A Valuable Education


In 2016, Portland State launched the Four Years Free program, covering tuition and mandatory fees for eligible Oregon freshmen. In spring of 2018, PSU has expanded this program to cover tuition and fees for transfers, calling it Transfers Finish Free.

“PSU is an access institution that creates opportunities for students to obtain a valuable college education to open up career opportunities,” PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi said. “Transfers Finish Free will make it easier for eligible transfer students — who are half of PSU’s student body — to attend the university without struggling to find funds to cover tuition. Their successes at PSU and beyond will enhance their lives and boost Oregon’s economy.”

Because of Four Years Free, more than 500 low-income high school students in Oregon were able to enroll as freshmen at Portland State in fall 2017, many of whom would not be able to attend PSU without it. Transfers Finish Free aims to open access for transfer students in a similar way. “This initiative will gives transfer students a financial aid incentivize to earn good grades so they are able to finish their degree at PSU,” said PSU’s Vice President for Enrollment. “That’s why PSU is not planning to cap the number of students eligible for free tuition.” Transfers Finish Free is what’s known as a “last dollar” program, meaning that an eligible student must accept and use all federal and state grants before PSU makes up the difference. Transfer students can have their tuition covered for up to four years if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.


Low-income Oregon residents transferring to Portland State University will no longer have to pay tuition beginning fall 2018 if they are eligible for the federal Pell Grant and enroll full-time upon transferring. PSU’s new Transfers Finish Free program will cover base tuition and mandatory fees for up to 15 credits per term to eligible transfer students from any 4-year college or community college.

For more information, please visit the Transfers Finish Free website go.pdx.edu/transfer-free.

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