Texas A&M Students React to "Aggie Assurance" Program

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

A new program at Texas A&M University is providing tuition to students whose parents make less than $60,000 a year. News Three has received mixed reviews from viewers about the program, but Texas A&M students seem to be quite accepting of the new program.

"Yea that's cool," Texas A&M Senior Paul Price said. "I have loved the time that I spent here and if I was an incoming freshman, I would definitely take advantage of that deal!"

Not one student News Three talked to opposed Texas A&M's new plan to pay a student's tuition if their family makes less than $60,000 a year. However, the fact that the Aggie administration is implementing this new deal was news to some students.

"That's great! If I was eligible, I think I'd take advantage of that!" said Texas A&M Freshman Evan Hartz.

Across campus, the "Aggies Assurance" program is pretty much widely accepted, but some of the students we talked did have some concerns when it came to this new program.

"I worry about how it might affect other academic scholarships for students whose family might make $70,000 to $75,000," said Texas A&M Senior Jessica Dowden.

"Sounds good but where are we going to get the cash? Is there a surplus that we can actually take from at this moment or do we have to adjust the budget?" asked Texas A&M Senior Jarred Wilson.

"I wonder if people that are paying tuition already, if we're going to have to pay more and if we're going to need more scholarships for people who are having to pay tuition." Texas A&M Sophomore Alix Morrel said.

With an annual estimated cost of $3 million a year, students say it could be a small price to pay to make the future a little brighter.

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