Affording College

1. Maximize transfer credits.

Andrews University allows much of your degree to be earned through transfer credits. Talk with your academic advisor about which classes will count towards your degree. Often taking a few classes at a community college will save you time and money! 

2. Consider your prior learning assessment (PLA) options.

Prior learning assessment is a way to receive credit for learning you have gained outside a traditional academic environment. This can reduce the cost of completing a college degree. There are five ways that prior college-level learning credits are accepted at Andrews University: advanced placement, departmental challenge exams, standardized exams, validation or proficiency assessments, and prior learning assessment through portfolio evaluations. Learn more

3. Research employer funding options, then ask.

Does your employer provides tuition assistance? Many employers provide support for their employees' continued education. It doesn't hurt to ask.

4. Apply for grants and other state/federal funding.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can help you qualify for a Pell Grant and may qualify you for State funding. Take advantage of every opportunity for financial aid that you don't have to repay!

Check out what student financial services has to say about financing your education

5. Minimize your student loans.

Borrow the minimum amount of student loans. Don’t use loan money to pay for  things you don’t absolutely need. Remember that you can’t walk away from student loan debt, so it's best to accrue the lowest possible amount.

The federal government has a new income-based repayment program and loan forgiveness program