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Financial Aid

Whether your college fund is older than you are or if your family’s budget always seems to be tight, you probably have lots of questions about financial aid.

We will help you find answers, discover the types of financial aid you’re eligible for, and explain the ins and outs of finding your bottom line. We’ll also pray with you through the entire process, because we know there is no substitute for learning in a true community of faith.

While it’s easy to be intimidated by the costs of college, the important thing to keep in mind is your bottom line.

PUC is committed to working with you to make that final balance fit in your family’s budget through multiple types of aid. Follow the steps below to help us determine your financial aid package so you can know what your monthly payment will be. We’re here to help and pray with you throughout the entire process.

  1. Start researching scholarship and grant opportunities now! Search scholarship websites like Fastweb, GoodCall, and Unigo for outside aid as well as look for local sources (such as your local Rotary or Lions Club), in addition to applying for PUC scholarships. Talk with your PUC financial counselor for ideas about other places to look for aid. Note deadlines and start working on applications early.

  2. Create your FSA ID at fsaid.gov. This will serve as your legal signature when you submit the FAFSA online.

  3. Starting October 1, 2016, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible since some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember to include PUC’s school code (001258) to have your results sent to PUC, as well as to list at least one in-state college, otherwise you may be ineligible to apply for Cal Grant. We may ask you for additional documents to verify your eligibility for certain grants.

  4. To be considered for Cal Grant, California residents must submit a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2017. You will only be considered for Cal Grant if you turn in both the GPA verification form and the FAFSA by this date. Work with your high school or college registrar to submit your GPA verification form. Learn more at calgrants.org.

  5. Submit the PUC Financial Aid Application at puc.edu/enrollmentforms. This information, along with your FAFSA, will help us determine how much aid you qualify for, and then we can create a personalized financial aid estimate for you where you can see approximately how much per month PUC will cost.

  6. When your financial aid estimate arrives, review the document and the different need-based and merit-based aid you qualify for. Keep in mind this is an initial estimate and more aid is likely available to you! Contact your PUC financial counselor with any questions or concerns you have.

  7. Sign and return your financial aid package to PUC. Because your award can change during the verification process, the aid shown may be different than your initial estimate. It’s important to return all documents so you can officially enroll as a PUC student.

  8. Once you have submitted all the necessary documents, talked with your PUC financial counselor, and finalized your award, you will know your bottom line and can make your first monthly payment!

Scholarship
A scholarship is a financial award that does not have to be repaid. These merit-based awards are offered for a myriad of qualities. Often scholarships include specific applications, though many of PUC’s awards are offered based on GPA and test scores. Begin with these helpful resources to find other sources of scholarships.

Grant
A grant is a type of need-based aid that does not have to be paid back. Grants are distributed based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Type of Grant Annual awards up to
PUC Grant $9,000
Cal Grant A $9,084
Cal Grant B $1,450 first year, $10,534 (years 2-4)
Federal Pell Grant $5,645
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $3,000

Loan
A loan is a financial award that must be repaid. PUC is proud of the fact that the college’s average student debt from loans is $6,000-$8,000 lower than the national average. Most often, the student is the borrower. A subsidized loan does not accrue interest while the student is enrolled in college or graduate programs. An unsubsidized loan accrues interest while the student is enrolled.

Type of Loan Annual amounts up to
Federal Student Loans $3,500 (freshman year)
Additional Unsubsidized Federal Student Loan

$2,000 (dependent student)
$6,000 (independent student,
freshman year)

Federal Parent Loan PLUS Varies
Federal Perkins Loan $1,300
Private Loans Varies

Work
At PUC, on-campus jobs are part of many students’ lives, with over 1,050 students employed by various departments in over 1,820 positions in 2013. Students can apply on-campus earnings directly to their student account. Our local area in the hospitality-focused Napa Valley is also full of student-friendly job opportunities.

Type of Work Annual earnings up to
Federal College Work-Study Program $3,000
PUC Campus Work

$2,000/year average

Each award package at PUC is unique. Based on the family’s need and the student’s qualifications, PUC helps families put together a package tailored to their budget.

These four examples were built for full-time students residing in the residence hall. Taking a look at the steps in Finding Your Bottom Line, the information in Types of Financial Aid and Financial Aid Terms, and exploring the Helpful Resources are important ways you can find out how your Financial Aid Package will be built.

