Affordability of a Christian higher education continues to be on the forefront of student’s and parent’s considerations when evaluating potential schools. We have compiled this ranking for the second year in a row to provide a concise summary of the 50 most affordable Christian colleges and universities in the U.S. for the 2015-2016 academic year. Christian Universities Online (CUO) is not suggesting any student make their decision on this single factor alone but we also are aware of the increasing debt burden many students face upon graduation and offer up this ranking to highlight the schools that are excelling in making their tuition most affordable. CUO continues to work hard to be the trusted and go to resource for parents and students seeking to make a decision about attending intentionally Christian colleges and universities.
The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that have been accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), or the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), or a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). We then ranked each of the schools according to publicly available “net price” tuition data. Average 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,” by the National Center for Education Statistics.
Lancaster Bible College
Average Net Price: $18,982
Lancaster Bible College (LBC) has been educating and training Christian students for over 80 years. During these 80 years, one location has grown to seven and around 20 enrolled students has grown to over 2,100. LBC’s main campus is situated on 100 acres in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Students have over 20 undergraduate degrees to choose from in addition to 20 graduate-level and certificate programs. LBC is able to average almost a 36% reduction in its retail tuition rate by offering financial aid to 99% of its undergraduate. LBC maintains accreditation with both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and The Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Grace College and Seminary
Average Net Price: $18,976
Grace College and Seminary (GC&S) is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, Indiana on a sprawling 180 acre campus. GC&S maintains an accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission in addition to multiple accreditations for specific programs and schools and numerous academic affiliation. Grace also maintains a religious affiliation with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. With over 65 majors to select from and a vibrant and rapidly growing student body, any student choosing this institution is getting a great value. Abundant financial aid enables 99% of undergraduates to receive financial and almost a 44% reduction in their actual tuition rate. On top of all of this, Grace offers a very exciting program in which students can earn their 4 year degree in only 3 years and thus further reduce their overall tuition. This program is offered across all of their degree options and enables graduating students to enter the job-market faster.
East Texas Baptist University
Average Net Price: $18,970
East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) is located in Marshal, Texas on a campus that was built on the site of the former Van Zandt Plantation. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, ETBU is committed to Christian stewardship and sites their primary focus as being on “quality academic programs in the humanities, natural and social sciences, fine arts, and selected professional areas.” Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, ETBU offers 38 undergraduate majors and four graduate majors. Classes are taught by faculty members – not graduate assistants, – 85% of which have earned their terminal degrees. With 1,231 undergraduate students, the average class size is 20 students and the student/faculty ratio is 16:1. Established in 1912, ETBU has been named a “Best Value” school and the school’s motto is: “a world of opportunity in a community of faith.” Average reduction to the cost of attending is 44%.
John Brown University
Average Net Price: $18,924
John Brown University (JBU) is a private, Christ-centered interdenominational, liberal arts institution located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Established in 1919, over 2,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at JBU, representing 40 nations and 42 states. JBU offers over 40 undergraduate majors and a variety of international study programs. The school boasts high retention and graduation rates and was put on the Best Value List by U.S. News & World Report. JBU seeks to provide an education that makes Christ its center focus and one which prepares individuals to be used by God to “serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.” JBU’s summarizes their mission with two historic mottos: “Christ over all”, and “Head, Heart and Hand.” 99% of first time, full time students received financial aid and the average reduction of cost of attending JBU is 46%.
Average Net Price: $18,900
Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) is located in Abilene, Texas on a 209 acre campus. Established in 1891 by a group of dedicated ministers, ranchers, and merchants, HSU has remained committed to “developing the minds and nurturing the spiritual lives of its students”. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941, HSU’s mission is to “be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.” Over 1,500 undergraduate students are enrolled at HSU and the school offers a variety of degree programs through the eight schools that make up the university. International programs and online education options are also offered through HSU. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, there is an average 42% reduction in cost of attending.
