FAQ

Cottonwood Leadership College’s (CLC) offers a balanced curriculum of Biblical Studies, Ministry Training and Leadership Development. Our programs are designed to give the student practical and life-changing preparation for success in ministry in the local church. Our courses will immerse you in building a Biblical foundation as well as hands-on learning. Enrollment is simple, affordable and flexible. CLC offers a variety of enrollment options that are designed to fit your schedule and needs. A student may choose to attend either Part Time (taking one or more courses at a time) or Full Time.

What distinguishes Cottonwood Leadership College from other Bible colleges?
CLC strives to help our students become successful at what God has called them to do in the local church. The internal life of our students is as important as the external. We endeavor to emphasize attitude, character and integrity, not just gifting and knowledge. Many of our classes offer hands-on practical experience which provides students the opportunity to learn through practice.

What advice would you offer to those who are not sure if they should attend a four year University or Cottonwood Leadership College?
We recommend that you consider your goals and what you truly desire and feel called to do. Ask yourself, will a four year university or a Bible college equip me to fulfill my vision? The answer to this question may very well be both.

I work full-time to support my family. Is it possible to attend CLC, work full time, study, and still have a family life?
Yes, it is very possible. Many of our past and current students have had that same concern. Attending college will help you prepare for the demands of leadership and cultivate great time management. Most students have found that it helps them to develop discipline, build balance, and prioritize key areas in their life.

If I am already in full time ministry what benefit would the school be to me? 
As you know, being involved in full time ministry requires that you be in a constant position of giving. Attending CLC will place you in a position of receiving, learning, and possibly re-learning. Fresh insights from God’s Word will enhance what you are currently doing in ministry. Each year of the program’s curriculum has been designed with a specific order and purpose which maximizes the students learning experience. We also offer individual course enrollment – take one or more courses at a time.

Is CLC accredited?
Cottonwood Leadership College is not regionally accredited. Regional accreditation is what is recognized by the Department of Education (USDE) as being a fully accredited educational institution. CLC is accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission International, 9085 California Ave., Riverside, CA 92503 951-901-5586 www.transworldaccrediting.com. Transworld exists to help Christian education institutions both in the Untied States and internationally that are not government affiliated. This form of ministry accreditation is recognized by many churches and ministry organizations.

Can I receive college credits for attending CLC?
The acceptance of credits or degrees by other institutions or employers is determined by the institutions themselves. CLC currently has Academic Partnership Agreements (agreements for transferable credits) with  Vanguard University and Hope International University, California.
These colleges and universities have evaluated CLC’s curriculum and granted the acceptance of a specific number of transferable units. Information regarding the Academic Partnership Agreements may be obtained by contacting the CLC Administration Office.

What sort of background do the instructors have?
CLC Instructors and guest ministers have varying degrees in academics and in ministry. They include men and women who are pastors, teachers, and ministers of the Gospel worldwide. Each is qualified in their area of spiritual gifting, have demonstrated their character and have proven ministry experience. They have been selected because they demonstrate that they fulfill the requirements as defined in I Timothy 3:2-7; they are faithful, have a heart to serve, and are apt to teach.

What kind of spiritual lifestyle expectations does CLC require?
We require students, instructors, volunteers and staff to have a lifestyle that exhibits the fruit of the spirit, a teachable heart, and a respect for spiritual and civil authority.

What academic expectations does Cottonwood Leadership College have for their students?
Each student’s education, background, and life experience is unique. CLC courses are designed with both an academic and spiritual goal in mind. We want to challenge the student mentally and inspire them spiritually. Each course is composed of a variety of activities and assignments which will do both. All courses have in-classroom activities, assigned reading, and written assignments, while some also include exams, group projects, presentations, or outside classroom activities. Student objectives and expectations for each course are outlined in the course documents (syllabus, assigned reading, and assignments). Outside classroom work varies with each course, on average, a student may spend 4-6 hours weekly on outside work (reading, preparing and completing assignments, studying for exams, etc). Students are successful when they consistently attend class, participate in classroom activities, and complete reading and assignments. CLC’s desire is for each student to experience success. We provide academic counseling, prayer counseling, and technical support to help students achieve their goals and be successful in their school experience.


Application/Enrollment

What types of programs do you offer?
CLC offers a program of Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership courses. Each course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the Bible and the practical tools to fulfill the plans and purposes God desires for your life. Upon completion of both the Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership courses, the student will obtain an Associate Degree of Biblical Studies.

When can I apply?
Applications are available at www.cottonwoodcollege.org. Students can apply at any time, however, enrollment times are in August, October, January, and March.

When can I enroll for classes?
Individual course enrollment is prior to each quarter (August, October, January, and March). For course schedules and enrollment dates visit www.cottonwoodcollege.org.

