WINONA LAKE – Grace College has announced new affordability measures for students and a revised fall semester calendar in order to care for its students and their families during the current health crisis.
“Lower-income students can attend Grace tuition-free through a combination of federal, state and institutional aid,” said Dr. Mark Pohl, Grace College associate vice president of enrollment management and financial aid in a news release from the college.
This aid is given to those with “zero expected family contribution” calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which takes into account family income and the number of children in a household. This tuition-free offer is valid for residential and commuter students. “We have many students who fit the criteria and live locally,” said Pohl. “Hundreds of admitted students qualify, and many have already made plans to attend Grace this fall,” he said.
Grace is removing other financial barriers for students as well. The college has decided to adopt permanently a test-optional admission policy. The decision, effective immediately for incoming 2020 students, allows applicants to choose whether or not they feel test scores best represent their academic ability and provides fair admissions criteria to all students who want to pursue higher education.
Additionally, Grace reduced the price for most of its online degrees by nearly 20% for new students. Grace is now among the most affordable faith-based online colleges. Its online programs include associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Grace has also announced a revised fall semester calendar. The college will begin classes one week early on August 19, forgo a fall break and conclude the semester before students leave for Thanksgiving. This is being done to mitigate the risk of student exposure to illness and to keep campus healthy.
Grace is now welcoming prospective students and summer visitors to campus with safety guidelines in place. To schedule a visit, go to www.grace.edu/visit. To apply for free, visit www.grace.edu/apply before Grace’s extended Fall 2020 Reply Date, July 1.