Young returning missionaries are now automatically preapproved for admission to BYU-Pathway Worldwide’s PathwayConnect program.
According to Clark G. Gilbert, president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide, these changes are being initiated “to provide the means and access to a university degree to those who otherwise may not have pursued that opportunity.”
Around 90 days before the end of their mission, an email with an invitation to apply for the program will be sent to elders and sisters. Early-release and service missionaries can also apply for admission.
“When returning missionaries have other plans for higher education upon returning home, we encourage them to continue to pursue those plans. But for those who aren’t planning on higher education because they can’t afford it, they aren’t confident, or they feel they don’t have the time, BYU-Pathway offers a viable solution,” President Gilbert said.
“Our returned missionaries sacrifice up to two years of their lives to serve the Lord, and all too often they come home without any concrete direction or opportunities for what lies ahead,” he explained. “By making it easier for them to enroll in BYU-Pathway Worldwide, we are giving many of them hope, and ultimately blessing their families for generations to come.”