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      Innovative ‘Good Guarantee’ initiative likely a driver behind 21 percent increase in applications /

      Capital University today reported a record-breaking number of applications for its 2019-2020 academic year, amounting to a 21 percent year-over-year increase from 2018. The boost in awareness and interest from prospective students can be attributed, at least in part, to the innovative “Good Guarantee” initiative the university launched in the fall of 2018 – ensuring half tuition for undergraduates whose families have chosen mission-centered careers through nonprofit and public-service work.

      Just a few weeks out from National College Decision Day (May 1), traditionally the date by which high school seniors make their higher education selections, Capital is recording increases of nearly 30 percent for both accepts and deposits. If the trend continues, it will put the incoming class among the largest in Capital’s history. As of mid-March, 25 percent of total applicants and 29 percent of accepted students are Good Guarantee eligible. Of the deposited students 42 percent are Good Guarantee eligible. Applications will be accepted through the summer, so those numbers are expected to increase.


      “Our hope was that the Good Guarantee would open doors and conversations for families who thought private universities like Capital were out of reach, and that appears to be happening."

      – Elizabeth L. Paul, president of Capital University



      “Our hope was that the Good Guarantee would open doors and conversations for families who thought private universities like Capital were out of reach, and that appears to be happening,” said Elizabeth L. Paul, president of Capital University. “We truly want to attract and nurture students who want to make the world a brighter place. Making that choice a little simpler for these students and their families, who have built their careers around championing the common good, is the right first step.”

      The Good Guarantee concept, which is unique to Capital University, is inclusive of the entire nonprofit and public-service sectors: from teachers and law enforcement professionals to churches and faith-based employees, arts organizations employees and the military. The initiative reacts to an industrywide perception that higher education – and particularly, private higher education – is beyond financial reach for many families. Capital invests more than $50 million annually in funding scholarships and grants to help families afford their Capital education. Nearly 100 percent of its traditional undergraduate students receive financial aid.

      This initiative aligns with Capital’s very intentional focus on guiding students to develop a sense of purpose in their studies, careers and contributions to community and society. Another initiative, The Bonner Leaders program, provides scholarships for first-generation, underrepresented and lower-income students with a passion for community engagement and social justice issues. Wrapping up its inaugural year at Capital, the program allows selected students to spend the school year engaging in deep community collaborations that address challenges relevant to the surrounding area. This year’s projects included facilitating after-school programs with Rickenbacker Woods Foundation & Learning Center in the Driving Park neighborhood, just south of Capital’s campus.

      For more information on Capital’s Good Guarantee initiative or to apply for the 2019-2019 academic year, visit Capital.edu/Admission.