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Regents approve $1 million in immediate TWU Brighter Future Grants for new freshmen


DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents has allocated $1 million in TWU Brighter Future grants, which are available immediately to new freshmen to offset possible reductions in state financial aid.

The university began notifying first-time freshmen who have applied for fall 2011 of the grants on Thursday (May 5).

“We hear every day how difficult it is for our students and their families to pay for a college education. We also understand the budget challenges the Legislature is facing,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life. “The regents have stepped up and are doing all they can to ensure that students continue to have opportunities for an education and a brighter future.”

TWU estimates that almost 500 new freshmen could be impacted by proposed state funding cuts. New freshmen who would normally qualify for the Texas Grant will be candidates for the TWU Brighter Future grants. Many of these high-need students are in the Top 10 percent of their graduating class or have a high school grade point average of 3.5 and higher.

Selection criteria will include financial need and a merit-based ranking system using high school GPA, class rank and SAT/ACT scores. The maximum award will be $5,700.

TWU regents also have decided not to increase tuition for fall 2011. Funding for the TWU Brighter Future grants comes from the university’s 2011-2012 budget.

 Students who would like more information on the TWU Brighter Future Grants should contact TWU Financial Aid directly at 940-898-3064 or email

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