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Who is eligible for the tuition reduction program and free textbook rentals in Fall 2015?

All full-time (between 12-18 hours per semester), main campus, traditional undergraduate students are eligible to participate in these programs.

Do tuition reduction and free textbook rentals apply only to traditional undergraduate tuition?

Yes. This program is specifically for full-time, main campus, traditional undergraduate tuition and does not extend to graduate studies. However, if you enroll in a blended program (a bachelor’s and master’s in four years), you will be charged traditional undergraduate tuition rates, will receive the $500 yearly reduction, and will receive free textbook rentals for textbooks required for traditional undergraduate courses. Also, traditional undergraduate financial aid will be applied. It is important to make this decision by the end of your sophomore year. You will have to pay for your own graduate course textbooks. Some graduate programs cannot be blended, so graduate tuition rates will apply.

Does this mean Grace is never raising their tuition again?

No, but it does mean that your tuition rate will never be higher than your first year as long as you are continuously enrolled as an undergraduate student. In addition, your tuition will be reduced by $500 each consecutive year you return as an undergraduate. Every incoming class will likely have a new tuition rate.

Is this program for everyone, or just those on the 3-year track?

This program applies to all full-time, main campus, traditional undergraduate students regardless of the number of years they are enrolled.

Do I have to be a full-time student to qualify for tuition reduction?

Yes. Only full-time, main campus, traditional undergraduate students qualify for the program. However, if you enroll in a blended program (a bachelor’s and master’s in four years), you will be charged traditional undergraduate tuition rates, will receive the $500 yearly reduction, will receive free textbook rentals for textbooks required for traditional undergraduate courses, and traditional undergraduate financial aid will be applied. It is important to make this decision by the end of your sophomore year. Students will pay for their own graduate course textbooks. Some graduate programs cannot be blended, so graduate tuition rates will apply.

As a commuter, will I get the tuition reduction?

Yes, as long as you are a full-time, main campus, traditional undergraduate student on the Grace College main campus or a student in a blended bachelor’s and master’s program at the main campus.

What if I took an entire year of Jump Start? Does that count as a year?

Taking Jump Start classes does not make one a full-time Grace student. Because the program only applies to full-time, traditional students, those taking Jump Start would not qualify. Credits earned while in high school are excluded from the tuition reduction program. This program begins when a student enrolls as a full-time traditional undergraduate student at Grace College.

Is the $500 per year tuition decrease cumulative?

The tuition reduction program takes an additional $500 off your tuition for every year of continuous full-time, undergraduate enrollment.

Where does tuition reduction stop? If I attend for five consecutive years, will I get $2,000 off my starting tuition?

Tuition reduction lasts for as long as you are continuously enrolled as a full-time, traditional undergraduate student. So, yes, if you go to Grace for five years, you will get $500 off again, which totals $2,000 off the starting cost from your first year. However, institutional financial aid, federal, and state aid will likely be used up.

If I choose not to do the three-year program, but I still want to get my master’s, does that count toward consecutive years coming back to Grace?

No. Tuition reduction only counts toward traditional undergraduate tuition and does not carry over to graduate studies. Also, if you choose a master’s program that cannot be completed as a blended program, you will pay the regular tuition of that program. However, if you enroll in a blended program (a bachelor’s and master’s in four years), you will be charged traditional undergraduate tuition rates, will receive the $500 yearly reduction, will receive free textbook rentals for textbooks required for traditional undergraduate courses, and traditional undergraduate financial aid will be applied. It is important to make this decision by the end of your sophomore year. You will have to pay for your own graduate course textbooks.

If I take a year off, what will my tuition be? Will it be the same as the last school year I was enrolled?

If you take a year off, your tuition will be the rate of the tuition for the year you return, and your aid will be recalculated. Then, you will receive $500 off of tuition on that new tuition rate the following year, etc.

If I have scholarships to cover full tuition, can I use the tuition reduction toward something else, like room and board?

No. Tuition reduction can only be used toward tuition and, when used in conjunction with scholarships and some other types of aid, cannot exceed the total price of tuition.

Are you going to raise room and board higher than normal since we are doing the tuition reduction?

Room and board typically increases each year, but will not increase based on tuition reduction. Any increase will not be more significant than it was in prior years.

Free textbook rentals...what’s the catch?

