PUC Releases Financial Aid Workshops Dates

Pacific Union College will host 16 financial aid workshops across Northern California and Hawaii, in a special collaboration with La Sierra University, during October and November. For the first time, the college will also be holding several online workshops throughout the fall.

The goal of these workshops is to provide families with the critical information they need to help finance a quality, Christ-centered college education. Topics to be covered include PUC scholarships, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Cal Grant, and other scholarship and aid opportunities.

“PUC understands how critical finances can be for families when planning for college, which is why we strive to offer as much assistance and information as possible through our financial aid workshops. I want to personally invite anyone considering PUC to attend a workshop so we can discuss how we can make an Adventist education possible for your family,” says J.R. Rogers, director of recruitment. “Traditionally, we held these events in January and February, but we’ve moved them up to assist families with college financial planning.”

Workshop dates are as follows:

October 2 – Mountain View Academy
October 4 – Lodi Academy
October 9 – Redwood Adventist Academy
October 10 – El Dorado Adventist School
October 11 – Paradise Adventist Academy
October 17 – Armona Union Academy
October 18 – Fresno Adventist Academy
October 19 – Bakersfield Adventist Academy
October 23 – Central Valley Christian Academy
October 24 – Pine Hills Adventist Academy
October 25 – Napa Christian Campus of Education; PUC Prep School
October 28 – Monterey Bay Academy*
October 30 – Sacramento Adventist Academy
November 2 – Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy
November 13 – Hawaiian Mission Academy*
November 18 – Rio Lindo Adventist Academy*

*Please note, all workshops will be held at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of Monterey Bay Academy, Rio Lindo Academy, and Hawaiian Mission Academy; these workshops will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Joint financial aid workshops hosted by La Sierra University will also be held in Southern California and Arizona. For more information, visit puc.edu/workshops. The first online financial workshop will be September 12. Information about additional dates will be forthcoming.

Last year, PUC awarded students over $40 million in financial aid. To learn more about all of PUC’s scholarship and grant opportunities, and to apply, visit puc.edu/scholarships or call (800) 862-7080, option 1.

Use PUC’s Net Price Calculator!

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Worried about affording college? Find out what you may qualify for!

Did you know 100 percent of PUC’s traditional undergraduate students receive financial aid? Last year, over $40 million was awarded to our 1,600 students based not only on merit, but leadership, Christian service, and much more. See a full list of PUC scholarships at puc.edu/scholarships.

PUC is committed to making a high-quality Christ-centered education possible. To find out how much aid you may qualify for, use our net price calculator to receive a preliminary estimate of your aid eligibility, including grants, loans, and PUC scholarships.

It takes less than 10 minutes—start now!

Five Financial Things You Can Do Now

The fall is always a busy time of year for high school students (and their parents!) as they finish their college applications and start to work on determining how much financial aid they’re eligible for. This year in particular can be stressful, with new changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), more information about which can be found at puc.edu/financeresources. The following is a short list to help keep you on track now that FAFSA has opened—it’s time to get ready for next year!

Apply to college

  • If you haven’t already, apply to PUC at puc.edu/apply
  • Be sure to list your Social Security Number so PUC can access your FAFSA
  • Send in your transcripts and one letter of reference

Submit the FAFSA
(Starting October 1)

  • Get your FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov, which will serve as your legal signature when you submit the FAFSA; your parents should get one too
  • Start your FAFSA at fafsa.gov—have income information from the previous tax year available to refer back to
  • Be sure to include PUC’s school code (001258) to have your data sent to PUC
  • List at least one in-state college, otherwise you may be ineligible to apply for Cal Grant (CA residents only)
  • Sign your FAFSA with both your FSA ID and your parent’s ID; keep proof of completion

Submit a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission
(
March 2 deadline)

  • Both this form (available at csac.ca.gov) and your FAFSA are required by March 2 to apply for Cal Grant (CA residents only)
  • Be sure to get proof of mailing from the Post Office

