Affordable Christian Colleges in North Carolina

May 09, 2018

North Carolina offers many well-regarded Christian colleges, and even though they're private schools, many of them are affordable. The following Christian colleges all offer students strong programs and rich spiritual lives while not straining the wallet.

Whether you're trying to pay for your college outright or want to rack up as little debt as possible, selecting an affordable college can be a good solution. The following North Carolina Christian colleges all offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs and tuition that's under $15,000 per year.

School Comparison

In North Carolina, affordable college options are available for a variety of Christian denominations. The below table shows that an undergraduate degree can be obtained for as little as $5,100 a year.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*
Heritage Bible College 4-year, private not-for-profit Other Protestant Dunn, NC $8,328
Apex School of Theology 4-year, private not-for-profit Interdenominational Durham, NC $5,100
Carolina Christian College 4-year, private not-for-profit Churches of Christ Winston-Salem, NC $8,800
Mid-Atlantic Christian University 4-year, private not-for-profit Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Elizabeth City, NC $14,080
Piedmont International University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baptist Winston-Salem, NC $9,480

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Affordable North Carolina Christian Colleges

Many religion-based colleges provide a lower tuition than larger private institutions. The following school overviews all look at the religious programs and faith-based activities that can be found on campus at more affordable institutions, as well as the available degree programs.

Heritage Bible College

At Heritage Bible College, students can study from one of the seven programs offered. Six of these programs are offered both on campus and online; only the Bachelor of Religious Education in Worship and Music is not offered online. For students who do not necessarily know if they want to have a career in ministry but do want to begin their education at a Christian college, Heritage offers the Associate in Christian Studies program. Ministry and community service are a large part of campus life at this Bible college. Heritage works with several community organizations to provide volunteering options for students at local food pantries, homeless shelters, hospice centers, and other community and health centers.

Apex School of Theology

Apex School of Theology had a graduation rate of 95% as of 2018 for first-time, full-time students. This college keeps tuition costs down by offering a small number of religious-based programs. Students attending Apex can study for their associate degree up to their doctoral degree. There are four master's degree programs available: Christian education, Christian counseling, divinity, and Biblical counseling. Those who have classes on chapel days are required to attend chapel to re-center themselves under God's Word. For the 2016 school year, 100% of undergraduate students who sought financial aid received help.

Carolina Christian College (CCC)

Carolina Christian College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. While this small school admits students of all races and ethnicities, it focuses on African American students. Students can study at CCC to earn their undergraduate or graduate degree. Though limited with just two bachelor's degrees in ministry and homiletics and a Master's of Religious Education, the school is growing continuously. A variety of minors are also offered to undergraduate students, such as nonprofit leadership and Christian counseling, and a Biblical studies certificate is available. CCC introduced a men's collegiate basketball team to enrich students' teamwork and fellowship in 2017.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

For Christian students who want to seek a broader education, the Mid-Atlantic Christian University offers bachelor's-level study in 13 different areas, including science, nursing, business administration, and applied linguistics. Many of these programs combine a major with a Biblical studies program, such as biology and Biblical studies, or elementary education and Biblical studies. For those interested in moving their body and mind, Mid-Atlantic athletics offers five options: men's basketball, men's soccer, men's golf, women's volleyball, and women's basketball. Students gather twice a week for worship services. Students can also find service and worship opportunities through Mid-Atlantic's Missions Emphasis Week or Spiritual Emphasis Week.

Piedmont International University

Piedmont International University offers over 50 areas of study from which to choose. Many of these programs are offered online, as well as on campus. Along with associate's and bachelor's degrees, there are a few accelerated 5-year programs, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity. Of the three doctoral programs offered, all are offered online, but the Biblical Studies PhD requires on-campus meetings. Spiritual life is very important at Piedmont; in fact, students are required to attend chapel Tuesday through Friday. If students are unable to attend due to a conflict of some kind, they must seek permission from the Student Services office. Piedmont students are also required to live on campus if they're full-time and under the age of 22.

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