The Prescott Plan: Value, Honesty, Simplicity

Reduced Tuition and Simplified Financial Aid

The Prescott Plan: Value, Honesty, SimplicityTHE PRESCOTT PLAN DEALS WITH THE SPIRALING UPWARD COST OF PRIVATE COLLEGE education and the complexity around financial aid. New on campus undergraduate tuition has been reduced and financial aid processes simplified and streamlined with a focus on institutional aid. This initiative is a practical and sustainable way to address accessibility, affordability and social justice through structural changes in tuition and financial aid and exhibits that Prescott College continues in its groundbreaking tradition of exemplar practices in American higher education based in the liberal arts, the environment and social justice.

Tuition Reduction: Deeply rooted in our desire to increase diversity and inclusion and make our unique Prescott College education accessible to a broader and deeper community, we have reduced our on campus undergraduate tuition. Our small class sizes and award-winning experiential and practical based learning approach offers an option otherwise not available in Arizona or much of the U.S.

Simple & Transparent Financial Aid: Both merit and need based aid have been reworked so that negotiating cost will be a notion of the past affording a private college education to more families. A basic, upfront calculator will be displayed on the website that is identical to what the financial aid office uses to determine institutional aid amounts. What you see is what you get! Other funded scholarships are available too!

Value: The intensely personal, one-on-one Prescott College educational approach is proven to support the individual needs of students and families, creating lifelong learners who excel in their fields of study and in the world at large making a positive difference in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields including graduates who have become a US Senator and a US Ambassador. In the spirit of our core commitment to social justice, The Prescott Plan puts this exemplary education within reach of a wider swath of students.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

What you see is what you get! You enter your information and only get your award amount. A basic, upfront, online calculator is identical to what the financial aid office uses to determine institutional aid amounts. Compare numbers with us...they'll match.

Our Upfront Formulas

Merit Based Awards

New First Time in College (max 6 credits in college courses after HS diploma received)New Transfers and Readmits (over 6 credits in college courses after HS diploma received)
$9000- Trustee Scholarship$6000 Ponderosa Scholarship
$7000- President's Scholarship$4000 Juniper Scholarship
$5000- Deans' Scholarship$2000- Manzanita Award
$2500 Alumni Award 

Need Based Awards

The Bridge Grant

Use our calculator to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and PELL eligibility- then you'll see The Bridge Grant that Prescott College will award you to help meet need. In line with out social justice mission, this grant is open to those covered by The Dream Act.

Other Non Need-Based Awards

Phi Theta Kappa: $1000/yr Scholarship for Transfers who are members of PTK.
National Merit Finalist: $2500/yr for First Time In College named National Merit Finalists.
National Service: $1000/FT Term to match National Service Award (AmeriCorps).
VA Benefits: Recipients may receive admissions scholarships as well as federal aid.

About Prescott College:

As a nationally acclaimed institution of higher education located in the central highlands of Arizona, Prescott College offers competency based programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines with a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential education in six general areas: Environmental Studies, Human Development and Psychology, Education, Arts and Letters, Adventure Education and Cultural and Regional Studies. A private, non-profit, four year college, Prescott College offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in an on-campus and limited residency format.

Founded on the premise of what college should be and funded by a Ford Foundation grant in the mid-1960s, a symposium attended by luminaries from within and outside higher education (including Henry Luce of Time/Life fame) met to create the ideal college—one which should focus on competency and breadth, experiential, self-directed hands-on learning, a focus on narrative evaluations and a pedagogically focused orientation process.  This meeting resulted in developing a unique schedule (the on-campus program while semester in tone, includes a one month block class followed by more extended class periods for the remaining 12 week semester), an acknowledgement of lifelong learning and the importance of life experience (resulting in the development of one of the first hybrid distance education programs and prior learning assessment), an immersion in environment (resulting in “The Southwest is Our Classroom” where all classes immerse in the subject under study including field classes in all areas) and a respect for theory and application (all students create a capstone project which contains a thesis and a practical application of that theory).

Consistently named one of the top campuses in the nation for environmental initiatives by the Princeton Review Green Schools, enrollment is approximately 500 resident students and 700 limited residency students.