Christian College Tuition

Contributed by: Jennifer

Acquiring a quality college education in a god-fearing and moral environment is inherently no different cost wise than acquiring an education from a secular oriented college environment. The typical tuition fees will vary between $5,000 to $9,000 per semester due to both student fees and living costs. Generally speaking, most tuition costs per year, including room and board plus student fees, run at roughly $35,636 a year for the typical private college.

The lower end of that spectrum is based on bachelor’s degree level education and the higher end is based around the level of education and time required for a master’s degree.

This is the myth that most public schools and non-Christian private schools would have the typical Christian college oriented student to believe. The truth is that depending on the college there can be several thousand dollars difference in the cost of education in that specific location compared to the average public and non-Christian private school.

Examples of Tuition Cost Differences Between Closely Located Schools.

Atlanta Christian College boasts a yearly tuition cost, including all applicable student fees as well as room and board, of $20,370. This means that for roughly $82,000 a student at their college can receive complete room and board plus a bachelor’s degree level education. The typical private college and non-state public college can cost nearly $143,000. That is a total difference of $61,000 as an estimate. In all honesty the student at this college could garner nearly two bachelor’s degrees for the price of one with total room and board included.

Here’s the break down on a single semester at ACC:

Tuition and Fees for 2009 to 2010

Tuition: Semester Annual

Full-time students:

12 to 18 hours………………………………………..$7,225….$14,450

Fee per credit hour for more than 18 hours …..$400

Part-time students:

Fees per credit hour (6 to 11 hours)……………..$580

Fees per credit hour (1 to 5 hours)……………….$160

Fees per credit hour (Audit Fees)…………………$55

Fees per credit hour (Summer Session Rate)….$210

Room and Board*

For Single Room……………………………………….$1,550….$3,100

For Double Room………………………………………$1,350….$2,700

For Board………………………………………………..$1,440….$2,880

Apartment Rent Per Month (non-residence hall):

Single occupancy rooms………………………………$530

Double occupancy rooms……………………………..$585

Library/Activity/Technology Fee

6 or more hours…………………………………………$350….$700

4 to 5 hours………………………………………………$175….$350

3 or less hours…………………………………………..$0……..$0

Student Loans for Christian College Students

While any college student can apply for state, federal, and other private scholarships, grants, and loans Christian college students can also apply for grants, loans, and scholarships from solely Christian organizations. A few of the more popular ones are the Florida Baptist Foundation, the Charles B. Keese Educational Fund, Inc., and the Baptist Credit Union (Student Loans). These three vary wildly in the amount of a loan they can grant, from the maximum $6,000 lifetime loan from the Florida Baptist Foundation to the $7,000,000 annually that the Charles B. Keese Funds pays out in total.

Considering the availability of companies and private sponsors willing to loan or grant money specifically to go to Christian colleges it can drastically cut costs for education if the student wants to do so in a wholesome god-fearing environment.

Comparison with a Similarly Located State Funded College

Georgia State University Varies drastically between in-state and out of state costs.

In-state Full-Time Tuition costs:

Undergraduate: $3,035.00 per semester … $9,105 annually

College of law: $5,148.00 per semester … $15,444 annually

Housing:

Cheapest: Shared 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 6 residents: $2,275 per semester (There may be up to three individuals sharing a single bathroom, and in some instances three residents in a single room.)

Most expensive: Loft Deluxe, super single 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, $4,850

After the expense of meals and other items of interest are added in the rough costs for the least expensive education possible is several thousand dollars cheaper than the previously mentioned Atlanta Christian College, unless you are a law student.

Out of State Full-Time Tuition costs:

Typical out of state tuition costs are similar to secular based private colleges and non-state funded public colleges. The latter are rare but do exist.

Undergraduate: $12,140 per semester.. $36,420 annually

College of Law: $15,660 per semester.. $46,980 annually

Housing:

Cheapest: Shared 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 6 residents: $2,275 per semester (There may be up to three individuals sharing a single bathroom, and in some instances three residents in a single room.)

Most expensive: Loft Deluxe, super single 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, $4,850

In Conclusion

This shows conclusively that at least in the instance of the Atlanta Christian College the prices are comparable with a state funded college. While they do seem to be a few thousand dollars more expensive overall per year than the in-state tuition they are far more cost effective than typical out-of-state or private schools.

Any out of state student with a desire for a wholesome educational experience would be far more suited to a Christian college environment and the lesser expense is definitely worth it. For local students the cost might be slightly higher but the environment is more suited to their wholesome god-fearing lifestyle and most would believe a slightly higher cost per year is worth the amount. Either way if the student lives near the college they can cut back on their costs drastically simply by living at home, especially if they don’t pay rent.