Providence Christian College Enrolls Largest-Ever Class
Despite its modest size, Providence Christian College (PCC) is making a big impact. This Fall, Providence enrolled its largest ever— 71% higher than last year’s, defying widespread enrollment declines at private nonprofit colleges and universities across the nation.
Founded in 2005, Providence Christian College’s rapid growth is in part attributed to the implementation of a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP), called The Providence Promise. Provided in partnership with LRAP Association, The Providence Promise pledges student and parent PLUS loan repayment assistance to graduates who are earning less than $37,000 annually after graduation.
“For students and parents, LRAP is a deal-closing piece.”
– Larissa Kamps, Director of Admissions
After earning regional accreditation in the spring of 2013, Providence partnered with LRAP Association to provide The Providence Promise to select students. The following year, Providence became the first college in California to offer an LRAP to all incoming freshmen.
Seeking to make the Fall 2015 class its largest ever, Providence kept the same strategies in place: build the top of the enrollment funnel, create academic and athletic value, and continue their loan repayment assistance program. With 84 freshmen joining the Providence community this fall, administrators expect overall enrollment to hit the 200 student landmark in January 2016, up from 89 full-time students just one year ago.
LRAP recipients in the Class of 2019 will graduate with confidence and at a higher persistence rate, knowing that they will not have to choose between their passions and a paycheck after graduation. The program promises that “if you graduate to a modest income, we will help you repay your student loans.” It covers all federal, private alternative and parent PLUS loans – thereby providing peace of mind to cost-conscious families, and empowering attendance at students’ preferred colleges.