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July 13 , 2005
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Three EMU students win tuition for fall

YPSILANTI - Although they didn’t pass “go,” three students collected much more than $200 in Eastern Michigan University’s version of Monopoly.

More than 14,000 students had the opportunity to participate in “Easternopoly” where the prize was free paid tuition for the fall 2005 semester. All they had to do was prerregister for the fall by June 30.

Krista Jones, of Seneca Falls, N.Y.; and Peter Gaiefsky and Laura Butler, both residents of Dearborn, were randomly chosen by computer July 1 from 14,491 EMU students who preregistered for the fall 2005 semester.

Gaiefsky, 20, is a sophomore majoring in history;  Jones, 36, is a graduate student in dietetics; and Butler, 20, is a senior majoring in biology.

         “We received a gift from the Sallie Mae Foundation and decided to hold a drawing for free tuition,” said Bernice Lindke, EMU assistant vice president for enrollment services. “The “Easternopoly” post card was a fun way to remind our students that the fall semester is fast approaching and encourage them to enroll. It was pretty exciting to be able to offer the free tuition.”

Because of the difference in cost for tuition, undergraduate students get free tuition for up to 15 credit hours and the graduate student gets a maximum of eight free credit hours. Resident undergraduate students pay $166.30 per credit hour and resident graduate students pay $301.25 per credit hour.

Students had to be enrolled at least halftime to be eligible for the drawing, said Lindke.

            Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

Editor's Note: Looking for an expert source for a story? Check out EMU's Eastern Experts online at www.emich.edu/univcomm/easternexperts.


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