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UC is accessible to many with the help of scholarship opportunities

Williamsburg, KY. - With the economy in a continuous downward spiral and the scare of financial ruin brewing in families’ homes, the decision to seek a college education might have been put on the back burner for many potential students. A college education is more affordable than what one might think and the University of the Cumberlands (UC) is always on the move to provide assistance and scholarships to those who need it.

It is the assumption of many that private college tuition might be harder on the pocket than other colleges or universities but UC makes the opportunity more obtainable than what people might know. There are academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, financial aid, work-study opportunities, loans, federal and state grants, state funds, and more to assist students at UC.

“The main thing to remember when incoming freshmen are applying for college is to fill out the FAFSA forms and get them submitted in January,” said UC’s Financial Planning Director, Steve Allen. “There is simply no reason to wait. Financial Aid is available to students but it will run out, especially in our state. The economy is in bad shape right now which is causing more and more potential students to need and qualify for financial aid. It ran out of money to give students as early as February last year. If students do not fill out their forms and get them sent in, there is no guarantee they will receive assistance. If students get it in on time and qualify, it can be a great tool to help alleviate costs.”

Incoming freshmen can apply for the Roger’s Scholarship which is a full tuition paid scholarship at UC available to students who have completed the Rogers Scholarship program in high school. The student must have an ACT score or 24 or higher and a 3.4 grade point average (GPA) in high school in order to be eligible.

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholar is a scholarship offered to students who graduated from the Governor’s Scholar program. If they apply and are accepted, they can receive a Dean’s scholarship of up to $15,000 for residential students or up to $11,000 for commuters. Students seeking the presidential scholarship are required to have a 30 or higher on their ACT or a 1330 or higher on the SAT.

The Trustee Scholarship is also an option for students seeking financial help. This scholarship is available for first time freshmen with outstanding academic credentials. Up to five students per year will receive this scholarship and they all must have a 28 or higher on their ACT or a 1250 or higher on their SAT with a 3.5 or higher high school GPA. This particular scholarship will cover the expenses of room and board and pay full tuition for the student whether they are commuting or living on campus.

The Presidential Scholarship is also for first time freshmen with outstanding college entrance exam scores. Students who apply must have a 30 or higher composite score on the ACT or a 1330 or higher composite score on the SAT with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Scholarships are up to $20,000 per year and $14,600 for commuters.

The Dean’s Scholarship requires students to have outstanding entrance exams scores as well. To qualify, students must score a 28 or higher on the ACT or a 1250 or higher on the SAT. Students must have a GPA or 3.5 or better to apply.

There are numerous opportunities for students to receive academic scholarships. These scholarships are types of financial aid which are given to deserving students who are in financial need. These are given to first time freshmen who have a 20 or higher ACT score or a 940 or higher SAT score, and who have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Other types of financial aid given to students are Merit Grants. These are given to first time freshmen based on ACT and/or SAT scores and high school GPA. Transfer students are also eligible for Merit Grants according to their college GPA.

Student athletes are also given the opportunity to seek financial assistance with their college education through the help of Athletic Scholarships. These scholarships are distributed based on the athletic ability of the potential student and are awarded by an appropriate member of the athletic staff in coordination with the financial Planning Office.

The Bert T. Combs Scholarship is a grant that provides the recipient with a full tuition minus the cost of room and board. The grant makes up the difference between state, federal, merit monies, and KEES money in Kentucky. Students applying must have a 19 or higher on ACT and have a 2.75 GPA or higher. Transfer students are eligible for this scholarship as well.

The Christian Leadership Scholarship is where the University of the Cumberlands offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for students who served leadership roles in their church or other religious organizations. The amount of scholarship awarded will vary depending on the students’ amount of financial aid, amount of aid that is available, and the level of leadership the student demonstrated.

Students can do work-study which is a federal program which uses federal money to provide a way for students with financial issues to earn money to help pay their college expenses. There are numerous student loans available that students may look into and even loans that are designed to target the parents of college students. Grants and financial aid are always ideal routes for students as long as it is available for them and they qualify and meet requirements. Students in the United States can even set up monthly payment plans which will help them be able to easily pay tuition in monthly installments instead of one large lump sum. These plans are interest free.

“There are tons of scholarships and grants available to students,” said Allen. “Potential students just need to look for them. Wal-Mart even gives scholarships. Anyone can go to school and receive a college education. It just depends on how willing the student is to find what works for them and make it happen.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit