Grand Canyon University located in Phoenix, Arizona, was initially a non-profit Christian university when it was established in 1949 by the Arizona Southern Baptists. Founded mainly as a faith-based institution that would allow members of the Baptist church to pursue a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree without moving to another state, the Grand Canyon College was officially opened in 1949. In 1989, the college was granted university status and its name was changed to Grand Canyon University. The problem with funds has resulted in the university changing its status from non-profit to for-profit in 2004.
Grand Canyon is an ideal university for students seeking premier quality higher education yet requires a more flexible schedule of classes. The university offers both campus-based and online education to its over 25,000 students, giving equal attention to traditional undergraduate as well as graduate classes. Students can pursue online and campus-based Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs through the university’s College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Ken Blanchard College of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts.
For academic year 2009-2010, cost of tuition for traditional undergraduates is US$8,250 per semester for full-time students and US$687.50 for part-time students. The same tuition rates apply for students taking up online courses. Financial Aid is extended to qualified students by way of loans, grants and scholarships.
On-campus housing is available to students who are interested to avail themselves of this although this would mean an additional cost. To encourage enrollment, the university has reduced the rental rates of its on-campus housing facilities.
For more information about admissions, financial aid or online learning opportunities such as distance education degree programs and online classes, please contact Grand Canyon University.
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