Faith and Finances
God’s provision is rarely more obvious than in the area of finances. Many students have enrolled in Verity because they felt that it was God’s will, and have seen God reward their faith in miraculous ways. Several families have sent multiple children through the Verity program even though they did not have the finances to cover the entire program cost at the time of enrollment.
If you feel that God is leading you to Verity, please do not let financial concerns deter you. God often uses situations like these to strengthen our faith and demonstrate the validity of his promises. Please email us or call 866-983-7489 ext. 2102 if you have any questions about finances for Verity.
Financial Aid Options
Many incoming students apply for federal financial aid, which can be applied to most of the accrediting costs for Verity students. Many federal financing options involve student loans, but federal Pell grants are gifts that can be applied to educational expenses. Verity recommends that every student complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at least once during their college journey to see if they qualify for any of these grants.
Pell grants are offered on a first-come-first-served basis; when the allocated amount for the year is exhausted, then no additional grants are offered until the following year. This means that students considering this option should apply to Verity as early as possible since the grant process usually begins in February and March. To apply for a Pell grant follow this procedure:
- Apply to Verity (by February).
- Upon being accepted to Verity, apply to Thomas Edison State College (or other
college—check with Verity to determine which college will be accrediting your degree).
- Simultaneously complete the FAFSA form on the Thomas Edison website.
- If you are awarded a Pell grant, please inform Verity immediately because we will tailor your academic schedule to satisfy the Pell grant requirements.
Scholarships can be a good option as you are pursuing financial aid. Contact the Registrar for more information about where the scholarships should be sent and for specific rules regarding scholarship acceptance. Here are some suggestions for possible scholarships:
- Verity – Verity Institute offers several scholarships (usually $1000) each year. Please download and complete an application for a Verity scholarship if you are interested.
- Local Organizations – Local or national organizations such as local Rotary Clubs, chambers of commerce, or service organizations often provide scholarships
- Churches - Your home churches may offer scholarships for members.
- Clubs – If you are a member of clubs and organizations, such as 4–H or Boy and Girl Scouts, you may be eligible for scholarships through your involvement. Parents’ participation in organizations may also qualify their children for scholarships.
- Employers – Private companies often offer scholarships to their employees. Students should find out if their parents’ employers offer scholarship programs for employee’s children. If students are employed, their employee may offer similar programs.
- Ethnic Organizations – Students’ ethnic backgrounds may qualify them for scholarships.
- Essay Contests – Scholarships are available to students who are willing to write about future plans and past experiences.
Several work/study programs are made available each term through Verity for campus students. Students who are selected for work/study are given tuition discounts in exchange for their work, which typically involves ten hours per week.