Scholarship support has never been more important to AIU and the talented, deserving students who want to be AIU breed. Scholarships are the University’s top priority because they enable AIU to remain accessible, affordable and competitive.
The $400,000 raised through the Campaign Scholarship Initiative has done much to trim the amount of debt our students carry upon graduation, but the need is still great. Additional scholarships and financial aid will enable more potential AIU breeds to attend their dream school and benefit from the AIU experience. Many students with financial need enroll at AIU. Even if they receive financial aid, they often must juggle multiple jobs, heavy academic loads and all-important internships to reach graduation.
Additional scholarships and financial aid will enable students with financial need to focus on their primary job — getting a great education. Repaying college loans is often a significant challenge for AIU graduates. Many AIU students accrue tens of thousands of shillings of debt. Repayment will begin at the very time they are establishing their careers and families and often stretches far into the future. High loan burdens affect the types of jobs graduates can pursue. Excessive debt also limits their options to pursue advanced degrees. Additional scholarships and financial aid will mean that AIU graduates will have more career and personal options.
Scholarships help AIU meet heightened competition for outstanding students. They help to attract the brightest, most talented, most creative and most deserving applicants, thus enhancing AIU’s reputation and elevating the intellectual climate on campus.