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 Resident 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 and 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 True Cost Calculator  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!


 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.

About Prescott College:

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 Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in an residency and limited residency format.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

What you see is what you get! You enter your information and only you 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.

Merit Based Awards:

New First Time In College (max 6 credits in college courses after HS diploma received)

$9000    Trustee Scholarship

$7000    President’s Scholarship

$5000    Deans’ Scholarship

$2500    Alumni Award

New Transfers and Readmits (over 6 credits in college courses after HS diploma received)

$6000    Ponderosa Scholarship

$4000    Juniper Scholarship

$2000    Manzanita 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 our social justice mission, we will match what would have been the PELL eligible amount for all Dreamers.

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.

We want you to visit the campus and will financially assist you to do so. Ask about our VISIT grant!