Affordable Christian Colleges in the Midwest

May 18, 2018

Although private institutions often come with high tuition costs, there are a number of affordable Christian colleges across the nation. Here, we'll take a look at some of the affordable Christian-based colleges in the Midwest.

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If you are looking for an affordable Christian college, you may find yourself looking at colleges that concentrate their academic offerings in a few areas. Small colleges with limited degree options can keep their costs down, making even private school tuition affordable. Many of the Midwest Christian colleges explored below focus on faith-related degree programs.

School Comparison

All of the schools on this list can be attended per year for under $8,000. Each of these schools is affiliated with a different denomination to give you an idea of the variety of options across the Midwest.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition (2016-2017)*
Central Methodist University - College of Graduate and Extended Studies 4-year, private not-for-profit (admits both graduate and undergraduate students) United Methodist Fayette, MO $5,760
Donnelly College 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Kansas City, KS $7,140
Allegheny Wesleyan College 4-year, private not-for-profit Other Protestant Salem, OH $5,000
Summit Christian College 4-year, private not-for-profit Churches of Christ Gering, NE $6,560
Bethlehem College & Seminary 4-year, private not-for-profit Baptist Minneapolis, MN $6,080

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Affordable Midwestern Christian College

Many affordable Christian Colleges in the Midwest are focused on Christ-centered education and living. Along with faith-based degree programs, most of the colleges listed here seek to bring faith and service into graduation requirements. Prayer, chapel, and fellowship is typically available at all of these campuses.

Central Methodist University - College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES)

Though labelled as a graduate school, Central Methodist University's extended studies area allows for undergraduate students as well. The main campus has a higher tuition, but the CGES in a more affordable option. Undergraduate courses in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school year are just $210 per credit hour. The St. Louis campus and the online program are the only outliers, with credit hours being $300 and $250, respectively. There are 18 off-campus locations, as well as online programs available in accounting, music education, sociology, and health sciences. Campus ministry is strong on the main campus, and CGES students may want to participate in those opportunities. For those who live close enough, chapel is held every Tuesday on the Fayette campus. The Center for Faith & Service (CFS) is easily accessible and is there to help students combine faith and education. Also, one of the foundational beliefs of the school is to complete service work and help others, which can be completed on or off campus.

Donnelly College

Donnelly College is a small school of only 389 students, and the NCES reports that 95% of undergraduate students who applied for financial aid in the 2016 year received it. The school offers three bachelor's degree programs: information systems, urban elementary education, and organizational leadership. Donnelly tries to always keep campus life and education within its three pillars: seek truth, build community, and pursue excellence. On campus, mass is held several times a week for spiritual rejuvenation. The prayer room is always open, and students can always submit a prayer intentions request form through the campus ministry office.

Allegheny Wesleyan College

Spiritual life is woven throughout campus at Allegheny Wesleyan College. Chapel services are held three times a week, and prayer meetings are held each Wednesday. Along with education, one of the graduation requirements is three credit hours of Christian service. At the beginning of each semester, the Christian Service Director hands out different service activities. Every year, there are also four appreciation weeks geared toward the students studying in those areas: ministerial, education, missions, and music. Along with those four programs, there is also a religious studies program available on campus.

Summit Christian College

The Summit Christian College community is the smallest on this list, with only 37 undergraduate students. Its small size allows for face-to-face teaching, with the student to teacher ratio only being 6:1. Offering both an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies and three bachelor's degrees all relating to faith, this school is careful to include spirituality with student life and education. The bachelor's degrees are in Biblical studies, ministry studies, and Christian studies. Along with summer camps for those interested in youth ministry, missions trips are held throughout the year, and students can take part in the mentored ministry team or choir. The mentored ministry team pairs students with local ministers to discover hands-on experience within a church organization.

Bethlehem College & Seminary

Bethlehem College & Seminary's primary belief is that worship is the center of everything, even above education. This is why worship and ministry are at the heart of everything on campus, even the educational programs. Bethlehem College offers an associate degree and two bachelor's degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies and a Bachelor of Theology. Every aspect about the college requires students to always be mindful about remaining fair and Christ-centered. Prayer requests are accepted and asked for on a regular basis.

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