Howard Payne University
Average Net Price: $18,751
Howard Payne University (HPU) is located in Brownwood, Texas on a beautiful 80-acre, tree lined campus. Established in 1889, HPU’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.” Offering 100 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs through their six schools, over 1,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, HPU ranked eighth in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category of the “Regional Colleges of the West” by U.S. News & World Report and was named a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media. 99% of first-time, full-time students receive financial aid and there is an average 45% reduction in cost of attending.
Average Net Price: $18,583
Belhaven University (BU) was established in 1883 and is located in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi. BU offers 27 undergraduate majors while doing so with very low student-to-faculty ration of 12:1. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission is the main accreditation held by BU in addition to other specialized accreditations for many of its individual departments and degree programs. This institution is no stranger to national recognition for the quality of its academic programs and affordability, evidenced by its eleven years of being named one of America’s best college buys. The institution’s president, Dr. Roger Parrott, points to low overall cost, abundant financial aid, timely completion of degrees, savings in “hidden costs”, and lastly the value of their education. Through this abundant financial aid, students can enjoy a reduction in their net price by over 40%.
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Average Net Price: $18,495
Shorter University, located in Rome, Georgia, was established in 1873 and is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Shorter has been annually included in The Princeton Review’s lists of best value and best Southeastern colleges and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 1,460 undergraduate students were enrolled as of Fall 2014 and the student/faculty ratio is 12:1. Shorter’s motto is: “Transforming lives through Christ” and the school is committed to both excellence in education and remaining an intentionally Christian university. Shorter offers traditional bachelor’s degrees offered in 48 areas of study, adult undergraduate degree programs and three Masters degree programs; online courses and degree programs also available. Shorter’s mission is “to inspire students to make commitments to lifelong learning, personal spiritual values, responsible citizenship, community and societal leadership and global awareness.” 99% of students receive financial aid and the average reduction in cost of attending is 42%
Average Net Price: $18,394
Montreat College’s main campus located in Montreat, North Carolina with additional campuses located throughout North Carolina in Asheville, Charlotte, Black Mountain, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Morganton. Over 700 undergraduate students are currently enrolled with a 13:1 student/faculty ratio. 30+ states and over 10 countries are represented in Montreat’s student body. Montreat offers a variety of undergraduate, adult undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and has a 70% job and grad school placement rate at time of graduation. An independent, self-governing college, Montreat is historically related to the Presbyterian Church and is accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 98% of students receive financial aid and there is an average 45% reduction of cost in attending.
Average Net Price: $18,358
Cairn University, located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, was established in 1913. Formerly called Philadelphia Biblical University, Cairn offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate level degrees through their five schools and two academic departments: Divinity; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Business and Leadership; Education; and Music; and Social Work and Christian Counseling, respectively. 813 undergraduate students are currently enrolled, representing 35 states and 26 nations. Ethnic minority and international students at Cairn make up 24% of the undergrad population. An interdenominational university, Cairn’s mission “to educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character.” 100% of full time, beginning undergraduate receive financial aid and the average reduction in cost of attending is 46%.
Toccoa Falls College
Average Net Price: $18,337
Toccoa Falls College (TFC) is located in Toccoa Falls, Georgia on a large 1,100 acre campus bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest. 920 undergraduate students were enrolled in Fall of 2014 and TFC offers 29 majors and 39 minors through their three schools: Professional Studies, Arts and Sciences, and Christian Ministries. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, TFC was established in 1907 and holds the motto: “Where Godly Character is Developed with Intellect”. TFC is accredited by both the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. TFC was recently listed by The Princeton Review in their list of “2016 Best Colleges”. 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive financial aid and there is a 42% reduction in cost of attending.
Average Net Price: $18,275
Simpson University (SU) was originally established in 1921 as Simpson Bible Institute by W. W. Newberry, and is located in Redding, California. Named in honor of Presbyterian minister and later founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), Albert Benjamin Simpson, SU continues to be affiliated with the C&MA and is California’s only Christian university north of Sacramento. A private, liberal arts college, SU has a suburban 92-acre campus and over 1,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled. The school offers nearly 40 undergraduate major and minor options along with nine graduate level programs including two master degrees from the school’s seminary, the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. Study abroad options are also available to students, as are online/distance learning programs. 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and the average reduction in cost of attending SU is 48%.
