Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019. 10:30 a.m. CST.
Earning a degree today is the best investment one can get to help prepare for a lifetime of career opportunities and a sustainable future. Galen University, (GU) has several affordable degree programs that interested and qualified candidates can apply, study and complete to make this goal a reality. The University also has several Financial Aid options including Scholarships and Professional Work Study programs to assist students to gain this lifetime value.
According to Ms. Gina Escalante-Anderson, the University’s Financial Services Director, “Galen’s Financial Aid programs were developed and designed to support GU students’ needs. The programs’ processes are fast, affordable and non-stressful. We know that every student has a unique set of circumstances and we are committed to each and every one achieve his or her success. Each student is assessed thoroughly to determine the financial support they are qualified to receive and then helped with selecting the best-fitted option.”
1. Galen University financial aid services include:A Pay Upfront Cash Plan that is less per credit hour than the other options designed to support students who need more financial support.
2. The Installment Plan where students pay 50% of tuition at Registration time, and the remaining 50% by the end of the semester, either in monthly installments.
3. A Low-interest Bearing Student Loan Program where students can borrow to complete their studies and pay a 7-9% interest rate for their loans. This student loan program is being offered in partnership with Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust (BNECT). Students who use this loan option may pay only the interest for the first 2 years if they choose. The program is intended to pay for tuition only and is based on the loan values of each student’s varying needs and affordability. The term of the loan requires full repayment within 7 years. No penalty will be added for early payment fulfillment.
The University also works with several external financial agencies. Many of these agencies (DFC, credit unions, and commercial banks) also carry attractive interest-bearing loan packages that cover all costs related to studying at Galen, according to Ms. Escalante-Anderson.
Additionally, the school will accept grants students receive for Excellence on their CXC examinations to offset GU’s tuition cost.
Qualified candidates are also encouraged to apply for Galen’s Scholarships and Professional Work Study Programs. These awards are given once a year at the beginning of the academic year. To be considered, interested applicants must send their applications on time, before the deadline at the end of June, prior to that upcoming academic year. To qualify, students must demonstrate the best combination of good citizenship and academic excellence as well as a financial need. Incoming first-time freshmen may qualify for a four-year tuition scholarship and incoming transfer students may qualify for a two-year tuition scholarship.
The scholarships offered by the University are Academic Excellence and Athletic Prowess. Academic Excellence candidates must possess a GPA of 3.5 at a minimum and are required to promote Galen through social services. Some may require to tutor other students. The Athletic Prowess Scholarship requires candidates to possess at least a GPA of 3.0 at a minimum. There are both Male and Female Athletic teams in volleyball, football, canoeing and basketball. Both Scholarships are valued at 75% of the tuition cost and the scholarship recipients must pay the remaining 25% tuition difference.
Students who are not an Academic Scholar or an Athlete, can apply for the Professional Work Study program. A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required. This program is designed to assist students who possess above average academic abilities along with strong work ethics and the desire to develop their professional work skills. Students who qualify for this option pay for their tuition by working at the school while they pursue a higher education and complete their degree.
Galen also caters specifically to the Belizean teachers by offering a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. The program is automatically offered at 50% of the total cost. Students enrolled in this Elementary Education program can also apply for scholarships. Students in the Veterinary Technician program also pay 50% of the actual cost per credit hour for their degree.
Mrs. Escalante-Anderson, who is also a proud graduate of the University, told BBN that “Galen aims to partner with the private sector and do whatever it takes to help get more scholarships for Belizeans or anyone wanting an education.” Mrs. Anderson asserted that students work diligently to earn their degree at Galen because of the quality of the academic programs, delivery techniques, personal coaching, and international exposure and experiences they obtain. She said, “I know this as a fact, as I was one.”
If you are contemplating on earning a degree, consider Galen University. The Institution is an outstanding private, prestigious institution that promotes academic excellence, sustainable development and lifelong learning for a focused you. It has a reputation of serving not only the nation’s needs but most importantly, your needs. Galen even provides job placement assistance along with financial support and assistance. And, to echo what Mrs. Escalante-Anderson shared, “Galen University is an internationally recognized, premier educational Institution that prepares students holistically to compete with the ‘Best for the Best Opportunities’ and this requires a significant investment. The value of this investment, both academically and personally, will not be fully realized during your years at Galen as a student, but the benefits you will reap well after you graduate from the University, will be totally justified, especially when you are enjoying the rewards of a successful career and an enriched lifestyle.”
To find the best option to match the financial aid support you need or want to complete your degree, please contact the Financial Services Director at [email protected] or call +501-824-3226 ext. 120. Visit Galen’s website at www.galen.edu.bz
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