As the cost of higher education rises steadily year by year, semester by semester, budgetary concerns inevitably enter the decision-making process when it comes to selecting a college. We at Christian Universities Online (CUO) understand that while affordability should not be the main consideration, it is often placed higher up on the priority list than most families would like. It is in a spirit of stewardship, wisdom and discernment that CUO is pleased to provide the 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities 2017. The schools on this list have proven to be affordable without sacrificing quality in their programs and resources.
“Net Price” tuition data was collected from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). “Net Price” is defined as “subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.” This ranking was produced using this single data point. In order to be considered in this ranking, each school is either a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or able to be considered member eligible.
Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN. Established in 1866, Milligan College was founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of the Buffalo Creek Christian Church, a congregation of the Disciples of Christ. Beginning as a private secondary school called the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1881 the school began offering collegiate level programs following the arrival of Disciples of Christ minister and educator, Dr. Josephus Hopwood. Today, Milligan College’s mission is to “honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders.” The College’s vision is to be a “premier Christian liberal arts college where Jesus Christ is exalted and excellence in the standard” and to “change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.”
Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. More than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations are offered in a variety of areas through the School of Arts & Humanities; the School of Bible & Ministry; the William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology; the School of Sciences & Allied Health; and the School of Social Sciences & Education. A number of graduate degrees and adult degree completion programs are also offered through Milligan College’s Graduate & Professional Studies department. Master’s degrees offered include the areas of Religion, Business (MBA), Christian Ministries, Education, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, and more. Milligan College’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net price of $19,460. 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid whether in the form of grants, scholarships, or loans.
Net Price: $19,460
North Central University is a private, coeducational, Christian college located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination, North Central University was established in 1930 as the North Central Bible Institute. By 1998 after several years of growth, expanded curriculum, and change, the school achieved university status and changed its name to the North Central University. North Central University’s campus is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis in a unique urban environment which provides students with plenty of opportunities for recreation, academic and career advancement, and ministry. As a bible-based, Christ-centered, Pentecostal institution, North Central Association’s mission is to prepare students “to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world.” The University’s vision is to “be recognized as a globally influential university that prepares exemplary Pentecostal leaders and ministers.” North Central University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and has been so since 1986.
More than 60 majors and minors are offered at North Central University through its several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences; the College of Fine Arts, which encompasses the School of Music and Theatre and the School of Worship Arts; and the College of Church Leadership. In addition, North Central University’s School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership. More than 1,000 students are currently enrolled at North Central University, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates; the University’s average student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. North Central University’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net price of $19,442. 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid as do nearly 85% of all undergraduates.
Net Price: $19,442
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was chartered as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly; the area of Mount Vernon was selected primarily due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). In addition to its main campus, the University also operates several satellite locations in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark; these locations serve the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program which is geared towards non-traditional Students.
More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools, including the School of Arts and Humanities; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; The School of Theology and Philosophy; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; and the Jetter School of Business. Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Honors Program is also offered for gifted students, providing them unique, challenging courses and special extracurricular opportunities within a supportive environment which is designed to help them to excel. Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers students on-campus housing in one of the University’s four Residence Halls or in its 100-plus Townhouse style apartments. Freshmen are typically housed in either Oakwood Hall (males) or in Pioneer Hall (females). Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net price of $19,442. 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some form of financial aid as do approximately 87% of all undergraduate students.
Net Price: $19,442
Located in Huntington, Indiana, Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education. Established In 1889, Huntington University began as the Central College, founded by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. In 1917 the school’s name was changed to Huntington College and in 1961 accreditation was granted through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 that the school’s current name of Huntington University was adopted. Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”
Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, including more than 1,000 undergraduate students. More than 70 programs of study are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees. Huntington University’s undergraduate programs are offered in the areas of Agricultural Studies; Art; Bible and Religion; Business; Chemistry; Communication; Computer Science; Criminal Justice; Digital Media Arts; Education; English; History and Political Science; Kinesiology and Sport Leadership; Language; Math; Ministry and Missions; Music; Nursing; Occupational Therapy; Philosophy; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology; TESOL; Theatre; and Worship Leadership. Pre-professional programs are offered in Pre-Law, Pre-Med, and Pre-Pharmacy and several graduate-level programs are offered in the areas of Education, Leadership and Counseling; Ministry and Missions, and Occupational Therapy. Huntington University’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for school’s of its type with a net price of $19,305. 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid as do 85% of all undergraduate students.
Net Price: $19,305
Missouri Baptist University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Established as Missouri Baptist College in 1964, the school began as a campus extension of Hannibal-LaGrange College in 1957 in response to the need for an evangelical Christian institution in the St. Louis area. By 1967 the newly formed College moved to its original 81-acre campus and in 1973 the first students graduated with their Bachelor of Arts degrees. Initial accreditation was granted in 1978 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) through which the University continues to be accredited today. In 2000 the school, by now known by its current name of Missouri Baptist University, was approved to offer its first program at the master’s-level, the Master of Science in Education.
Today, the mission of Missouri Baptist University is to educate students “in an environment where academic excellence is emphasized and a Biblically based Christian perspective is maintained.” The University continues to be “committed to enriching its students’ lives spiritually, intellectually, and professionally and to preparing students to serve in a global and culturally diverse society.” A wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Missouri Baptist’s several divisions which include undergraduate divisions in Business; Education; Fine Arts; Health & Sports Sciences; Humanities; Interdisciplinary Studies; Natural Sciences; and Social & Behavioral Sciences. The University’s graduate divisions include the areas of Business; Education; Health & Sport Sciences; Humanities; and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Missouri Baptist University’s tuition costs are relatively low compared to universities of its type with a net price of $19,294. Nearly all full-time, beginning undergraduate students at Missouri Baptist University receive some type of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and student loans.
Net Price: $19,294