This month, USA Today ranked Johnson University 14th on a list of the 15 Least Expensive Colleges to get your degree. The list was made by cross examining net cost and the average amount of financial aid received by students. In the 2014/2015 school year, it is estimated that it costs each Johnson University Tennessee student $18,400 to attend college. While that number may sound intimidating, it includes estimated cost of tuition, room and board, fees, and books! In addition to low cost, JUTN gave out a whopping 15 million dollars in financial aid to their students this year as well as employed 362 students through the work study program.
One may think that such affordability comes from a standard of mediocrity concerning facilities and technology, however, that is not the case. Students and faculty at Johnson University live, learn, and work in beautifully constructed buildings laced with technology that creates an environment in which one finds ease in producing excellence. The residence halls boast spacious living accommodations with private bathrooms in each room (something that is rarely heard of in a traditional college dorm building) so that each and every student feels as if he or she has a space in which they can study and socialize.
Affordability does not cost the University any financial stability, either. In addition to appearing on the USA Today list this month, in 2013 Johnson University also appeared on Forbes’ 100 Most Financially Fit Universities.
If Johnson University isn’t skimping on their standards, how do they ensure tuition and fees remain affordable for students? The Answer: Generosity. Each year, alumni and friends of the University donate to keep the cost of education down. The selfless sacrifices made by those who wish to see the Kingdom of God extended through the mission are the reason the University system continues to provide exemplary education at an affordable rate. It is the hope of many that Johnson University graduates will continue this tradition of generosity in the many years to come.