Grace wants to help ease some of the costs of college for students. Eliminating the cost of textbooks is one way we are trying to help. All textbook rentals are free to all Grace College full-time, main campus, traditional undergraduate students. Workbooks and consumables will also be included in the student’s order, but the purchase price will be charged to the student’s account. If students do not want to keep these items, they can return them to the Campus Store for a full refund.

Will these books be new?

Some textbooks will be new, others will be gently used. As long as they are in good shape and of a recent edition, they could be used as free textbook rentals.

Are “textbooks” the required books? What about other required materials, like art supplies or workbooks? Are those covered?

Most required textbooks are rentable items and are included for free. There are a few required items, like workbooks, access codes and other consumables, which will also be included in the student’s order, but the purchase price will be charged to the student’s account. If students do not want to keep these items, they can return them to the Campus Store for a full refund.

Do I get to keep textbooks, or do I have to give them back at the end of the semester?

In order to provide textbooks at no charge, the textbooks will be used again for future students. You will give the textbooks back at the end of the course. If you wish to have the textbook to keep, you can make arrangements with Tree of Life to purchase them. Any unreturned textbooks will be charged to the student’s account.

Am I allowed to highlight/mark in the textbooks?

Yes. Highlighting and notes are acceptable.

What happens if I lose a textbook?

Treat these textbooks as if you’re renting them. If you lose a textbook, you are responsible for the cost to replace it.

Are textbooks free for everyone, or just those who live on campus?

Textbooks are free to all full-time, traditional undergraduate students enrolled on Grace’s main campus. This includes commuters to the main campus.

As a commuter, how do I receive my books?

Commuter students may pick up their books at the bookstore.

I’m taking classes online during the school year. Do I still get free textbook rentals?

Yes, if you are taking online classes as part of your traditional, undergraduate, main campus enrollment.

Are textbooks free during summer sessions? How will I get my textbooks if I am taking a summer class online?

Textbooks are free during the summer if you are enrolled full-time as a traditional undergraduate student on Grace’s main campus. Orders will be available for pickup at the Campus Store before you leave campus for the summer.

Will undergraduate students attending Grace’s commuter school (Indianapolis) or the GOAL program (main campus, commuter school and online) be eligible for the program?

No. The program is only available for main campus, traditional undergraduate students. All of these programs are already priced differently than the tuition for the traditional undergraduate main campus student. Also, GOAL students already receive free textbooks. Ivy Tech and Ancilla graduates already receive discounts on tuition for GOAL.

Who is eligible for the tuition reduction program, and free textbook rentals?

All full-time (between 12-18 hours per semester), main campus, traditional undergraduate students are eligible to participate in these programs.

Do I get the tuition reduction of nine percent?

In order for us to honor the financial aid and scholarships we already agreed upon, we will not be reducing your tuition by nine percent. However, we will reduce your tuition by $500 each year of continuous enrollment beginning in the fall of 2015, and you will get free textbook rentals.

How is this fair to existing students paying at a higher rate? I believe I am entitled to the same tuition as a new incoming student.

Your financial aid was based on the tuition price at the time of your enrollment. Current students are still able to benefit from the $500 per year tuition reduction program and free textbook rentals beginning in fall 2015. The 3-year bachelor’s option remains available to you as a current student. This can save you a full year of tuition and room and board, or you can choose to complete the bachelor’s and master’s in four years. It is important to make this decision by the end of your sophomore year.

Does this mean Grace is never raising their tuition again?

No, but it does mean that your undergraduate tuition will not be higher than your current year. In addition, your tuition will be reduced by $500 each consecutive year of undergraduate enrollment. Every incoming class will likely have a new tuition rate.

Do tuition reduction and free textbook rentals apply only to traditional undergraduate tuition?

Yes. This program is specifically for traditional undergraduate tuition and does not extend to graduate studies. However, if you enroll in a blended program (a bachelor’s and master’s in four years), you will be charged traditional undergraduate tuition rates, will receive the $500 yearly reduction, and will get free textbook rentals for textbooks required for traditional undergraduate courses. Also, traditional undergraduate financial aid will be applied. It is important to make this decision by the end of your sophomore year. You will have to pay for your own graduate course textbooks. Some graduate programs cannot be blended, so graduate tuition rates will apply.

Do I have to be a full-time student to qualify for tuition reduction?

Yes. Only full-time, traditional undergraduate main campus students qualify for the program. Students in blended bachelor’s and master’s programs will also qualify.

As a commuter, will I get the tuition reduction?

