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Accredited Online Bible Schools

I was browsing the net today looking for accredited online bible schools. I notice that some of the schools like http://www.amesbible.org/ offer a very large part of the program for a very low fee. After you finish with the first part, there are 11 courses left to take to complete a Bachelor of Arts.

My question is this: Do I need to be wary of the accreditation of the school I'm looking at attending when it comes to using the degree in the real world? And once I obtain this degree, I'd like to further my schooling and get another degree. Do I need to find a nationally accredited school or something, or would this be fine?

I want to find an online degree program that I can use in the real world. I mean, this seems great - but is there something I'm missing? How come it's so cheap? Obviously, money is the key issue here for me, as it is for everyone.

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I looked at the website and my first thought is cool, why am I paying so much to study by correspondece through the program Im taking......then I too wonder...what is the catch? Do the credits transfer or will no one recognize them, what text books are used? if any at that price!
If you figure it out let me know, I would be intrested to know if it is as good as it seems
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Found this in their FAQ...
(Many good answers there, as opposed to FAQs from other sites.)
I think they may have many financial sponsors allowing for this type of schooling.
Originally Posted by Ames Bible College Web
WHY are the courses free? This is just too good to be true!!
Thousands of students from around the world are deprived of a Bible College education due to lack of funds. Ames Bible College (ABC) was specifically designed to be a blessing to the Body of Christ and by placing sponsor ads on our site which generate a small percentage of funding and by keeping our expenses low, we have been able to provide free or low cost education.

Since we can not provide a free accredited program, we put together payment plans low enough that almost anyone can afford to work towards a (BBS / BA) Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree through ABC.

What is the difference between the free and the low-cost accredited program?
In the free program, you will receive a .pdf certificate that you print yourself and this does not include a transcript or transferable credits.
In the accredited program, You pay a $20.00 per course administrative fee and all accredited students are required to post a brief weekly report of their study progress. Upon completion, we will mail you a printed certificate and transcript. The transcript will also be forwarded to Ames Christian University if you wish and you will have 87 credits towards the 120 credits needed for a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies.
*Why would I pay full price at ACU with this program in effect?
We agree, why would you? All of the ACU students except for ABC graduates are enrolled for the most part in the BCA and MA programs as they are interested in areas not covered in the BBS program such as ACU's Liberal Arts concentrations. The BBS program is made up of all biblical studies whereas the other programs are Christian liberal arts and some professions require liberal arts courses. These students all pay full price for their courses. The ACU courses are $66.00 per credit hour with each course being valued at 3 credit hours. An ACU degree plan is comprised of 40 courses. If you take the ABC program you only take 11 concentration courses. For further information on pricing Click Here
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At rate now, many online bible schools have the same accreditation format as Community Colleges. Some accept and some dont. The attention should be dependant on the direction tat you want to go forward after. IF your looking to go to a college afterward, choose your college and seek advisory from the counselors as to what is considered for that school and from who.

I choose The Sure Foundation as my studies. HOwever my intentions is merely for the information adn depth of study needed to be well versed in the Word as I study and work in ministry myself. The degree is just a paper document for someone else to make credit for. Give me the word and let his people be fed.
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Asbury Theological Seminary has Continuing Education Courses that are offered online. The CEUs aren't free, but they're inexpensive. http://www.aoi.edu
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The attention should be dependant on the direction tat you want to go forward after. IF your looking to go to a college afterward, choose your college and seek advisory from the counselors as to what is considered for that school and from who.
Good point.. In addition, see if you can talk to some folks further down the career path in the direction you want to go. For some, DOE accreditation is pretty much an absolute, as some view schools without it as diploma mills (a few bad apples ruin it for others that are probably fine), and it won't get you very far. (In the secular education realm... some places make up very official sounding but rather bogus accreditation web sites, just to run their scam)

Dept of Education's website http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accr...ex.html?src=qc

I did a little digging, and every major reputable Christian school I could think of has DOE accreditation. That doesn't mean that those that don't have it are playing a fast one.... but that one should use care and prudence. Perhaps ask to talk with some alumni who have graduated 5 or 10 years ago who can present both the positives and the negatives of their alma mater's accreditation or non-accreditation and whether it made a difference or not.

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Originally Posted by jones_of_pbf
Found this in their FAQ...
(Many good answers there, as opposed to FAQs from other sites.)
I think they may have many financial sponsors allowing for this type of schooling.

Importantly, is there accreditation from a regional accrediting agency. There are a number of bogus accrediting agencies.
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I am a student at the college and will be transferring to Indiana Christian University who accepts 1/2 of the credits earned. For me, this is fine, as I am not going to go to a costly school for biblical studies. Also, considering that I am not looking for employment in a church setting, this way is beneficial, as well as feasible for me!
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Going to add- distance learning may work if your interest is theology. I would not advice it for anyone who intends to become a pastor. You cannot really learn how to shepherd real people if your not interacting with real people in real situations with oversight.
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I was taking classes through Liberty University online last year...but with them having a SBC background my beliefs didn't exactly match up...I'm Pentecostal and found Southeastern Christian University...which is in Florida, and backed by the Assemblies of God...both of these are accredited universities...and there are several more...I'm sure you can find one that matches your theology, for the most part...May the Lord guide your search!
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