How to Pay for College – Yes, It Can Be Affordable!

Does it surprise you to hear that a private, Christian university can be affordable? When you do a side-by-side comparison with many public universities, the numbers are much closer than you might think.

The published “sticker price” at a private university can look overwhelming, but because of scholarships and other funding options, it is generally not what most students pay. Yes, paying for college takes legwork, but by now you may have received your financial aid package, and you’ve seen how Seattle Pacific has offered to help lighten your load.

Jordan Grant

Jordan Grant, assistant vice president of Student Financial Services, answers frequently asked questions about SPU financial aid offers.

Shaking hands

August is the best time to start looking for part-time jobs, both on- and off-campus. SPU’s Center for Career and Calling has a number of resources to help you get hired.

Student financial counselor, Carlie Curlee meets with a student

For an in-depth look at different types of loans, and everything you need to know about repaying them, see the U.S. Department of Education’s extensive resources on federal student aid.


Throughout the summer, if you have any questions about your financial aid, the Student Financial Services staff is here to talk to you. Contact us by email, web, or phone. Paying for college doesn’t have to be intimidating. We’re here to help!