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Why go to college?

A recent Federal Reserve Bank study of U.S. worker data shows that earning a four-year college degree is still money well spent for the average student. You could earn over $830,800 more in your lifetime than the average high school graduate, including those with some college. And that’s after paying off an average college debt of $20,000 per year (which often can be eliminated with financial help from Heritage).


Bachelor's Degree $5,980
Associate's Degree $3,549
Some College $3,276
High School Completion $2,184

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey. Data are for persons age 25 and older. Earnings care for full-time wage and salary workers.

What if I don’t know my major?

Don’t worry, Heritage doesn’t require you to choose a major right away. And the truth is: many students who think they know what they want to do will end up on career paths they never imagined. To help you along, talk to your school counselor or visit us at HU. To get started, fill out the interest inventory questionnaire at Based on your answers, it will provide a list of careers that best match your interests. And remember to stay open to the possibilities!

What GPA do I need to attend Heritage University?

Heritage University extends the opportunity for anyone to access higher education, so at this time there is no set GPA requirement.

What is the cost to attend Heritage University?

Heritage University has the lowest tuition of any private college in Washington state. Financial aid and scholarship awards, available to 98% of our students, can dramatically reduce your out-of-pocket costs. On average, a student’s financial aid award covers all of the $19,032 annual tuition, with enough left over to cover other things such as books, lab fees and living expenses. Our financial aid counselors can help you estimate how much you can expect to pay based on your individual circumstances.

How do I pay for college?

If you’re thinking about going to college, the U.S. Department of Education will help you pay for your education through loans and grants. Private scholarships are also available. Ninety-eight percent of Heritage students receive financial aid and so can you. Start by filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) at Where it asks which schools you are interested in, enter Heritage’s code number: 003777. 
Also check out our internal scholarships (Eagle Scholarship, Heritage Soar Scholarship, Dreamers Scholarship and Sinegal Family Scholarship) and external scholarship opportunities.

What if I need help studying?

If you need help with classwork, Heritage has free tutoring 24/7. Plus, we help ensure you complete your degree by offering TRiO/Student Support Services, a federally-funded program geared to help students overcome income, social and cultural barriers to higher education. TRiO offers academic support as well as lets you research careers, travel to explore different grad schools, and gain exposure to new cultural experiences such as Broadway plays, museums and lectures. It’s a great way to get the most out of your college degree.

Does Heritage University offer internships?

Yes, we have many programs that offer opportunities for internships.

Does Heritage University have sports activities?

No and yes. We are not part of the NCAA, but you have the opportunity to create your own team in multiple sports in the Yakima Valley, with university support.

Does Heritage University have dorms?

No. Heritage University is a commuter campus that allows you to return home every evening based on your schedule, which can be two or three days out of the week.

What is required for me to be accepted to Heritage University?

You will need to have your official high school transcripts or college transcripts if you are a transfer student, sent to us. You will also have to complete a placement test to measure your levels in math, reading and writing. If you take a standardized test (such as the ACT), you can have the results sent to the university, and based on your scores, the placement test may be waived. Start by filling out your application NOW.

Does Heritage University accept International Baccalaureate (IB) credits or Advanced Placement (AP) courses?

Yes, if the grade you earned is a “C” or higher.

Do I need to complete a standardized test to attend Heritage University?

No. You only need to take our placement test, which determines your educational level. If you take a standardized test (such as the ACT), you can have the results sent to the university, and based on your scores, the placement test may be waived.