2019 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges

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These 25 schools represent the most affordable online Christian colleges of 2019. These colleges and universities all have annual tuitions under $11,000. The religious denominations featured on this list include Baptist, Protestant, and Roman Catholic, among others. Grace College of Divinity holds the first place rank with an annual tuition of just $6,000. Ranked second is University of the Cumberlands, a Baptist affiliate, which offers bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology as well as many other degrees for just $6,368 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Religious Affiliation
#1 #1 Grace College of Divinity $6,000 Other Protestant
#2 #2 University of the Cumberlands $6,368 Baptist
#3 #3 Union College - KY $6,750 United Methodist
#4 #4 Family of Faith University $6,800 Undenominational
#5 #5 The Baptist College of Florida $6,900 Southern Baptist
#6 #6 MacMurray College $7,000 United Methodist
#7 #7 Barry University $7,410 Roman Catholic
#8 (tie) #8 (tie) Central Methodist University $7,500 United Methodist
#8 (tie) #8 (tie) Finlandia University $7,500 Evangelical Lutheran Church
#10 #10 Northwestern College - IA $7,705 Reformed Church in America
#11 #11 Ashland University $7,950 Brethren Church
#12 #12 Ecclesia College $7,989 Interdenominational
#13 #13 William Woods University $8,350 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
#14 #14 Luther Rice University & Seminary $8,520 Baptist
#15 #15 Mississippi College $8,950 Southern Baptist
#16 #16 Carson-Newman University $9,900 Baptist
#17 #17 Davis College - NY $10,075 Undenominational
#18 #18 Moody Bible Institute $10,200 Interdenominational
#19 #19 Creighton University $10,219 Roman Catholic
#20 #20 Saint Joseph's College of Maine $10,350 Roman Catholic
#21 #21 Randall University $10,380 Free Will Baptist Church
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) Concordia University - Texas $10,500 Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) Dakota Wesleyan University $10,500 United Methodist
#24 #24 Graceland University $10,650 Other
#25 #25 Toccoa Falls College $10,656 Christ and Missionary Alliance Church
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Affiliation: Other Protestant
  • Students of Grace College of Divinity are invited to participate in a variety of faith-based programs and activities. A chapel service is held on campus every Monday at 9 a.m. Students with prayer needs can access support by emailing staff with requests. Students are encouraged to submit articles to the school’s online journal, The Theological Journal, in order to enrich their studies and further their spiritual growth. Volunteer and service opportunities, such as assisting in local homeless shelters, are available through the school’s Christian Service Program. Grace College of Divinity's online courses combine academic excellence with low tuition rates.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • The Campus Ministries program at the University of the Cumberlands provides many ways for students to get involved in local and international mission work and faith-based activities. Students interested in volunteering with children can join Appalachian Ministries. The Baptist Campus Ministries provides an environment for students of the Baptist denomination to worship, pray and evangelize in and around campus. The Mountain Outreach Program enables students to work on construction projects and build churches during 10-week summer mission trips. UC offers an extensive list of online undergraduate and graduate degrees that are designed to deliver academic excellence in an affordable and flexible format.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: United Methodist
  • The Union College - KY offers many faith groups through which students can engage in fellowship and learn together. These include the Baptist Campus Ministry, the Newman Club for Catholic students and Spiritual Life Team, the official on-campus ministry program. The school also organizes unique spiritual programs such as the weekly Outdoor Adventures with God – a chance for students to meet for Bible study and go on outdoor trips. Students may also be eligible for internship programs through Union College’s Spiritual Life Program. Several online undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered, with six starting points that include 8-week courses. This format allows students to accelerate their studies and complete their degree quickly.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Affiliation: Undenominational
  • Family of Faith College is a Christian school that places emphasis on the importance of spiritual growth, service and prayer. Students who attend the Family of Faith College may be considered for a variety of mission trips that are organized through the school. All on-campus students are required to participate in Spiritual Formation by getting involved in the Christian Service Program, and by attending Morning Prayer services that take place throughout the week. Online students participate in this by completing alternative spiritual projects. Online courses are provided as an opportunity for students to complete academic requirements that they aren’t able to meet on campus.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Southern Baptist
  • The Baptist College of Florida, a Christian institution, provides all of its courses and degrees both online and at its main campus in Graceville. Online coursework is delivered through their learning management system and is typically asynchronous. BCF also offers a variety of religious and spiritual events, resources, programs and activities on campus. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., students are encouraged to attend chapel and listen to various guest speakers. Through the school’s chapel podcasts, online students may also listen to chapel speakers. In addition, many campus and community events are presented throughout the year. These include student preacher opportunities and blood drives.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: United Methodist
  • MacMurray College was founded in 1846 and its mission is to "Cherish Tradition, Embrace Innovation, and Nurture Community." Religion plays a large part in the fulfillment of this mission. The Office of Religious Life serves as the liasion between students and local churches. Additionally, the Annie Merner Chapel, which is open to the public, hosts regular worship services. Faith-based student groups, such as the Newman Club and the Felowhip or Christian Atheletes (FCA), are active in the local community, particularly in schools and nursing homes. 

  • Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida is a Catholic school that was founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. The university's core values include social justice, collaborative service, knowledge, and truth. The campus ministry and the Heart of Jesus chapel play a significant role in the lives of Barry students, whether they are traditional or distance learners. Faith-based retreats, volunteer trips, and worship services take place frequently. Online degrees available at Barry University include a Bachelor of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees in Emergency Management, Health Services Administration, and Administration. 

  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: United Methodist
  • The Center for Faith & Service at Central Methodist University provides many ways for on-campus and online students of all faiths to worship, study and serve together through a variety of groups and programs. Students are invited to attend weekly chapel on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. Additionally, they can participate in one of two Bible groups: an art-based Bible study or a four- to six-week topical study. Students with musical interests are encouraged to join the Worship Band, which plays every week at the chapel. Online classes are delivered in either an 8- or 16-week format, and distance students receive the same quality instruction as their on-campus peers. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available online.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Finlandia University is affiliated with the Evangelical Luthern Church in America (ELCA), and its core values are academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service. The campus ministry facilitates a variety of service opportunities with organizations such as the local food bank, the Salvation Army, and more. Periodic blood drives are also held on campus. In 2017, Finlandia University began using Schoology, a state of the art platform, to host its online classes. Schoology is in use at over 60,000 institutions worldwide, and it is mobile-friendly, giving students more flexibility than ever before when earning a degree or certificate online.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,705
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: Reformed Church in America
  • Iowa's Northwestern College is committed bo "building minds, building faith." The school's campus ministry facilitates students' religious life and development through regular worship services, which are often live-streamed for distance learning students and other students who are unable to attend in-person. More than 60 percent of students participate in ministry service opportunities, such as building orphanages, assisting refugees, and more. There are also annual spiritual retreats available to students. The school is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and embraces with the ecumenical spirit that binds all Christians together.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: Brethren Church
  • Ashland University was founded in 1878 and is located in Ashland, Ohio. Both student life and academics at Ashland are informed by the school's Christian values. Faith in God, moral integrity and respect are some of the institution's core values. Mass is held every Sunday night at 9:30, and other faith-based events happen frequently. There are also many faith-based student clubs, such as the Newman Catholic Fellowship, as well as service opportunities, such as blood drives. Online degrees are offered at every academic level, from associate to doctoral. 

  • Annual Tuition: $7,989
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • All on-campus and online students are encouraged to participate in student life activities at Ecclesia College while receiving a Bible-based education. Students can attend worship night to enjoy praise music or try out to join the school’s music ministry to lead worship assemblies. The school offers a mentoring program designed to provide students with Biblical values that are applicable in a variety of life situations. In addition, Ecclesia College offers a character education program that uses a holistic approach to develop all aspects of a student’s character. All EC students are also required to complete Service Learning hours to serve others in the community, applying Christ’s commandment to love others. Projects may include volunteering at a homeless shelter, mentoring youth, or working at an international medical clinic.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Online and traditional students of William Woods University can find a number of spiritual resources and faith-based programs through the school’s Office of Faith & Service. Those interested in local service and volunteer projects can get involved in Project 123, which pairs individuals and groups with area nonprofits and charity organizations. Students have the opportunity to attend worship services on campus at Thurmond Chapel. Students interested in cultural and spiritual activities can take part in the university’s Woods Around The World program, which allows students to travel to a nation that they have studied. The school offers online undergraduate and graduate programs that are delivered in an accelerated format, with flexible courses and affordable tuition. Tuition rates are guaranteed to remain the same as long as enrollment is continuous.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE and TRACS
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • Luther Rice University & Seminary is a Christian college designed for online and on-campus students interested in going into ministry work after graduation. The school prioritizes the spiritual growth of each individual and invites all students to attend weekly chapel every Tuesday and/or Thursday at 10 a.m. Those with special prayer needs can email prayer requests to spiritual staff on campus. A main objective of the school is to prepare students for mission work and provide various local volunteer and service opportunities to interested students. Luther Rice offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary degree programs fully online. Online coursework is delivered through the Blackboard platform and consists of tests/quizzes, discussion boards, textbook reading, audio and video lectures, and papers.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Southern Baptist
  • Mississippi College is the oldest university in the state of Mississippi. It was founded in 1826 and has a long history of commitment to Christ. In 1831, it also became the first coeducational college in the nation to award a degree to a female student. The college is affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Online courses are built to accommodate the schedules of busy working adults. There are many online degrees available, including six undergraduate degrees and more than a dozen graduate degrees, and well as several certificate options. 

  • Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • Carson-Newman University offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The Carson-Newman Student Chaplaincy Program provides many opportunities for students to grow and experience their Christian faith. Students can participate in the S.P.O.T.S. Mission program, which allows them to travel with other students and share their faith during spring break or other school holidays. Destinations of recent trips include exciting locations like Alaska and Nepal. The university's Community Life and Worship Program also provides religious experiences closer to home. There are frequent worship services and faith-based lectures on a variety of topics.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, ABHE, and TRACS
  • Affiliation: Undenominational
  • Davis College - NY offers many opportunities for both online and on-campus students to grow in their faith and take part in a variety of faith-based activities. These include weekly chapel services, worship music, Bible studies, programs with guest speakers and other special events throughout the academic year. In addition, students of Davis College - NY are encouraged to get involved in off-campus service opportunities around the community through the school’s Student Ministry program. Examples of available service opportunities include camp ministry, mission trips and local volunteer work.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC, ABHE, and TRACS
  • Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Moody Bible Institute's online degrees are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of theology, Bible, and ministry. Online courses are designed to foster students' passion for the Word of God and give them the knowledge they need to better serve God. Some courses follow an eight-week accelerated format, whereas others are self-paced. They are taught by the same high-quality professors who teach on-campus classes. Students have the opportunity to participate in mission trips and travel to locations as diverse as Haiti, England, the Philippines, and more. 

  • Annual Tuition: $10,219
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Creighton University's campus ministry provides many ways for students to engage with their faith. It hosts regular worship services, as well as retreats and other services like marriage preparation and confirmation. Additionally, there are many faith-based student groups, such as Catholic Daughters of the Americas at Creighton, Catholic Medical Student Association, and Creighton Knights of Columbus. The Creighton University community is based on the Jesuit values of integrity, dignity, community, development, and wellbeing. The university offers more several online bachelor's degree programs, and many of them have eight week terms, allowing students to complete their degree at an accelerated pace.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Saint Joseph's college of Maine offers dozens of fully online programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. These programs are designed to offer students flexibility and convenience while ensuing that they become fully immersed in the college community. The Campus Ministry provides a variety of services to students, including prayer and worship, marriage preparation, and volunteer opportunities. For example, students are invited to spend their winter break feeding the homeless in Portland, Maine, or, if they are feeling more adventurous, building homes in Guatemala. 

  • Annual Tuition: $10,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: TRACS
  • Affiliation: Free Will Baptist Church
  • Randall University claims to "help transform students into pioneers by challenging and educating them to live like Jesus." To this end, the university facilitates a variety of service projects, including blood drives, mission trips, and more. Chapel services are held on campus every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and for distance learners or other students who are unable to attend, recordings of services and sermons are often posted online. The university will also match scholarship amounts given by a student's home church up to $250 per semester in an effort to make a Randall education accessible to all.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
  • Concordia University in Texas has a very active campus ministry that serves to spread the message of Jesus Christ. It was founded in 1926 by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Regular worship services, as well as special faith-based events and speakers, take place in the Chapel. Students who are interested in participating in summer mission trips have the opportunity to travel to Alaska, Canada, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and more. Online undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in subjects ranging from business and psychology to nursing and education. 

  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: United Methodist
  • Dakota Wesleyan University's core values are learning, leadership, faith, and service. These principles guide both life on campus and distance learning experiences. Academics encourage students to strengthen their own beliefs and values while simultaneously cultivating respect for those of others. Service opportunities are also extended to distance learners; they are invited to participate in the school's annual volunteer day. Campus worship services are held every Thursday morning, and Holy Days are celebrated throughout the year. The campus ministry is associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

  • Annual Tuition: $10,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: Other
  • Graceland University was founded in 1895 and has been offering distance learning options for decades. In fact, several programs are offered only online, including a Master of Education with three concentrations and a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management, and 800 students are currently enrolled in distance education. The university welcomes students of all religious backgrounds, but the school's connection with the Community of Christ church means that Christian students are able to engage with their faith during their time at Graceland University. The Cheville Chapel Sanctuary hosts worship services every Sunday, once in the morning and once in the evening.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,656
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Affiliation: Christ and Missionary Alliance Church
  • Toccoa Falls college has been spreading the message of Jesus Christ and educating future Christian leaders since its founding in 1907. The college offers online associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and certificates, and distance learning students are eligible to receive online tutoring services. In addition to fulfilling the credit requirements specific to their degree, all online students must also complete meet service requirements. While online students are not required to attend chapel services, they are invited to view recordings of services that are made available on YouTube. 

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