Wheeling Jesuit University announces affordable tuition for local commuters

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - Wheeling Jesuit University has some exciting news for commuter students that will keep a little more money in their wallets. 

The Fr. Clifford Lewis S.J. Scholars Program will make tuition more affordable for students commuting from 12 regional counties.

For students commuting from Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia; Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson and Monroe Counties in Ohio; and Washington and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania, tuition will be set at $8,250 per year. 

Students will have to meet the typical admission requirements, and they will also have to complete seven hours of community service per semester while enrolled.

"Service is a major part of what we believe and what we prepare our students to do, so this is in line with our mission most directly, not only for service, but service to this region," said President Dr. Debra Townsley. 

"Our commuter population is rather low here, and it is because affordability is a big barrier. Through this announcement, we feel like we've eliminated that, and students have the option to pick the best choice," said Sean Doyle, Associate Vice President of Enrollment. 

Students will take 12 to 16 credit hours per semester and will be able to graduate in the standard four years.

The program will start accepting students as early as Fall of 2018. 

Anyone interested should express interest in becoming a Lewis Scholar when applying to the University. 

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