Dartmouth revamps financial aid

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It soon will be much easier to afford a Dartmouth College education.

The Ivy League school announced yesterday that beginning in the fall, undergraduates from families with incomes below $75,000 will receive free tuition. Dartmouth also will replace loans with scholarships and extend need-blind admissions to international students.

The steps are similar to ones taken recently by Harvard, Yale and other elite schools to make college more affordable for middle-class families.

Tuition this year is just under $35,000, and total costs are just over $45,000 for undergraduates.

Dartmouth President James Wright said many students who qualify for free tuition also will receive scholarships for costs such as room and board, books and other expenses.

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