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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.

It’s PUC’s commitment to work with you to make that final balance fit in your family’s budget through multiple types of aid. Following the steps below will help us determine what your financial package will look like so that you can know what your monthly payment will be. We’ll continue to work with you and pray with you through the entire process.

  1. Research scholarship and grant opportunities now. Look for websites and local sources as well as PUC scholarships. Note deadlines and start working on applications early.

  2. Request parent and student PIN codes. Go to www.pin.ed.gov to request Personal Identification Numbers for the student and for one parent. These are e-signatures you will use to renew your FAFSA each year, so keep them safe.

  3. Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov beginning January 1. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible because some aid is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Remember to include PUC’s federal school code (001258) to send your results to PUC. We may ask you for documents to verify your eligibility for certain grants.

  4. California residents submit GPA form by March 2, 2015. You will only be considered for a 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. www.calgrants.org

  5. Fill out PUC’s Admission and Financial Aid Applications. Fill out the online forms or download from www.puc.edu/enrollmentforms and mail or fax them to PUC. We will use these forms and your FAFSA to create a personalized Financial Estimate for you.

  6. Watch for your Financial Aid Estimate in March or April. Review this initial award estimate about the different need-based and merit-based you qualify for and contact the Financial Counselor for New Students for any questions or concerns you have. There may be additional aid we can offer you, so please get in touch!

  7. Return your financial aid package to PUC. The student must sign these documents from your Personal Financial Counselor and return them to PUC. Because your award can change during verification, the aid shown may be different than your initial estimate. It is important to return all documents so you can be officially enrolled as a PUC student.

  8. Make your first payment. You’ve filled out all the necessary forms, talked to the Financial Counselor for New Students regarding your estimate, and worked with your Personal Financial Counselor to finalize your award. Now that you know your bottom line, you can make your first of nine monthly payments by mail, phone, or online.

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 a part of many students’ lives, with over 830 students employed by various departments in 1,326 positions. Students can apply on-campus earnings directly to their student account. Our local area is also full of student-friendly job opportunities, with many service jobs in the tourism-focused Napa Valley.

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

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.

It’s PUC’s commitment to work with you to make that final balance fit in your family’s budget through multiple types of aid. Following the steps below will help us determine what your financial package will look like so that you can know what your monthly payment will be. We’ll continue to work with you and pray with you through the entire process.

  1. Research scholarship and grant opportunities now. Look for websites and local sources as well as PUC scholarships. Note deadlines and start working on applications early.

  2. Request parent and student PIN codes. Go to www.pin.ed.gov to request Personal Identification Numbers for the student and for one parent. These are e-signatures you will use to renew your FAFSA each year, so keep them safe.

  3. Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov beginning January 1. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible because some aid is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Remember to include PUC’s federal school code (001258) to send your results to PUC. We may ask you for documents to verify your eligibility for certain grants.

  4. California residents submit GPA form by March 2, 2015. You will only be considered for a 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. www.calgrants.org

  5. Fill out PUC’s Admission and Financial Aid Applications. Fill out the online forms or download from www.puc.edu/enrollmentforms and mail or fax them to PUC. We will use these forms and your FAFSA to create a personalized Financial Estimate for you.

  6. Watch for your Financial Aid Estimate in March or April. Review this initial award estimate about the different need-based and merit-based you qualify for and contact the Financial Counselor for New Students for any questions or concerns you have. There may be additional aid we can offer you, so please get in touch!

  7. Return your financial aid package to PUC. The student must sign these documents from your Personal Financial Counselor and return them to PUC. Because your award can change during verification, the aid shown may be different than your initial estimate. It is important to return all documents so you can be officially enrolled as a PUC student.

  8. Make your first payment. You’ve filled out all the necessary forms, talked to the Financial Counselor for New Students regarding your estimate, and worked with your Personal Financial Counselor to finalize your award. Now that you know your bottom line, you can make your first of nine monthly payments by mail, phone, or online.

