he University of Wisconsin-Madison is expanding its tuition promise program to cover not only tuition for some low-income students, but nearly all other college costs that can derail progress toward a degree, such as room and board.

The new Bucky’s Pell Pathway headlined UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin’s first address to the UW Board of Regents on Thursday. She estimates about 800 students will benefit from the program when it launches next fall.

Critics of “promise” programs say these programs don’t address the other costs of college that can still stretch a low-income family too much to be able to afford it. Bucky’s Pell Pathway gets to the heart of this financial barrier.