University of Louisville Expands Grant Covering Tuition for Pell-Eligible Students

The university invested $2.4 million into the Cardinal Commitment Grant, providing Pell Grant recipients with free tuition and other eligible students with aid between $2,000 and $9,000.
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  • In-state, first-time, full-time students receiving the Pell Grant are eligible to receive free tuition.
  • Other students can qualify for $2,000-$9,000 in aid, calculated after federal and state need-based grants are awarded.
  • Eligible students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply to the university by May 1 to be considered.

The University of Louisville (UofL) in Kentucky is expanding its Cardinal Commitment Grant (CCG) for in-state students with financial need with a $2.4 million investment.

UofL announced the investment Dec. 8. The CCG is automatically awarded to qualifying students with financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

"We're always looking for ways to help our local and state-wide community," UofL President Kim Schatzel said. "This expanded grant will give more Kentucky residents access to a college degree without the stress of a heavy financial burden and provide an opportunity for them to make an impact on their communities after graduating."

In-state, first-time, full-time students receiving the Pell Grant are eligible to receive free tuition. Other students can qualify for $2,000-$9,000, calculated after federal and state need-based grants, the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, and university and institutional aid have been applied.

Eligible students must complete the FAFSA and apply to UofL by May 1 to be considered for the grant.

"Right off the bat, it was covering so much of my tuition and I thought, 'This is so great, and it's renewable, so I don't even have to worry about applying for it each year. It's just automatically there.' Getting this grant was a sign telling me that I could do this, I could afford college and achieve my dreams," said Elienai Moreno Ramirez, a first-year, first-generation CCG recipient.