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William Carey University announces “Making College Affordable” – a major restructuring of its financial aid program. Starting in fall 2023, it will mean an average increase of 40 percent in scholarship amounts awarded to freshmen, transfer, and international students. It also means free textbooks for undergraduate students and no tuition increase over fall 2022.

This initiative was among Dr. Ben Burnett’s first priorities in August 2022 as he assumed a new role as the university’s president.

“While Carey has always been competitive with other institutions in Mississippi, and in most cases less expensive, we felt our scholarship structure was outdated and needed to reflect the needs of our students today,” Burnett said.

“We want all students to have the option of choosing a Christian higher education. Hopefully, these changes will make that possible for many more students in the future. We don’t ever want financial hardship to prevent a student from enrolling at Carey.”

WCU’s academic scholarships are ranked in four tiers and awarded based on factors like scores on ACT and SAT tests for freshmen, college grade point average for transfer students and whether the student lives on-campus or off-campus. Under the new structure, scholarships will range from $5,100 to $9,300 per year for students who live on campus, and $2,700 to $6,600 for commuters.

The new program also includes Church-Related Vocation scholarships for ministerial students – increasing those awards to $9,000 for on-campus students and $6,300 for commuters.

“One of the things I’ve learned talking to prospective students and families is that people assume William Carey’s tuition is high because it’s a private university. That’s never been the case. We kept tuition low – but now, we’ve raised our scholarships to unprecedented amounts. Students can absolutely afford to pursue their educational dreams at William Carey,” said Dr. Brett Golson, dean of the Cooper School of Missions and Ministry Studies.

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By the numbers:

  • More than 90 percent of WCU students receive financial aid. Both academic and talent-based scholarships are available. Work study is available.
  • WCU’s academic year consists of three 10-week trimesters.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 14:1.
  • WCU is home to 18 athletic programs. is a news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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