SPU helped administer $100 million in aid during the last academic year. That meant an average financial award of $31,052 per student.

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If you look at the average cost of a university education and say, “There’s no way I can afford that,” you’re not the only one with sticker shock. Many students at Seattle Pacific University, a leading Christian university serving more than 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students, thought the same thing at one point. Then their financial aid letters arrived in the mail.

Yisel Navarro, currently a junior electrical engineering major, remembers getting her award letter from Seattle Pacific. “I thought I wasn’t going to be able to pay for school,” she says. “But as I crunched the numbers, I realized I could make it work.”

SPU helped administer $100 million in aid during the last academic year. That meant an average financial award of $31,052 per student. And there’s more good news: For 2015-16, the university has increased merit scholarships.

Seattle Pacific was recently named the No. 2 “Best Value” in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 college rankings. This reflects the university’s commitment to making an outstanding education as affordable as possible.

Navarro’s best advice to high school students? “Don’t slack on applying for FAFSA. You can get more money the earlier you apply.”

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