Ashland University Institutes ‘Four-Year Graduation Guarantee’

12/7/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University has introduced a “Four-Year Graduation Guarantee” to help keep college cost predictable for families. This guarantee enables students to earn their degree in four years, or have the university pay for up to one year of the additional tuition for the extra time it takes them to complete their program of study.

“College is one of the most significant investments a family will make and we believe we can help make this more affordable and predictable for families through this guarantee,” said Dr. Frank Pettigrew, provost at Ashland University.

“Most students don't anticipate staying in college for more than four years, but in reality there are a number of circumstances that can delay graduation,” Pettigrew said. "This plan provides the security for students and a commitment from the University that they will complete their degree in four years of study or go tuition free. It serves as the students’ security plan.”

This guarantee – one of the first of its kind in Ohio and across the nation -- will start with the 2012 incoming freshman class at Ashland University. Pettigrew said the program offers serious goal-oriented incoming freshmen assurance that they can complete their baccalaureate degree programs without incurring costs for tuition after four years (eight semesters) of study.