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Affordability of biblical education in Kentucky

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Clear Creek Baptist Bible College is the Bible College of the Kentucky Baptist. One of our institutional objectives is to “Initiate and maintain cooperative relationships with individual Christians, churches, associations, and conventions.”


One of the best ways we can accomplish this objective is through biblical education. In our world today, the cost of quality theological education is rising. However, affordability is one of the earmarks that sets Clear Creek apart from other theological institutions.


During the 2019-2020 school year, just over $450,000.00 was awarded in Financial Aid,, to help our students in their pursuit of Higher Education. Also, 100% of our degree seeking graduates finished with a zero balance on their account and no debt related to the college.  Why is this so important?


In our ever-changing environment, more and more churches are becoming bivocational. This means the Pastor is required to hold a second, if not third job, outside of his ministry. Entering in the ministry field with a substantial educational debt can greatly hinder their ability to follow God. Many pastors’ first church runs below 50 in attendance and compensation is minimal at best, thus debt would necessitate another way to support his family.


Clear Creek continues to remain affordable by keeping our per-credit hour tuition as low as possible. During the 2020-2021 school year, our per credit hour fee is only $295. When compared to three other institutions’ tuition that ranges from $356- $393 per credit hour, we are one of the most- affordable and accredited Bible Colleges in our area. This could save students thousands of dollars in their academic time at Clear Creek.


How is this possible? Clear Creek Baptist Bible College has been blessed by many years of faithful partners in ministry from individuals, churches, corporations, and legacy giving. Most importantly we have received Cooperative Program funding from Kentucky Baptist churches. 

Our students are also eligible to receive grants and other scholarships. It is our desire to keep theological education as affordable and accessible to as many that are called by God. If you are interested in making a one-time gift, a reoccurring gift, or starting a scholarship, please contact the Development Office at 606-337-1072, or via email development@ccbbc.edu.


Matthew R. Black is the Dean of Institutional Advancement at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College

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