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Prairie Fire Flagship Match
Private Education at a Public Price
With the Knox College Prairie Fire Flagship Match, eligible students from 39 states across the U.S. pay the same tuition to attend Knox as their home state’s flagship public university. Students from other states—and international students—pay no more than the cost of Illinois’ flagship rate.
The criteria for a “flagship” differs in each state. A state “flagship” is most likely a large university with the highest research profile and doctoral programs, and in many cases, the oldest and most sought-after public institution. These “flagships,” due to their reputation or status, receive large numbers of applications, resulting in relatively low acceptance rates. The Prairie Fire Flagship Match program uses the College Board definitions of flagship universities in each state as a guide.
Yes. Even if you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for the Prairie Fire Flagship Match, you can apply for other Knox scholarships and need-based financial aid. Scholarships recognize both your academic achievements and special talents, personal qualities, and accomplishments beyond the classroom. About 80% of Knox students receive need-based financial aid, including grants, student loans, and/or campus employment.
A great number of students and those who influence their college choices may believe they must attend a large state school because they can’t afford a private college education.
Very talented students may see their state’s flagship university as the most desirable of their public options, even though a campus of 30,000 – 50,000 students and very large classes may not be what students are truly looking for.
The perception that a private education is more expensive and unattainable may result in students ruling out applying to a highly ranked private college like Knox. With the Prairie Fire Flagship Match, very talented students know that an education at a private college—with small classes and immersive educational experience opportunities in and out of the classroom—is affordable.
Over time, decreased state funding and rising costs have resulted in increases to tuition and fees, and state scholarship programs have not kept up with these increases. Cost increases at many state institutions are now presented as added fees and additional course-specific fees. Many flagships may even charge higher tuition for business classes, courses taught by professors (not teaching assistants), or some STEM classes. You may not know that prior to the introduction of the Prairie Fire Flagship Match this year, it was entirely possible to receive a Knox private college education for about the same price as a state school, no matter what you want your Knox educational experience to be.
More than 40% of flagships have acceptance rates below 60%. Talented students have many other high-quality, world-class educational options like Knox, which aims to make attending a highly-ranked private college possible.
Check with your state’s scholarship website to see if they allow you to use your award outside of your state for a private institution. If you live in Illinois, you can use your MAP grant at Knox. These will be applied to your Knox award to further reduce your tuition below the University of Illinois rate.
Yes, qualified U.S. Citizens living abroad or in a U.S. territory will be awarded the Prairie Fire Flagship Match at the Illinois rate.
Yes, your Prairie Fire Flagship Match tuition rate will be based on your state of residence.
The Prairie Fire Flagship Match is a scholarship program. The award you receive in year one, based on the flagship state tuition in your state the year you apply to Knox College, is awarded as a merit scholarship. If you maintain good academic standing, that scholarship will renew at the same amount each year for 4 years. Knox College tuition and fees could increase each year that you are enrolled and financial aid packages may be adjusted depending on your specific family circumstances.
The Prairie Fire Flagship Match and our other merit scholarships are renewable for four years (8 fall/spring semesters), as a Knox College education is specifically designed to be completed in four years.
|Knox||Typical Flagship Public U.|
|Classes With <20 Students||77%||40%|
|Percent Of Financial Need Met||90%||66%|
|Students Living On Campus||90%||40%|
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