Have a Question? Chat Us!

These days, it seems like nobody talks on the phone anymore. In our fast-paced world, it’s much easier to pull out your phone and quickly text someone than it is to dial their number, wait to see whether or not they answer, and if they aren’t available, leave them a voicemail they likely won’t listen to. Last spring, in an effort to keep up with the times, our office unveiled an online chat service on our Admissions website where you can ask questions and quickly get an answer from an Enrollment Counselor or our Communications Specialist. We’re happy to help!

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Look for the chat button to pop up when you’re on our Admissions website.

Here’s a short list of suggested questions to ask if you aren’t sure where to begin:

  1. I’m interested in attending PUC, how do I get started?
  2. What’s the status of my application?
  3. I was just accepted – what do I do next?
  4. How do I look for scholarships?
  5. What classes will I be taking for my major?
  6. What’s there to do in the area around PUC?
  7. What events does the Student Association have on-campus during the week?
  8. What intramurals sports does PUC offer?
  9. What is the campus spiritual life like? What can I get involved with?
  10. Do I have to live in the dorms? If so, what’s dorm life like?

Don’t be shy! Please feel free to chat us with any questions you have. We staff our chat service from 8:30 AM – 5 PM Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays from 8:30 AM – 1 PM. If you would like to contact us through more traditional methods, you can email enroll@puc.edu or give us a call at 800.862.7080 option 2.

PUC Finances Made Easy

Figuring out college finances is complicated. What loans or grants should you apply for? What scholarships do you qualify for? Luckily, PUC comes with a Student Finance department full of staff whose sole job is to help you out! If you haven’t talked with your personal Financial Counselor yet, go to http://www.puc.edu/admissions/finance to find out who you should talk with – Counselors are assigned based on last name. You can always call 800.862.7080 option 1 if you prefer as well.

College is an investment and you want to make sure you’re making a smart one, so spend a few minutes watching this short video to learn the basics of college financial aid and then give our Student Finance office a call with any questions you might have.

10 Scholarships to Apply For This Spring

If you’re still looking for ways to help pay for college this fall, here’s a list of 10 scholarships open to high school seniors with application deadlines during the next few months. Some scholarships are even available to current college students!

1. Sports Unlimited Scholarship
Deadline: April 20, 2015

Write an essay between 500 and 1000 words describing a time when you have overcome adversity to succeed in a sport for a chance to win $1,000.

2. All About Education Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2015

This scholarship asks you to write a short essay (250 words or less) in response to the question “How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?”

3. National Home Improvement Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2015

Open to both high school, college, and graduate students, applicants must write an essay of up to 1,000 words about how they will use their education to help the world. The winner receives $1,000.

4. Mometrix College Scholarships
Deadline: May 22, 2015

If your friends are always asking you for study tips, this is for you! Write an essay of up to 2,000 characters (about 400 words) sharing how you prepare for a test and you could win $5,000. This scholarship is also open to current college students as well as high school seniors.

5. Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2015

This scholarship awards five winners $1,000 each, as well as gives each winner’s school a $500 grant and Krylon supplies. To apply, you must submit your portfolio, a statement, a letter of reference and your transcripts. High school seniors as well as college freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to apply.

6. PicMonkey College Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2015

After taking a survey, write a short 400-500 word essay in response to one of two questions; the story behind your favorite photo or a moment you wish you had a photo of. The winner receives $1,000.

7. Sunoco Rewards Scholarships
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Sunoco is offering two $1,000 scholarships; one for designing signage to be used at their stations and the other for coming up with a digital marketing campaign for the company.

8. Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Probably one of the most famous college scholarships, this contest asks students to make outfits made entirely of Duck brand duct tape to be worn to prom. This isn’t limited to couples; there’s also a category just for singles if you’re planning on attending solo. There’s over $50,000 worth of prizes, while first place winners receive $10,000 each as well as $5,000 for their school.

9. RevZilla Design Scholarship 2015
Deadline: June 1, 2015

This $1,000 scholarship asks applicants to design a new t-shirt for the company. The winner also has their design printed on shirts the winner can hand out to friends and family.

10. Do-Over Scholarship Application 2015
Deadline: June 30, 2015

It’s never good to obsess about the past, but make an exception for this $1,500 scholarship. All you have to do is write a short response up to 250 words to the question “If you could get one ‘do-over’ in life, what would it be and why?”

