Colorado State University - Pueblo to give first checks to incentive program graduates
PUEBLO – Six students at Colorado State University-Pueblo will receive more than just a diploma when they participate in commencement ceremonies on May 1 as the first group of students to successfully fulfill a contract to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years. These students will receive a check for their last semester’s tuition, an incentive program initiated at the University in the fall of 2007.
The four-year incentive program began The University began the four-year incentive program in the fall of 2007 after a suggestion then by CSU System Governor Joe Blake in hopes of increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.
With more than 1500 students currently under contract, the University expects four-year graduation to be a more common rather than unusual occurrence in the future. The amount of the actual check the students will receive will depend on several factors including whether their tuition is covered by scholarships, grants, or loans, and less any unpaid tuition, fees, parking tickets, room and board, or library fines that will be deducted from the incentive check. Students with loans may choose to apply the refund to those loans, but the choice is theirs.
The plan requires that students declare a major and sign an agreement upon entering CSU-Pueblo, complete a minimum of 120 hours of CSU-Pueblo coursework, and fulfill all graduation requirements within four years of matriculation.
According to President Joseph Garcia, the incentive is but one part of a larger plan to help the University reach its stretch goals of increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation rates by (1) attracting attention to CSU-Pueblo as an innovative university; (2) attracting students who might otherwise consider CSU-Pueblo their second or even third choice; (3) decreasing the number of students who transfer from CSU-Pueblo to other four-year colleges or universities; and (4) providing a benefit for students who complete their degrees in a timely manner.
The six students receiving the four-year incentive include:
Jeremiah Blaha Pueblo BA history/philosophy
Joshua Edgecomb Pueblo BA English, professional writing
Halie Erdman Wiley BSW social work, women’s studies
Britni Huebschman, Pueblo BA psychology creative writing
Jessica Kennedy Pueblo BA psychology, Spanish
Erica Montoya Pueblo BS mass communications, leadership studies.
The tuition rebate contract is available at www.colostate-pueblo.edu/incentive/ or call an admissions representative for more information, 719-549-2461.