Students in field

Sandra Turnquist provides advice on how to best navigate Financial Aid

February 17, 2017

On this installment of Finlandia Fridays Director of Student Financial Services Sandra Turnquist speaks all things financial aid. Turnquist outlines a two new financial aid opportunities to Finlandia students, the U.P. Commitment Grant and Service Scholarship. She also touches on Finlandia’s frozen tuition for the upcoming year. Outside of the announcement, Turnquist highlights that the priority deadline that is quickly approaching. Michigan recommends that all financial aid forms be submitted by March 1, so that all possible financial aid options are still available.

Sandy Turnquist Finlandia Fridays“If you have any questions in this regard feel free to call me and I would love to help” said Turnquist.

Turnquist is celebrating her 21st year with Finlandia, and is enjoying every minute of it.  The students and the family-like atmosphere keep her motivated to continue doing what she loves. “Even the students notice the close feel of the university when they come here,” she said.

Finlandia Fridays closes this week with a brief Q&A segment from our listening audience regarding financial aid.

U.P. Promise Grant

“I am extremely excited about this grant,” said Turnquist. This scholarship will go to incoming students who graduated from Upper Peninsula high schools. The U.P. Promise Grant requires the recipient have a GPA higher than 2.5, and is a total of $4,000 per year. What makes this award so special is that it isn’t a one-time ordeal. If the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA throughout their time at Finlandia University the grant will continue for up to four years. “We are the U.P. and we love the U.P., this is just one way we are able to show that,” Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock said.

Service Scholarship

This scholarship is an exciting opportunity that is being offered by Finlandia University that looks to reward those who go above and beyond with their volunteer work. Finlandia University is offering a $2,000 scholarship to students that makes an impact with their efforts. To apply for this scholarship, students must obtain a letter of recommendation from the organization or group they are involved with and submit it for review. This student must be apart of the incoming 2017 class and have at least a 2.5 GPA. The Service Scholarship can last up to four years as well if the student maintains volunteer work within Finlandia University.

Frozen Tuition

This upcoming year Finlandia University has frozen tuition and room and board prices. “This is not common, if you look statewide and I don’t think any other school in our state has done this,” said Babcock. The tuition price will stick with students through their entire time at Finlandia University because of Finlandia Four. Students will also be eligible for their eighth semester free because of Finlandia Future.

Contact Sandra Turnquist

Jutila Center, Room 616


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