Accepted to PUC – Here’s What’s Next

I hope you tossed a ton of confetti and jumped around your living room as you opened your acceptance packet because we are so thrilled that you’ve been accepted to PUC!

Andy Dwyer

We can’t even express how excited we are for you to arrive on campus this September! But before you get here, there are a few things you need to do. Lucky for you, you’ve found our blog where we’ll break everything down into four simple steps.

1. Pay your enrollment fee
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to pay your entire school bill or anything. The enrollment fee is only $150. The fee is completely refundable if you decide PUC isn’t right for you before September 1. This lets us know you’re committed to attending PUC and it reserves your spot in classes. You can pay the fee online or by calling PUC’s cashier at 707.965.7530.

2. Complete your housing form
Once you’ve paid your enrollment fee, you can fill out the housing information form. A great thing about PUC is unless you’re married or over the age of 22, you’ll be living in a residence hall which makes becoming part of the PUC family super easy!

3. Register for classes
Today is April 6th, which means class registration for the fall has officially begun! Once your fee has been paid you can get your class schedule set up for your first quarter in college. To do this you can contact your Enrollment Counselor and together you’ll make sure you have the perfect schedule.

4. Make financial arrangements
Have you filled out FAFSA? Have you filled out a PUC Financial Aid Application? Finances are probably the scariest thing about college, which is why we have a great team of Financial Counselors ready to help! But first, take a few minutes to fill out FAFSA and the PUC Financial Aid Application so they have the most accurate information for you.

See? What did I tell you, four easy steps to becoming a PUC student! So hurry up and complete these so you can start doing the fun stuff, like planning how you want your dorm room to look!

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About the PUC Library

Thanks to the internet, there is one resource college students often forget about – the library. Patrick Benner and Joel Lutes, two of PUC’s librarians, gave us 10 facts about the college’s library, several of which we didn’t even know! The library is doing some pretty neat things to help PUC students do their best while they’re here.

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1. You can browse over 30,000 journals at library.puc.edu.

2. The PUC Library provides students with access to over 100,000 ebooks.

3. You can select from over four million books, DVDs and CDs through Link+.

4. The Pitcairn Islands Study Center in the library is the world’s largest research collection about the islands. Scholars come from all over the world to do their research here.

Library 2

5. If you don’t have your own computer, don’t worry! There are about 60 public workstations available within the library and the computer lab areas. Printing in the library is also FREE, so if you need somewhere to print your homework, the library is your place.

6. Did you know you can check out a laptop from the library? There are 15 laptops available to students; 2 MacBooks and 13 MacBook Pros. They come with a carrying case and a charger that can be checked out at the same time or separately, and they’re able to be checked out for up to three hours at a time. You can renew them one time/day for another three hours by calling or stopping by the library.

7. There are four group study rooms that can be reserved at library.puc.edu if you need a place to study with friends for that Anatomy test.

Library 3

8. You can find out what was said about your parents in old issues of The Campus Chronicle that are now digitized on the library’s website. You can browse issues as far back as 1924!

9. Research help is available until 9 PM every evening the library is open.

10. If you’re writing a paper in your room and don’t want to change out of your pajamas to go ask a librarian a question for your research paper, get out your phone! You can text a PUC librarian at 707.948.6639, and generally any texts between 7 AM and 11 PM will be seen and answered within minutes.

Library 4

Understanding Your PUC Financial Aid Estimate

Wondering how much college will cost is probably the biggest concern many high school seniors (and their parents!) have right now, with the fall quickly approaching. Our Student Finance office is currently in the process of sending out financial aid estimates to students already accepted to PUC to help them determine how much they can expect to pay next year. If you haven’t received your estimate yet, or if you haven’t finished your application to PUC, this post will help you understand what you need to submit to ensure you get an accurate financial aid estimate. We’ll also break down a sample estimate to help make the process clearer to those of you who have received one but may be confused over how to read it.

Sample Financial Estimate

1. Merit-based Aid You Qualify For
Any PUC scholarships you are eligible for or have applied for and received will be listed here. For this estimate, they are receiving $5,000 for our Academic Achievement Scholarship, meaning they have a GPA between 3.25-3.49.