Yes, as long as you are a full-time, traditional undergraduate student on the Grace College main campus or a student in a blended bachelor’s and master’s at the main campus.

Is the $500 per year tuition decrease cumulative?

The tuition reduction program takes $500 off your tuition for every year of continuous undergraduate enrollment.

Where does tuition reduction stop? If I attend for five consecutive years, will I get $2,000 off my starting tuition?

Tuition reduction lasts for as long as you are continuously enrolled as a full-time, traditional undergraduate student. So, yes, if you go to Grace for five years, you will get $500 off again, which totals $2,000 off the starting cost from your first year. However, institutional financial aid, federal, and state aid will likely be used up.

If I choose not to do the three-year program, but I still want to get my master’s, does that count toward consecutive years coming back to Grace?

No. Tuition reduction only counts toward traditional undergraduate tuition and does not carry over to graduate studies. Also, if you choose a master’s program that cannot be completed as a blended program, you will pay the regular tuition of that program. However, if you enroll in a blended program (a bachelor’s and master’s in four years), you will be charged traditional undergraduate tuition rates, will receive the $500 yearly reduction, will get free textbook rentals for textbooks required for traditional undergraduate courses, and traditional undergraduate financial aid will be applied. It is important that you make this decision by the end of your sophomore year. Students will have to pay for their own graduate course textbooks.

If I take a year off, what will my tuition be? Will it be the same as the last school year I was enrolled?

If you take a year off, your tuition will be the rate of the tuition for the year you return, and your aid will be recalculated. Then you will receive $500 off of tuition on that new tuition rate the following year, etc.

Is my financial aid going to be impacted as a result of this tuition reduction?

State and federal aid can change depending on your family’s financial information, but Grace aid will not change.

If I have scholarships to cover full tuition, can I use the tuition reduction toward something else, like room and board?

No. Tuition reduction can only be used toward tuition and, when used in conjunction with scholarships and some other types of aid, cannot exceed the total price of tuition.

Are you going to raise room and board rates higher than normal since we are doing the tuition reduction?

Room and board typically increases each year, but will not increase based on tuition reduction. Any increase will not be more significant than it was in prior years.

Free textbook rentals...what’s the catch?

Grace wants to help ease some of the costs of college for students. Eliminating the cost of textbooks is one way we are trying to help. All textbook rentals are free to all Grace College main campus, traditional undergraduate students. Workbooks and consumables will be the student’s responsibility to purchase.

Will these textbooks be new?

Some textbooks will be new, others will be gently used. As long as they are in good shape and of a recent edition, they will be offered as free textbook rentals.

Are “textbooks” the required books listed in the Textbook Shop? What about other required materials, like art supplies or workbooks? Are those covered?

The free textbook rentals are those listed as the ones required. Other required materials including workbooks and supplies will need to be purchased by the student.

Do I get to keep textbooks, or do I have to give them back at the end of the semester?

In order to provide textbooks at no charge, the textbooks will be used again for future students. You will give the textbooks back at the end of the course. If you wish to have the textbook to keep, you can make arrangements with Tree of Life to purchase them. Any unreturned textbooks will be charged to the student’s account.

Am I allowed to highlight/mark in the textbooks?

Yes, as long as the highlighting is not more than fifty percent of the text (as with any other rental).

What happens if I lose a textbook?

Treat these textbooks as if you’re renting them. If you lose a textbook, you are responsible for the cost to replace it.

Are textbooks free for everyone, or just those who live on campus?

Textbooks are free to all full-time, traditional undergraduate students enrolled on Grace’s main campus. This includes commuters to the main campus.

As a commuter, how do I receive my books?

Commuter students may pick up their books at the bookstore.

I’m taking classes online during the school year. Do I still get free textbook rentals?

Yes, if you are taking online classes as part of your traditional, undergraduate, main campus enrollment.

Are textbooks free during summer sessions? How will I get my textbooks if I am taking a summer class online?

Textbooks are free during the summer if you are enrolled full-time as a traditional undergraduate student on Grace’s main campus. You can order your textbooks from Tree of Life, and they will be shipped to you.

Will undergraduate students attending Grace’s commuter school (Indianapolis) or the GOAL degree completion program (main campus, commuter school, and online) be eligible for the program?

No. The program is only available for traditional undergraduate main campus students. All of these programs are already priced differently than the main campus. GOAL students already receive free textbooks. Ivy Tech and Ancilla graduates already receive discounts on tuition for GOAL.

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