Bethel University students benefit from statewide increase in institutional grants

MCKENZIE, TN – Studies released this week by The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) suggest that, while state and federal aid has remained stagnant over the past decade, member institutions have steadily increased the amount of institutional grant aid they provide.  Bethel University is one of 34 TICUA campuses in Tennessee.

Officials at Bethel University note that Institutional aid comes in the form of grants and scholarships to students who either demonstrate financial need or qualify academically. This money does not need to be repaid.

According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System’s (IPEDS) 2018-19 student aid survey, 98% of first-time, full-time Bethel University freshmen received some form of aid, while 85% received institutional scholarships. The average amount of institutional aid for Bethel freshmen was $9,663.  Institutional scholarships include athletic, performance-based (including performance arts), and even scholarships for resident dorm directors.

Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler says the school’s generous aid allows more students to pursue their educational dreams.

“The cost of a college education can present a significant obstacle for many families,” he said. “Bethel provides abundant opportunities for worthy individuals to overcome financial roadblocks on their way to a college degree.”

TICUA was established to promote cooperation among private institutions throughout Tennessee, helping private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional developments. Members include each independent, non-profit, regionally accredited college and university in Tennessee with a traditional arts and science curriculum.

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