Average Net Price: $18,216
Bethel College is located in Mishawaka, Indiana and was founded in 1893 originally as a training institute by Mennonite Brethren in Christ founder, Daniel Brenneman. In 1947, the school transitioned into a Christian liberal arts college and changed its name to “Bethel”, meaning “house of God”. Affiliated with the United Missionary Church and built upon the Wesleyan tradition, 1,600 undergraduate students are currently enrolled. Over 50 areas of undergraduate study options are available at Bethel, along with a variety of pre-professional programs and graduate study options. Listed as one of the Best Colleges for Your Money by Money Magazine, this is the second year in a row that Bethel has been included in our list of “Most Affordable”. 100% of first-time, full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid, and the average reduction in cost of attending Bethel is 48%.
Average Net Price: $18,053
Waynesburg University (WU), located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania was established in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Named for Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, WU has remained committed to preparing students for lives of Christian service for over 165 years. Known for being one of the least expensive private higher education institutions in Pennsylvania and the U.S., WU offers 70 academic concentrations with top areas of study being business, communication, criminal justice, education, forensic science, and nursing. WU is also one of only 21 institutions in the nation to offer the Bonner Scholar Program, which provides approximately 15 community-service scholarships to Waynesburg students each year. Over 1,500 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and the average class size at WU is 25 students. Average reduction in cost of attending is 42%.
Anderson University - SC
Average Net Price: $18,051
Anderson University is located on a 270-acre campus in Anderson, South Carolina. Established 1911 and affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Anderson’s mission includes being a diverse community “that is Christ-centered, people focused, student-oriented, quality-driven, and future-directed”. Recognized by both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review as being one of the best regional colleges in the South, Anderson has also been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top universities in the South whose graduates accumulate the least amount of educational debt. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and the school offers a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees on campus and online. Undergraduate students may choose from 36 majors, 38 concentrations, and 25 minors. A selective, comprehensive university, the average reduction in cost of attending Anderson is 50%.
Lincoln Christian University
Average Net Price: $17,790
Lincoln Christian University (LCU), located in Lincoln, Illinois, was established in 1944 with the mission of building-up individuals with a Biblical worldview for the purpose of serving and leading in the church and throughout the globe. Affiliated with independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, students come from many walks of life and from a variety of church denominations. In keeping with their mission, a strong emphasis on is placed on ministry and service – this is reflected in the fact that 36% of undergraduates earned their degree in Ministry with another 18% in Intercultural Studies (Missions) and 14% in Bible. 17 bachelor degrees are offered at LCU along with a variety of graduate-level degrees. The undergraduate student population at LCU is approximately 500 students, 70% of which live on-campus. 96% of full time beginning undergraduate students receive financial aid and the average reduction in cost of attending is 35.5%.
Spring Arbor University
Average Net Price: $17,753
The main campus of Spring Arbor University (SAU) is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan and is the second-largest Evangelical Christian university within the state of Michigan. Established in 1873 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, SAU’s mission is to aid its students in the pursuit of wisdom through offering an education that is grounded in Biblical faith. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled at SAU and the school boasts a high retention rate. SAU offers 70 undergraduate majors and programs; 9 degree completion programs; 2 associate programs; and 12 graduate programs. SAU’s education programs are available in a variety of formats, including on-campus, online, and on site at 17 locations throughout Michigan and Ohio. The average reduction of cost of attending SAU is 49%.
Missouri Baptist University
Average Net Price: $17,673
Missouri Baptist University (MBU) is located on an 81-acre campus in Saint Louis, Missouri. Established in 1957, the evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution is committed to “enriching its students’ lives spiritually, intellectually, and professionally, and to preparing students to serve in a global and culturally diverse society.” Over 4,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and MBU offers 50 degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Areas of study include Business; Education; Fine Arts; Health & Sport Sciences; Humanities; Interdisciplinary Studies; Natural Sciences; and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Programs are available at both the school’s main campus as well as multiple regional learning centers, allowing students to create a flexible learning plan. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the average reduction in cost of attending MBU is 47%.
