Affordable Online Christian Colleges

Aug 22, 2018

An online Christian college provides students with a different experience than an on-campus education. The schools included in this guide are relatively affordable, with tuition under $31,000.

An online program may appeal to students interested in flexible scheduling or part-time enrollment. These five relatively affordable Christian schools range from distance-learning institutions to traditional ones that offer online programs.

Comparison of Affordable Christian Colleges with Online Programs

Tuition for these schools range from under $5,000 per year to just over $30,000.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Shiloh University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Living Word Fellowship Kalona, IA $4,510
Virginia Baptist College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Fredericksburg, VA $5,680
Ohio Christian University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Other Protestant Circleville, OH $20,240
Liberty University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Evangelical Christian Lynchburg, VA $21,310
Colorado Christian University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Undenominational Lakewood, CO $30,370

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Affordable Online Christian Schools

The online programs offer associate's through doctoral degrees to interested students. Majors range from faith-oriented selections to business and human services.

Shiloh University

All of Shiloh University's degrees are offered via online curriculum. Students can earn an associate's degree that offers general and Christian foundations for further study. Bachelor's degrees are in areas such as biblical, Christian and New Testament studies. Shiloh also has graduate degrees in theological studies or divinity. The online degree programs last fifteen weeks and offer weekly student discussion groups. Through their programs, Shiloh aims to help students enhance their faith. NCES lists a fall 2017 student enrollment of 53 and states that Pell Grants and other types of federal student aid are available to eligible students at Shiloh.

Virginia Baptist University

At Virginia Baptist University, students will experience curriculum designed to prepare them for Christian ministry, both professional and informal. The university welcomed 258 students for the 2017-2018 school year, as shown on NCES. Virginia Baptist provided approximately $19,000 in grants or scholarships to full-time, beginning undergraduate students in 2016. Undergraduate degrees include associate's and bachelor's degrees in ministry and Christian education, as well as minors in English and music. Students can earn a master's in ministry or Biblical studies. The university offers a dual-enrollment for high school juniors and seniors who have at least a 2.5 grade point average. These students can earn up to 54 credits through the program.

Ohio Christian University

Ohio Christian University had a student population of 4,483 in 2017, as per NCES. For the previous year, 2,671 undergraduate students were awarded financial assistance in the form of grants or scholarships. Ohio Christian has associate's through master's degrees via their online programs. Associate degree options include business and human services, while bachelor's degrees range from marketing/consumer behavior to substance abuse counseling. Master's degrees include business administration, ministry, and leadership. Ohio Christian seeks to create a learning environment centered on faith and analytical thinking.

Liberty University

The university's mission statement is to train champions for Christ. Liberty University's online curriculum includes classes spanning from eight to sixteen weeks, with associate's through doctoral degrees available. Majors include information technology, accounting, and music education. Liberty had 75,044 students enrolled in 2017, as listed on NCES. The university provided financial assistance to 97% of the full-time, beginning undergrad students in 2016.

Colorado Christian University

As an evangelical and interdenominational school, Colorado Christian University focuses on instilling Christian commitment in students. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Colorado Christian had 7,398 students, with 99% of the full-time, beginning undergrads receiving financial assistance in 2016. The university awards associate's degrees in areas such as criminal justice, healthcare administration, and nonprofit management. Bachelor's degrees include biblical studies, special education, and nursing. Business administration, cyber security, and counseling are several options for master's degrees.

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