"Apply to a private university? They are all so expensive! There is no way I could afford it!"
Whether you are a homeschool parent or student, this thought may have crossed your mind. The truth is, with the substantial endowments that private schools accumulate, you may actually get a larger portion covered in financial aid. The family responsibility may end up the same or less than at a state school.
Grand Canyon University in Phoenix is definitely one that aims to make attendance affordable for all families, and they are very homeschool friendly. They are reaching out to homeschoolers to let them know about admissions opportunities and ways they can assist the community as a whole. For example, they are willing to sponsor (host) some homeschool activities and arrange for group tickets to campus events such as Handel's Messiah. High school students may get dual enrollment credit with either on-campus or online classes for $52.50 per credit hour (instead of $687.50 per credit hour).
Following is a letter from the new admissions representative.
My name is Kaitlynn and I am an Admissions Representative with Grand Canyon University! It is my responsibility to represent GCU solely to home school students across the state of Arizona. It is the heart of GCU to intentionally reach out to and support students as they go through their high school careers. I personally attended GCU for my Bachelor’s degree and had the best experience! I am from a very small community in Ohio and the transition went very smoothly for me.
Several things made this possible, but I truly believe it is because Grand Canyon University is a private, Christian University. This aligned perfectly with who I am and what I was looking for. Another thing I really appreciated was the small class sizes. As a whole, the University strives to continually keep small class sizes (22:1 student to teacher ratio). Several people associate a private education with costing a massive amount of money, but that is simply not true for us. It is the goal of our C.E.O. to make a private, Christian education affordable for students and their families. Because of this, we have extremely competitive tuition rates and a very aggressive scholarship program.
It is my goal to help support each family in the college decision making process. Some things I have done for groups are college readiness presentations (scholarship essay writing, college myth busters, financial aid nights, etc.), group campus tours, and simply providing lunch for the group on a day that you meet. If any of these things are something you might be interested in, please let me know! Also, if you think of anything else that could be helpful for you as you support your students, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Regardless if your students are interested in GCU or not, I am here to help support you and whatever you are doing. A majority of the services we offer help prepare students for college in a more general and holistic sense. I am so happy to help however I can. All of my contact information is listed below. Please feel free to reach out to me however is easiest for you. I hope you are having a wonderful day and for the opportunity to meet you in the near future!
Thank you for your time!
Grand Canyon University is committed to supporting you on your educational journey and your opinion is important to us. If at any time you would like to share more about your experience at GCU with my supervisor, Dennis Williams, please feel free to contact him at 602-639-6980 or via email at Dennis.Williams@gcu.edu.
Grand Canyon University
3300 W. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017
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