Average Net Price: $17,599
Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) is located in Hannibal, Missouri just 100 miles north of St. Louis on a scenic 100+ acre campus. Established 1858, HLGU is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. HLGU provides a range of diverse academic programs and offers over 34 majors as well as several pre-professional programs. Over 1,000 students are enrolled, 93% of whom receive financial aid. The average reduction in cost of attending HLGU is 40%. Self described as an unapologetically Christian university, HLGU’s mission to “provide an excellent education in both liberal arts and professional disciplines in a distinctively Christian environment that integrates Christian faith and learning in preparing graduates for personal and career effectiveness.”
Southern Nazarene University
Average Net Price: $17,589
Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is a private, Christian, liberal arts university affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, located in Bethany, Oklahoma, just west of Oklahoma City. Established 1899, SNU’s mission is “to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community” and the school’s motto is simply, “Character, culture, Christ”. Nearly 2,000 undergraduate students are enrolled and SNU offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs including adult study programs and online learning program options. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, SNU seeks to equip students and offers a variety of student-services including career advisement, tutoring, and counseling. 98% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive financial aid and on average, the reduction in cost of attending SNU is 45%
Charleston Southern University
Average Net Price: $17,561
Charleston Southern University (CSU) holds the distinction of being one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities. Located in historic Charleston, South Carolina on a 300-acre campus, CSU enrolls over 3,400 students, nearly 3,000 of whom are enrolled in one of the school’s 48 undergraduate degree programs. 26 states and 21 countries are represented in CSU’s student body. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, CSU’s motto is: “Integrating Faith in Learning, Leading and Serving”. Established 1964, the Christian liberal arts university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys, a Military Friendly School, and one of America’s Best Christian Colleges. 95% of students receive financial aid and there is an average 50% reduction of cost in attending.
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Average Net Price: $17,514
MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) is located in Olathe, Kansas on a 100-plus acre wooded campus. Over 1,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and the student body represents 35 states and five countries. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, MNU offers 40 undergraduate programs and a variety of graduate and professional studies. The top five majors for first-time freshman are: Nursing; Elementary Education; Business Administration; Sports Management; and Ministry. Established in 1966 and affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, MNU’s mission is to be “a transformative university that nurtures Christ-like community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve.” Average class size is 16 students and there is an average reduction in cost of attending of 49%.
Trevecca Nazarene University
Average Net Price: $17,487
Trevecca Nazarene University is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. A private, accredited, comprehensive institution of higher learning established in 1901, Trevecca is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Self-described as a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service”, Trevecca is committed to a holistic education that “inspires students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually”. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Trevecca offers a variety of programs in undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as adult study and online programs. Over 1,600 students are currently enrolled and there is an average 50.5% reduction in costs of attending.
Oklahoma Baptist University
Average Net Price: $17,441
Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, just 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City on a 210+ acre campus. 1,986 undergrad students are currently enrolled, representing 40 states, 35 foreign countries; OBU’s student/faculty ratio is 15:1. A Christian liberal arts university, OBU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and was established in 1910. OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees in 86 areas of study as well as 5 master’s degrees. In addition to these traditional study opportunities, they have study abroad opportunities and Global Outreach trips all over the world. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, OBU has received a number of recognitions and has been named one of the 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest by Great Value College’s ranking and has been listed in the top 10 Regional Colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report for 24 consecutive years. 100% of incoming freshman now receive a guaranteed financial award and the average reduction of cost is 48%.
Southern Wesleyan University
Average Net Price: $17,152
Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is a private, four-year and graduate Christian university. SWU’s main campus is located in Central, South Carolina with extensions in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and North Augusta; online programs are also available. Affiliated with the Wesleyan Church, nearly 1,500 students are enrolled, approximately 600 of whom are traditional, undergraduate students. While the majority of students come from the local SC and NC area, SWU’s student body is made up of representatives from 20 states, 10 foreign countries. Self described “Christ-centered, student-focused learning center”, SWU is built upon the core values of purpose; scholarship; community; and transformation in Christ. Fully accredited and offering 40 undergraduate areas of study and 4 graduate degrees, SWU has an average reduction in cost of 49%.
