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Grand Canyon University Review

Grand Canyon University is a private college that provides a number of online education programs. It is a Christian institution of higher education, but it is nondenominational. It is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and provides programs from eight colleges online, which you can access from anywhere.

This university uses a cohort-based model for its online degree programs. Cohort learning is when students are assigned to a group and they advance through a sequence of core courses together, followed by a choice of area emphases. You take one four-credit online course at a time, and the school uses a consistent format for each class.

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GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The number of undergraduate credits you need to get a bachelor's degree varies by program. It costs on average $16,500 per year to attend – a figure that has not changed since 2009 – though the costs change depending on your program and how long it takes to finish. Some of the bachelor's degrees cost up to $55,570 to complete.

However, 90 percent of the students get scholarships of some sort. Typically, the cost is $7,800 per year for undergraduates with scholarships. That cost can be reduced even more by Pell Grants or student loans. There also are various financial aid packages for veterans, military members and their families.

This online university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in various areas. In addition, it offers bridge programs that prepare you to progress toward a master's degree. You can choose from more than 100 online degree majors or concentrations. The colleges are Business and Management; Nursing and Health Care; Teaching and School Administration; Psychology and Counseling; Theology and Ministry; Performing Arts and Creative Design; Medical Studies and Athletic Sciences; Criminal, Political and Social Sciences; Engineering and Technology; and Language and Communications.

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