Tuition & Financial Aid 101

We get this question all the time: Can I afford a George Fox education? Spoiler alert: you can!

The average upfront cost to attend George Fox in the 2021-22 school year is $18,530. But you could pay even less based on your GPA and FAFSA. Our merit scholarships range from $6,000 to $20,000, with opportunities to earn even more through our Scholarship Summit. We’ll talk about that more below.

First, we’d like to dispel some myths.

Myth 1: I don’t come from a wealthy family so I can't afford a George Fox education

Fact: You can! There are lots of students here who come from families just like yours. No matter your family’s financial background, you’ll fit right in.

Family income of all George Fox students who filed FAFSA (2020-21)

  • 24% Under $50,000
  • 25% $50,001 - $99,999
  • 22% $100,000 - $149,999
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Myth 2: I will have to take out a bunch of loans to pay for my education at George Fox

Fact: Because financial aid packages are personalized to the individual, the answer is different for everyone. Here’s some good news: The total average debt at graduation for our undergraduate students is about $15,000 less than the national average.

Average debt after graduation

George Fox

$22,366

National average

$37,172

Questions about affordability are important to ask. College is a big investment, and determining what you’ll pay for a four-year degree can be confusing.

There are two things George Fox will give you as you make your decisions:

  1. A straightforward explanation of what you’ll pay and what you’ll get.
  2. Resources and support to help you understand the financial aid process, earn additional aid and make the best decision. Your admissions counselor is only a text, call or email away!

What's the Cost for a High School Student?

$18,530 Average upfront cost for first-year traditional undergrad (2021-22)

What does “upfront cost” mean?

The upfront cost is the price of tuition and costs (the "sticker price") minus your financial aid package.

Sticker Price − Financial Aid = Upfront Cost

Price BreakdownSticker Price & Financial Aid

Sticker Price: $51,220

Tuition & Costs

Item Full Year
Tuition (12 to 18 credits) $37, 840
Room and Board $12,700
Standard Fees $680
Total Tuition and Costs $51,220

Average Financial Aid Package: $30,909

Merit Scholarships
High School GPA (weighted or unweighted) Scholarship Amount
4.00+ $18,000 to $20,000
3.80-3.99 $15,000 to $17,000
3.50-3.79 $14,000 to $16,000
3.25-3.49 $13,000 to $15,000
3.00-3.24 $12,000 to $14,000

If you have a GPA below 3.0, you still qualify for merit aid, but the amount will be determined during the review of your application.

Additional Financial Aid

Detailed breakdown of additional financial aid

Need-based grants: Up to $18,924 per year

Based on your FAFSA

Scholarship Summit: Up to $4,000 per year

Engage with faculty in your desired major and experience our community on a deeper level for a chance to earn even more scholarship money. Learn more about Scholarship Summit

On-campus student employment: Up to $3,500 per year

Earn extra money for school without ever leaving campus

Federal student loans: Up to $7,500 per year

Low, fixed interest and no payments while you’re in school. Learn more about loans

What's the Cost for a Transfer Student?

Am I a transfer student?

  • Have you graduated from high school?
  • Prior to enrolling at George Fox, will you have attempted at least 30 quarter or 20 semester hours at a college since your high school graduation date?
  • Are those 30 quarter hours or 20 semester hours transferable coursework (100 level or higher)?

If you've answered yes to all these questions, you're a transfer student.

$23,983 Average upfront cost for transfer undergraduate (2021-22)

What does “upfront cost” mean?

The upfront cost is the price of tuition and costs (the "sticker price") minus your financial aid package.

Sticker Price − Financial Aid = Upfront Cost

Price BreakdownSticker Price & Financial Aid

Sticker Price: $51,220

Tuition & Costs

Full Year
Tuition (12 to 18 credits) $37, 840
Room and Board $12,700
Standard Fees $680
Total Tuition and Costs $51,220

Average Financial Aid Package: $27,237

Merit Scholarships
Cumulative College GPA (weighted or unweighted) Scholarship Amount
3.75+ $13,000
3.25-3.74 $11,000
3.00-3.24 $9,000
2.75-2.99 $7,000
Under 2.75 $6,000
Additional Financial Aid

Detailed breakdown of additional financial aid

Scholarship Summit: Up to $4,000 per year

Engage with faculty in your desired major and experience our community on a deeper level for a chance to earn even more scholarship money. Learn more

Oregon Community College scholarship: $5,000 per year

Students transferring from an Oregon community college with a 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA will automatically receive an additional $5,000 per year.

Need-based grants: Up to $9,800 per year

Based on your FAFSA

On-campus student employment: Up to $3,500 per year

Earn extra money for school without ever leaving campus

Federal student loans: Up to $7,500 per year

Low, fixed interest and no payments while you’re in school. Learn more about loans

Dollars and “Sense”

100% of George Fox undergraduate students receive financial aid

92% of students are employed, accepted to graduate school or doing volunteer assignments within 12 months of graduation.
Data from 2020

88% of George Fox graduates finish in four years, more than double the national average (41%). Skip paying for a fifth year and start earning income faster!
National average source: educationdata.org

85%of George Fox students complete an internship before graduation!
(10% higher than the national average)
Source: collegerecruiter.com

58% of our students study abroad, expanding their worldview and making themselves even more compelling candidates for an increasingly global workforce.
(Compared with 10% nationwide)
Source: The Atlantic

The Value of a George Fox Degree

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"Best Colleges for Your Money"

#1 Christian university in Oregon (2020-21)

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"America's Best Colleges"

Top-ranked Christian university in Oregon (2020-21)

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Best Christian college in Oregon (2020-21)

Plus, your George Fox experience will put all of these resources at your fingertips, equipping you to challenge yourself and the world around you.

  • Intentional career preparation starting your freshman year
  • Rigorous academics that prepare you for real-world challenges
  • Professors who know you by name
  • A respected degree in the marketplace
  • Opportunities to grow in your faith and serve in your community

What's Next?

Now that you understand how tuition and financial aid work, the only question left to ask is, “Where do you want to spend the next four years?” If the answer is George Fox, we can help you make it happen!

Have questions about financial aid? Your admissions counselor has answers! Set up a meeting, give them a call or send a quick text.