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St. Scholastica introduces tuition-matching scholarship

St. Scholastica is offering $27,000 per academic year matching cost of attendance to any University of Minnesota campus.

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The late afternoon sun backlights Tower Hall on the College of St. Scholastica's campus.
Tyler Schank / 2020 file / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — The College of St. Scholastica has launched a $27,000 "Saints Match" scholarship to first-year or transfer students that were admitted to St. Scholastica and any of the University of Minnesota campuses.

Beginning in fall 2022, the scholarship will match the average cost of attendance for students accepted for admission at any University of Minnesota school including Duluth, Crookston, Twin Cities, Morris or Rochester. University of Minnesota Duluth's average tuition is $17,067.

Executive director of St. Scholastica's Enrollment Management, Lindsey Schall, said the scholarship amount was made to be comparable to tuition costs across all University of Minnesota campuses.

"What we try to do is make it more forward-facing for students so we can have the math out front, so we can actually say we're comparable to any University of Minnesota campus," Schall said.

The scholarship is renewable annually as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

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Schall said a main barrier for students attending St. Scholastica is the cost of tuition, so she hopes the scholarship will help alleviate financial barriers for incoming students.

"We've had students come in and say we've looked at your sticker price, totally can't afford you or rule us out first because of that," Schall said. "I think it's an opportunity to just be more transparent, to just say this is how we can help your financial landscape as a student."

Prospective students can visit css.edu to learn more about the scholarship.

This story was updated at 12:50 p.m. Jan 21, 2022 with additional information from the University of Minnesota Duluth. It was originally posted at 5:11 p.m. Jan 19, 2022.

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