Tuition & Financial Aid

Want to graduate debt free? Anchor Christian University is committed to providing an exceptional education that launches ministry leaders into their calling without a debt load.  That starts with aggressive tuition rates and creative financial aid options. Scroll down to take a peek at how that works.

Tuition RatesFinancial Aid Options

Tuition & Costs (2017-18)

$300/credit hour.

For any and all courses.  Graduate and undergraduate.  That’s it.  No technology fees or other per-credit fees that pad the price tag.

That means a full ACU undergraduate degree costs about what the average private Christian college will set you back for your freshman year.  And that’s if you don’t leverage financial aid.

While most courses will require one or more books, we work hard to select resources that are highly relevant to the topic, easily accessible in print and digital formats, and cost effective.  When possible, we deliver content digitally inside the course at no extra cost to students.

Room and board are not calculated as part of the ACU cost of attendance.  We focus on your learning as it’s applied to life and ministry.  Since most, if not all, of our students are deployed in front-line ministry contexts, the living opportunities and expenses vary widely.  In many cases, those costs are covered by the organization or ministry they serve with.  Others have minimal costs.  Those serving in missions generally raise support to cover living expenses.  Yet others are already in professional positions with established homes and budgets.

Financial Aid

Anchor U Scholarships

Scholarships are investments.  That’s how we see it anyway.  Take a look at the scholarship opportunities available for qualified applicants.

  • Ministry Site Partner Scholarship:  $100/credit.  Funded by ACU, this scholarship is available to students ministering in applied internships with organizations we have identified as key front-line partners that align with the mission of ACU.  In some cases, ministry sites add up to $100/credit of matching scholarship funds for their students.
  • Orlan & Mabel Wilhite Missions Scholarship: $100/credit.  This scholarship is available to front-line missionaries currently serving in foreign mission fields.  Not stackable with other ACU-funded scholarships.
  • International Student Scholarship: Amount Varies.  This is a need-based scholarship that fills the gap between the economic realities of qualified international students in varying markets and our $USD tuition rate.

Federal Grants and Loans

ACU does not currently participate in the Federal Tile IV financial aid program.  For one, the overhead cost that would be passed on to students in the form of increased tuition and fees would wipe out the value of applying Pell Grants to the top line cost.  More importantly, there are current and future risks to the opportunity to deliver biblical education that come with submission to the regulatory oversight of that program.  Some ACU students may be eligible to access Title IV grants and loans through our partnership with accredited schools that participate in federal programs.

Ready to get started?

It all starts with your application.  Get that rolling and our team will be right alongside you, making the process clean and simple.  After all, you want an education, not an endless mound of paperwork, right?


Lower average net price than the top 5 online Christian colleges.


Of our students qualify for a scholarship.

Lie: My future employer will care where I went to school.

Truth: Most employers don’t look at your GPA, and they don’t care about your alma mater. In fact, a recent Gallup survey reported that only 9% of employers place importance on a student’s graduating university, while 84% cited a candidate’s skills and field knowledge as “very important” in making hiring decisions.
Dave Ramsey
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Over $1.5 Trillion

That’s the current U.S. student debt load… and it’s climbing fast.  Don’t be a statistic!

More student debt insight:

“One of the top points of conflict in a marriage is money, and that is when both start the marriage debt-free. Add to that the increased burden of lots of college debt and the problems of an already sensitive area are exacerbated.”
Paula Hendricks Marsteller
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