2019 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges

By the OnlineU team | Updated 7/12/2021
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 7/12/2021

Students choose online Christian schools for the flexible schedule and faith-based experience they provide. This list of the most affordable online colleges is designed to help students find a school that fits their needs. Bible college is often the path forward for those interested in a career in religious leadership. Clergy members earn a median salary of $51,940, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Counseling and social work are also popular options.

This guide will give you an idea of what to expect as an online student at a Christian college, including an overview that covers the difference between a Bible college and a Christian college, accreditation for Christian schools, the cost of attending college, and whether a degree is worth it.

You can read more about our ranked schools below. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School 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 Barry University $7,410 Roman Catholic
# 7 (tie) #7 (tie) Central Methodist University $7,500 United Methodist
# 7 (tie) #7 (tie) Finlandia University $7,500 Evangelical Lutheran Church
# 9 #9 Northwestern College - IA $7,705 Reformed Church in America
# 10 #10 Ashland University $7,950 Brethren Church
# 11 #11 Ecclesia College $7,989 Interdenominational
# 12 #12 William Woods University $8,350 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
# 13 #13 Luther Rice College & Seminary $8,520 Baptist
# 14 #14 Mississippi College $8,950 Southern Baptist
# 15 #15 Carson-Newman University $9,900 Baptist
# 16 #16 Davis College - NY $10,075 Undenominational
# 17 #17 Moody Bible Institute $10,200 Interdenominational
# 18 #18 Creighton University $10,219 Roman Catholic
# 19 #19 Saint Joseph's College of Maine $10,350 Roman Catholic
# 20 #20 Randall University $10,380 Free Will Baptist Church
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) Concordia University - Texas $10,500 Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) Dakota Wesleyan University $10,500 United Methodist
# 23 #23 Graceland University $10,650 African Methodist Episcopal
# 24 #24 Toccoa Falls College $10,656 Christ and Missionary Alliance Church
#1
#1

Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville (NC)
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000

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.

  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 22
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Divinity
  • Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry
#2
#2

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $6,368
Annual Tuition: $6,368
Annual Tuition: $6,368

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.

  • Online Degrees: 32
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,072
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Coaching
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
#3
#3

Union College - KY

Barbourville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750

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.

  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Average SATs: 936 -1066
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 199
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in General Management
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $6,800
Annual Tuition: $6,800
Annual Tuition: $6,800

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.

  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 67%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 14
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 82
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry: Church Planting & Leadership Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry: Cross-Cultural Missions Leadership Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry: Marketplace & Entrepreneurial Leadership Emphasis
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900

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.

  • Online Degrees: 14
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 830 -870
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 191
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 17
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Studies Secondary Education
#6
#6

Barry University

Miami Shores (FL)
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410

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. 

  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 139
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 249
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500

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.

  • Online Degrees: 41
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,590
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 130
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
#7
#7

Finlandia University

Hancock (MI)
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500

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.

  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 36%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 36
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
#9
#9

Northwestern College - IA

Orange City (IA)
Annual Tuition: $7,705
Annual Tuition: $7,705
Annual Tuition: $7,705

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.

  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 63
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood
  • RN to BSN
#10
#10

Ashland University

Ashland (OH)
Annual Tuition: $7,950
Annual Tuition: $7,950
Annual Tuition: $7,950

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. 

  • Online Degrees: 14
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 975 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,282
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Correctional Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Generalized
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration
#11
#11

Ecclesia College

Springdale (AR)
Annual Tuition: $7,989
Annual Tuition: $7,989
Annual Tuition: $7,989

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.

  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 10%
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 84
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Christian Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Management
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $8,350
Annual Tuition: $8,350
Annual Tuition: $8,350

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.

  • Online Degrees: 13
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 996 -1225
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 184
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 366
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Psychology
  • BS in Business Administration
  • BS in Business Administration - Entrepreneurial Management
  • BS in Business Administration - Leadership
  • BS in Cybersecurity
  • BS in Deaf Human Services
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $8,520
Annual Tuition: $8,520
Annual Tuition: $8,520

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.

  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 275
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 577
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Religion - Biblical Studies
  • BA in Religion - Biblical Studies (Biblical Counseling)
  • BA in Religion - Biblical Studies (Christian Worldview)
  • BA in Religion - Biblical Studies (Ministry)
#14
#14

Mississippi College

Clinton (MS)
Annual Tuition: $8,950
Annual Tuition: $8,950
Annual Tuition: $8,950

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. 

  • Online Degrees: 9
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1236
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 225
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice - Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice - Loss Prevention/Security Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting (Accelerated)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance (Accelerated)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Marketing (Accelerated)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accelerated)
#15
#15

Carson-Newman University

Jefferson City (TN)
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900

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.

  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1168
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 39
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 415
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
#16
#16

Davis College - NY

Johnson City (NY)
Annual Tuition: $10,075
Annual Tuition: $10,075
Annual Tuition: $10,075

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.