Student A

Even large families or those with limited incomes can afford PUC. This student had a zero EFC and a GPA below 3.0.

PUC Academic Achievement Scholarship $4,000
PUC Grant $5,500
PUC Adventist Mission Scholarship $3,000
PUC Summer Ministry Leadership Match $1,257
Pacific Union Endowment $1,200
Pell Grant $5,645
FSEOG $3,000
Cal Grant B $1,473
Federal Perkins Loan $3,000
Federal Loan (Subsidized & Unsubsidized) $5,442
   
Total Aid $33,517
Balance Remaining $1,448 = $161/month for 9 months

Student B

This PUC student’s package was built around their EFC of less than $12,000. Nearly 80% of this package is in scholarships and grants.

PUC Dean's Scholarship $8,000
PUC Grant $4,254
Cal Grant A $9,084
PUC Collegiate Loan $1,000
Student Loan-Subsidized $3,463
Student Loan-Unsubsidized $1,979
3-Way Scholarship $900
Local Scholarship $600
   
Total Aid $29,280
Balance Remaining $5,685 = $632/month for 9 months

Student C

Two kids in college? This package, based on an EFC of less than $14,000, is for a family with two children at PUC.

PUC Academic Achievement Scholarship $5,000
PUC Grant $8,000
PUC Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship $2,000
PUC Family Discount $900
Pacific Union Endowment $1,200
PUC Collegiate Loan $1,000
Federal Loan (Subsidized & Unsubsidized) $5,442
Federal Parent PLUS Loan $3,840
   
Total Aid $27,382
Balance Remaining $7,583 = $843/month for 9 months

Student D

Some families may have EFC closer to $25,000. This package includes scholarship aid as well as some optional loans.

PUC Academic Achievement Scholarship $4,000
PUC Summer Ministry Leadership Match $2,000
PUC Creative Arts Scholarship $3,000
Student Loan-Unsubsidized $5,442
Federal Parent PLUS Loan $9,600
   
Total Aid $24,042
Balance Remaining $10,923 = $1,214/month for 9 months

Financial aid can be complex!
These terms are some you are likely to come across in the process of determining your financial aid award. Understanding what they mean will help you through the process. If there is ever anything you don’t understand, just let us know.

Merit-based Aid
Merit-based aid is based on merit or achievement in a specific area, including academics, leadership, performance, and athletics. The scholarship websites in the sidebar are great resources to find sources of merit-based aid.

Need-based Aid
Aid that is based on your family’s finances is called need-based aid. Most often, your eligibility for need-based aid will be based on your FAFSA results.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA uses family income information to determine eligibility for need-based grants and loans. Fill out your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. California residents must send a FAFSA and a GPA form by March 2 to be considered for a Cal Grant.

Student Aid Report (SAR)
The SAR is actually not a report of the aid you are eligible for, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see a big award package! Instead, the SAR summarizes a student’s information from the FAFSA and provides you with your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). California residents who apply for a Cal Grant will also receive a California Aid Report (CAR) from the California Student Aid Commission.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
The government uses your FAFSA data to calculate your EFC, which is an approximation of what your family could pay for college (note, this is not necessarily what you will end up paying). The EFC helps PUC calculate your financial need.

Financial Need
PUC subtracts your EFC from the cost of college to find your financial need. This is the maximum in scholarships, grants, and Federal loans that PUC can offer you.

Verification Process
PUC may ask for additional documents to verify your FAFSA results. Until they are received by the Student Finance office, we cannot send a complete financial aid package. Once verification is complete, your aid may adjust.

Financial Aid Package
The documents in your package list all federal, state, and college assistance offered. PUC will send you your financial aid package after we receive all required paperwork (including the FAFSA and PUC Financial Aid Application). It may look different than your estimate.

PUC has collected these helpful resources to help you find additional information about grants and loans. 

We’ve also included a list of helpful websites for your scholarship search. There are billions of dollars in financial aid available to students every year—go and get it!

