On April 18, after much prayer and discernment, Franciscan University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Step in Faith COVID-19 response plan.

For new full-time undergraduate students, Step in Faith will cover 100 percent of tuition (after scholarships and grants) for the fall 2020 semester.

For all returning students, Step in Faith will provide additional tuition assistance, plus one semester of free graduate school here. It also will offer financial assistance to any returning student experiencing significant financial hardship due to the pandemic.

This is a huge step for a small university. It requires us to place radical trust in God and act with heroic generosity. But this is what I believe God has asked us to do.

I don’t want to see any young person lose the chance to receive the same life-changing formation in faith and reason that you received at Franciscan University.

The above comes from a May 8 emailed letter from Franciscan University’s president, Father Dave Pivonka.