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Bluefield College Offers Half-Price Tuition to Qualifying Students

by | Jun 7, 2021

Bluefield, VA – In an effort to meet the national call of delivering a quality education that is affordable and accessible to those who live locally, Bluefield College offers the Pathways tuition program that substantially reduces its tuition by nearly 50 percent for qualifying students.

In fall 2014, Bluefield College initiated Pathways to provide half-price tuition to local prospective students who (a) qualify for the federal Pell grant, (b) live at home, and (c) attend a school district within a 45-mile radius of Bluefield College. Students who participate in Pathways are not eligible to receive institutional financial aid; however, they are able to obtain outside scholarships, grants, and loans to assist with the costs associated with pursuing their education.

“The Pathways tuition program is an excellent resource to earn a high-quality private Christian education at an extremely affordable price,” said Matthew Hamilton, Bluefield College director of traditional admissions. “Not only do students get half-price tuition, but their federal and state aid stacks on top of it.”

The Pathways tuition program is open to students of the following school districts: Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wythe in Virginia; and McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming in West Virginia.

All students—new, transfer, and returning students—may choose to apply for acceptance in Pathways if they meet the eligibility requirements.

For more information about the Pathways tuition plan, email Bluefield College Admissions at [email protected] or call 800.872.0175. For media inquires, email Rebecca Kasey at [email protected], director of public relations.

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Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

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