  • Big Future by The CollegeBoard
    The College Board is the organization behind the SAT and AP exams. This website lists more than 2,200 scholarship opportunities.
  • California Student Aid Commission
    More than just the home of Cal Grant, the CSAC’s website is a helpful place to find additional information about financial aid.
  • CaliforniaColleges.edu
    This collaboration between state, community, and independent California colleges and the California Department of education offers information for both students and parents as well as a large alphabetical scholarship list that’s easily searchable.
  • eStudentLoan
    If your family chooses to borrow money to invest in your education, this helpful resource allows you to find, compare, and apply for private loans.
  • Fastweb
    For over 15 years, Fastweb has been one of the premiere scholarship search sites. It lists over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion.
  • Federal Student Aid
    From the U.S. Department of Education, this website provides a plethora of general information about paying for college, including how to submit your FAFSA.
  • GoodCall
    This scholarship search engine matches students to over 250,000 scholarships worth $40 billion.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
    The HSF is the largest provider of financial aid for Latino students in the U.S. and awards over 4,000 scholarships annually.
  • Niche
    This website lists over 3.2 million scholarships and also allows you to create a profile to be personally matched to scholarships you may be eligible for.
  • Scholarships.com
    Scholarships.com is a search engine listing over 3 million local, state, and national college scholarships and grants worth over $19 billion.
  • Unigo
    This website lists over 3.6 million scholarships worth over $14 million.

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Starting with the 2017-18 application cycle, the following changes will be in place:

Students will be able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information. 

For more information, read the College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017-18 FAFSA fact sheet.

Whether your college fund is older than you are or if your family’s budget always seems to be tight, you probably have lots of questions about financial aid.

We will help you find answers, discover the types of financial aid you’re eligible for, and explain the ins and outs of finding your bottom line. We’ll also pray with you through the entire process, because we know there is no substitute for learning in a true community of faith.

While it’s easy to be intimidated by the costs of college, the important thing to keep in mind is your bottom line.

PUC is committed to working with you to make that final balance fit in your family’s budget through multiple types of aid. Follow the steps below to help us determine your financial aid package so you can know what your monthly payment will be. We’re here to help and pray with you throughout the entire process.

  1. Start researching scholarship and grant opportunities now! Search scholarship websites like Fastweb, GoodCall, and Unigo for outside aid as well as look for local sources (such as your local Rotary or Lions Club), in addition to applying for PUC scholarships. Talk with your PUC financial counselor for ideas about other places to look for aid. Note deadlines and start working on applications early.

  2. Create your FSA ID at fsaid.gov. This will serve as your legal signature when you submit the FAFSA online.

  3. Starting October 1, 2016, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible since some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember to include PUC’s school code (001258) to have your results sent to PUC, as well as to list at least one in-state college, otherwise you may be ineligible to apply for Cal Grant. We may ask you for additional documents to verify your eligibility for certain grants.

  4. To be considered for Cal Grant, California residents must submit a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2017. You will only be considered for Cal Grant if you turn in both the GPA verification form and the FAFSA by this date. Work with your high school or college registrar to submit your GPA verification form. Learn more at calgrants.org.

  5. Submit the PUC Financial Aid Application at puc.edu/enrollmentforms. This information, along with your FAFSA, will help us determine how much aid you qualify for, and then we can create a personalized financial aid estimate for you where you can see approximately how much per month PUC will cost.

  6. When your financial aid estimate arrives, review the document and the different need-based and merit-based aid you qualify for. Keep in mind this is an initial estimate and more aid is likely available to you! Contact your PUC financial counselor with any questions or concerns you have.

  7. Sign and return your financial aid package to PUC. Because your award can change during the verification process, the aid shown may be different than your initial estimate. It’s important to return all documents so you can officially enroll as a PUC student.

  8. Once you have submitted all the necessary documents, talked with your PUC financial counselor, and finalized your award, you will know your bottom line and can make your first monthly payment!

Scholarship
A scholarship is a financial award that does not have to be repaid. These merit-based awards are offered for a myriad of qualities. Often scholarships include specific applications, though many of PUC’s awards are offered based on GPA and test scores. Begin with these helpful resources to find other sources of scholarships.

Grant
A grant is a type of need-based aid that does not have to be paid back. Grants are distributed based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Type of Grant Annual awards up to
PUC Grant $9,000
Cal Grant A $9,084
Cal Grant B $1,450 first year, $10,534 (years 2-4)
Federal Pell Grant $5,645
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $3,000

Loan
A loan is a financial award that must be repaid. PUC is proud of the fact that the college’s average student debt from loans is $6,000-$8,000 lower than the national average. Most often, the student is the borrower. A subsidized loan does not accrue interest while the student is enrolled in college or graduate programs. An unsubsidized loan accrues interest while the student is enrolled.

