A new program is underway at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston to offer the dependents of full-time University employees reduced tuition at Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the University reported. In return, UST will grant full-time faculty/staff at the participating schools, as well as their spouses and dependents, a 50 percent tuition discount at UST.
According to the University, the promotion and encouragement of Catholic education lies at the heart of the program.
“By joining with Catholic elementary and high schools in support of those who dedicate their lives to Catholic education, it shows the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese that we are one in spirit and message; there is a seamless message from one to the other,” said UST director of Catholic outreach Elsie Biron on the University’s website. “We are supporting our faith and saying that faith is an integral part of an education at each level throughout the process.”
UST reported that two schools have already started to participate in the program, and 23 others are at various stages in the collaborative process. The program is “designed to encourage the value and experience of a Catholic education.”
Although the program was just recently made official, Biron said the reaction to the initiative has already been “exciting and positive.”
The University of St. Thomas in Houston is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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