Average Net Price: $16,976
Milligan College is located in the Northeastern Mountains of Tennessee, just minutes outside of downtown Johnson City. Holding the distinction of being one of the South’s premier Christian liberal arts colleges, Milligan’s motto is “Go with God in Faith and Love”. Established 1866, Milligan is affiliated with non-denominational Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Named one of the nation’s Top 25 Baccalaureate Colleges by Washington Monthly, this is the second year in a row that Milligan has been included in our “Most Affordable” list. Milligan offers 100 majors, minors, and pre-professional degrees and concentrations. 99% of first time, full time students receive financial aid and there is an average 55% reduction of cost in attending.
Southwest Baptist University
Average Net Price: $16,892
Southwest Baptist University (SBU) was established 1878 and is affiliated with both the Southern Baptist and Missouri Baptist Convention. The school’s main campus is located in Bolivar, Missouri with additional campuses in Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield, MO. Self described as a “Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be leaders in a global society”, SBU has been named as one of America’s Best College Buys for 16 years and one of America’s Best Christian Colleges for 15 years. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled, and SBU offers 80 areas of undergraduate study as well as graduate-level programs. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, SBU’s student/faculty ratio is 16:1 and the average reduction in cost of attending SBU is 43%.
Average Net Price: $16,880
Regent University is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Established 1977, the school was founded by Pat Robertson originally as Christian Broadcasting Network University; in 1990 the name was changed to Regent University. An interdenominational university, 2,374 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and the school offers 70 programs and certificates to choose from, including Business; Communication; Criminal Justice; Education; Psychology & Counseling; and many more. Regent offers classes both on campus and online and the school has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as offering one of the 25 “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs” in the nation. Regent was also named a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education. Situated on a 70-acre campus, 99% of beginning, full-time students receive financial aid and there is an average 40% reduction in cost of attending.
Average Net Price: $16,845
King University, formerly known as King College, was established in 1867. Located in Bristol, Tennessee in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, King is set on a 135 wooded acre campus and has a 2,427 student population. A private university, King’s motto is: “For the Church and For Learning”. A fully accredited university, King is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and has received a number of accolades and recognitions from names such as The Princeton Review. 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees are offered through King’s seven academic schools of learning: King College of Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Education; School of Nursing; Peeke School of Christian Mission; School of Behavioral and Health Sciences; School of Applied Science and Technology. There is an average 55% reduction of cost for attending King.
Average Net Price: $16,418
Mississippi College (MC), located on a 320-acre campus in Clinton, Mississippi, is the oldest institution of higher learning in Mississippi and the second oldest Baptist university in the nation. Established in 1826 and affiliated with the Baptist denomination, MC is built upon the values of fidelity; integrity; inquiry and knowledge; service; respect; excellence; and stewardship; and remains committed to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled, and MC offers over 80 undergraduate majors, over 50 graduate areas of study, and doctoral degree programs. The school’s motto is, “Truth and Virtue”, and the leaders at MC have the vision “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ.” The average reduction of cost of attending is 40%.
Ohio Christian University
Average Net Price: $16,414
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is located in Circleville, Ohio. Originally established 1948 for the purpose of educating pastors for Churches of Christ in Christian Union, OCU today enrolls over 4,000 students with approximately 500 students in the school’s traditional undergraduate program. OCU seeks to educate students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually and offers degree programs to traditional undergraduate students; graduate students; and adult and online students; as well as programs for high school students to complete college classes. 94% of first time, full time students receive financial aid and there is an average 48% reduction in cost of attending. OCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Fresno Pacific University
Average Net Price: $16,325
Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is located in Fresno, California with five regional campuses in additional areas. Holding the distinction of being Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university, FPU was established 1944 in affiliation with the Mennonite Brethren Church. The school’s stated mission is to prepare individuals who are biblically grounded and taught from a distinctively Christian perspective to be leaders in their professions; to serve society; and to transform the culture. FPU has currently enrolled 3,500 undergraduate students, most of whom are the first in their families to attend college. FPU offers 27 majors and 60 areas of study for undergraduates and 45 graduate-level programs. Ranked in the top tier for their category by U.S. News & World Report, FPU has also been named in the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions by The Chronicle of Higher Education. FPU has an impressive average of 55% reduction in cost of attending.
