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Choosing a Bible college is a huge decision for future seminary students. Most accredited Bible colleges arenít any cheaper than a state university, with college tuition around $480 a credit hour in many cases. Fortunately, there is a way to cut seminary tuition costs dramatically, if one knows the right tricks.

What many pastoral search committees may not factor in when choosing a pastorís pay is that a Master of Divinity is a very large degree, typically requiring around 90 credit hours on the low end to 130 hours on the high end. At $480 an hour, that is $43,200-$62,400, just for a graduate degree. Add the cost of an undergrad degree or doctorate, and a future pastor may be easily over the $100,000 mark in student loans.

Unfortunately for most Bible college students, the anticipated job of pastor doesnít pay enough to recoup the tremendous student loans accrued, especially when many pastors are expected to have a Master of Divinity or Doctorate from an accredited seminary. Even to become a chaplain in the military, one must have a minimum of an M.Div. from a fully accredited school.

What makes Bible colleges different from other schools? Many Bible colleges choose not to become accredited, which is not necessarily a bad thing. If accredited, they must allow their curriculum to be dictated by an outside source, meaning English, Math, and other classes are incorporated into their degree programs. Some Bible schools will forsake the accreditation in exchange for the ability to stick with a strict curriculum of Bible classes, giving the student a stronger biblical background, and better preparing them for the pastorate. This can be an advantage when it comes to saving on tuition.

Non-accredited seminary tuition is usually much lower than that of accredited schools. Some are even as low as $700 for an entire Associateís or Bachelorís degree, which can then be transferred to an accredited seminary, meaning an accredited degree can be earned at a fraction of the cost.

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