It’s no surprise that as the economy continues to suffer and higher education costs continue to rise, many college-bound students are being forced to reconsider their post-high school plans. Often, that means evangelical students who would normally choose a private Christian education end up at more affordable state universities. However, at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., faculty and staff are helping students reimagine what it means to get a quality biblical education for a more practical price.
Starting in Fall 2011, Grace College, which is affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, will offer students the opportunity to earn a three-year accelerated bachelor’s degree in each of its 50-plus major areas of study. Students on the accelerated track may earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four.
Grace President Dr. Ron Manahan says this new accelerated degree track, which comes with a redesigned academic calendar and a new emphasis on applied learning, meets a pressing need for a more affordable biblical education. He realizes that students can cut college costs by as much as 50 percent by saving a year’s worth of expenses and earning income in the workforce a year earlier.