Average Net Price: $16,272
Sterling College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Sterling, Kansas. Established 1887, Sterling has an historic affiliation with the Presbyterian Church, which founded the school; today 7 different denominations are represented in Sterling’s student body of 720 students. With a mission to “develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith”, Sterling currently offers majors in 22 areas of study and makes study abroad opportunities available to students. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Sterling is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Average reduction in the cost of attending Sterling is 48%.
Average Net Price: $16,253
Erskine College is located in Due West, South Carolina in historic Abbeville County – an area filled with history from the colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War eras. Established in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Erskine places a strong emphasis on mentoring and relational learning for the purpose of providing a richer, more personalized learning experience in order to spur on their students to do great accomplish great things, for the glory of God. 18 majors for undergraduate students to choose from and each class is taught by professors, not graduate students, from a curriculum that is based on the liberal arts tradition. There is an average 67.5% reduction to the cost of attending Erskine.
Nazarene Bible College
Average Net Price: $15,969
Nazarene Bible College (NBC), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is one of ten Nazarene institutions in the United States and out of these ten, one of the two institutions charged with the relatively exclusive task of preparing ministers for the Church of the Nazarene denomination. With the motto of, “Christian Education for those Called to Serve”, NBC is self described as “an undergraduate, professional school of Christian ministry committed to academic and practical programs designed to educate students for service and leadership in a diverse world.” Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, NBC offers three main study programs: Bachelor of Arts in Ministry; Associate of Arts in Ministry; and a Ministry Preparation Program. Classes are made affordable by the support of the Nazarene denomination and of many local churches and are accessible to students from around the globe through the school’s online delivery system or on the school’s beautiful campus. 762 students are currently enrolled and there is an average 35% reduction of cost in attending.
Average Net Price: $15,680
Bryan College, located in Dayton, Tennessee, was founded in 1930 in response to the Scopes Trial for the purpose of establishing an institution that would teach higher education from a Christian worldview. Operating under the motto “Christ Above All”, the school is named for William Jennings Bryan, who during the famous ‘Monkey Trial’, communicated the wish that a school that would “teach truth from a Biblical perspective might be established on one of Dayton’s scenic hills.” The college is not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination. Bryan College offers 21 majors with 44 unique fields of study for undergraduate students, as well as 4 graduate-level programs with 7 options. Over 1,600 students are currently enrolled, representing 41 states and 9 foreign countries. This is the second year in a row that Bryan has been included in our “Most Affordable” ranking and the school’s average reduction of cost of attending Bryan is 50%.
Summit University, formerly Baptist Bible College & Seminary
Average Net Price: $15,574
Having recently obtained university status, Baptist Bible College & Seminary formally changed their name to Summit University in April of this year. Established in 1932, Summit University is located in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania in South Abington Township. Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Summit offers a range of academic programs on-campus and online covering undergraduate, graduate, and seminary degrees. Affiliated with the Independent Baptist denomination, the student population at Summit has reached a total of 1,053, with 672 students enrolled in undergraduate programs. 95% of students receive financial assistance and there is an average 47% reduction in cost of attending the school.
