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ROI on a Bryant Education

These six character sketches – composites of many Bryant students – illustrate the variety of financial options that students and their families have taken to make the dream of a Bryant education a reality.

Alternatives to need-based aid can make Bryant affordable

Morgan Buell

Christopher is a high achiever, following in the footsteps of his parents. College graduates, they attained professional success, saved for their children’s education, and traveled abroad to expose them to a variety of cultures. That’s how Christopher knew he wanted to work in another country after college.

He found the perfect fit in Bryant’s International Business (IB) program, one of the few in the country to offer concentrations in business functions. He paired his major with a Finance concentration and a minor in Chinese.

Christopher’s parents realized they could more easily manage the payments by making use of some of Bryant’s financial aid resources, so they filled out the necessary Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Although they did not qualify for need-based aid from Bryant, they were able to cover some of the cost with a credit-based loan and budget some of it through the Tuition Payment Plan. Christopher handles the rest with his own federal student loan, savings, and wages from his part-time job.


An athlete and a scholar


The opportunity to play on Bryant’s outstanding Division I basketball team was attractive to Marissa, a West Coast native, and so was the offer of both an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship. The main attraction, however, was an invitation to join the Honors Program, comprising the most academically and professionally driven students. “I was so excited about taking extremely challenging classes with students just like me.”

Marissa has always worked hard to excel academically, bringing that drive and enthusiasm to everything she is passionate about – including basketball. A high school standout, her talent and effort helped the Bulldogs win their first NEC Regular Season Title and a trip to the NEC Semifinals.

“I am so proud to be part of such a great team of women who will be my friends for life,” says Marissa. “But being part of the Honors Program – that’s indescribable. At Bryant, academics come before everything. It’s something our coaches instill in us from the day we set foot on campus.”


Believe in yourself – and we will too


In high school, Katie, a cheerleader, got good grades, worked on the yearbook, organized events, and volunteered for worthwhile causes.

She has always been interested in the field of communication and applied to Bryant, though she wasn’t sure her grades would be good enough. She was thrilled when she was accepted and soon began to familiarize herself with the equipment in the communications complex, including a television studio and student-run radio station. She also appreciates learning about interpersonal communication as part of her major.

A Dean’s List student, Katie recently secured an internship at a local television station with the help of a faculty member who is a news anchor there. She is also a proud member of the Bryant Bulldogs cheerleading squad.

A scholarship and a Stafford Loan made attending Bryant more manageable for Katie and her family.

“Being accepted by such a prestigious school as Bryant made me believe that the school saw potential in me. From my first day on campus, I’ve never looked back.”


Creating a path and making a difference


Luis graduated at the top of his high school class, and his grades reflected the hard work he put in. He knows the sacrifices his parents made in order to provide a better life for their children.

Always interested in what is happening in the country and the world, Luis is fascinated by economic issues and politics. He visualizes a career in government or politics, where his contributions will improve the lives of others.

At Bryant, Luis is majoring in Economics with a Public Policy Track. During the summer, he interned in the office of a congresswoman after a reference letter from a Bryant faculty member helped him to secure an interview.

Luis is a member of Bryant’s Community Activism and Leadership Organization. He is also a Peer Tutor in Economics and Spanish in the University’s Academic Center for Excellence.

A $30,000 Presidential Scholarship, a Bryant merit-based scholarship, is helping him realize his dream of a top education. He’s creating his path to a rewarding career that is sure to make his parents proud.


Don’t fret about the financial aid forms


Sarah, who considers herself a “people person,” is often the mediator in her circle of friends, because she always tries to be fair-minded.

At Bryant, she parlayed her diplomatic skills into a concentration in Human Resources Management, a minor in Psychology, and her required business minor. She couldn’t be happier with her decision to attend the University – or the programs of study she chose.

Sarah is the first in her family to attend college. When she applied to Bryant, she was pretty nervous about filling out the FAFSA form.

Her mother had divorced her father and no one knew how to contact him. Sarah was relieved to learn that the financial aid staff would consider the special circumstances that may not have been easily reported on the FAFSA form. Sarah and her mother filled out the required form one step at a time. They were pleasantly surprised to discover that the aid they received was largely renewable with each year’s FAFSA filing, which showed little variation in the family’s resources.


When it’s the perfect fit, financial aid can help


Marcus always excelled in school and began his journey at Bryant having completed a number of AP courses. He loved many subjects, but it was science that fueled his imagination. He could see himself as a research scientist, making a difference in people’s lives.

Small class sizes in the Biology program meant working one-on-one with a science professor of his choosing on real research.

In the University’s state-of-the-art laboratories, Marcus learned to use sophisticated equipment that students at other schools don’t get to touch until graduate school. It blew his mind when his professor asked him to co-author his research findings in a paper, which was published in a scientific journal and presented at a prestigious conference.

Paying for Bryant would have been an enormous struggle for Marcus and his family, so they completed the FAFSA application. Financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study from the University made it possible for him realize his dream, mentored by faculty who bring out the best him.