University of St. Thomas to reopen campus, offer free tuition to first 100 who enroll in new programs this fall

The University of St. Thomas will offer free tuition to the first 100 students who enroll in its newest online associates degree offerings. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
The University of St. Thomas will offer free tuition to the first 100 students who enroll in its newest online associates degree offerings. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

The University of St. Thomas will offer free tuition to the first 100 students who enroll in its newest online associates degree offerings. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

The University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, announced April 29 that it would resume face-to-face classes in the fall, and it is also offering free tuition for the fall semester to the first 100 students who enroll in its newest online associates degree programs.

“This city has helped support St. Thomas for almost 75 years and at this moment while many are struggling, the University wants to accelerate the way it gives back,” university President Richard Ludwick said in a news release. “This tuition-free semester is one way to help and provide many people in hard hit sectors a chance to reskill in industries that are thriving.”

The programs offer degrees in cybersecurity, networking technology and electronic technology and are designed to get students into the workforce.

While face-to-face is planned to resume in the fall as well, the university will allow students to opt out.

"Safety is our top priority, and we are preparing for every contingency, including accommodations for those who may not feel ready to return to classroom instruction. Our community can rest-assured that when we return, we will be following strict expert advice on cleaning practices, social distancing and contact tracing,” Ludwick said.


The university is also planning to open its presence in Conroe this fall.

Fall classes start Aug. 24.