Average Net Price: $15,545
Warner University is a private, co-educational, Christian liberal arts institution, located in Lake Wales, Florida. Affiliated with the Church Of God denomination, the school was established 1968. Over 1,000 students are currently enrolled and create a student body filled with diversity – something in which Warner takes great pride. Committed to providing affordable, Christian higher education, there is an average 46.5% reduction in the cost of attending Warner. Both undergraduate and graduate level degrees are awarded at Warner and bachelor students have the option of 30 majors to choose from. The university operates under three distinct schools: School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; School of Business; and School of Education. Warner named one of “America’s Best Colleges” for four consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report and the school was also included in 2014 ranking of “Most Affordable” by Christian Universities Online
North Greenville University
Average Net Price: $15,118
North Greenville University (NGU) is conveniently located in Tigerville, South Carolina between the two cities of Greenville, SC and Hendersonville, NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1891, NGU is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. NGU is home to 2,359 students, representing 30 states, 8 countries; however, class sizes are kept purposefully small to give each student a voice which can be heard and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. This is the second year in a row that NGU has been included in our ranking of “Most Affordable” and there is an average 48% reduction of cost in attending the school. NGU offers a wide variety of Bachelor and graduate-level programs and has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top liberal arts universities in the country.
Eastern Nazarene College
Average Net Price: $14,867
Located on a large, suburban campus in the historic area of Quincy, Massachusetts, Eastern Nazarene College’s (ENC) roots trace back to 1900. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, ENC is a trusted name for its commitment to both Christian values and academics and is well-known for its success rate in getting students accepted into top-rated graduate and medical schools. The school boasts a high retention rate of 72% and 91% of its recent graduates are employed or currently attending graduate school. Over 40 bachelor degree programs are available to choose from and 1,064 undergraduate students are enrolled at ENC. 100% of students receive some type of financial aid, lowering costs significantly.
Average Net Price: $14,746
Emmanuel College is a private, Christian, liberal arts college located on a 150-acre campus in Franklin Springs, Georgia – conveniently near Athens and Atlanta, GA and Anderson, SC. Established 1919, Emmanuel is affiliated with International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Just over 800 students are currently enrolled with a student ratio of 15:1. 28 states, 10 foreign countries, and 25 denominations are represented in Emmanuel’s student body. Emmanuel offers four-year Bachelor of Arts and Science programs as well as two-year Associate degree programs. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, there is an average 45% reduction of cost in attending Emmanuel.
Average Net Price: $14,646
Campbellsville University (CU), located in Campbellsville, Kentucky on an 80-acre campus, is a private, comprehensive Christian institution. Established in 1906 as Russell Creek Academy, the school was originally affiliated with the Baptist denomination at its founding. Over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled and the school boasts a high retention rate of 69% as well as a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. Over 50 bachelor-level programs are available along with 24 graduate-level degree options. 92% of students receive financial aid and CU has an average 56% reduction of cost. Ranked by the U.S. & News Report as the Fourth “Up and Coming School in the South”, CU was also named U.S.’s list of “Great Schools, Great Prices”.
Average Net Price: $14,257
Carson-Newman University (CNU) is a four-year, private institution, established in 1851 and affiliated with the Baptist denomination. The school’s suburban campus is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee and over 2,000 students are currently enrolled with an 11:1 student/faculty ratio. Over 33 states and 20 foreign countries are represented in the student body and the average class size is 15 students. The school boasts a high retention rate of 71% and has been named among the Best Colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review. CNU offers 50 majors and several study abroad programs. Committed to providing affordable, quality, higher education to their students, nearly 100% of CNU students receive some form of financial aid with an average reduction in cost of 65%.
Average Net Price: $14,084
Lee University is located on a 106.6 acre suburban campus in Cleveland, Tennessee. Established in 1918, the private, liberal arts institution is affiliated with the Church of God denomination. Founded originally as a denominational training center, the school grew over time before transitioning into a comprehensive liberal arts university in 1997, granting graduate-level degrees. Over 5,000 students were enrolled as of Fall 2014, with over 49 states and 50 countries represented in the student body. Over 50 majors are offered at Lee as is a Study Abroad Program available in 20-30 global locations. This is the second year that Lee has been included in Christian Universities Online’s “Most Affordable” ranking; the school has also been named #2 in Great Value Colleges’ list of “50 Great Affordable Colleges in the South”. Lee’s average reduction of cost is 85% and well over 90% of students receive some type of financial aid, offering an affordable option for Christian higher education.
