Central College offers tuition at an affordable price comparable to state schools to be transparent about the cost of a private, higher education. Rather than listing an artificially high tuition price and offsetting it with high financial aid, Central prices tuition so it is clearer to everyone.
No. Our prices for room and board are comparable to or lower than other colleges and universities.
Yes. The amount of aid is proportional to tuition. A robust assortment of scholarships and financial aid remains available. In fact, Central offers more scholarships than ever before in the college’s history.
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The online version of the FAFSA is available at studentaid.gov. The FAFSA school code for Central is 001850.
Central College offers many merit- and need-based scholarships and grants from our own funds. Legal residents of Iowa may be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant if your estimated family contribution is under $15,000 and you complete the FAFSA prior to July 1. Students who have the highest levels of financial need under federal methodology may qualify for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.
We do not have the resources to cover our expected family share of the costs of education. What are our options?
To cover the expense of higher education, many families choose to spread the costs over time through a combination of monthly payments and borrowing through the various student loan programs. Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Federal Parent PLUS Loans are not based on need and may be used to pay a family’s share of costs, without reducing eligibility for need-based aid. For more information, contact Donna Newendorp, 641-628-5187.
Any outside scholarships are viewed as financial resources available to meet your financial need. You are required to report outside scholarships to the Financial Aid Office. The gift portion of your financial aid package will not be reduced based on your outside scholarships. The increase in gift aid may result in a reduction of the loan or work-study portion of your package.
What is the difference between a Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan and a Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan?
The Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan is awarded on the basis of need according to federal eligibility standards. Interest on this loan does not accrue while the student remains in school at least half time. If other forms of financial aid do not meet the total costs of education, any degree-seeking U. S. citizen or permanent resident, regardless of need, can qualify for a Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan by simply completing the FAFSA. Interest on an unsubsidized loan accrues while the student attends college.
The net price calculator is a tool that you can use to estimate your “net price” to attend a particular college or university. Net price is the difference between the “sticker” price (full cost) to attend a specific college, minus any grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible. Sticker price includes direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board) and indirect costs (books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses).
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You must assess your lending priorities–interest rates, size of monthly payments, student vs. parent loans, deferment provisions, home equity options–and decide what type of loan best meets your current financial needs.
You are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Central College catalog.
You must reapply for aid each year by submitting the FAFSA if you have need-based aid, Unsubsidized Stafford Loan or Teach Grant.
We begin mailing new student aid awards as early as November and continue awarding on a rolling basis thereafter. You will need to be accepted for admission and have your FAFSA results to us before we will be able to process your financial aid offer. We email financial aid offers on campus to continuing students before summer break if we have received all of the required information.
Any substantive changes in your family’s financial situation should be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Examples of such changes are a significant decrease in income, unusual medical expenses, or a change in parents’ marital status.
My parents do not claim me as a dependent on their income taxes. Can I be classified as an independent student for financial aid purposes?
Central College follows the FAFSA’s definition of dependency, except in the most extraordinary circumstances. If you are an undergraduate student who was born after January 1, 1995, are not married, do not have legal dependents whom you support and you are not an orphan, ward of the court or Veteran of the Army, Air Force, Marines or Navy, you will be considered dependent for financial aid purposes.
Students with federal eligibility may also qualify for Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans of up to $3,500 for first-year students, $4,500 for sophomores, and $5,500 for juniors and seniors. This loan is currently at a fixed rate of 2.75%. The federal government pays the interest during enrollment and periods of deferment. Repayment begins six months after you cease attending college at least half-time.
You may be offered the opportunity to work on campus and earn money for education-related personal expenses as part of your financial aid offer if you show financial need. Earnings are limited to the amount awarded in the aid package. Typically, Central College students work about 6 to 8 hours per week. Earnings are paid directly to the student by check as the work is performed and are not credited to the student’s account. You may use your earnings to cover personal expenses.
Outside scholarship donors should include your name on the face of the check. Checks should be made payable to Central College (or co-payable to Central College and the student) and sent to the Financial Aid Office, Campus Box 5800, Pella, IA 50219.
You should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing Central College (001850) as one college to receive the results. In addition, you and your parents may be required to submit copies of federal income tax transcripts if selected for verification by the federal processor.
Incoming first-year and transfer students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA by Oct. 1. Iowa residents must file the FAFSA prior to July 1 for need-based state aid.
No. You may complete the application using reasonable estimates of income. If this is done, please understand that final results using actual tax figures may change the student aid award. You may need to submit copies of your tax transcript at a later date if you are selected for verification.
The monthly payment plan at Central College is a tuition management plan that gives your family the option of dividing the cost of yearly tuition into nine or ten monthly payments, beginning in July or August of the academic year. Download the monthly payment plan form or contact Beth Wood at 641-628-5185 to learn more.
The Office of Student Employment maintains a listing of part-time jobs on campus and in the community. There are usually opportunities on campus, but students with financial need are given priority.
Institutional scholarship aid is not awarded for summer session classes. The tuition costs for summer classes are heavily discounted.
In general, if you enroll in one of Central’s study abroad programs, you are awarded aid in the same manner as for a semester on the Pella campus. Central Tuition Exchange and work-study funds will not be available while studying abroad. Students with remaining loan eligibility are able to apply for loans to fund additional costs associated with the overseas program.
We believe students and their parents have primary responsibility to cover the cost of a Central education to the extent they are able to do so. Financial aid decisions are based on ability, not willingness to pay, with the greatest help going to the most needy families. You may wish to explain to an unwilling parent that we will not share his/her financial information with others. Also, by submitting the necessary financial information on the FAFSA or through verification, the parent is in no way obligated to contribute to educational costs. The information is simply used to determine eligibility for need-based aid. We cannot increase financial aid because of a parent’s unwillingness to contribute, so a student may be faced with taking out loans to finance the parent’s expected contribution. If there are unusual or extenuating family circumstances, you may submit a written appeal to the Financial Aid Committee.