JACKSON, Tenn. – Jan. 14, 2002– Union University’s Office of Institutional Advancement recently announced that more than $1.25 million in gifts designated for student scholarships were received during 2001, a 10 percent increase from last year. Total gifts received during 2001 for the university were almost $7 million, not including pledges.
“The importance of this type of annual support for an institution such as ours is unquestionable,” said Bob Alsobrook, senior vice president of institutional advancement. “Without this increasing level of support coming from our alumni, friends, churches and the business community, many students simply could not attend Union.” According to the College Board’s annual report, private four-year college tuition increased by 5.5 percent to $17,123. Union continues to hold its tuition steady at $12,300 and was one of the few institutions in Tennessee selected by this year’s U.S. News & World Report to be included in the “Least Debt Load” category.
Both the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Business Services strive to work with students who may qualify for Union academically, but financially may experience challenges in paying for college.
“We see a lot of families who never realized what college costs, and are in need of tuition counseling which we try to provide,” explained Bev Vos, administrative assistant to the Senior Vice President for Business Services. “We work with them to develop payment plans, to look at their class options more closely, and develop a strategy that will help them achieve their ultimate goal - a degree from Union.”
According to Bryan Nelson, director of financial aid, the average expected family contribution for low-income students to attend Union is below $3,000.
“More than half a million dollars alone was given out last year for need-based students from one specific scholarship fund,” said Nelson, adding that wasn’t necessarily the only scholarship individual students received.
“We are indeed very grateful for every friend of Union University who has joined us in our efforts to keep a quality Union education affordable and accessible for our students,” said Union President David S. Dockery.
Sara B. Horn,