Do you have age limitations?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age or qualify for the Home School Special Admissions Program. Information about the program can be obtained by calling the CLC Administration office. Exceptions may be approved by the CLC Administration.

I didn’t finish high school. Will I be accepted?
In order to be accepted into the program you must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Applicants will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Exceptions may be approved by the CLC Administration.

Do I need some knowledge of the Bible to enroll in the CLC program?
First, the applicant must have a personal relationship with God according to the scriptures, i.e., John 3:16.
Second, having a basic knowledge of the Bible is helpful for the student to be successful in their courses. The student is not required to have taken any previous Bible courses or training to enroll.


Fees/Tuition

Are there application and registration fees?
Application and registration fees vary from $50 – $100 depending on the program you choose. All fees are subject to change.

Are there tuition payment options or discounts?
Tuition payment options are available. A student may pay their annual tuition in full or in 9 monthly payments. Individual course fees are payable upon enrollment and are $150 per course. Discounts for family members who attend CLC together or students who are licensed/ ordained ministers are also available for specific programs.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?
Not at this time. However, through the generosity of CLC alumni and students, CLC is able to provide financial assistance periodically for enrolled students who may encounter temporary financial difficulties during the school year.

What happens if I can’t make a payment?
We understand that from time to time students may experience a temporary hardship in making their tuition payments. However, students 30 or more days delinquent in tuition payments may be subject to disciplinary action.

If I fail a course will I need to pay for the course again?
Yes, if a student fails a course, they will be required to retake that course and is responsible for any fees related to that course. The student may make-up the course when it is offered. If a student fails multiple courses within a quarter their program enrollment maybe suspended until the courses are re-taken.

Can I receive a refund if I don’t complete the school year?
Application and registration fees are not refundable. Refunds vary depending on the program. A student who is enrolled in the two year program and drops within the first 30 days of the school year can receive 20% – 80% of the first month’s tuition depending on the last date of attendance. The student may also receive 100% of any pre-paid tuition payments. If the student withdraws after the first 30 days of the school year, the student’s tuition for the month in which they withdraw will not be refunded, however, any pre-paid tuition payments will be refunded less a $25 processing fee. Book purchases are not refundable.


Attendance

How long is each class?
Courses are Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 10:00 and Thursday evenings from 6:15  – 9:30. Each class session is one hour and forty minutes. There are 2 classes each evening for a total of four classes each week.

How many days can I miss each quarter?
We believe that attendance is a critical factor in the student’s success. The classroom dynamic is powerful and contributes to the overall learning environment. We strongly recommend and encourage students to be diligent and consistent in their attendance. If a student anticipates an extended absence they should email the college at clcinfo@cottonwoodcollege.org.

When I am absent can I make up an assignment the following week?
Students may make up an assignment or a quiz/exam within 3 business days of the date the assignment was due or the quiz/exam was given. Finals must be completed within the allotted time frame. Make up quizzes/ exams or assignments will receive a 20% grade drop. Failure to make-up quizzes/exams or assignments will result in 0 points for that assignment and can affect the student’s overall GPA.

Are there make-up sessions available?
All courses are accessed through an online Learning Management System (LMS). Course information, handouts, assignments, etc. are available for the student to review and/or print. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the necessary notes and materials and to coordinate with their instructors regarding missed classes.

Grades
What is the policy on grades?
Grades are recorded by numeric grade point and letter grade. Each letter grade represents the evaluated quality or level of performance. Numeric grade points are calculated to determine a letter grade and a grade point average (GPA).

When are grades available?
Grades for each quarter are posted ten (10) business days from the date the assignments are due.

Is there any recognition for honors?
Full-time students who complete their academic courses in their first and second year with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or greater will receive recognition as having completed the program with honors. Students who complete their courses in their first and second year with a GPA of 4.0 or higher will receive recognition as having completed the program with distinguished honors.


Miscellaneous Questions

When I complete the CLC program will I be placed in a leadership role?
We believe that the CLC program is designed to provide the necessary training for our graduates to be effective in a leadership role in the local church and/ or in the marketplace. However, we can not guarantee that a student will be placed in such a role.

Can I become a pastor with the training I receive from CLC?
We believe that the CLC curriculum gives the student the opportunity to identify and develop their gifts and calling and provides them the tools to be able to function in it. Their enhanced knowledge of the Word, their understanding of the function and role of a pastor and the leadership training they receive gives them the tools to be effective in pastoral ministry. However, we can not guarantee that a student will be placed in such a role.

Do you offer online courses?
Not at this time.

Are there any extra curricular activity requirements?
It is a core objective that the CLC student demonstrates the heart of a servant both in attitude and practice. Students enrolled in the Leadership Development Practicum (LDP) Courses are required to participate in serving in their local church.  Students may also be required to serve at specified Cottonwood events during the school year.