Grand Canyon University seeks out homeschoolers, freezes tuition rates

Where do you go if you want to attend a private Christian university, stay in Phoenix, benefit from an Arizona resident rate, and hold on to some of your hard-earned cash?

Grand Canyon University is trying to make a Christian college education a little easier by putting a price freeze on tuition rates for the next two-and-a-half years for the on-campus students.  Room and board rates will be dropping starting the spring of 2010, and many of the
school’s fees are substantially less than the state school counterparts.

Although GCU’s tuition is about twice what ASU charges ($16,500 a year for GCU, approximately $6,840 for ASU), there are some cost leveling factors:

GCU’s benefits:

  • automatic $2000 tuition reduction for Arizona residents
  • room and board will be decreased to nearly $500 per year less than the cheapest ASU accommodations
  • students get free parking (at ASU, expect to pay $800 or more per year)
  • no tuition increases until June 2010 (ASU will guarantee an increase of 5% annually)
  • High school juniors and seniors can begin taking GCU classes with the High School Scholars program at the community college rate and get some of the general coursework out of the way at a great savings.

Another great benefit is that GCU is a small school that focuses on an atmosphere of community, in which students can get to know their professors and work directly with them on various projects.  Current student population is about 1700, with plans to grow to 5000 in the next few years.  ASU boasts over 68,000 enrolled for fall 2009.

Additionally, Grand Canyon is committed to reaching out to the homeschool community, as the faculty and admissions personnel understand the high caliber of personal qualities that characterize most homeschoolers.  The smaller venue will provide each student the opportunity to shine in his or her field, and individual achievements are highly encouraged.

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