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Record Amount of Financial Aid Available for Students Next Fall

Bethel College will award $9.1 million in financial assistance to students in the 2009-10 academic year. That’s a half million more than budgeted in the previous year, and the highest amount of financial assistance recorded in Bethel history. (About 90 percent of Bethel students receive financial assistance.)

For the 2008-09 year, tuition for Bethel undergraduates is $19,996, with room and board at $5,670. According to the College Board’s 2008-09 Annual Survey of Colleges, four-year private institutions charge an average of $25,143 in tuition and fees. Bethel’s rates are more than 20 percent below the national average. Furthermore, the national average room and board for a four-year private institution is $8,990. Bethel’s room and board costs are 37 percent less than the national average.

Recently the college was recognized by several institution-ranking organizations. About.com has listed Bethel as the No. 2 Christian college in the country. Bethel was also listed on the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and maintains a spot on the Templeton Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges. In addition, Bethel remained a top tier college in the U.S. News & World Report list of the Midwest’s Best Baccalaureate Colleges, and even moved up seven spots from the prior year. The listing also indicates the college having the second highest average freshman retention rates in the Midwest at 86 percent.