Cost & Aid - Financial Opportunity

Let’s make it possible. 

So, you applied to GU and earned acceptance. Yay! Now, you’re really curious about our financial aid process, and we’re here and ready to help you through it. Let’s breakdown how GU makes a quality education affordable for YOU. 

Advice for those seeking aid: 

  • First, you’re going to want to fill out your FAFSA using GU’s school code: 001684.
  • Financial aid at GU is incredibly individualized. Ask lots of questions and explore your options. 
  • Don’t let the initial price scare you. The average traditional undergraduate financial aid package at GU is $24,000. 
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How does financial aid add up?

Now, we’re going to walk you through an example of how financial aid can help you cut the cost.

Cost: $39,158
This is the overall cost of Greenville, but this is most likely not your number. Let’s see how financial aid can make a difference. 

$19,500 
Let’s say you apply to be a Panther Scholar and earn a $19,500 scholarship. 

$3,500
After filling out your FAFSA, you earn $3,500 in Pell Grants as an IL resident. 

$1,000
Then your church pledges to give you a yearly scholarship of $1,000.

$1,000
GU matches your church scholarship, so you automatically get another $1,000 (well, that was easy!).

$3,000
Now you do a little research, and you find a couple of external scholarships from websites like Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and the College Board's Scholarship search.  

Thats $28,000 in aid!

Cost: $11,158
Now you’re looking at something closer to your number, but we’re not done yet!

$5,000
You take advantage of your student loans, using $5,000 each year. If you do that for all four years, you’ll leave with $20,000 in student loans, much lower than the average $32,600 in student loan debt accrued by students who attend other private nonprofit schools.  

$6,158
Finally, you look into the GU payment plan and pay the remainder of your balance throughout the school year.

 

Please keep in mind, financial aid is individualized, and this is an example of the possibilities. We’d love to help you figure out YOUR financial aid needs. Reach out to us at [email protected].

Cut the cost even more with: 

External scholarships. Little scholarships make a big difference! 

Partnership opportunities. For example, if you work at the local Durley Youth Camp during the summer, GU matches your earnings and puts it towards your tuition.

Work-study positions on campus. 

Job preparation. Resume building, interviews training, career fairs, and access to our extensive alumni network connect you with opportunities for your future. 

 

Paid internship experiences. Every major requires an internship experience, and many of them are paid positions. 

Gifts. GU alumni and friends believe so strongly in the impact of a GU education, they generously fund scholarships and gifts to help students like you pursue a transformational education.