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Parent Prep

Making Sense of Your Student's Financial Aid Award

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Financial Aid 101Cedarville University began sending financial aid emails last week through our Self Service Financial Aid portal. We have also begun mailing a customized financial aid prospectus to the parents of accepted freshmen students. Today's ParentPrep post provides additional information for those of you who are awaiting these important pieces of information ... or anticipating this process next year!

Don't hesitate to contact our office at 1-800-233-2784. Your student's admissions counselor will also be calling to review your financial aid package and address any remaining concerns or questions.


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How a College's Graduation Rate Can Save You Money

Friday, January 22, 2021

grad cap on pile of moneyWe all know students who started their four-year college journey… six years ago. Whether they are struggling to pass classes, basking in the learning experience, or simply switching their major too many times, their college education can quickly acquire an even larger price tag when eight semesters turn into 12.

One of the best ways a university can save you money is to help your student graduate on time. Consider the additional costs if students take five or more years to finish. Consider the cost if they never complete their educational goals!

At Cedarville, we make it a priority to help students graduate on time, saving them money but more importantly, allowing them to begin using their career to make an impact for Christ sooner. Today's post provides helpful information about graduation rates and what to consider as you compare college options.


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Cedarville Financial Aid Notifications and Your FAFSA

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

This week, we will begin to send financial aid packages to students who have been accepted for the fall 2021 semester and have submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not already done so, please complete your FAFSA to ensure that your student will receive as much financial aid as possible and be among the first to receive a financial aid package. Remember, the FAFSA is used to consider you for not only government forms of aid, but also for all need-based...
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Answering 5 Important Questions About College Affordability

Friday, January 15, 2021

College CostsWe understand that choosing a college for your son or daughter is a big decision. As you help your student work through the process, you probably have a lot of questions. In today's post, we provide thoughtful answers to five of the most common questions we hear from parents about college costs and affordability. As always, you may contact our Admissions office at 1-800-CEDARVILLE. We are here to serve you in any way we can!


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When Will My Student Receive a Financial Aid Package?

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Cedarville University plans to begin sending award notifications to new incoming students in January. Having your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completed is the best way to ensure that we are able to award your student as much financial aid as possible. The FAFSA opened on October 1. If you have not yet completed it, we encourage you to do so soon. Remember, the FAFSA is required to access all need-based scholarships at Cedarville as well as state and federal grants and...
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Cedarville's Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Options Make Education More Affordable

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Cedarville is always looking for ways to help make our distinctly Christian education affordable and accessible for more families. Last week we mentioned three-year completion options that can help your student complete college sooner, saving time and money. A few years ago, we took this idea to another level: accelerated graduate pathways. Students have three options to complete a bachelor's and master's degree in less time at a lower cost: Pathway to an M.B.A. – Students can...
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Did You Know Cedarville Offers 3-Year Degree Completion Options?

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cedarville is always looking for ways to help make our distinctly Christian education more affordable and accessible for families. One way we do that is by offering three-year completion plans for many of our popular undergraduate degrees.

What a great way for students to fast-track their college experience and save money on overall education expenses. You could reduce your college bill by $15,000 or more. And, your student would enter the workforce and begin earning a salary one year sooner, making the value of a three-year degree $50,000 or more!

Read today's post to learn more about three-year completion plans available to your student at Cedarville.


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Announcing Increased Scholarships for Fall 2021 Freshmen!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

At Cedarville University, we are doing everything we can to make our academically rigorous, Christ-focused education affordable for families. We recently announced increased scholarships for incoming freshmen for fall 2021, and we wanted to be sure you were among the first to hear the news. The President's Scholar Award ranges from $10,000 to $20,000, based on high school academic credentials. Due to limited availability of standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cedarville will...
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Expert Tips to Help You Complete the FAFSA

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The FAFSA opened October 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required to access all need-based scholarships at Cedarville as well as state and federal grants. But if you’re like most parents — especially if this is your first child heading to college — the FAFSA can seem overwhelming. We'd like to help! Our financial aid team has put together some resources to help you understand the FAFSA so you can successfully complete it and avoid unnecessary...
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Cedarville's Response to Rising College Costs

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

economic valueThe popular media has made college costs a national conversation, and the issues are real and personal for many families. Unfortunately, the sound bites on the evening news are unable to explain and address the myriad of complex issues that have brought us to this point.

So, how does Cedarville University fit into the college cost conversation? Today's Parent Prep post explains how Cedarville is addressing the issue of rising college costs.

If you value a Christian college education for your student but are wondering how it can ever be affordable, please contact us! We would love to begin a conversation and help in any way that we can.


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Reminder: It's Time to Complete the FAFSA!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

As a reminder, the FAFSA opened October 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required to access all need-based scholarships at Cedarville as well as state and federal grants. If you have not had a chance to complete this important form  yet, we encourage you to do it soon. It's the best way to ensure that your student receives the most financial aid possible. Need help completing the FAFSA? Our financial aid team has put together some resources to help you understand the...
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High School Students Can Take College Courses and Save Money

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

You may be getting ready to send one child off to college, but do you still have other children at home? Cedarville University has an opportunity for them as well! Our College Now program allows students to enroll in college-level courses while they’re still in high school, potentially saving thousands on their total college costs. As part of Cedarville’s College Now program, high school students can: Study with top Cedarville professors who will challenge them to think...
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How SAT/ACT Prep Courses Can Save You Money

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

pencil in hand completing standardized test answersIf you are the parent of a high school junior, you and your student have probably already started thinking about ACT and SAT standardized tests. You likely know that colleges use these scores when making admissions decisions, but did you know that schools also use them when awarding scholarships? Today's post explains how taking the extra time – and perhaps spending a little extra money – to take test prep courses for standardized tests can pay off big for your student. We'll also provide some helpful resources to get your student started.   

We wish your student success on the first step of the college journey!

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P.S. Cedarville University just announced last week that we will accept the Classic Learning Test as another standardized test option to be considered for admission. Learn more.


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Parents Measure ROI for Their Students' Cedarville Education

Friday, March 22, 2019

Diploma on pile of moneyAs high school seniors and their parents sit down to finalize a college decision before the May 1 deadline, one topic is nearly always part of the discussion: cost.

While many universities — including Cedarville — are taking intentional steps to make a college education more affordable, parents are increasingly looking at job placement rates in order to weigh an institution’s benefits against its costs in an effort to decide whether or not a considerable investment is worthwhile.

Cedarville's placement rates continue to be impressive. In a six-month postgraduation final destination survey, 98.4% of Cedarville's class of 2018 reported being employed or in graduate school during that time period. This is not a one-year anomaly: Cedarville's five-year average is 97.3%.

These placement results are well above the national averages reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which has reported an average of 88% over the last five years. But don't just take our word for it. Read the Q-and-A in today's post, originally published in an issue of Cedarville Magazine, and see what parents are saying about their children's experience at Cedarville.

P.S. If your student has been accepted to Cedarville for fall 2019, be sure to pay your reservation deposit soon to ensure his or her place in the incoming class!


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