Talk with a PUC financial counselor

Search for scholarships

  • See what PUC offers at puc.edu/scholarships (March 2 deadline)
  • A helpful list of external scholarship websites is available at puc.edu/outsidescholarships
  • Don’t limit your search to just online; check local organizations like Kiwanis, Rotary, and your chamber of commerce to see what they offer
  • Ask your PUC financial counselor for ideas of where else to look

Your PUC Financial Checklist

There are several resources available to your family while you navigate the process of paying for a Christian college education. The Finance page of our Admissions website has examples of financial aid package, tips for finding your bottom line, and other helpful information. Our blog has a Finance section full of useful tips for college finances, including several lists of outside scholarships available to high school seniors from sites like Fastweb and more.

The Student Financial Services office at PUC also has Financial Counselors available by email or phone if you need help with anything related to finances. Feel free to email studentfinance@puc.edu or call 800-862-7080, option 1 if you have questions.

Below is a short financial checklist to help keep your family on track as you make plans for college.

  1. Start by filling out PUC’s Financial Aid Application. This basic form is needed to verify certain information that is not on the FAFSA.
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education uses the FAFSA to determine how much federal aid you’re eligible for, including grants and loans. PUC’s FAFSA code is 001258. Pro tip: If you (or your parents) haven’t done your taxes yet, you can use estimated numbers to submit the FAFSA, and update the application later once once you have filed your taxes.
  3. Once our Student Finance office has this information, they will start working on putting together a personalized financial aid estimate for you, which will show approximately how much per month it would cost for you to attend PUC.
  4. Talk with your Financial Counselor if you have any questions about your estimate and whether your family needs more aid.

If you have questions about what you can be working on when it comes to college finances, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Student Financial Services office!

Editor’s note: This is dated material and does not necessarily reflect how the student financial services office at PUC and the financial process currently operates. Please contact your financial counselor for more information.

We Want You to be a Leader at PUC!

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We’re looking for leaders at Pacific Union College – is that you? PUC has two scholarships in particular for leaders: our Maxwell Scholarship Program, and our Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship. You must apply for these scholarships before March 2. More information about these scholarships and their applications can be found at puc.edu/scholarships.

Please note: You have to be an accepted student to apply for our scholarships. To find out what your application is missing, look at the application checklist on your personal PUC site or contact your Enrollment Counselor. If you aren’t sure who your counselor is, email enroll@puc.edu and we can get you connected with them!

The Maxwell Scholar Program is a full tuition scholarship awarded to five students, and is renewable for three years. Winners are selected based on academic success, leadership experience, and Christian service. Candidates must also have the following:

  • A 3.5 GPA or higher
  • High test scores (a minimum of 26 on the ACTs or 1700 on the SATs)
  • Submit a complete scholarship application that includes an essay and letters of recommendation

The Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to 25 students, and is renewable for three years. Candidates are students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities. While there is no GPA or test score requirement, answering a set of essay questions is required.

PUC offers many other scholarships and grants based on academic performance, test scores, athletic ability, artistic performance, and more. See a full list of what’s available to incoming new students at puc.edu/scholarships.

Important Updates to PUC Scholarships

Are you tired of cats having more scholarship money than you?

Are you tired of cats having more scholarship money than you?

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Who wouldn’t be interested in getting free money for college? PUC offers a wide variety of merit- and need-based financial aid and scholarships to incoming freshmen. For the 2016-2017 year, we’re announcing several changes to some of our scholarships – and even a brand new scholarship! For a full list of what we offer, including transfer student scholarships, visit puc.edu/scholarships.

Maxwell Scholar Program
Application: puc.edu/maxwellscholar
Deadline: March 2, 2016

We’re excited to announce a big change to our Maxwell Scholar Program! This year, it is a full tuition scholarship (worth approximately $112,000!), awarded to five students and renewable with a 3.5 GPA. PUC’s most prestigious scholarship is based on a combination of academic success, leadership experience, and a commitment to Christian service. You can find a full list of requirements at puc.edu/maxwellscholar. (Please note, this scholarship may not be combined with any other PUC scholarships, awards, or discounts.) We encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements!

