Rust College is a private, historically black liberal arts college located in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Founded in 1866, Rust College is one of the oldest colleges for African-Americans in the United States and one of only ten historically black colleges and universities established before 1868 that is still in operation today. Maintaining religious affiliations with the United Methodist Church, its founders were Northern missionaries known as the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1870, the college was named Shaw University but this changed again to Rust University in 1882. It was only in 1915 that the school was officially called Rust College.

Today, the college continues to offer bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in over 21 different areas of study. Academically, the college is organized into five divisions of study: Division of Education, Division of Humanities, Division of Science and Mathematics, Division of Social Sciences and the Division of Business.

Estimated cost of attendance for academic year 2009-2010 for on-campus students on fulltime enrollment is US$14,080. This includes full-year tuition of US$7,410; room and board at US$3,220; miscellaneous and personal expenses at US$1,800; and transportation and supplies at US$1,625. For students living off campus and staying with their parents, total cost of attendance is US$12,860, while those living independently off campus, it’s US$15,660 with US$4,900 earmarked for apartment rental expenses. Students enrolled in the Continuing Education program are charged a total of US$10,908.

Financial aid is extended by the college in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study arrangements to its students to help them pay for their cost of attendance.

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