Central Christian College of Kansas
Average Net Price: $13,622
Central Christian College of Kansas is a small, private, evangelical Christian college, located in the town of McPherson, Kansas and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. Over 40 areas of study are available to choose from with classes offered both on-campus and online. With a student/faculty ratio of 1:14, Central boasts a high retention rate of 63%. Over 1,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled, 96% of whom receive some type of financial aid, bringing down costs by an average of 47%. Committed to the education of the “whole person – heart, mind, body, and soul”, Central has been providing students with Christ-centered higher education since its establishment in 1884.
Bob Jones University
Average Net Price: $13,537
Bob Jones University (BJU) is a well known name when it comes to conservative values and Christian position. Founded in 1927 by Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., notable alumni include evangelist Billy Graham and pastor John MacArthur. Located in Greenville, South Carolina on a 200-acre suburban campus, BJU’s student body is made up of nearly 3,000 students representing 48 states, 42 countries. The student/faculty ratio at BJU is 16:1 and the school places an emphasis on “intentional heart-focused discipleship”. 81% of students receive financial aid and there is an average 40% reduction in cost of attending. Nationally accredited through TRACS, BJU offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs through its 4 schools, college and seminary.
Williams Baptist College
Average Net Price: $13,225
Williams Baptist College (WBC) is located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas on a 200-acre campus. Established in 1941 by founded Dr. H.E. Williams, WBC is owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. A private, coeducational, four-year college, WBC is known for its academic excellence and the personal attention given to students; student/teacher ratio at WBC is 13:1 and the school is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. WBC offers 25 majors and pre-professional programs and has been ranked in the top tier of southern colleges and universities by U.S. News and World Report. There is an attractive 44.6% reduction in costs of attending WBC. The school’s stated mission is to:”provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.”
Average Net Price: $12,928
Louisiana College (LC), of Pineville, Louisiana, is a private, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college and was established 1906. A Baptist university, LC holds to the values of Christ and preeminent and the authority of Scripture. LC is situated on an 81-plus acre campus with twenty-five academic and residential buildings. LC holds the distinction of being one of the most recognized colleges among the southern states and has been ranked #37 under “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South” by the U.S. News & World Report. Over 1,200 students were enrolled as of Fall 2014 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. LC offers over 80 programs of study, including majors, minors and pre-professional programs.
Average Net Price: $12,546
Johnson University (JU) was established in 1893 by Ashley S. Johnson, who had a burden to train earnest men in preaching. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the school’s motto aptly expresses the heart and desire of its founder: “Open day and night to the poor young man who desires above every other desire, to preach the Gospel of Christ.” In keeping with its heritage, JU continues to be committed to keeping tuition costs low for those who desire to spread the gospel of Christ and there is an average 41% reduction of cost of attending. The school’s stated mission is “to bring glory to God… by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry through affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered worship”. Studies are available on-campus at JU’s main location in Tennessee; at JU’s second campus in Florida; and online. Over 70 areas of undergraduate study are available as well as 13 graduate-level degrees and certificates.
College of the Ozarks
Average Net Price: $0…”Students don’t pay tuition at C of O!”
College of the Ozarks (C of O) is located in Point Lookout, Missouri. A unique institution, C of O stands out from the rest due to the fact that by combining scholarships, grants, and work programs, students end up with $0 tuition charge. C of O’s mission from the beginning has been to “provide the advantages of a Christian education… especially [to] those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.” One of the key ways in which CO accomplishes this mission is by providing deserving students with the opportunity to earn their degrees free from dollar-expense through federal and state grants, scholarships, and the school’s on-campus work program. Known as “Hard Work U” the school has earned its place in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rating as #4 Best Regional College in the Midwest. Aside from its attractive low-price tag and the real-world work experience it provides, CO also offers an impressive 42 majors in their undergraduate academic program along with 36 minors and 10 pre-professional programs.