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 a part of many students’ lives, with over 830 students employed by various departments in 1,326 positions. Students can apply on-campus earnings directly to their student account. Our local area is also full of student-friendly job opportunities, with many service jobs in the tourism-focused Napa Valley.

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 scholarship websites! There are billions of dollars in financial aid available to students every year—go and get it!

  • PUC’s List of Outside Scholarships
    PUC maintains a list of scholarship search engines as well as a listing of outside scholarships, some of which PUC students have received in the past.
  • California Student Aid Commission
    More than just the home of the Cal Grant online, 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.
  • CollegeBoard
    The College Board is the organization behind the SAT and AP exams. The website lists more than 2,300 scholarship current scholarship opportunities.
  • 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
    Fastweb has been a premiere scholarship search site for over 15 years. It lists over 1 million scholarships worth $3 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.
  • 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.
  • Scholarships.com
    Scholarships.com is a search engine listing over 2.7 million local, state, and national college scholarships and grants worth over $1.9 billion.
  • SchoolSoup
    This free scholarship search engine matches students to over 250,000 scholarships worth $40 billion.
  • United Negro College Fund
    The UNCF awards over 10,000 scholarships annually through about 400 scholarship and internship programs.

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.

2014-2015

Quarter Year
Tuition $9,027 $27,081
Housing (Residence Halls) $1,460 $4,380
Meals $1,035 $3,105
Student Health Plan $250 $750
Technology Fee $100 $300
Total $11,872 $35,616

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.

Find the outstanding options below or check out printable versions for first-year and transfer students.

Maxwell Scholarship Program

Deadline: Complete application packets must be received or postmarked by March 3, 2014

The Maxwell Scholar Program awards $15,000 renewable scholarships to five winners and $12,000 renewable scholarships to five runners-up. Winners are selected based on academic success, leadership experience, and Christian service. Candidates must be incoming freshmen, have a 3.5-4.0 GPA and 26+ ACT or 1700+ SAT, and submit an application that includes an essay and letters of recommendation.

Maxwell Scholarship: $15,000
4-Year Total (renewable with a 3.5 GPA): $60,000

Maxwell Runner-Up Scholarship: $12,000
4-Year Total (renewable with a 3.5 GPA): $48,000

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. Both scholarships are renewable with a 3.5 GPA.

President’s Scholarship
3.75-4.0 GPA OR 29+ ACT/1900+ SAT
Scholarship: $10,000
4-Year Total (renewable with a 3.5 GPA): $40,000

Dean’s Scholarship
3.5-3.74 GPA OR 26+ ACT/1700+ SAT
Scholarship: $9,000
4-Year Total (renewable with a 3.5 GPA): $36,000

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 $5,000 $20,000
3.00-3.24 $4,000 $16,000
2.75-2.99 $3,000 $12,000
2.50-2.74 $2,000 $8,000
2.30-2.49 $1,500 $6,000
2.00-2.29 $1,000 $4,000
Jonny Halversen

“Being chosen for the scholarship was really incredible because it showed that people believed I had real talent. It gave me the motivation to pursue graphic design and the belief that it was something I would do well with in life.”

Jonny Halversen, ‘16

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

Mostert Christian Leaders

Deadline: Complete application must be received or postmarked by March 3, 2014

The Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship awards 30 renewable $2,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities.

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 3, 2014

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

Application

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

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. 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 $300 per student, per quarter; with three or more students, the discount is $350 per student, per quarter.

Student Financial Services

Laurie Wheeler

Laurie Wheeler

  • Director of Student Financial Services
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Jay Miller

Jay Miller

  • Financial Counselor for New Students
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Becky Evans

Becky Evans

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Jessica Kegley

Jessica Kegley

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    Last Names F-L
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Sheri Miller

Sheri Miller

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    Last Names M-Q
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L. Fredrick Whiteside

L. Fredrick Whiteside

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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.

 In September, 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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