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Dollars and Sense: The Grace College Difference

Much like a high school diploma in our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, a college degree has become a necessary pursuit to get ahead in the new economy. Many employers expect employees to have a four-year degree, at the minimum.

But not all institutions are created equal, or cost the same. It can be difficult to sift through all the information and make an informed decision—while staying sane.

Finances is a real concern many families face when evaluating options. Too often, this means that families have to sacrifice a world-class Christian education for a no-frills one. This is one reason why Grace College has historically been among the top schools in offering aggressive financial aid assistance, need-based grants, and overall academic value. Chances are, Grace College can help remove some of those financial barriers and alleviate anxiety along the way.

Here’s a look at some of the specifics:

Jump Start program
It’s never too soon to prepare for college. While you’re still in high school, Grace College can help position you for success! The Jump Start program allows you to earn dual credit for high school and college. You can also take advanced courses not offered at the high school level. With the Jump Start option, students may be able to complete a degree sooner, saving them time and money.

High school juniors may take three credit hours per semester; seniors may take up to six credit hours per semester, earning a total of 12 credit hours as a Grace College Jump Start student.

Scholarships
Grace College has several types of scholarships available. For example, 68 Presidential Scholarships are awarded to participants based on academic merit, writing, and interviews. These scholarships range from full tuition to $1,000 a year. The invitation-only competition takes place Feb. 17-18, 2017.

Merit scholarships are automatically awarded upon acceptance and are based on high school academics, particularly GPA and SAT, or ACT scores. The average financial aid award including federal, state, and Grace aid is $15,000 per year.

Grace provides additional scholarships that vary in amount awarded, and number of years renewable.

Your Tuition Rate
Many parents and students don’t account for rising annual tuition costs when comparing schools. And with education costs on the rise nationwide, this is a legitimate concern. You can rest easy knowing that the rate you pay for your first year will remain the same for subsequent years. Better yet, for each year of continuous undergraduate enrollment at Grace College, your tuition is decreased by $500.

Accelerated Degree Program
Students in any major can take advantage of an accelerated degree option that significantly reduces college costs. Those wishing to pursue higher education beyond the undergraduate level can take advantage of a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree earned in four years.

Applied Learning
Grace students also graduate with at least 12 credits of applied learning. Applied learning opportunities are designed to equip students with real-world experience. With this experience, students will graduate with a growing resume.

Free Textbook Rental Program
The true cost of a college education typically includes factors like textbook purchases or rentals. This additional expense can cost you up to $1,200 per year, but not at Grace College. Textbook rental, excluding consumables and workbooks, is FREE!

We make it easy, too, by delivering your textbooks right to your room. You’ll have your textbooks for the very first day of class—saving you time and undue stress. That’s the Grace College difference.

It’s difficult to put a price tag on an intentional Christian, liberal arts education, and these are just five ways Grace College is an attractive financial option for students and parents. We invite you to experience it for yourself firsthand during a college visit. Contact us today!

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