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2 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Definitely my least favorite part. The application process was quick, but I'm not sure if you don't know what you are doing that the aid office would be much help. This is simply because they seem understaffed, and never pick up the phone. Additionally, I dislike how long it takes for the school to refund your money. I am gauging this by a previous experience, and it is slow. I have also noticed that even though the loan distributor has paid them my loan money, they sit on it and wait to disperse. Kind of unsettling considering many students rely on that money to eat and pay bills. Aid should be first priority. It doesn't take 2-3 weeks to transfer money to a bank account. You reconcile the account and pass it onto the HOD and accountant to make the bulk 24 hour electronic transfer.

5 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I think it's the best because you're actually going to class and learning the for amount that you have paid the college to get into the class.

2 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I barely received any financial aid.

2 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I pay a "parking lot maintenance fee" for online classes.

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: It is wonderful, if you are in state tuition. But, if you are an international student, it is a little expensive.

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While maintaining full-time status at a four-year university can cost upwards of $30,000 per year, students can study full time at Germanna for roughly $3,000 per year. That's an annual savings of about 90 percent! Bill-paying parties seem pleased with Germanna's tuition rates but say that navigating the financial aid department and award processes proves to be more than slightly frustrating. Germanna is a public, state-supported college—it participates solely in federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant and does not offer any type of in-house or merit-based aid. Basically, this means that students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of more than about $8,000 will not qualify for the Pell Grant and will likely be ineligible for financial assistance. This also means that many high-achievers are denied scholarship aid while students who repeatedly fail courses and study at Germanna simply to remain on their parents’ insurance plans soak up all of the state-given aid. Unfortunately, a good percentage of Germanna’s most scholastically inclined students are forced to go into debt to pay for school, even with the low tuition costs.

For students whose EFCs fall under $8,000, the financial aid process can be a bit of a headache. The financial aid department recently hired new staff members, so students must frequently visit the financial aid office to make sure that all required documentation has been submitted on time and that no surprises will arrive with the tuition bills. Financial aid is definitely helpful, but even students who receive no financial assistance find Germanna to be an affordable alternative to pricier four-year universities, and they agree that they are definitely getting a valuable education for their money.

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Tips for Getting Aid
Talk to the financial aid office early and often. Even if a student isn't eligible for federal aid, the financial aid staff might know of private scholarship opportunities.
Did You Know?
Germanna participates with the FACTS program, which allows students to pay tuition in monthly installments.

Student Polls

Have you come across any unexpected extra fees associated with going to school here?    Based on 49 responses

  • 55% No, everything was straightforward.
  • 39% There were a few minor fees.
  • 6% Yes, major fees.

Do you think you are getting your money's worth?    Based on 50 responses

  • 88% Yes
  • 12% No
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