UNH announces tuition-free plan for hundreds of NH students

Feb. 22, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to share some great news in our effort to make a UNH education affordable for New Hampshire’s best and brightest. Thanks to the success of our ongoing fundraising efforts, we are launching a new program in the fall that guarantees all full-time, first-year New Hampshire students receiving federal Pell grants will pay no tuition to attend the university. The new program bridges the gap between in-state tuition and the student’s Pell grant.

We expect the Granite Guarantee will help 285 students on the Durham and Manchester campuses in the first year. Those first-year New Hampshire students who receive federal Pell grants in their financial aid awards will automatically receive the Granite Guarantee. The commitment remains in place for four years, provided the student is enrolled full-time, remains Pell eligible and makes satisfactory progress toward their degree. UNH hopes, depending on continued robust fundraising and increased state support, in future years to expand this program beyond first-time freshmen.

This would not be possible without the success of Celebrate 150, UNH’s largest-ever fundraising campaign. As you know, student support and scholarships are a top priority of the overall $275 million campaign, scheduled to end in 2018, and every donation makes a difference . The admission application deadline for first-year students for this fall is March 1; let family and friends know there is still time to apply for admission and qualify for the Granite Guarantee.


Signature of UNH President Mark Huddleston

Mark W. Huddleston