President’s and Dean’s Scholarships
Application: None
Deadline: None, information must be submitted to receive award

Our President’s and Dean’s scholarship requirements remain the same, though the award amounts for both scholarships have increased. These scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen and are based on unweighted cumulative GPA or test scores. Both are renewable with a 3.0 GPA.

President’s Scholarship
3.75-4.0 GPA or 29+ ACT/1900+ SAT
$12,000 per year / 4-Year total: $48,000

Dean’s Scholarship
3.5-3.74 GPA OR 26+ ACT/1700+ SAT
$10,000 per year / 4-Year total: $40,000

Legacy Scholarship
Application: puc.edu/scholarships
Deadline: None, information must be submitted to receive award

Our Legacy Scholarship is a brand new scholarship given in appreciation of our alumni. It recognizes families who have made a PUC education part of their family tradition. The scholarship is offered to encourage the pioneer spirit in children of PUC alumni. Legacy students receive an automatic renewable $1,500 scholarship if their biological parent or legal guardian attended PUC (for a minimum of one quarter).

Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship
Application: puc.edu/scholarships
Deadline: March 2, 2016

The amount for our Mostert Christian Leaders Scholarship has increased to $3,000 per year. This renewable scholarship is awarded to 25 incoming freshmen who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools, churches, or communities.

There’s so much more!
PUC offers many other scholarships and grants based on academic performance, PSAT scores, Christian service and missionary experience, athletic ability, artistic performance, and more. Find out what you may qualify for by contacting our Student Finance office at 800.862.7080 option 1.

Editor’s note: This is dated material and does not necessarily reflect how the student financial services office at PUC and the financial process currently operates. Please contact your financial counselor for more information.

Keep Working on College Finances This Summer

With your senior year coming to a close, you may be asking yourself “What more can I do to help pay for college?” If you’re thinking there’s nothing more that can be done, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are still plenty of options you can explore to help reduce the upcoming cost of college this fall.

Get a Job
I’ll start with PUC-related options first, since this is our Admissions blog after all! If you aren’t already aware, we have two matching programs in place to recognize students who have made certain contributions to the Adventist church:

  • Summer Ministries Leadership Match. PUC matches 100 percent of certified earnings that are applied to tuition by students who work at a SDA youth camp or in a youth ministry program in the summer prior to fall quarter enrollment, up to $2,000. The Association of Adventist Camping Professionals has a camp directory list of all the Adventist summer camps in the country.
  • Summer Literature Evangelism Match. PUC matches 100 percent of certified earnings that are applied to tuition by students who work as SDA literature evangelists in the summer prior to fall quarter enrollment, up to $3,000. Contact your local conference office for more information about programs in your area.

Of course, you can work other places in the summer as well and put a percentage of your earnings towards your college expenses. Even if you aren’t working full time, try to make sure at least part of what you’re making is saved to help reduce your family’s payments towards your school bill in the fall. If you can, save just $10 of your earnings per workday between June 1st and September 21st (when classes at PUC start), and assuming you work five days per week, it would give you $800 to put towards your bill. Every little bit counts!

You can also make plans to get a job on campus when you arrive for New Student Orientation and continue to make contributions to your bill throughout the school year. You can learn more about what jobs are available to students and how to apply for them by reading our “Working On-Campus Has Its Perks” post.

Apply for Scholarships
If you’ve given up your scholarship search thinking all deadlines have passed, it’s time to get back in front of your computer and start searching again! There are plenty of scholarships still available, it’s just up to you to find them.

Need More Help?
Our team of Financial Counselors in the Student Finance office can give you more ideas on other places to look for scholarships to help your family afford college. They can be reached at studentfinance@puc.edu or 800.862.7080 option 1.

Editor’s note: This is dated material and does not necessarily reflect how the student financial services office at PUC and the financial process currently operates. Please contact your financial counselor for more information.