DURHAM, N.C., May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/), has published a ranking of the 25 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities in the South 2017. (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/most-affordable-christian-colleges-in-the-south/)
For this ranking, Christian Universities Online began with a list of schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). They gave consideration to schools that are in their previously published 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities 2017 ranking, and then narrowed the pool down to the southern region of the US. Each was then ranked according to its average net price. This number takes the total cost of attendance and subtracts the average financial aid received at that particular institution.
Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, claimed the top spot on the list, while Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and Judson College-AL of Marion, Alabama placed second and third, respectively.
Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):
Belhaven University - Jackson, Mississippi
Bryan College - Dayton, Tennessee
Campbellsville University - Campbellsville, Kentucky
Carson-Newman University - Jefferson City, Tennessee
Charleston Southern University - Charleston, South Carolina
Emmanuel College - Franklin Springs, Georgia
Harding University - Searcy, Arkansas
John Brown University - Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Kentucky Christian University - Grayson, Kentucky
King University - Bristol, Tennessee
Lee University - Cleveland, Tennessee
Louisiana College - Pineville, Louisiana
Mississippi College - Clinton, Mississippi
Montreat College - Montreat, North Carolina
North Greenville University - Tigerville, South Carolina
Regent University - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Shorter University - Rome, Georgia
Southern Wesleyan University - Central, South Carolina
Toccoa Falls College - Toccoa, Georgia
Trevecca Nazarene University - Nashville, Tennessee
Warner University Lake - Wales, Florida
Williams Baptist College - Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Anna-Rebekah Orr, editor at Christian Universities Online, states that the goal of the ranking is to highlight schools that provide the best value in online higher education. Orr goes on to say, "Despite a family's best efforts to be completely open and objective, budgetary concerns inevitably enter the decision-making process when it comes to selecting a college." Cost increases are nothing new, nor surprising. This includes the cost of higher education, which seems to creep up semester by semester. Having published the 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities 2017, Christian Universities Online turned its attention to regional rankings in order to provide a resource for students whose college searches are focused on a particular region. Oftentimes a school in or near home is more affordable for many students. Christian Universities Online is pleased to offer rankings that highlight regional schools that have proven to be affordable without sacrificing quality in their programs and resources.
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.
Michael Templeton, site editor
Christian Universities Online
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