How many students are enrolled at WVICU institutions?
How many students are in state students?
What percentage of WVICU students are first generation college students, indicating they are the first in their family to attend college?
Last year, undergraduate students comprised what percentage of total enrollment at WVICU institutions?
How do I know if I qualify for Financial Aid?
Most people are eligible for financial aid for college. In order to qualify, you must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is best to complete the FAFSA no later than March 1st in order to receive the Promise Scholarship and the WV Higher Education Grant if you qualify for them.
What is the average PROMISE Scholarship amount awarded to WVICU institutions for 2014-2015?
What is the average West Virginia Higher Education Grant to WVICU students this year?
Do students at a private, not for profit college or university graduate with high levels of debt?
No, in fact 26% of students graduate from private, not for profit institutions with no debt at all. 48% of students graduate with less than $20,000 total debt. (the price of a modest automobile) Only 10% of students graduate with $40,000 in debt.
How can these debt levels be accurate with the published cost of education?
Students receive an average of $14,826 in annual grants from private not for profit institutions in addition to state (Promise, and WV Higher Education) and federal (Pell) grants.
How can students reduce the amount of debt that they incur?
The answer is to graduate on time. The cost of an additional year or more to graduate adds significantly to the cost of an education. WVICU Colleges and Universities give individual attention from the faculty and staff that help students graduate on time.
What are three good reasons to apply to a private college or university?
- Close interaction among students and with professors.
"Private colleges and universities provide students with the greater opportunity for an educational experience that takes place in a learning community with smaller class sizes." says George Walter, Vice President of enrollment at La Sale University. Students in private schools are less likely to be in large classes taught by teaching assistants, because professors are willing and able to teach their lectures. "In addition", says Walter, "there is a greater level of personalized support services for students outside the classroom." In their free time, professors serve as academic and professional mentors to students.
- Campus culture tailored to students' values and personalities.
Each private school has a campus culture that reflects the student body and all of its unique qualities. Steve Langerud, director of global development at Maharishi University of Management, says that a benefit of private education is "matching a culture to your goals, values, and personality. Private colleges are often more clear and distinctive in their culture. Finding the right fit is an important part of a college experience and preparation for life after college."
- Job preparation through critical thinking and perspective.
Private schools seek to prepare students for the real world by teaching them life skills that will ensure success in any job market. Private colleges "stress perspective, critical thinking and learning how to learn" says Jose Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College. He adds that "private colleges prepare students to explore the unknowns they will encounter in their careers, where they will be required to analyze new information and reinterpret what they know and how they apply that knowledge."