Type of Loan Annual amounts up to
Federal Student Loans $3,500 (freshman year)
Additional Unsubsidized Federal Student Loan

$2,000 (dependent student)
$6,000 (independent student,
freshman year)

Federal Parent Loan PLUS Varies
Federal Perkins Loan $1,300
Private Loans Varies

Work
At PUC, on-campus jobs are part of many students’ lives, with over 1,050 students employed by various departments in over 1,820 positions in 2013. Students can apply on-campus earnings directly to their student account. Our local area in the hospitality-focused Napa Valley is also full of student-friendly job opportunities.

Type of Work Annual earnings up to
Federal College Work-Study Program $3,000
PUC Campus Work

$2,000/year average

Each award package at PUC is unique. Based on the family’s need and the student’s qualifications, PUC helps families put together a package tailored to their budget.

These four examples were built for full-time students residing in the residence hall. Taking a look at the steps in Finding Your Bottom Line, the information in Types of Financial Aid and Financial Aid Terms, and exploring the Helpful Resources are important ways you can find out how your Financial Aid Package will be built.

Student A

Even large families or those with limited incomes can afford PUC. This student had a zero EFC and a GPA below 3.0.

PUC Academic Achievement Scholarship $4,000
PUC Grant $5,500
PUC Adventist Mission Scholarship $3,000
PUC Summer Ministry Leadership Match $1,257
Pacific Union Endowment $1,200
Pell Grant $5,645
FSEOG $3,000
Cal Grant B $1,473
Federal Perkins Loan $3,000
Federal Loan (Subsidized & Unsubsidized) $5,442
   
Total Aid $33,517
Balance Remaining $1,448 = $161/month for 9 months

Student B

This PUC student’s package was built around their EFC of less than $12,000. Nearly 80% of this package is in scholarships and grants.

PUC Dean's Scholarship $8,000
PUC Grant $4,254
Cal Grant A $9,084
PUC Collegiate Loan $1,000
Student Loan-Subsidized $3,463
Student Loan-Unsubsidized $1,979
3-Way Scholarship $900
Local Scholarship $600
   
Total Aid $29,280
Balance Remaining $5,685 = $632/month for 9 months

Student C

Two kids in college? This package, based on an EFC of less than $14,000, is for a family with two children at PUC.

PUC Academic Achievement Scholarship $5,000
PUC Grant $8,000
PUC Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship $2,000
PUC Family Discount $900
Pacific Union Endowment $1,200
PUC Collegiate Loan $1,000
Federal Loan (Subsidized & Unsubsidized) $5,442
Federal Parent PLUS Loan $3,840
   
Total Aid $27,382
Balance Remaining $7,583 = $843/month for 9 months

Student D

Some families may have EFC closer to $25,000. This package includes scholarship aid as well as some optional loans.

PUC Academic Achievement Scholarship $4,000
PUC Summer Ministry Leadership Match $2,000
PUC Creative Arts Scholarship $3,000
Student Loan-Unsubsidized $5,442
Federal Parent PLUS Loan $9,600
   
Total Aid $24,042
Balance Remaining $10,923 = $1,214/month for 9 months

Financial aid can be complex!
These terms are some you are likely to come across in the process of determining your financial aid award. Understanding what they mean will help you through the process. If there is ever anything you don’t understand, just let us know.

Merit-based Aid
Merit-based aid is based on merit or achievement in a specific area, including academics, leadership, performance, and athletics. The scholarship websites in the sidebar are great resources to find sources of merit-based aid.

Need-based Aid
Aid that is based on your family’s finances is called need-based aid. Most often, your eligibility for need-based aid will be based on your FAFSA results.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA uses family income information to determine eligibility for need-based grants and loans. Fill out your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. California residents must send a FAFSA and a GPA form by March 2 to be considered for a Cal Grant.

Student Aid Report (SAR)
The SAR is actually not a report of the aid you are eligible for, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see a big award package! Instead, the SAR summarizes a student’s information from the FAFSA and provides you with your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). California residents who apply for a Cal Grant will also receive a California Aid Report (CAR) from the California Student Aid Commission.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
The government uses your FAFSA data to calculate your EFC, which is an approximation of what your family could pay for college (note, this is not necessarily what you will end up paying). The EFC helps PUC calculate your financial need.

