“It helps me to visualize the payments and breakdown of potential loan payments. I am a visual person, and this is really helpful information. Since [she] is our oldest, it’s hard to know what to expect. This helps us understand it better – and hopefully for her to understand it better as well.”
-- The Cubbage family, Altoona, IA
“Being able to explore different scenarios, helping us to decide how much [borrowing] is reasonable is great. She has her heart set on Grand View, so we need to figure out how to make it happen.”
-- The Schwartz family, Omaha, NE
“I’ve learned more in the past five minutes going through this chart than I have through the whole process!”
-- The King family, Winterset, IA
Parent Comments from a Fall, 2014 Survey
“College is a significant investment. Even though Grand View has a higher price tag than a state school it [FEP] showed how the financial aid plan made this wonderful college even more affordable than a state school. It also showed that you are willing to commit to helping families have a realistic view of the four-year costs and develop a responsible plan to pay for it.”
“I am a single mom and this was one of the factors in believing [my daughter] could somehow afford to attend Grand View. I feel like we have a partner in [my daughter's] success by her participation in the plan.”
“It shows Grand View cares about our child and wants her to graduate.”
“It seems very personal and that Grand View is aware that financial considerations are a large part of picking a college.”
"You took the time to help us and especially our student understand the financial responsibility for his education."
"It gave our family a full view of what to expect."
"Taking the time to ensure the student understood their responsibilities and the costs is hugely beneficial. This also helps to develop further conversation at home on how their education will be paid and what contributions they will need to make."
"It is good to know that the University is willing to help students become successful and well balanced, as well as help them not to create too big of a financial 'hole'."
"I love that it is all spelled out for me. I know what is expected of me the next few years and can plan a family budget."
"It was really nice to sit with someone and talk about the financial plan and see what the 'Whole' package was about. I like that the tuition is guaranteed to not increase substantially and my child could see the amount of money it will take to complete the program. There is a lot of dedication that your staff showed us when we met with our advisor."