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October 17, 2005
Contact: Lisa Pinamonti Kress, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, (785) 864-3911.

Disadvantaged students invited to visit KU, have fees paid, some costs deferred

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas will pay registration fees and waive some enrollment costs for disadvantaged high school seniors who come to campus during two special "visit days" this month and in December.

The events on Oct. 27 and Dec. 7 are open to seniors who are members of TRIO, federally funded programs that help disadvantaged students begin and complete a post-secondary education.

Registration is accepted on first-come, first-served basis. To register visit www.admissions.ku.edu/visit or call 785-864-3911. TRIO students in grades nine through 11 will be invited to TRIO visit days at KU on March 8 or April 22, 2006. A registration date for these visit days will be announced later.

KU maintains 13 educational opportunity programs, including TRIO programs such as Upward Bound, Talent Search, Gear Up and Educational Talent Search. The programs serve more than 4,000 students at KU, said Ngondi A. Kamatuka, director of Educational Opportunity Programs at KU.

When the seniors arrive for the visit days at 9 a.m. Oct. 27 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, they will be assisted in filling out their admission and scholarship applications to KU along with a request for KU's admissions and scholarships office to pay their $30 application fee. Those who qualify also will be able to defer a $200 enrollment deposit, a $35 housing application fee and a $300 housing pre-payment fee. Payment for the deferred fees will be due next summer.

"I very much appreciate that because the kind of students we work with can't afford to come up with those fees," Kamatuka said. "When we bring them on campus, they can say, 'Yes, KU is a good place where I can receive a quality education.' They have to feel like they have a family here and that programs on campus will meet their needs."

The KU admissions and scholarships office also will pay for transportation costs for students who cannot otherwise attend. Staff members also often take low-income students to football and basketball games or to events at the Lied Center, which has private funds to cover the cost of tickets for these students.

To apply for admission and to receive payment of the application fee and the other cost deferments, students must submit hard-copy applications for admission and scholarships, a high school or college transcript, ACT or SAT scores, the fee grant application and, for those applying for scholarships, a scholarship essay and activities summary. To qualify for the fee waiver, a student must have received an ACT or SAT fee waiver, participated in the federal free or reduced lunch program or participated in one of the federal TRIO programs or Project Discovery.

At the end of the visit days, the students will learn whether they can be admitted to KU and what scholarships they could receive. To qualify for KU scholarships, students must have a 3.25 grade-point average and good ACT or SAT test scores and must apply before the Jan. 15 deadline.

During the visit days for the students in grades nine through 11, Admissions staff members will talk to the students about what classes they should be taking to prepare for KU and will provide preparation for SAT and ACT tests.

In addition to providing visit days, KU brings students in the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs to Summer Institutes on campus every year, beginning when they are in the sixth grade. Kamatuka said that if they come every year, they gain a level of comfort and most of them decide to attend KU.

" This campus is very inviting, and the chancellor has made it very clear that KU is for all students," Kamatuka said.

Once these students are enrolled at KU, they continue to receive support. The TRIO program and Supportive Educational Services in Strong Hall have provided mentoring, academic advising, tutoring and cultural events for 30 years. The McNair Scholars Program prepares students for doctoral study. The program actively encourages these students to pursue careers in college teaching and research upon completion of the doctoral degree.

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