Financial Need
PUC subtracts your EFC from the cost of college to find your financial need. This is the maximum in scholarships, grants, and Federal loans that PUC can offer you.

Verification Process
PUC may ask for additional documents to verify your FAFSA results. Until they are received by the Student Finance office, we cannot send a complete financial aid package. Once verification is complete, your aid may adjust.

Financial Aid Package
The documents in your package list all federal, state, and college assistance offered. PUC will send you your financial aid package after we receive all required paperwork (including the FAFSA and PUC Financial Aid Application). It may look different than your estimate.

PUC has collected these helpful resources to help you find additional information about grants and loans. 

We’ve also included a list of helpful websites for your scholarship search. There are billions of dollars in financial aid available to students every year—go and get it!

  • Big Future by The CollegeBoard
    The College Board is the organization behind the SAT and AP exams. This website lists more than 2,200 scholarship opportunities.
  • California Student Aid Commission
    More than just the home of Cal Grant, the CSAC’s website is a helpful place to find additional information about financial aid.
  • CaliforniaColleges.edu
    This collaboration between state, community, and independent California colleges and the California Department of education offers information for both students and parents as well as a large alphabetical scholarship list that’s easily searchable.
  • eStudentLoan
    If your family chooses to borrow money to invest in your education, this helpful resource allows you to find, compare, and apply for private loans.
  • Fastweb
    For over 15 years, Fastweb has been one of the premiere scholarship search sites. It lists over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion.
  • Federal Student Aid
    From the U.S. Department of Education, this website provides a plethora of general information about paying for college, including how to submit your FAFSA.
  • GoodCall
    This scholarship search engine matches students to over 250,000 scholarships worth $40 billion.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
    The HSF is the largest provider of financial aid for Latino students in the U.S. and awards over 4,000 scholarships annually.
  • Niche
    This website lists over 3.2 million scholarships and also allows you to create a profile to be personally matched to scholarships you may be eligible for.
  • Scholarships.com
    Scholarships.com is a search engine listing over 3 million local, state, and national college scholarships and grants worth over $19 billion.
  • Unigo
    This website lists over 3.6 million scholarships worth over $14 million.

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Starting with the 2017-18 application cycle, the following changes will be in place:

Students will be able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information. 

For more information, read the College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017-18 FAFSA fact sheet.

Tuition

When choosing a college, it makes sense to look at costs, but that is only one factor to consider as you plan for your future. Quality of education, your abilities and interests, and the college's programs, location and alumni success should all play a role in your decision.

Your PUC Student Financial Aid Counselor will work with you to find the best combination of options for funding your education.

2016-2017

Quarter Year
Tuition $9,333 $27,999
Housing (Residence Halls) $1,544 $4,632
Meals $1,096 $3,288
Student Health Plan $250 $750
Technology Fee $110 $330
Total $12,333 $36,999

2015-2016

Quarter Year
Tuition $9,333 $27,999
Housing (Residence Halls) $1,500 $4,500
Meals $1,065 $3,195
Student Health Plan $250 $750
Technology Fee $105 $315
Total $12,253 $36,759

The Student Finance page of PUC’s website has more helpful information about tuition, fees, and various payment options.

Scholarships

PUC recognizes the achievement and potential of our exceptional students and invests in them through significant merit-based scholarships.

Maxwell Scholarship Program

Deadline: Complete application packets must be received or postmarked by March 2, 2016

Application

The Maxwell Scholar Program awards full tuition to five students. The scholarship is renewable for three years. Recipients are selected based on academic success, leadership experience, and Christian service. Candidates must be incoming freshmen, have a 3.5-4.0 GPA and a 26+ ACT or 1700+ SAT, and submit an application that includes an essay and letters of recommendation. Students are required to live in the residence halls.

Five incoming freshmen - full tuition (renewable with a 3.5 GPA)
4-Year Total: approximately $112,000

May not be combined with any other PUC scholarships, awards, or discounts

President’s and Dean’s Scholarships

Deadline: None; information must be submitted in order to receive award

Application: Submit academic transcripts and test scores to the PUC office of admissions

The President’s and Dean’s Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen and are based on unweighted cumulative GPA or test-scores.

