Get the Facts

Getting a college education has never been more important to ensure a successful future, but there is a great deal of misinformation offered about the cost of private higher education.

We encourage you to get the facts on higher education costs. Here are some common myths about the affordability and effectiveness of private higher education, and facts that you should know about a Saint Vincent College education.

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According to College Navigator, the average net price of attendance for students at Saint Vincent was $22,903 — lower than the national average for a four-year bachelor’s degree and for Pennsylvania’s best-known public institutions.

The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard showed that the percent of students paying down their debt was 82 percent, nearly twice the national average of 42 percent. And Saint Vincent students earned an average salary of $47,400, nearly $13,300 above the national median, and in the top quarter of a peer group of 30 previously identified schools within a 250-mile radius.

Data from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania show that, due to the federal, state and institutional aid offered by private institutions, the net price of a private college degree actually declined over the past four years, from $13,367 to $12,963. And in fact, over the past decade, tuition and fees at public institutions have increased twice as fast as at private colleges.

Bottom line: More than 97 percent of all Saint Vincent students — and 100 percent of freshmen — receive financial aid. Our financial aid staff will work closely with you to maximize all sources of financial aid available to you.


Submit your FAFSA as an accepted student. Typically, you will receive a Saint Vincent financial aid award within only two weeks after completing your FAFSA.


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Private colleges such as Saint Vincent do offer advantages. Whether or not a student actually completes a degree may be dependent on many things, including retention and graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio and internships or job placements. At Saint Vincent College, our students are far more likely than most to stay in school, graduate on time and move on to successful careers because of faculty who mentor them and assist them with internships and job placement. Our freshman-to-sophomore retention rate for 2016 was 87.5 percent and our studentto-faculty ratio is 12:1.


Visit Saint Vincent College. Sit in on classes, tour campus with a current student, and meet with financial aid and admission staff to maximize your financial aid eligibility.


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Saint Vincent College’s Career and Professional Development Center helps students to find success in their career fields, offering career advising to all students and utilizing a strong alumni network to assist with internship and job-placement opportunities. Ninety-eight percent of our 2016 graduates responding to a survey had found employment in their fields or were in graduate school or military service. And at Saint Vincent College — which offers more than 50 majors — we know that the liberal arts teach skills valuable in any field: critical thinking and reasoning, strong writing and communication skills. In addition, both undergraduate research and handson experience through internships and career placements are emphasized at Saint Vincent. Students and faculty work closely together and many students present at regional, national and international conferences, as well as at our annual Academic Conference, where nearly 300 students present the results of their research each year.


Talk with Saint Vincent College alumni. Learn about their experience and why Saint Vincent College is important to them today. Accepted applicants can receive the Alumni Grant worth $4,000 over four years ($1,000 annually).


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Saint Vincent students complete their educations more quickly and at a much higher rate than students in public school and at many other private schools, allowing them to begin their successful careers sooner.

In addition, we encourage students to get a head start on college by taking Advanced Placement courses. Students who plan ahead may be able to graduate a semester or even a year early, and Saint Vincent does not charge students for AP credits. Your admission counselor can help you to plan ahead to finish early, and from the time you become a Saint Vincent student, your academic adviser will help to keep you on track.


Stay in contact with your personal admission adviser. Your adviser will support you to get all the information you need to visit campus, talk with faculty, meet with financial aid staff and support your enrollment.