  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Acceptance Rate: 43%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 48
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Religious Education
  • Bachelor of Religious Education - Christian Counseling
  • Bachelor of Religious Education - Christian Ministries
  • Bachelor of Religious Education - Intercultural Ministries
  • Bachelor of Religious Education - Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Religious Education - Pastoral Studies
#17
#17

Moody Bible Institute

Chicago (IL)
Annual Tuition: $10,200
Annual Tuition: $10,200
Annual Tuition: $10,200

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. 

  • Online Degrees: 12
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 671
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 283
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrated Ministry Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership - Children and Family Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership - Disability Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership - Leadership
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $10,219
Annual Tuition: $10,219
Annual Tuition: $10,219

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.

  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 1150 -1350
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 101
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,934
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Healthy Lifestyle Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Leadership
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $10,350
Annual Tuition: $10,350
Annual Tuition: $10,350

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. 

  • Online Degrees: 18
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 384
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 666
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Theological Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Senior Living Leadership
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • BS Business Administration
  • BS Business Administration - Accounting
  • BS Business Administration - Accounting Information Systems
#20
#20

Randall University

Moore (OK)
Annual Tuition: $10,380
Annual Tuition: $10,380
Annual Tuition: $10,380

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.

  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 107
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: TRACS

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry - Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and Business - Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Business Leadership
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500

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. 

  • Online Degrees: 19
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 334
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Visual Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice & Criminology - General
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500

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. 

  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 900 -1060
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 68
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 51
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
#23
#23

Graceland University

Lamoni (IA)
Annual Tuition: $10,650
Annual Tuition: $10,650
Annual Tuition: $10,650

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.

  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 96
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 724
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Computer Science Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls (GA)
Annual Tuition: $10,656
Annual Tuition: $10,656
Annual Tuition: $10,656

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. 

  • Online Degrees: 10
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 816
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership

Overview of Online Christian Colleges

There are over 150 different private colleges that offer a Christian education in the U.S, according to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and many of these schools offer online programs for distance learners. In fact, the number of accredited online degrees has skyrocketed in recent years. Students today favor online learning for the added flexibility it provides. Distance learners can complete coursework and attend lectures from home, on a lunch break at work, or wherever is convenient for them.

Students might be interested in either a Christian college or a Bible college:

  • Students seeking a traditional education at a faith-based school often attend Christian colleges. These liberal arts schools offer degrees in traditional fields of study and give students a structured space to continue their academic and spiritual journeys simultaneously. Some schools include religious aspects in coursework and classes, while others do not but have a religious foundation and mission.
  • Those looking for a biblical higher education often choose Bible colleges or seminaries. These schools prepare students for leadership positions within the church and other faith-based careers and typically offer degree programs in theology, divinity, and related subjects.

Accreditation

Accreditation is one of the most important things to look for when considering an online degree. If a school is accredited, it means it's been thoroughly evaluated by an approved organization and meets academic standards. Attending an accredited school is necessary to receive financial aid, get certification or licensure, and transfer credits.

Students interested in a Christian education should look for two different types of accreditation – regional or national, depending on their academic and professional goals.

Regional accreditation: If you're looking for a liberal arts college with a foundation in the Christian faith, you'll want to look for regional accreditation. Attending a regionally accredited college means you'll be able to pursue a master's degree at a wider range of schools, and gives you more options if you choose to transfer credits down the road.

National accreditation: Vocational or technical schools have national accreditation, which is typically reserved for career-training programs. Christian schools with national accreditation have more degree programs with a religious focus that prepare students for church leadership and related careers. Attending a nationally accredited college means you may only be able to transfer credits or pursue a higher level of education at another nationally accredited school.

Some schools may have both types of accreditation, or may have regional accreditation as a whole with religious programs accredited by a national accreditor. This may be the best option for students, especially those who are seeking a program with a heavier focus on biblical studies.

The Online Learning Experience

Students who choose the online learning experience have a few different options available. One thing students should think about when choosing a program is whether they want synchronous or asynchronous classes.

Synchronous programs are similar in structure to campus-based classes. Even though you're a distance learner, you still meet with your class virtually at a scheduled time to watch live lectures, have discussions with classmates, and do group activities.

Asynchronous learning gives students the opportunity to watch pre-recorded lectures, have class discussions, and complete coursework on their own time. Many adult learners prefer asynchronous classes so they can squeeze in classwork into an already busy schedule. Some students watch lectures on their lunch break, or take quizzes after they put their kids to bed.

Online classes also use different learning platforms, such as Canvas or Blackboard, as a central hub for students and professors. Sometimes called Learning Management Systems (LMS), this is where you'll access class documents, assignments, tests, quizzes, lectures, and virtual discussion platforms with your peers.

Spiritual Aspects of Online Programs

Many students enroll at Christian colleges and Bible schools for the spiritual aspects of the college experience. For campus-based students, this often includes chapel time, mission trips, and volunteer opportunities. Online students often have similar opportunities – some schools have service learning requirements online students fulfill in their local community. Others post recordings of chapel messages online, or invite students to join morning prayer virtually. If you want to participate in student life as a distance learner, look for schools that offer virtual opportunities for online students.

If you want to participate in student life as a distance learner, look for schools that offer virtual opportunities for online students.

