How much is tuition and what does it include?
The annual cost of tuition is $4975 and includes: classes & course materials for the entire school year. Your tuition includes all conference fees, technology fees, a free New Life Fitness membership, which allows you to use our state of the art gym and workout facilities. Students are responsible for the purchase of their textbooks (in hard copy or eReader versions).
Does ALC offer financial assistance?
Yes, ALC does offer financial assistance by way of a monthly payment plan that many students take advantage of, as well as a church-to-church scholarship of up to $1000 to qualifying students. Please speak with your admissions agent for details on this or any other financial questions you may have. Note: At present, ALC is not yet a FAFSA listed school.
When is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted up to the start of the school year (on or around September 1st). However, because seating is limited, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application as soon as your decision is made to attend ALC so as to reserve your space.
When are payments due?
- An application fee of $50 is due with your submitted application.
- A $500 deposit is due within 30 days of your acceptance into the school. This payment is very important because it reserves your spot in the program (seating is limited and assigned on a first come, first served basis so please be sure to get your deposit in within 30-days of acceptance so you do not lose your spot!).
- A tuition deposit of $1,000 is then due by August 1st.
- The remaining tuition balance can either be paid in full on September 1st, or you may take advantage of ALC’s easy monthly payment plan. This plan divides your remaining tuition balance into 8 equal monthly payments due on the 15th of each month, with the first payment due on September 15th and the eighth and final payment due on May 15th (Note: there is a nominal monthly service charge applied when taking advantage of the monthly payment plan.).
Will I be able to work while I am in Awakening Leadership Center?
Yes, you can and in fact many students do. However, please keep in mind that ALC’s program includes a demanding schedule and workload, both during the classroom hours and outside of them. Our RA’s can assist out-of-state students with finding part time jobs close to the school’s campus and student housing. Note: This link provides a sample schedule that is subject to change.
Where will I be living as a student utilizing ALC Housing?
ALC utilizes a modern, safe, and conveniently located apartment complex, called ‘The Ledges’ , just a short distance from the campus. We have housing directors who also live onsite and are available to students 24/7, as well as transportation to and from the campus for those who might need it.
Do I need a car if I'm staying in ALC's Housing?
Having a car is optional. However, getting around is more convenient for students who do have one. Students without a car can find transportation with other students or take advantage of public transportation. Transportation to and from housing on school days is provided for those who require it. The main campus along with many of the places for entertainment and shopping are located close by.
Do I have to live in ALC's Housing?
Utilization of ALC’s housing is recommended for all students. It provides for a richer student life experience. Many students from the area commute to ALC on a daily basis, however out-of-state students are required to utilize ALC’s housing. In certain cases, exemptions to this policy may be granted depending on special circumstances. Please contact ALC’s student affairs director to discuss your specific situation.
Does ALC accept international students?
ALC has had international students attend and graduate but this is based on the student’s ability to obtain a VISA. We recommend inquiring with your local U.S. Consulate prior to submitting your application.
Will I be able to transfer credits to another college after graduating from ALC?
Awakening Leadership Center has been classified as an avocational school of higher learning by the Rhode Island Board of Governors of Higher Learning. As such, ALC does not grant college credits but instead awards graduates certificates in one or more of the following fields of studies: Biblical Studies, Creative Media, Youth Leadership, Project & Events Management, Worship Music, and Church Management & Leadership. While courses taken at ALC are not directly transferable to a college or university, many of our students are obtaining credits for their ALC course work simply by going through a college or university’s prior learning assessment program. ALC provides its graduates with prior learning packets that they will submit, along with their college applications, for consideration. You can learn more about ‘prior learning assessment’ by speaking with an ALC admissions agent or a student affairs administrator.
Will I be able to get a job in my field(s) of study upon graduating from ALC?
Many of our graduates are employed in full or part-time positions at their churches as a direct result of the learning and work experience gained from their training at ALC. ALC often receives requests from other churches interested in hiring workers for a variety of fields (e.g. media, youth leaders, worship leaders, and project management).
Can I fulfill the program's ministry requirements by serving at my home church?
One of the main strengths of ALC’s program is that you are immersed in authentic and rigorous ministry opportunities at our New Life church campuses (each one is unique so you learn a lot just by gaining exposure to each). Therefore, it is highly recommended that all students attend and minister at one of our church campuses on Sunday mornings. However, we also understand that some commuting students are also essential to their local churches and so exceptions can be made to a select few. Please review Section II. “Church Attendance” and Section III. “Ministry Involvement” of the Student Handbook for more information regarding ALC’s ministry requirements. Exemptions are not granted to non-commuting, out-of-state, and/or housed students. Any ALC student who plans to minister outside of New Life during the program must receive permission from the student affairs administrator prior to the start of the school year.
I have other questions that are not listed here, what should I do?
Please do not hesitate to contact an admissions agent who will be more than glad to assist you with any and all questions you may have – firstname.lastname@example.org