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Washington Adventist University Offers New 8th Semester Free Program for Incoming Freshmen Provides Motivation to Earn Degree in Four Years

TAKOMA PARK, MD (JUNE 12, 2014)   A new 8th Semester Free Program is being offered this fall at Washington Adventist University (WAU) to incoming full-time freshmen.  Students who stay on track to earn their degree within four years will be provided with free tuition in their last semester.

“We take very seriously our responsibility to help make sure our students reach their goals,” said Provost Dr. Cheryl Harris Kisunzu. “This program will go a long way toward motivating them to stay focused on earning their degree in a more efficient and timely way, and it will enable them to save costs so that they are better prepared for their future.”

“A student who participates in this new program and graduates within four years will not only benefit from a free semester of tuition, they will also pay considerably less for their education than the student who takes six years to earn an undergraduate degree,” said WAU Executive Vice President of Finance Patrick Farley. “The unfortunate reality is that the student who lives on campus and attends full-time undergraduate classes for two additional years will pay as much as $60,000 more to earn the same degree.”

In order to participate in the new 8th Semester Free Program this fall, students must be first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen at Washington Adventist University. They must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), sign a promissory note and, before their eighth semester, apply and be approved for graduation.

Participating students who are approved to graduate within four years will not have to pay tuition for their last semester. They will, however, still be responsible for paying for student fees, room/board, dining, books, graduation costs and other education-related expenses. Participants who fail to meet the requirements of the program will not receive the free semester of tuition, and the cost will be added to their balance due.

As an educational institution that is committed to student success, Washington Adventist University also offers a variety of additional support services through its Betty Howard Center for Student Success. Those services include tutoring; counseling; assistance for students with disabilities; a writing center, math lab and computer lab; and college study skills classes.

For more information about the 8th Semester Free Program, call 301-891-4000 and ask for the Director of Admissions or VP for Enrollment, or email

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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