Annual Block Tuition Plan
Flexibility and Savings
Abilene Christian University is doing its part to increase access to higher education by offering an innovative approach to pricing. Because ACU is committed to making its quality Christian higher education affordable, it has moved to an annual block tuition plan for full-time undergraduate students. A block (also known as “flat-rate”) tuition plan helps families shorten the time it takes students to earn a degree, plan better financially, save money each year, and reduce debt upon graduation.
At most schools, block tuition allows students to take 12-18 hours of credits each long semester (fall and spring) for the same price. ACU’s annual block tuition plan allows students to take up to 36 hours across the entire year for one price.
The price includes all required student fees (academic enrichment and technology, academic services, healthcare, public safety, and student activity and recreation). Block tuition does not include room and board or course-specific and individual (parking, mailbox, etc.) fees.
Block tuition allows full-time students to shuffle 36 credits worth of courses between the fall, spring and summer semesters – this includes for-credit summer internships and study-abroad opportunities. This model also allows students to complete their degree requirements sooner. Graduating in less than four years can significantly reduce the overall cost of education and get you into the workforce sooner.
The block-tuition pricing model can save students up to $6,000. For instance, students no longer have to pay extra should they wish to take a summer course, or take more than 18 credits one particular semester; it’s already included. By taking more credits per semester, students can graduate early.
2016-17 Total Estimated Cost: $41,520
Financial aid season won’t ramp up until the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available (a must-do if you’re interested in grants and loans), but you can complete our net-cost calculator now for a preliminary estimate of your:
The bottom-line cost of an education at any college is probably more than you’re accustomed to paying for most things - aside from maybe a car or a house - and it requires you to plan responsibly.
All students, regardless of family income, are eligible to receive some type of student aid provided they have not been in default on student loans, are at least half-time, and attend a college that participates in the Federal Student Aid program.
There is currently more than $150 billion in available student aid each year, and undergraduate students receiving aid get an average of $14,210 per year from various aid sources. But, students must file a FAFSA to apply. Applications open each year online beginning October 1.
Flexibility and Savings