SUA Now Fully Covers Tuition for Students With Family Income Below $90,000

June 01, 2023
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Reaffirming its mission to educate global citizens, Soka University of America has announced a significant expansion of its need- and merit-based financial aid program to increase access to SUA’s nationally ranked liberal arts education.

Beginning Fall 2023, the Soka Opportunity Plan will ensure tuition is covered by grants and scholarships for students whose families have annual incomes below $90,000 and demonstrated financial need. Those students may also qualify for additional gift aid to reduce or eliminate education-related costs, such as living expenses, books, and transportation. Previously, the university covered full tuition for students with family incomes below $60,000.

SUA will also provide generous need-based aid packages to students whose household income is greater than $90,000. In addition, every admitted student will receive a merit scholarship. Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievements may receive additional merit-based scholarships.

“The Soka Opportunity Plan demonstrates our dedication to educating global citizens regardless of a family’s financial circumstances,” said Soka University of America President Edward Feasel. “We understand the barriers many students face in the pursuit of higher education, and are committed to partnering with families to help ensure our nationally ranked liberal arts education is affordable for all students attending SUA.”

Since its first undergraduate class arrived on SUA’s Aliso Viejo campus in 2001, the university has been committed to opening its doors to qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances through a need-blind admission process. In the 2022-2023 academic year, 100% of enrolled students received a merit scholarship, and approximately 70% received grants and scholarships that exceeded tuition to help cover other academic-related expenses.

SUA’s tuition for the 2023-24 academic year will be $34,382, with total direct expenses, including living on campus and a semester of study abroad, of $48,274.

For more information and answers to questions about the plan, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Tuition web page.