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UW System President Tommy Thompson promotes tuition credit program during stop at UWSP

UW System nursing, pharmacy students eligible for tuition credit in fall 2021
UW System nursing, pharmacy students eligible for tuition credit in fall 2021(WSAW)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:26 AM CDT
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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - One-hundred-and-twenty-five students from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point have benefited from a tuition credit while gaining work experience. Last fall, the UW System offered nursing students a $500 tuition credit for agreeing to work in hospitals and other health care settings and to help administer vaccines.

Tuesday, interim UW President Tommy Thompson was at UWSP to announce the tuition credit would be continued.

At UWSP, the credit resulted in a combined $70,000 for students.

While on campus Thompson joined the nursing facility and Chancellor Thomas Gibson to promote vaccinations.

“We got a problem with nurses in regard to a shortage. They’re great quality, well-educated, but we have a shortage and I want to get more of them and I want to get nursing students to start applying their trade, their profession and helping out people in the state of Wisconsin,” said Thompson.

Students can take advantage of the program each semester, equaling $1,000.

The $500 tuition credit will be provided to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in a nursing or pharmacy program at a University of Wisconsin System campus during the fall 2021 semester.
  • Must work a minimum of 16 hours, or two days, as a COVID-19 vaccinator between September 1 and December 31, 2021.
  • Must have a current professional or nursing license with authorization to provide vaccination service, or coordinate with a faculty supervisor if not currently licensed.

Interested students should contact their dean’s office. Funding from the state Department of Health Services makes this additional opportunity available for vaccines and boosters administered from September 1 to December 31, 2021.

President Thompson will continue his UW Campus tour Wednesday in La Crosse.

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