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December 12th, 2008
San Marcos Bobcat Promise to offer guaranteed tuition program

Beginning next fall, Texas State University-San Marcos will cover tuition and mandatory fees for new resident freshmen from San Marcos High School whose families have adjusted gross incomes of $35,000 or less. “We are excited about the San Marcos Bobcat Promise program,” said Mariko Gomez, director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Texas State. “It will provide a wonderful opportunity to talented and dedicated students who might not otherwise have the financial capability to attend college.”

The San Marcos Bobcat Promise is part of a broader statewide Bobcat Promise program being implemented by the university that will cover tuition and mandatory fees for new resident freshmen from Texas whose families have adjusted gross incomes of $25,000 or less.

Texas State President Denise M. Trauth said the university was pleased to be able to offer the enhanced opportunity to graduates of San Marcos High School.

“We were able to identify additional financial aid funds that allow us to offer an even more robust program in San Marcos,” she said. “We believe this is another good example of the strong ties that exist between Texas State and the San Marcos community.”

To be eligible for the program, students must be Texas residents, be accepted for admission and have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1.

To remain eligible for San Marcos Bobcat Promise, students must complete 30 semester credit hours during each academic year (fall and spring semesters), maintain a cumulative Texas State grade point average of at least 2.0 and continue to have a family adjusted gross income of $35,000 or less. A FAFSA must be completed by April 1 prior to each upcoming academic year. The program applies only to undergraduate study.

Students may qualify for Bobcat Promise for up to eight continuous long semesters (fall and spring). The program will cover the cost of 15 credit hours of tuition and fees – an award in excess of $7,000 per academic year. Those costs will be paid through a combination of federal, state and institutional funds – including grants, scholarships and college work study.

For further information, contact the Texas State Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (512) 245-2315 or visit

by Mark Hendricks
University News Service

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  2. I agree stongly and wholeheartedly!

    This is exactly the type of definite measure that we need in the way of educational stimulus in our community.

    Thank you to Texas State University, and to those persons who put this together, and will make it happen!

    We have to start somewhere with the educational cycle that has developed here in San Marcos, and this is a great response, in the right direction, with the right result in mind.

    Thanks again!!!!

  3. This is a great start—but impacting more students via the textbook rip-off would go farther in our economy! Example: I paid $45.00 for a newly published book at the University bookstore this Fall, required for a class….and today they offered only $5.00 in “buyback”!!!
    In turn they will resell the book again for $35.00-$40.00.
    Now that is a rip-off to students!!! These textbooks are WAY to expensive {authors couldn’t get those prices in real world!} and then the so=called buyback is just another huge profit margin for the bookstore. And, oh, by the way, a book required for Spring class? Amazon has it for $37.00 new while at Univer. bookstore it’s $49.95… So who is ripping off students? Perhaps since local media ignores this issue, Newstreamz might want to tackle the real story here??? Perhaps we could get the local SM library to take our used books as donations and just check them out to local students to save education costs??? Time for me to put in that order to Amazaon and forget the University bookstore ripoff!

  4. You best bet would be to start your own bookstore. That is the nice thing about America…if you don’t like the way a business is run, you can certainly start your own and do it differently.

  5. Using your logic {“evil-for-profit”} sounds like we should charge elementary school kids $80-$120 per semester for their books too? Let’s just push the middle class completely out of college affordability, right?

  6. And I’m sure you didn’t complain about the high gas prices resulting from speculators this past summer, did you? After all, you could have just started your own gas company.. right? Your logic is why the greed of Wall Street is threatening the honest business owners survival now….

  7. My point was simply rather than complain about it, do something. The Bookstores are not public entities. They can charge whatever they want. If we don’t like it, we are free to start our own. Most folks that are not in business for themselves don’t understand what it takes to run a business. That is all I a saying.

  8. Wow. Incredible. How many students will be accepted into the program each year? Is this a pilot program of some kind? What’s the catch?!

  9. Better double check your facts “evil for profit..” because the University Bookstore is part of the University, ALL of its employee’s are 100% state employees and last time I checked, the University WAS a public entity which is tax payer supported…. thus Diane’s point of affordable education—including textbooks—is well taken.

  10. The University bookstore is indeed part of the University system….but Rother’s and the Colloquium are not.

    As to the original point about book prices and the buyback rates – you can feel free to buy your books from Amazon, but remember, they don’t buy back at all.

    Plus, campus bookstores aren’t the only ones who do this….have you ever tried to sell books to Half Price? They’ll give you a dime for a novel and then sell it for $3.

    But that does not make it “unfair” – after all, they aren’t obligated to give you *anything* for your used book. They are business people and deserve the opportunity to make a living too.

  11. My point exactly Dan! No one is forcing students to buy from the University Bookstore. There are other sources in town and elsewhere. Some entrepreneurial spirit could even open up a book match making service if they were so inclined where they match up folks selling to folks buying for a fee. But hey, profit is now evil in the United States of America for those who work for the “Man”.

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