911 E. Urbandale Drive, Moberly, MO 65270 | 660-263-3900

David FincherWhen I enrolled at Central in 1989, the price of college was a very important factor in my decision.  The scholarships I received allowed me to graduate from Central without student loans and preach at a small church.  Now that my son attends Central, college affordability has a whole new level of importance to me.  Almost every time I meet parents visiting campus with their teenager, I hear how thankful they are to have an affordable Christian college option.

If someone wants to serve Christ vocationally, financial circumstances should not restrict access to biblical training for ministry.  That’s why we intentionally pursue the core value of affordability.  God wants to use those without worldly resources to serve him in a special way.  James 2:5 says, “Did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom He promised?”  Many of our students come from families with very few resources and options for their education.  Our generous scholarships and affordable cost allow them to receive training that would be otherwise unavailable, growing their faith and serving the kingdom.  Maintaining an affordable education requires three components to come together.

First, we have to keep our costs as low as possible.  Our charges for housing, meals, and student services, make the total cost of education lower than comparable prices among other area universities and Christian colleges.  Our employees minimize costs by avoiding unnecessary expenses, using resources creatively, and trusting God to provide what we don’t have.  Their hard work helps keep our costs affordable.

Second, we help students and their families make good decisions to limit debt.  Our fees are low enough that a student can afford to attend with financial aid and a part-time job.  This teaches a lesson about work Paul described in 1 Thessalonians 2:9:  “You remember our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.”  Our low cost helps families use savings, scholarships, and student wages to get the most education for their money.

Finally, we challenge churches and Christians to support our work and the our generous scholarship program.  We want students to graduate without the burden of educational debt, keeping their options open to do God’s work.  We believe maintaining an affordable education is good not only for the students, but also for our donors and their churches.  Their generosity is the final component that allows us to benefit future workers with an affordable education now.

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