703-753-2791 info@ascent.edu

Tuition & Financial Aid

talk with an advisor


Questions about Tuition or Financial Aid?

We Have The Answers!


Tuition at Ascent College

  • $320 per college credit
  • $50 per college credit for auditing
Who Should Apply?

Everyone! Each family’s circumstances are different and you will not know if you qualify for federal or state aid unless you complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA can either be submitted online at fafsa.gov or you can obtain the paper version by contacting 800-433-3243.

Who is Eligible?

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Federal and state governments have specific formulas for calculating a student’s eligibility. To qualify for need-based aid, your expected family contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance. 

See Federal Financial Aid  for detailed information.

How Can I Apply?
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at fafsa.gov.
  • It is important to apply early! You are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you and/or your parents have completed filing income tax returns. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool should be used to transfer income tax information onto the FAFSA.
What Type Of Aid Is Available?

Federal Aid

Pell Grants are awarded to eligible students and do not have to be repaid.

Federal Stafford Loans are obtained from the U.S. Government’s Direct Loan program at low interest rates and consist of subsidized (the government pays the interest while you are in school) and unsubsidized (you pay the interest while in school or allow it to accrue – interest will be added to the principal amount).  Repayment of principal and interest begins 6 months after you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time status.  Loans may not exceed your cost of attendance.

Privately or Publicly Funded Scholarships

There are privately and publicly funded scholarships available for students at studentscholarships.org or click here for a complete list.   

Tuition Installment Plan

Need to pay over the course of the term?  Ascent College does have a payment plan. 

See our payment plan details here.

What is the Percentage of Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid?

For the 2019-2020 academic year, 63% of the students were receiving federal financial aid.

What is the Average Student Indebtedness at Graduation?

For 2020, the average student indebtedness at graduation was $22, 666.

Bachelor's Degree

Our 4-year Bachelor's Degree in Ministry Leadership offers students eight concentrations in Ministerial Leadership, Biblical Studies, Children's Ministry Leadership,  Christian Counseling with a Focus in Psychology, Christian Counseling with a Focus in Pastoral Ministry,  Intercultural Studies, Worship Leadership, and Youth Ministry Leadership.

Associate's Degree

Our 2-year Associate's Degree in Ministry Leadership provides students with limited time or funds an opportunity to get started in a new career.


Our 1-year Diploma in Ministry Leadership gives students a starting point for formal education in the church to later build on with additional studies.

Head Office

PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

Call Us

Ascent College's financial aid school code is 041538. It may display as Bethel College, the former name of Ascent College.


Ascent College admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.