Affordable Christian Colleges in California

May 10, 2018

In California, students can get a Christian education for as low as $5,770 annually. This article will look at denominations, spiritual activities, and degree programs at some of California's most affordable Christian schools.

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Christian colleges in California offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in numerous fields of study, including nursing and theological studies. In order to afford tuition, students can apply for financial aid, and some schools provide grants and scholarships. The following schools were chosen because their annual tuition is all under $15,000 per year.

School Comparison

The annual tuition costs at these Christian colleges in California start at $5,770. The table below looks at each school's location and denomination, along with its cost.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*
America Evangelical University 4-year, private not-for-profit Wesleyan Los Angeles, CA $5,770
California Christian College 4-year, private not-for-profit Free Will Baptist Church Fresno, CA $9,330
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary 4-year, private not-for-profit Assemblies of God Church El Dorado Hills, CA $9,324
Azusa Pacific University College 4-year, private not-for-profit Undenominational San Dimas, CA $10,200
Life Pacific College 4-year, private not-for-profit Other Protestant San Dimas, CA $14,884

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Summary of California's Affordable Christian Institutions

The following California colleges offer a wide variety of degree programs and opportunities to explore spiritual life on campus. Christian colleges often focus on faith-centered education and activities. Chapel is sometimes required, depending on the school's denomination.

America Evangelical University

America Evangelical University offers eleven degree and certificate programs of varying levels. For first-time students, bachelor's degree programs include a BA in Theology, BA in Business Administration, and BS in Nursing. The other eight programs are master's and doctoral degrees, along with an English as a Second Language (ESL) program and a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate. With strong international ties, the school aims to keep Christianity at the center of the education and remain culturally sensitive. America Evangelical University is by far the most affordable college selection on this list for those interested in one of its programs. Students are granted scholarships and financial aid based on leadership potential, economic need, and academic excellence.

California Christian College

California Christian College is dedicated to enriching the spiritual lives and education of its students. This small college offers three degree programs: an AA in Liberal Studies, an AA in Bible & Christian Ministry, and a BA in Christian Ministry/Bible. A youth ministry emphasis can be added to any of the degrees, which includes courses in thinking theologically, youth ministry, and contemporary youth culture. Students must attend 15 hours of ministry per semester. Chapel is held every Monday and Wednesday, with prayer and Bible study groups throughout the week.

SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

For the 2015-2016 school year, 100% of undergraduate students at SUM who applied for financial assistance received aid. Also, 100% of them were given money that did not need to be repaid, like scholarships or grants. Similar to many Bible schools, SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary focuses its studies on Biblical teachings and ministerial subjects. Students can earn a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies or a master's degree in Biblical studies, Christian leadership, or divinity. Full-time students are expected to attend eight hours of ministry practicums. During the winter trimester, students can take part in the Mardi Gras Outreach, which includes a conference and evangelism outreach. Student housing is available for both single and married students.

Azusa Pacific University College

Azusa Pacific University College is a branch of Azusa Pacific University. The University College is geared toward non-traditional learners, such as adult students, and offers a more affordable option than the traditional campus. Students can still take several associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs. These are all offered online, and evening on-campus courses are also available. Some online bachelor's degree programs include health sciences, leadership, criminal justice, and applied psychology. At Azusa, students are expected to attend chapel three times a week, and University College students are encouraged to watch chapel services online via a live simulcast.

Life Pacific College (LPC)

Life Pacific College is the only school on this list that has athletic teams. Students can choose from basketball, wrestling, track, and more. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, chapel is held in the LPC Chapel. Along with guest speakers at the chapel, there are all-music worship events and special panels, like mental health. LPC has several undergraduate and graduate majors. Students can study human development, communication, transformational ministry, and business administration, among others. The Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership program gets students involved in mentoring, human behavior, leadership theology, leadership ethics, and innovation.

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