University description (as per official university website)
Bethesda Christian University is a gateway to the world.
Now is the time when the world needs well-equipped leaders for the new millennium.
Come to Bethesda with great vision and hope to become a future leader.
In 1976, I founded Bethesda Christian University (BCU) in California, USA to raise millennium leaders who have a firm Christian foundation and vision for world missions.
The school has continued to improve through God's grace and is now accredited by the BPPVE (a division of the California Department of Education), the ABHE (the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an association of theological schools), and TRACS (the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, also an association of Christian schools); these groups are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education and the CHEA (the Council for Higher Education Accreditation).
Therefore, graduates of Bethesda Christian University can enter any graduate school in the world. We are proud that the University has developed into a great institution similar to other high-quality universities in the U.S.
In particular, our school's music department has produced many outstanding musicians, and its graduates have gone on to graduate schools in the U.S. or have returned to Korea and contributed to society in various ways through music.
Now is the time when the world requires millennium leaders. Come to Bethesda Christian University with great vision and hope. The school's excellent faculty will help you become a qualified leader in the 21st century who combines intellect, musical talent, and Christianity with balance.
Federal financial aid helps students pay for most kinds of education after high school. Federal financial aid includes Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant), Federal College Work Study, and Stafford Subsidize Loan. Grants are awarded based on need and income, and do not have to be repaid. Stafford Subsidize Loan is also based on need and income, but must be repaid once the recipient graduates or withdraws from the university. However, payments do not have to begin until six months following graduation or withdrawal, during which time no interest is accrued. Interest is set by the federal government. The recipient of a Stafford loan is responsible for making payments until the loan is fully repaid.
Financial Aid is available to assist those qualified students wishing to attend Bethesda, but not having the means to do so. The primary responsibility for financing an education belongs to the student and his/her family. The Board of Trustees has made a major commitment to assist all students by keeping tuition and fees at a low rate.
Financial Aid at Bethesda is based upon need. Need is defined as the difference between the cost of attending Bethesda and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) toward the cost. The Federal "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) is the form from which EFC is calculated. Bethesda does administer several Federal Title IV aid programs:
Federal Pell Grant: This federally funded grant is based upon financial need. Awards range up to
$4,000 per year for full‑time students and are available to college students who have not previously
earned a bachelors degree.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunities Grant (SEOG): Awarded to Pell eligible college
students with exceptional demonstrated financial need. Priority is given to students with 0 (zero) EFC.
Federal College Work Study Program: Provides employment opportunities for students to assist
them in earning the funds necessary to meet college expenses. The student normally works 10‑15
hours a week, not to exceed 20 hours per week.
Federal Family Educational Loan Program (Stafford Loan Program): The Stafford Loan is a low
interest loan made by a participating lender. The loan limit is determined by federal guidelines. Loans
are available to college students. Repayment begins after a borrower ceases to be enrolled at least
half time and making normative academic progress.
Institutional funds are granted only to full-time students and all applicants must file a FAFSA.
To Apply for Federal Title IV Financial Aid:
Students must demonstrate an eligibility to receive financial aid. To be eligible to receive financial aid a student must:
1. Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
2. Be enrolled in an “Eligible Program” for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate.
3. Not be enrolled in secondary school.
4. Have a financial need.
5. Meet the academic qualifications; must have high school diploma or recognized equivalent, such as a GED.
6. Be making satisfactory academic progress toward graduation.
7. Be registered with the Selective Service if a male, at least 18 years of age, and born after December 31, 1960.
8. Not be enrolled in remedial coursework, but also in an eligible program.
9. Not be in default of any Title IV loans.
10. Not have been convicted of a drug related offenses.
11. Be enrolled at least halftime to receive FFEL/Direct Loan Funds.
12. Have a valid social security card number.
13. Must not be incarcerated.
Student guides, loan information brochures, and personal counseling are available in the Financial Aid Office.
Scholarships are also available for honor students who achieve a 4.0 grade point average during any semester. For a pastor’s family, excluding married children, scholarships are available for students who pursue the B.A. degree in Religion.