In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, Bethany Theological Seminary has chosen to freeze its tuition rate for the 2021-22 academic year. Bethany tuition is an exceptional value at $500 per credit hour or a base rate of $1,100 per semester for students who qualify for scholarships and other financial aid.
“We are absolutely committed to making an extraordinary biblical and theological education affordable and accessible to all our students,” says President Jeff Carter. “Those who are answering a call to ministry and service and are prepared to meet the challenges of an excellent seminary education should not be impeded by financial concerns. This tuition freeze is a direct response to the pandemic, but it is part of Bethany’s larger effort to help students earn their degree without taking on additional student or consumer debt.”
Bethany offers the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts, the Master of Arts in Theopoetics and Writing, and six graduate certificate programs. The Seminary offers both residential and distance learning options, including a robust investment in technology which has allowed classes to continue through the pandemic without interruption. Graduates answer the call to such careers as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, non-profit leadership, writing, and teaching.
Bethany is responding to changes in American higher education and the church by taking measures to increase scholarships, housing assistance and work opportunities for residential students and by offering coursework related to personal finance. As result of these efforts, in the last five years 70 percent of Bethany students graduated with no additional student debt.
According to Lori Current, executive director for admissions and student services, the pandemic is placing additional financial pressures on many prospective students.
“We understand that this is a particularly challenging time for everyone. We hear from many individuals who are considering seminary that they are particularly concerned about the cost of attendance and uncertainty about future employment,” says Current. “This tuition freeze is one way that we can bolster current and future students. Anyone who is wondering if this a good time to enter Seminary should know that Bethany is prepared to offer qualified students the educational, spiritual, and financial support they need to answer their call.”
Join Admissions Counselor Gaby Chacón on Zoom — Monday, December 7, 2020, 7-8 p.m. (Eastern time) to learn more about Bethany’s degree and certificate programs, financial aid, and more.
Attendees should RSVP here.