Green Mountain College: You can afford to make a difference

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Green Mountain College: You can afford to make a difference

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It's that time of year when prospective college students are researching and applying for college admission. Students are eager to find the right college to prepare them for the career and life of their dreams. A top concern of prospective students, and their parents, is the cost of that dream education, and how to pay for it. Green Mountain College (GMC), in Poultney is recognized as the nation's number-one ranked curriculum for environmental, social and economic sustainability. GMC prepares students for productive and fulfilling lives to make a positive difference in the world. And the college is equally dedicated to making their "First in Sustainability" education affordable.

"Part of our dedication to creating the next generation of sustainability professionals is ensuring a GMC education is accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances," said Robert (Bob) Allen, President, Green Mountain College. "We offer an extraordinary range of financial aid programs and unique affordability guarantees, including freezing tuition for all four years at the student's first year rate."

100 percent of GMC students received financial aid for the 2017/2018 academic year, and 90 percent received at least $20,000. GMC offers a level of financial predictability not found at most private or public schools: in addition to freezing tuition at the first-year rate, GMC will cover tuition for extra semesters if the student takes more than 4 years to graduate. GMC matches stated University of Vermont (UVM) tuition for Vermont residents and Community College of Vermont graduates automatically qualify for this Vermont Tuition Match. In many cases, it is less expensive to attend GMC than the student's state school. And every semester, all campus-based undergraduate students get all of their required textbooks on the first day of class for no additional charge. Because of GMC's commitment to affordability, GMC students that do graduate with student loan debt have less to pay back than the national average. And, GMC student loan debt has decreased by $9,000 per student over the past 3 years.

This commitment to educating students who want to make a difference while making a living is also evident in GMC's coveted First in Sustainability Scholarship Award. Now in its second year, the Scholarship covers four years of tuition, room, board and fees, a value of approximately $200,000. This award is based on an essay outlining how the student would use a GMC education to make a change for a better, more sustainable world. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.

For more information on how to afford an education from a "top green school" as consistently ranked by The Princeton ReviewSierra Magazine, and The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), please visit www.greenmtn.edu/financialaid.

About Green Mountain College – First in Sustainability

The nation's number-one curriculum for sustainability, Green Mountain College prepares students to build meaningful careers pursuing social, economic and environmental sustainability. The college's holistic sustainability-based education, built on a core sustainability focused general education curriculum, enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world. The college also offers online master's degree programs, and a three-year B.S. degree in partnership with The Killington Resort. For more information, visit www.greenmtn.edu.

SOURCE Green Mountain College www.greenmtn.edu