President’s Scholarship
3.75-4.0 GPA OR 29+ ACT/1900+ SAT
(Renewable with a 3.0 GPA)
$12,000 / 4-Year Total: $48,000

Dean’s Scholarship
3.5-3.74 GPA OR 26+ ACT/1700+ SAT
(Renewable with a 3.0 GPA)
$10,000 / 4-Year Total: $40,000

Laura Helms

“It was exciting to get a scholarship to pursue something that I’ve always wanted to do. College is expensive, so this extra help is really a blessing as I pursue my dream of becoming a teacher and working with kids!”

Laura Helms, ‘16

Adventist Mission Scholarship

Armando Camacho

“My mom worked hard raising my brother and me. Her dream was that we would get a good education, but she didn’t know how we would pay for it. When I got the Maxwell scholarship, it was so great to see how God made this dream a reality.”

Armando Camacho, ‘17

Maxwell Scholarship

Academic Achievement Scholarships: First-Year Students

Deadline: None; information must be submitted in order to receive award

Application: Submit academic transcripts to the PUC Office of Admissions

The Academic Achievement Scholarships are awarded to students based on high school unweighted cumulative GPA. The amount awarded in the first year at PUC will renew at the same amount for the next three years.

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above will be awarded a President’s or Dean’s Scholarship.

GPA Scholarship 4-Year Total
3.25-3.49 $8,000 $32,000
3.00-3.24 $7,000 $28,000
2.75-2.99 $3,500 $14,000
2.50-2.74 $2,500 $10,000
2.30-2.49 $2,000 $8,000
2.00-2.29 $1,500 $6,000
Stefaan Dick

“I've always been interested in and fascinated by creative arts, specifically photography, so it was very exciting to hear that PUC wanted to help me study creative arts!”

Stefaan Dick, '18

Creative Arts Scholarship

Rachel Kaneakua

“Getting an athletic scholarship has been a blessing. Balancing playing basketball for the Pioneers, schoolwork, and my job is challenging, but being a part of the team and experiencing everything from traveling to school spirit makes it worth it.”

Rachel Kaneakua, ‘14

Athletic Scholarship

Academic Achievement Scholarships: Transfer Students

Deadline: None; information must be submitted in order to receive award

Application: Submit academic transcripts to the PUC Office of Admissions

The Academic Achievement Scholarships for transfer students are renewable awards based on college cumulative GPA.

GPA Renewable Scholarship
3.75-4.00 $7,000
3.50-3.74 $6,000
3.25-3.49 $5,000
3.00-3.24 $4,000
2.75-2.99 $3,000
2.50-2.74 $2,000
2.30-2.49 $1,500
2.00-2.29 $1,000

National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Recognition Awards

Deadline: None; information must be submitted in order to receive award

These awards are given to freshmen who achieve a high score on their PSATs and are recognized by the National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Scholarship Programs. The awards are renewable with a 3.5 GPA.

100% Tuition
National Merit Scholar/Finalist
National Achievement Scholar/Finalist
National Hispanic Recognition Scholar

50% Tuition
National Merit Semi-Finalist
National Achievement Semi-Finalist

33.3% Tuition
National Merit Commended
National Achievement Outstanding Participant
National Hispanic Recognition Honorable Mention

May not be combined with any other PUC scholarships, awards, or discounts.

Mostert Christian Leaders

Deadline: Complete application must be received or postmarked by March 2, 2016

Application

The Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship awards 25 renewable $3,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities.

May not be combined with the Maxwell Scholar Program.

Adventist Mission Scholarships

Deadline: None; information must be submitted in order to receive award.

Education Theology

Future pastors majoring in theology or teachers actively pursuing a teaching credential for elementary or secondary education receive a renewable $3,000 grant.

Creative Arts Scholarships

Deadline: Complete application must be received or postmarked by March 2, 2016

Music Visual Arts Film & Theater Studies

Students who excel in visual arts, music, or drama may apply for a Creative Arts Scholarship. Selected students will receive a renewable $3,000 scholarship. Students must declare a visual arts major; an A.S. in film and theater studies; or participate in one of the music department’s official performing groups. See applications for more details.

Athletic Scholarship

For more information about scholarships available to exceptional student-athletes, please contact the head coach of the specific sport of interest. Visit the Pioneers Athletics website for a list of contact information for each head coach and to complete a recruiting questionnaire. The questionnaire will be reviewed by the head coach of each respective sport, who will make final determinations in awarding athletic scholarships.

International Scholarship

Deadline: Before start of your first term at PUC

Application

Freshmen International students who have a GPA above a 3.0 may submit an application.