Cost of Online Christian Colleges

The cost of an online degree from a Christian school will vary depending on factors such as financial aid eligibility, where you go to school, your degree program, and whether or not you enroll full-time.

In general, however, online degrees are often more affordable than campus-based programs. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows average tuition and fees for all four-year universities in the United States was $16,318 in the 2018-19 school year. In contrast, the median annual tuition for online programs is $13,919, according to internal data at OnlineU.

From our research of manually collected tuitions, online Christian colleges can be more affordable than other online schools, with some options between $6,000 and $11,000 a year.

Aside from tuition and fees, students also typically need to consider room and board, food, transportation, and books and supplies. For books and supplies, students pay an average of $1,298 per year at public schools and $1,177 at private colleges, according to data from NCES. As an online student, you won't have to pay for moving costs, living expenses in the dorms, or the cost of rent in a new city. Another significant benefit of online learning is that you save money on transportation to and from campus.

How Do People Afford Christian Colleges and Bible Schools?

Higher education can get expensive, and few people can pay for the full cost out of pocket. For students looking to lower the cost of their education, the two biggest factors are where you attend college and how much financial aid you receive. Our research of the most affordable Christian colleges can help you get connected with lower-cost online options. Most students use financial aid to pay for tuition and related expenses, including federal and state grants, scholarships, work-study jobs, and student loans.

For students looking to lower the cost of their education, the two biggest factors are where you attend college and how much financial aid you receive.

In addition, many students attend a community college to lower the cost of their education. Earning an associate degree, sometimes called a transfer degree, satisfies the first two years of your bachelor's degree at a more affordable tuition rate. Notably, however, the vast majority of community colleges are not Christian colleges, so students may miss out on faith-based experiences at these institutions.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in an online Bible college or Christian university have access to the same financial aid as their campus-based peers. Most students rely on financial aid from the federal and state governments, their universities, and private organizations to pay for college.

The first step to find out how much financial aid you qualify for is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA. The federal and state governments will use the information provided on your FAFSA to award any grants, work-study, student loans, and in some cases scholarships, you are eligible for. Our comprehensive FAFSA guide has more information on applying for financial aid, types of aid, and frequently asked questions about the process.

After applying for federal and state aid, look for scholarships to help lower the cost of your education – check your school's financial aid website first. Christian students also have access to a wide range of faith-based funding earmarked for religious students. There are scholarships for specific degree programs, career paths, students who plan to go into Christian ministry, academic achievement, or for students who are members of different churches.

The following scholarships are available to students attending Christian colleges:

The Robert S. Simmons Christian Studies Scholarship: Awards one $1,000 scholarship and one $500 scholarship to students earning their bachelor's degree at a Christian college or university. To apply, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must participate in volunteer or community service, and must be enrolled in or accepted at a Christian college.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Undergraduate Scholarships: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) awards up to $4,000 in renewable scholarships for more than 100 students every year, and provides supplemental scholarship funding to students of color, first-generation students, and those who have exceptional financial need. To qualify, you must be a member of the Presbyterian Church, enrolled full-time at an accredited college pursuing your first associate or bachelor's degree, and eligible to receive need-based aid.

Leadership Development Scholarships: Students who are members of the United Church of Christ are eligible to apply for a range of scholarships offered by the organization. The United Church of Christ offers a general scholarship for undergraduate students as well as funding for African American women and people with disabilities. Eligibility requirements and award amounts vary.

Is Attending an Online Christian College Worth It?

Whether or not an online degree from a Christian college will be worth it depends on your academic and professional goals, career plans, financial situation, and other factors.

Potential Benefits

Research shows having a degree can benefit you in many ways – a college education offers access to more job opportunities, different career paths, and higher pay.

An online degree offers more flexibility and makes it possible for people with competing responsibilities to finish their degree. Enrolling online also means you'll have access to more options rather than being limited to the schools and programs in your area. Online students at Christian colleges will gain a wide variety of skills, including time management, critical thinking, and interpersonal communication. One of the biggest benefits of a Christian education is that you won't have to choose between devoting time to your spiritual or academic journey – your degree program will focus on both.

One of the biggest benefits of a Christian education is that you won't have to choose between devoting time to your spiritual or academic journey – your degree program will focus on both.

If you want a college experience rooted in faith and spirituality, pursuing a degree at a Christian university will likely be a good choice for you. The support and guidance on your spiritual journey can benefit you personally, and can also help you feel connected to your peers and professors as a distance learner.

Potential Downsides

Students deciding whether or not to earn an online degree from a Christian college will also need to weigh the cost of their education against the potential financial and personal benefits. A degree is an expensive investment, and students should consider whether or not their degree will pay off for them financially and professionally. Another essential consideration is whether or not your chosen degree program is available at a Christian school. In some cases, other online schools may offer options that align more closely with your professional goals.

Finally, some Christian colleges are nationally accredited. This type of accreditation can be limiting in some cases, and students should be aware of this when making their college decision. If you pursue a degree from a religious school without regional accreditation, your options may be limited in the future in terms of what careers your degree will qualify you for, what certifications and licensure you're able to obtain, and where you can go to school later on.