With thousands of colleges and universities to choose from, making an informed decision about where to go to school can be an overwhelming task. One of the first decision you have to make is are you willing and able to attend a brick and mortar campus or is online learning a better fit for you? If the answer is online education, you need to search for programs in your chosen field of study that offers a terminal degree completely online. They are becoming easier and easier to find. In fact, the Value Colleges search bar is a great place to start!
The next thing you need to decide is if you want to attend a religious or secular school. If you decide on anything other than a publicly funded institution you need to check on the accreditation before you enroll. Not all diploma’s are created equally and some of the Bible colleges granting online diploma’s are not accredited at all. If you decide that an online Evangelical school is the right fit for you, the following schools are all accredited, affordable and have top-notch programs!
Oral Roberts University
Oral Roberts University Online offers more than 65 undergraduate majors, 14 master’s degrees and two PhD programs all anchored in Christian principles. Oral Roberts University Online is unique in its desire to focus on the whole student by providing distance learning, study abroad, educational partnerships, missions and outreach work, along with an individual e-portfolio. Each student creates a portfolio throughout their college career to track their progress, achievements and personal growth. This portfolio can be helpful when applying for jobs or graduate school but it can also help students reflect upon their education as it progresses and therefore stay focused. At $349 per credit hour these opportunities to personalize your online learning just can’t be beat!
Cost: $349/per credit hour (Undergraduate)
Anderson University is located in Anderson, South Carolina. It is ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the South by both U. S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. But more importantly, AU has been recognized 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! AU is committed to helping students expand their Biblical knowledge, thinking critically, broaden their world-view and become global thinkers. At under $500 dollars per credit you can’t beat the price for an online Bible based education!
Cost: $438 per credit hour (Undergraduate); $312 per credit hour (Graduate)
LeTourneau University is a Christ-centered, interdenominational institute of higher learning in Longview, TX. It was originally founded to educate returning WWII veterans and only allowed in male students. Now LeTourneau offers more than 85 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, sciences, aviation, business, technology, education, engineering, nursing, psychology and theology. In addition to traditional programs at the main campus in Longview, Texas, students are enrolled in online programs, as well as well designed hybrid programs in Dallas and Houston. The aviation and aeronautics program makes this program stand out from many of the other Evangelical schools. Tuition starts at just over $300 per hour and gives you access to many diverse programs. This school is a bargain worth checking out, especially if you want to fly!
Cost: $355-$475 per credit hour (Undergraduate); $605+ (Graduate)
Regent University is one of America’s leading academic centers for Christian thoughts and academic progress. They offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees available worldwide via brick and mortar and online classes. The Princeton Review has recognized the law school faculty as being the Top Ten in the Nation. The U.S. News ranking lists Regent’s online bachelor’s degree program as the top private four-year college in Virginia, as well as second among schools in the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). Regent University is a Yellow Ribbon School, meaning they are proudly military friendly and a great place to use the G.I.Bill. For under $5o0 per Undergraduate credit hour this acclaimed university is a great deal!
Cost: $395+ (Undergraduate); $650+ per credit hour (Graduate)
Colorado Christian University
Colorado Christian University began as a one room schoolhouse in 1914. It has since grown into the premier interdenominational Christian college in the Rocky Mountain region, and provides a top-notch education to thousands of students. CCU offers a broad range of academic programs with more than 50 programs offered for traditional students residential campus in Lakewood, CO. In addition, CCU offers more than 50 bachelor’s master’s, and associate degree programs, as well as certificate and educational licencing programs through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies for adult students at several campus locations throughout Colorado and online. These programs offer several great ways for working adults, older students or nontraditional students to meet their educational goals. For $539 dollars per credit hour CCU is a real bargain for any type of student!
Cost: $539 per credit hour (Undergraduate); $495+ per credit hour (Graduate)
Grand Canyon University
If you are looking for the traditional big state school college experience on a Christian campus then Grand Canyon University is the place for you. With more than 160 academic programs across nine colleges and a projected enrollment of over 25,000 students in the next 5 years it is not a small school. They have invested heavily in next generation online platforms and innovative areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They have also invested in the athletics program and are a NCAA Division 1 school. In addition to the traditional sports, in early 2016, GCU opened a world class Golf Course. Students can play on teams and students in the golf management program have unique opportunities to work behind the scenes. For under $500 per credit hour, anyone can get the big school experience, the same price applies to out of state students! Then you might want to stay for graduate school because the tuition gets even cheaper!
Cost: $465 per credit hour (Undergraduate); $500 per credit hour (most Graduate programs)
Liberty University is the world’s largest Christian University and arguably the world’s most beautiful. Located on 7,000 lush acres in Central Virginia it boast state-of-the-art facilities and the best that nature has to offer. Liberty University allows you to tailor your associate, undergraduate, master’s or PhD to match your area of interest and offers many classes online. With 500 different degree programs, taught from a solid Christian foundation, at only $450 per credit hour, it is possible for any student to find a path to success!
Cost: $450 per credit hour (Undergraduate); $570+ (Graduate)
Ohio Christian University
Ohio Christian University was founded in 1948 as Circleville Bible College. Originally the school educated clergy for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union. While staying true to its Christian’s principals, Ohio Christian University has become accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education and adding associate, bachelor, and master’s degree programs. Ohio Christian University is especially friendly to military personnel and veterans. They offer military tuition discounts and work diligently to maximize student’s GI Bill benefits. With most programs at less than $500 per hour (including fees) OCU is a great value!
Cost: $350+ per credit hour (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca Nazarene University, founded in 1901 by J.O. McClurkan in Nashville, TN, is the official university for the Church of the Nazarene in the southeastern United States. Trevecca is guided by the authority of the Bible, tradition, rational thought, and by the Wesleyan doctrine. The university provides a variety of traditional and online education, nontraditional and continuing education, as well as professional programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Nashville has many things to offer to Trevecca students including the The Trevecca Urban Farm. It was created as a teaching tool to prepare students to help food-insecure neighborhoods around the world. It has grown to include many neighborhood gardens throughout Nashville, livestock, bees, fish and worms! For just over $300 per credit hour you can learn about farming as well as academic subjects!
Cost: $325+ per credit hour (Undergraduate); $350+ per credit hour (Graduate)
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University is a Christian university in California that has been conferring bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees on a solid spiritual foundation since 1899. With a purposeful focus on scholarship, the teaching of the Bible, diversity, and internationalization the students receive a very well rounded liberal arts education as undergraduates. The General Education program of Azusa Pacific University also endorses and uses many of the High-Impact Educational Practices of the AAC&U. An emphasis on developing excellent writing, critical thinking and interpersonal skills helps set the school apart from other evangelical schools. At well under $1000 per credit hour you get a lot of quality for your buck!
Cost: $400-$450 per credit hour (Undergraduate); $600-$742 per credit hour (Graduate)