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Summer 2009 | Volume 32, Number 2 | Campus

Tuition Increase at All-Time Low

SPU Ups Financial Aid

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SPU is responding to the financial needs of students.

Seattle Pacific University President Philip Eaton made a bold announcement in February 2009, responding to the financial challenges being faced by students and their families in this economy. He said, “I am very pleased to report a historically low SPU tuition-rate increase for 2009-10. Tuition will increase by only 3.75 percent. And with very modest increases in room and board — and no increase in ASSP and technology fees — the overall increase is 3.07 percent.” This compares to tuition increases at some universities, particularly public universities, in the range of 12-15 percent.

“I want to assure students that Seattle Pacific is taking every opportunity to help them begin and/or complete their education,” says Eaton. The University’s budget planning for 2009-10 had three primary goals: (1) to assist students financially who may face uncertain economic circumstances; (2) to maintain the high quality education people expect from SPU while holding down costs at the same time; and (3) to build strong financial reserves, preparing the University for whatever changes the economy might bring its way.

Seattle Pacific will continue to accept applications for admission (206-282-2021 or throughout the summer, and the Office of Student Financial Services (206-281-2031 or will process financial aid requests and assist students with special circumstances because of the economy.

“I hope students and families will seek out their admissions and financial aid staff if they have questions about the admission process or financial aid,” says Eaton. “They stand ready to help you. We realize that these are unusual times, and this is not business as usual. Our most important goal is to see you graduate from Seattle Pacific University.”

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Department Highlights

Toward Biblical Literacy
SPU receives a $600,000 grant to pursue its signature commitment to biblical and theological education.

Tuition Increase at All-Time Low
SPU increases financial aid and holds the tuition increase to 3.75 percent for 2009–10.

GospelFest Mass Choir
A 500-voice gospel choir rocked Brougham Pavilion in front of a crowd of 1,200.

Perkins Welcomes Students to Mississippi
Students travel to the Perkins Foundation; he gives SPU's 2009 Commencement Address.

Conference Spotlights Issue
The 2009 Microfinance Conference fostered creative ways to solve global poverty.

SPU’s New Generation of Scientists
A family of three young alums go from science programs to medical and research careers.