Having a dream is free, but if your dream involves going to college, then you might have to pay for that. The University of The Virgin Islands is making history by becoming the first four-year HBCU to offer free tuition. The Virgin Higher Education Scholarship Program is open to residents of the island who have graduated from a public, private, or parochial high school. Unlike like other programs, the VIHESP does not require any information regarding your age because you’re never too old for school, date of graduation, or household information. The requirements you do need is to have the ability to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. You must also complete a work service requirement ranging from two months to three years within seven years of graduation.
In a statement to Blavity University President, Dr. David Hall says higher education is a necessity.
“A college degree is no longer a luxury that the rich and the academically and athletically gifted individuals can obtain,” he said. “Higher education is a basic necessity and must be provided in the same way we provide other basic necessities.”
This is the first historically Black university and one of few four-year colleges and universities in the United States to offer free tuition.