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In November, the univerity announced a new program to support Richmond Public Schools students attending UR. The university committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need for all RPS graduates who qualify to attend with grant aid — not with loans — up to the full cost of attendance at UR.

“The University of Richmond and the city of Richmond want to retain our best students in the region, and the no-loan program will further that effort,” said President Crutcher. He added that loans can cause anxiety for families, particularly among first-generation students.

The announcement adds to an already active partnership between  the university and RPS, including RPS-specific admission and financial aid workshops. UR Bonner Scholars and students from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies’ class Justice and Civil Society volunteer with RVA Future Centers. The student-led UR Mentoring Project brings UR students in to mentor students in the Armstrong Leadership Program at Armstrong High School.

“Our financial aid awards are only part of the story,” said Stephanie Dupaul, vice president for enrollment management. She noted that Richmond offers funding for faculty-mentored research and internships, ensures that students are able to study abroad, and provides robust support for pathways to successful careers and graduate school.

The move reflects the university’s commitment to the city whose name it proudly bears, Crutcher said.

“I am so pleased that we can expand our financial aid programs to make it possible for more RPS students to graduate as Spiders,” he said.