How We Do It
Some people look at the price of our tuition and think it’s incredibly cheap. We beg to differ. It may be inexpensive to the student, but there are many other people who contribute financially and other ways and, for them, it is definitely not cheap.
There are two important inter-related principles that enable us to offer a quality Bible education at a very affordable price: efficiency and shared sacrifice.
First, we operate as efficiently and simply as we can. We have a minimal staff and offer a no-frills environment for students. Anyone who visits our campus sees very quickly that we are not about large, fancy buildings, athletic fields, fountains, etc., but instead our focus is on what happens in the classroom. Everything else is as simple and inexpensive as we can reasonably make it. If you’d like a comparison, Eternity’s expense per student is approximately $6,000, where the average ABHE school our size (less than 200 students) was $21,864. We think that is operating frugally, especially considering the higher costs of operating in Southern California. The video below explains this a bit and will help you visualize how this plays out.
Second, we operate on a principle of shared sacrifice. Education requires sacrifice, and we believe that too many schools put the burden of this on the student, who is generally least able to bear that burden. This usually leads to student debt, which is deadly for future pastors and missionaries. At Eternity, we believe that the burden should be shared – the students, the staff and faculty, and donors (the church). The students still pay a reasonable tuition, which is an appropriate sacrifice. The staff and faculty work with a thin staff and lower salaries because they believe in the mission of the school. Finally, there are donors like you who invest in the school as a means of sharing the burden. Together we are able to share the burden so students can graduate with a quality Bible education debt-free.