University of St. Thomas offers free fall tuition to 100 nurses, expands discount offer for new technology programs

The University of St. Thomas is expanding its free tuition offerings for the fall 2020 semester. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
The University of St. Thomas is expanding its free tuition offerings for the fall 2020 semester. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

The University of St. Thomas is expanding its free tuition offerings for the fall 2020 semester. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

About a week after announcing it would offer some students free tuition in the fall, the University of St. Thomas has expanded that offer to include 100 students for its masters of nursing degree and up to 300 in its online technology tracks.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are helping to heal the world,” said Dr. Poldi Tschirch, dean of the Peavy School of Nursing, in a release.


The masters of nursing, or MSN, is designed to allow working professionals to complete the advanced degree within two to three years. The program includes an RN to MSN track for experienced nurses with associate degrees to accelerate their training. The typical tuition and fee cost of the MSN ranges from $18,000-$21,600, and more for the RN-MSN program.

Its other free fall tuition offer for associate degrees in cybersecurity, electronic technology or network technology has been expanded to up to 300 students from 100. Regular tuition for all other students has been reduced to $200 from $300 per credit hour.

“What this means is a student can get a college education at a top, private university in Houston for approximately $9,600, not including books and materials, depending on the program, out-of-pocket,” Dean of the Associates Program Nicole McZeal Walters said in the release.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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