mission.

“At Saint Peter’s University, we are committed to providing students with an exceptional and affordable college experience,” she said. “Through the Gateway Tuition Program, we are focusing on alleviating the financial burdens our neediest New Jersey families experience in planning for college.

“By maximizing the use of institutional, state and federal scholarships and grants, we are committing to building a bridge for students to college.”

The Gateway Tuition Program is part of a comprehensive financial aid program featuring academic awards, need-based grants and athletic scholarships to provide access and affordability to students from all backgrounds.