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Tufts to waive application fee to Somerville High students

Posted by Brock Parker  October 21, 2013 03:21 PM

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Somerville students will no longer have to pay fees to apply to Tufts University under an agreement announced by the city Monday.

The university will also increase its annual payments to Somerville from $175,000 to $275,000 per year for a total of $1.375 million over the next five years under a new partnership agreement announced by Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s office in a press release.

Tufts, which has its main campus in Medford and Somerville, will waive the $70 application fee for students at Somerville High School who apply to go to the university.

The university will also offer SAT preparation tutoring and essay writing workshops for applying students as well as workshops for teachers preparing recommendations for their students, according to the city.

Curtatone said in the press releases that the agreement provides funding to the city for services used by the Tufts community, such as police and fire, and he praised the university for being a “terrific community partner.”

“I want to thank Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco for working with the City on this agreement and continuing our great relationship,” Curtatone said.

The five year agreement will include additional support for Somerville students, including personal letters from the Tufts dean of admissions that invite Somerville High School’s top performers to apply for admission.

Tufts will also bring the entire Somerville High School ninth grade class to the university’s campus during the school year for early exposure and awareness about the college process, and the university will provide speakers to the high school to talk about college readiness and admissions. The university will also offer a “Kids to College” program for city sixth graders and reserve Triangle Field for City of Somerville Youth Soccer each fall.

“Our relationship with the City of Somerville is important to Tufts, and I am pleased we have finalized this partnership agreement,” said Monaco in the joint press release with the city. “We will be continuing our close engagement with the community and the public schools.”

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