2. Need-Based (FAFSA) Aid You May Qualify For
Listed here will be potential aid based upon the information you provided on your FAFSA; including any grants or loans you’re eligible for, such as Cal Grant. PUC also offers grants and loans to students on a case-by-case basis. When you receive your official award package, you can choose what aid you accept, so don’t be worried if there are more loans listed on your estimate than what you want to take out.

3. Other Aid You Could Receive
If you may potentially qualify for any other aid, it will be listed here, such as additional federal loans. You may also want to consider looking into scholarships such as the Union Education Endowment and 3-Way Scholarship which are offered through your local conference or church. For more information, contact your local conference office.

4. First Year Totals vs. Four Year Totals
This is definitely a little confusing! For our sample estimate, this student is estimated to receive about $31,811.00 in aid their first year, which leaves the remaining balance at $4,948.00. The four year total, however, is estimated at $37,016.00, as it is only aid given by PUC, which is the Academic Achievement Scholarship and the PUC grant times four. All merit-based aid is renewable for four years, and most need-based aid is likely to renew at similar levels each year.

5. Payment Options
You have a few different options for how you would like to make your payments for your school bill. You can choose the nine month option, which has you pay only during the school year, or you can pay every month throughout the year, including the summer months.

You can also choose to work to help lower your monthly payments, and on average a student earns about $2,000 towards their bill by working around 20 hours per week. Learn more about working on-campus by reading our “Working On-Campus Has Its Perks” post.

6. Completing Your Award
Obviously, our Student Finance office needs certain information from you in order to calculate how much financial aid (including grants, loans, and scholarships) you’re eligible for. If we’re missing any required documents for you, it will be noted here.

Things you must submit:

Things you may need to submit:

  • IRS Tax Return Transcript
  • Parent’s 2014 W-2s
  • Parent Income Worksheet

Learn more at http://www.puc.edu/completeyouraward.

There are several other things you can do to help lower your school bill. Contact your local church and conference office to see whether they have any scholarship opportunities for college-bound students.

I also recommend taking a look at a list of scholarship websites we’ve compiled on our website, which you can find at http://www.puc.edu/financeresources (click the “Helpful Resources” tab on the left). There’s plenty of money out there to help cover the cost of college, you just have to look for it!

After You Get an Estimate
Don’t hesitate to contact our Student Finance office after you receive your estimate if you have questions about what you’re eligible for or what documents you need to submit. They can be reached at studentfinance@puc.edu or 800.862.7080 option 1.

We Want You at PUC This Spring!

If you missed the deadline to come to PUC for this past winter quarter, don’t worry! You still have a chance to transfer for the spring, which starts on Monday, March 30th. There’s plenty of time for you to get things together to be at PUC. Below is information I hope is helpful for anyone looking to transfer this coming quarter or sometime in the near future.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students
You can learn about PUC’s admissions requirements for transfer students and what we consider to be a completed transfer student application here.

Completing Your Application
Our office gets a lot of questions from students asking us how soon they can expect to hear back from us about a decision. It’s completely up to you how quickly you get your documents to us! As soon as the Admissions Office has all the documents needed for your application, your file will be reviewed for acceptance. If you’re accepted, you will receive an email that day notifying you of the decision, with more information following in the mail.

Checking Your Application Status
You’re able to track your application status by creating your WebAdvisor account. This account allows you to track the arrival of your transcripts, reference and test scores, as well as documents needed by other departments, like financial and health forms. WebAdvisor is also what you will use to register for classes. Learn more by reading our blog post “The Basics of Your WebAdvisor Account.”

Your Program Evaluation
After you’ve been accepted, you will need to pay a $150 enrollment fee in order to register for classes. Once this fee is paid, your transcripts will be taken to our Records office for a degree evaluation which will show what credits transfer, and if anything doesn’t. When your program evaluation is completed, it will be available on your WebAdvisor account, along with contact information for your advisor. Take some time to look at how it applies to your degree requirements, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your advisor. You can read our “We’re Here to Help!” blog post to learn more about how your advisor is key to your success at PUC.

Transfer Student Orientation
The last step is easy – you just need to get here! The day before each quarter begins, there’s a short orientation for new transfer students to help you get to know other new students and to go over information you’ll find helpful as a student at PUC.

Questions?
If you have questions about transferring to PUC, contact Enrollment Counselor Igdaly Patel. She can be reached at igdaly@puc.edu or at 707.965.6422.