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WWU Affordability Aimed to Support God's Work

Walla Walla University knows that a college education is an important investment — one that continues to pay off in job security and wages, and that aligns graduates to make a profound Christian difference in our world. 

Unemployment rates are less than half for those who have a college degree versus those with a high school diploma, and the average annual income of a college graduate is nearly $70,000 as compared to only $30,000 for high school graduates according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's a compelling case for a WWU degree. However, we believe that being good financial stewards also sets in motion amazing possibilities for God’s work.

For example, WWU offers generous scholarships and financial aid in order to make a Christian university education financially possible for many families. This year, WWU is ranked as the second-best college for financial aid in Washington state and the best Seventh-day Adventist college for financial aid in the nation by LendEDU.  

LendEDU’s overall rankings take into account need-based financial aid, non-need based financial aid and financial aid for international students. Some families may think they don’t qualify for financial aid, but it's still worth it to apply. More than 96% of WWU students qualified for financial aid last year, with a total of $43.5 million in aid awarded last year.

Also, according to Niche, a well-known college search tool, WWU also ranked in the top 10 of more than 300 U.S. Christian colleges for overall best value, a category that weighs both the affordability and quality of education. 

Though WWU ranks well in affordability, we realize an investment in a WWU education is indeed a significant step — one we take seriously by supporting the success of our students. As a community of faith, we recognize that our investment in students boosts the potential for Christian professionals to further God’s work.

Featured in: January/February 2024