About Living Word Bible College
Accreditation in the United States is a voluntary submission to standards of high academic quality, accurate record keeping, and ethical policies and practices. Accreditation is essentially a statement of approval. The best accrediting commissions provide on-site visits to ensure their high standards are met.
The US government does not accredit schools. Instead, the United States Department of Education (USDE) approves associations which in turn actually accredit schools. The regional governmental accreditation associations serve as inspectors and overseers to regulate the nearly $80,000,000,000 congressionally-approved taxpayer investment in higher education known as “Title IV Funding.” The United States Department of Education has said, “It should be noted that some institutions have chosen not to participate in the federal student aid program and therefore do not have to be approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the Department.” In actuality, the vast majority of Bible colleges and seminaries choose not to be governed by the USDE and do not seek regional accreditation.
Is LWBC Accredited?
Living Word Bible College is a theologically accredited, educationally accountable institution of higher learning. Our educational programs are designed to help students grow in their faith as they prepare to follow the Lord in the work of the ministry.
For this reason, LWBC has chosen to be accredited through Transworld Accrediting Commission International. Transworld Accrediting Commission, which has existed for 30 years, is an international, non-governmental, educational accrediting body, federally recognized as a non-profit church organization. Transworld has established high standards of excellence and shared Biblical Doctrine. Transworld accredits and assists Theological Schools, Seminaries, Universities, Colleges and Programs throughout the World. On Campus, Online and Distance Learning.
Why Non-Governmental Accreditation?
LWBC has chosen not to seek governmental school accreditation because we believe we should not allow secular institutions to dictate the qualifications for instructors or the programs for a Spirit-filled ministerial degree. As an independent accrediting agency, TACI helps the religious world obtain accreditation that is not government affiliated. The form of ministry accreditation provided by TACI is recognized by most churches, ministry institutions, and ministry organizations. All TACI member institutions around the world accept credits from other member schools, if the credits apply to their programs.
Meeting & Exceeding State Requirements
Living Word Bible College has fulfilled rigorous educational requirements in our determination to acquire and maintain a quality educational program.
LWBC offers academic programs that are specifically designed to equip students who feel the call of God on their lives and who wish to build a ministerial career or to further their Christian education. Our academic programs are not for persons intending to build secular careers. The articulation and acceptance of credits or degrees by other institutions, including employers, must be determined by the respective institutions.
Tuition and Fees
For audit students, undergraduate and graduate students, the annual cost includes tuition and basic textbooks, plus Ministry Practicum credits. For doctoral students, the annual cost includes tuition for five courses and the dissertation phase. Course texts are included, but texts required for research for the dissertation or dissertation bindery fees are not included.
Audit Student – $1,350 per year
Undergraduate Student – $2,250 per year
Graduate Student – $2,750 per year
Doctoral Student – $3,000 per year
LWBC provides an interest-free, student loan in the form of a “pay-as-you-go” program, rather than requiring the student to pay the full tuition at the beginning of each semester.
- Audit/Undergraduate Students: 9 or 12 equal monthly installments.
- Graduate Students: 11 equal monthly installments.
*Payments must be made by tuition due dates for each course. There is no provision for partial payment.