|By PR Newswire||
|August 11, 2014 08:30 AM EDT||
RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online, has published a ranking of the most affordable U.S. Christian colleges and universities for 2014. Lee University in Cleveland, TN claimed the top spot on the list with an average net price of $11,773 per year. College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO and Louisiana College in Pineville, LA were ranked second and third respectively. The ranking can be viewed at http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/most-affordable-christian-colleges/.
Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):
Anderson University - Anderson, South Carolina
Asbury University - Wilmore, Kentucky
Bethel College - Mishawaka, Indiana
Bob Jones University - Greenville, South Carolina
Bryan College - Dayton, Tennessee
Campbellsville University - Campbellsville, Kentucky
Carson-Newman University - Jefferson City, Tennessee
Charleston Southern University - Charleston, South Carolina
Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Michigan
East Texas Baptist University - Marshall, Texas
Eastern Nazarene College - Quincy, Massachusetts
Faulkner University - Montgomery, Alabama
Fresno Pacific University - Fresno, California
Grace College and Theological Seminary - Winona Lake, Indiana
Hannibal-LaGrange University - Hannibal, Missouri
Howard Payne University - Brownwood, Texas
Huntington University - Huntington, Indiana
John Brown University - Siloam Springs, Arkansas
King University - Bristol, Tennessee
Luther Rice University and Seminary - Lithonia, Georgia
Malone University - Canton, Ohio
MidAmerica Nazarene University - Olathe, Kansas
Milligan College - Milligan College, Tennessee
Mississippi College - Clinton, Mississippi
Missouri Baptist University - St. Louis, Missouri
North Greenville University - Tigerville, South Carolina
North Park University - Chicago, Illinois
Northwest Nazarene University - Nampa, Idaho
Northwest University - Kirkland, Washington
Nyack College - Nyack, New York
Oklahoma Baptist University - Shawnee, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Christian University - Edmond, Oklahoma
Regent University - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Shorter University - Rome, Georgia
Simpson University - Redding, California
Southeastern University - Lakeland, Florida
Southern Nazarene University - Bethany, Oklahoma
Southern Wesleyan University - Central, South Carolina
Southwest Baptist University - Bolivar, Mississippi
Spring Arbor University - Spring Arbor, Michigan
Trevecca Nazarene University - Nashville, Tennessee
University of Mobile - Mobile, Alabama
University of Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Warner University - Lake Wales, Florida
Waynesburg University - Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
William Jessup University - Rocklin, California
The ranking, which was limited to schools with over 1000 students and either accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) or a member or affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), considered the average net price of attending each institution, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). According to the NCES website, "Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses."
Average net price is a more accurate measurement of a college's actual affordability than just tuition cost, said Michael Templeton, lead editor for the ranking. "Many Christian universities and colleges have very aggressive financial aid packages and have other unique sources of support that reduce what may be very expensive tuition costs to a more manageable level for lots of students." According to Templeton, "We believe this ranking will help Christian students and their families navigate the true cost of attending these schools and find one that fits both their heart and their wallet."
Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/) is an independent online resource for students and families researching Christian higher education. The site publishes rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, and many other resources for finding, getting into, and paying for a quality Christian education.
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