UNR promoting free-tuition for low-income students

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The University of Nevada, Reno is reaching out to prospective students about financial aid opportunities for lower income families.

School officials hosted a news conference Thursday with students who have received free tuition, fees and books from the Nevada Guarantee program.

Shannon Ellis, UNR's vice president of student services, says about 10,000 students have participated in the program over the past 10 years.

About 3,000 currently are benefiting from the aid available to students of all majors for each of their four years in school.

Ellis says about 30 percent of high school students in Nevada currently qualify for the program.

Eligible students must be in good standing with at least a 2.0 grade point average and come from a Nevada household with an annual income of $50,000 or less.