Legacy Scholarship

Deadline: None, information must be submitted in order to receive award

Application

The Legacy Scholarship recognizes families that have made a Pacific Union College educational experience part of their family tradition. The program is offered to encourage the pioneer spirit in children of PUC alumni. Admitted legacy students receive an automatic renewable $1,500 scholarship.

“Live Local. Learn Local.” Scholarship

Deadline: None

The “Live Local. Learn Local.” Scholarship is a $1,500 renewable award available to students who graduate from a Napa County high school, reside within the County, or earn a full year’s worth of credit at Napa Valley College. (Certain qualifications and restrictions may apply; contact the Student Financial Services office for more information and to confirm eligibility.) No application is required.

Seventh-day Adventist Church Scholarships

PUC offers the following opportunities as a commitment to supporting a new generation of leaders for the Adventist church.

PUC/NAD 100 Percent Free Tuition Partnership
PUC offers 100 percent free tuition for students with a parent serving the SDA church through denominational employment. Students must have at least one parent who receives NAD tuition assistance (per NAD Working Policy, Y 24 05) at 70 percent of PUC’s tuition cost to be eligible. Participation in this plan may result in ineligibility for other PUC financial aid as well as state and federal grants. Student must reside in the dormitory to be eligible.

Summer Ministries Leadership Match
PUC matches 100 percent of certified earnings that are applied to tuition by students who work at a SDA youth camp or in a youth ministry program in the summer prior to Fall quarter enrollment, up to $2,000.

Summer Literature Evangelism Match
PUC matches 100 percent of certified earnings that are applied to tuition by students who work as SDA literature evangelists in the summer prior to Fall quarter enrollment, up to $3,000.

Student Missions/Task Force Scholarships
These awards are available to qualified students who attend PUC the year following their service and are based on length of service.

Pacific Union Conference Education Endowment and Minority Scholarships
These awards are available through local SDA churches and conferences. Contact your pastor or local conference Office of Education for an application.

Discounts

Advanced Payment Discount
A 7 percent discount is available to students who pay the year’s balance in advance at Fall quarter registration (discount is pro-rated over three terms of the regular school year). A 2 percent discount is available to students who pay the quarter-in-advance at each term’s registration. These discounts are calculated on charges less all aid (including loans).

Family Discount
An immediate family with two dependent students attending PUC at the same time will receive a tuition-only discount of $325 per student, per quarter; with three or more students, the discount is $375 per student, per quarter.

Student Financial Services

Laurie Wheeler

Laurie Wheeler

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Becky Evans

Becky Evans

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Jessica Kegley

Jessica Kegley

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Sheri Miller

Sheri Miller

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L. Fredrick Whiteside

L. Fredrick Whiteside

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Student Financial Services can be contacted by calling (707) 976-7200.

Lasting Value: PUC's Return on Investment

“A personalized, wholistic education in a stunning natural environment—this is priceless.”

Pacific Union College is proud to have been recognized for providing exceptional return on investment in rankings that identify the colleges where degrees pay off the most. The recent ranking confirms that the college is fulfilling its mission of providing an excellent and affordable Christian undergraduate education that prepares students for a lifetime of service in the career of their choice.

PayScale, a provider of compensation data, ranked PUC in the top 13% of colleges in its national 2013 College Education ROI rankings; PUC is the highest-ranked Adventist college on the list.​ The ROI (return on investment) ranking demonstrates that students who graduate from PUC enjoy a greater earnings gap than students without a four-year degree.  PUC’s placement in the top 13% nationally shows that its alums earn more on average than graduates from the remaining colleges and universities. In creating the list, PayScale used data collected from employee surveys evaluated against criteria from the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

When PUC’s generous financial aid offerings were taken into account, graduates could expect to enjoy an annual return of 7.9% on their higher education investment. As high school students and their families consider the time and resources that four years of college requires, these numbers are a fantastic indicator that a PUC education pays off in the long run.

Providing an education that supports students in their current academic growth as well as their entire professional career is the goal of PUC’s administration. “A personalized, wholistic education, where students learn by doing, talking, listening, and spending time with professors, other students, and committed Christian staff members in a stunning natural environment—this is priceless, yet by God’s grace we work to provide it affordably. It’s really a sort of miracle,” says Nancy Lecourt, academic dean and vice president for academic administration.

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