At the heart of a university lies its mission: the pursuit of truth. We thought we’d help get you started with some truths about the return on investment for a Valpo degree.

We know there are many misconceptions about the value of higher education. We believe any student who has the ability and desire to succeed at Valpo should be able to do so. That’s why U.S. News & World Report ranks Valpo the No. 1 best value in the Midwest. Higher education is one of the smartest investments you can make in your future. And we’re committed to making sure it is within reach and giving you the resources to be successful.

When you choose a college or university, you’re investing in your future, and that’s often a significant financial commitment. You want to know your decision will lead to a rewarding career and to a life beyond expectations.

At Valpo, students challenge each other to be their best. You’ll find stimulating courses, dedicated professors, and leadership opportunities to prepare you for success. You’ll thrive in an environment where your classmates are driven, hard working, and invested in their success and in the Valpo community, which you’ll call home. And your professors will know more than just your name — they’ll know your career goals and your dreams, and they’ll inspire you to achieve them.

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A college degree isn’t worth the investment.

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The pay gap between those who graduated from college and those who didn’t is at a record high.

Private colleges help students keep the price of college low and return on investment high. At Valpo, generous alumni ensure the cost is within reach and that generations to come will be able to experience an extraordinary Valpo education.

According to a 2016 report from the U.S. Government, the median full-time, full-year worker over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree earns nearly $1 million more than the same type of worker with just a high school diploma. This means the added earnings equal roughly 15 times the average student’s debt.

Bottom line: student loans are an investment. And with a college degree, your lifetime earnings will make this investment more than worth it.

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It is very difficult to receive financial aid at a private university.

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A larger proportion of students at private colleges and universities receive financial aid than at public institutions.

Valpo undergraduate students receive significant financial assistance, totaling more than $100 million annually. You’ll be able to apply for scholarships, grants, and loans, and our financial aid office will help guide you through the process.

According to the Council of Independent Colleges, students at private colleges are twice as likely to receive grants from their colleges as students at public institutions.

You’ll be able to choose from a variety of paths toward paying back any student loans. And we’ll be with you each step of the way to help you navigate these options and make the best choice for you and your future.

STANDARD
Ten years, same payment

GRADUATED
Payments start low and increase every two years for up to 10 years

DISCRETIONARY INCOME
Other plans base payments off a certain percentage of your discretionary income for a given period of time. Basically, that’s what’s left after necessary expenses like food and shelter (Hint: Netflix is not a necessary expense.)

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Many college graduates are buried in debt of $100,000 or more.

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In 2014, only 4 percent of all undergraduate and graduate borrowers owed $100,000 or more in student debt.

At Valpo, we work with families to make sure they don’t borrow more than they can pay back, which is why our default rate of 3.5 is well below the national average of 11.3.

Smaller private colleges work hard to raise substantial private support through alumni giving campaigns, and they offset costs with grants and scholarships. With this support, the average Valpo student will graduate with total debt less than $36,000.

Did you know?

If you work for a government or nonprofit organization, you could qualify for public service loan forgiveness.

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Only wealthy families can afford to send their children to private universities.

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Private universities enroll students of all financial backgrounds, and at about the same percentages as public institutions for low- and middle-income students.

of Valpo students are eligible for the federal Pell Grant program, which provides need-based grants (which do not need to be repaid) to low-income undergraduate students.

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U.S. News & World Report

  • No. 1 Value in the Midwest
  • No. 1 Best Undergraduate Teaching in the Midwest
  • No. 4 Best University in the Midwest

Forbes Magazine

  • Top 75 Colleges in the Midwest

MONEY Magazine

  • Best Colleges for Your Money

The Princeton Review

  • Best Midwestern Colleges

Explore your interests and discover your deepest passions.

Valpo is a comprehensive university, with a liberal arts curriculum at its core. No matter which degree program you pursue in any of our professional colleges, you will be challenged to broaden your understanding of the world and tackle problems with creative solutions.

With Latin roots, liberal means being free, and art means a way of doing something, or a talent, like the art of living well. Liberal arts give students the freedom to acquire a broad range of skills and abilities.

At Valpo, you’ll study a variety of topics and learn techniques that will apply to more than just one profession. You’ll learn to approach questions with curiosity, creativity, and flexibility, leading to innovative solutions for the world’s greatest challenges. And regardless of your major, you’ll develop the expertise you need to prepare for a career in a competitive workforce.

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It’s impossible to find a job with a liberal arts degree.

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of employers say every student should acquire liberal arts knowledge.

Gain the knowledge and develop the skills most employers say they want. Valpo’s curriculum combines a liberal arts background with degrees in time-honored professions like health care and nursing, business, and engineering — backed by a graduate placement rate above 90 percent for 22 consecutive years.

You’ll have the freedom to explore a variety of classes, and if you change your mind along the way, you can rest easy knowing Valpo offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and interdisciplinary options throughout our five undergraduate colleges.

Think broadly and creatively. Learn to synthesize your coursework and apply theories to practical problems. At Valpo, you’ll have opportunities to engage in active and collaborative learning approaches and gain hands-on experience like undergraduate research.

You’ll be connected instantly to our global network of nearly 60,000 alumni. The bond that unites students and alumni will open doors for rewarding internships and careers. Valpo graduates are known throughout the world for being well rounded. That’s what employers want, and more importantly, that’s what the world needs.

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It doesn’t matter where you go to school — a degree is a degree, no matter where it comes from.

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At smaller, private universities like Valpo, students are more likely to have supportive relationships with professors, receive prompt feedback on their academic performance, and continue discussions of course material with professors and classmates outside of class.

Academics at Valpo go beyond textbooks and classrooms to prepare you for a rewarding career and a life that will exceed even your wildest expectations. You will join a community of scholars and educators devoted to the pursuit of truth and knowledge.

And you’ll gain hands-on experience alongside your classmates to apply theories and concepts to real-world situations. Maybe you’ll visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and explore a fascinating mix of ecological habitats. Or you can research new methods to harness the sun’s energy and produce lightweight metals more efficiently. You could even perform around the world with the Chorale, one of the top Lutheran collegiate choirs in the United States.

You’ll study the challenging topics, ask the difficult questions, and learn not just what but why and how.

And nearly 90 percent say they are passionate about their first careers.


Investing in your future is one of the most important decisions you will make. It’s all here waiting for you, and it’s within reach.

Facts and figures in this resource are compiled in part by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Valparaiso University Career Center, and Valparaiso University Student Financial Services.

See for yourself — go to valpo.edu/visit to schedule your campus visit.

File the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov and include Valpo’s school code: 001842.

Review your financial assistance award letters and call Financial Aid with any questions.

Visit valpo.edu/student-financial-services to learn more about financial assistance.

Secure your financial assistance award by completing the Enrollment Deposit Form and FOCUS Registration Form.

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