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 and/or business. 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 schools?
There are many great Bible schools to choose from. CLC strives to help our students become successful at what God has called them to do. 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 Bible School?
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? Can I skip the first year and go right into the second year?
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?
Accreditation in the United States is a voluntary submission to requirements of academic quality, record keeping, and ethical policies. The US government does not accredit schools – the Department of Education (USDE) approves associations which in turn accredit schools. These associations oversee and regulate taxpayer dollars known as, “Title IV Funding.” Institutions who do not receive funds from the federal student aid program do not have to be approved by an accrediting agency.

As a Bible College, CLC’s vision is to equip men and women to fulfill their God given purpose and calling in life, leadership and service whether that is in ministry or in business. Because our focus is Biblical Studies, Church Ministry and Leadership not secular career building we have selected an accrediting agency that does not place restrictions on our Spirit filled program curriculum and instructor qualifications. 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 United 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 Life Christian University, Florida, 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 course has specific requirements that are outlined for the student in the Course Syllabus. In order to successfully complete a course, we expect students to fulfill all the required course assignments which may include reading a textbook, composing and writing essays and research papers, memorizing scripture, participating in outside activities, and taking quizzes and final exams.


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 and January.

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 Administrative Services Director.

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 Administrative Services Director.

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 – $75 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 his annual tuition in full or in 9 monthly payments. Individual course fees are payable upon enrollment. Fees range from $100-$120 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 45 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, he 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. If a student who is enrolled in the two year program drops within the first 30 days of the school year, he can receive from 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 and Thursday evenings from 6:15 pm – 10:00 pm. 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.

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 an “F” 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, videos, 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). To remain in good standing, a student must maintain an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 each quarter.

When are grades available?
Grades for each quarter are posted five (5) business days from the end of the quarter.

Is there any recognition for honors?
Students who complete the 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 the academic 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. Our Online program is currently on “hiatus.”

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 Two Year program are required to participate in serving in their local church, para-church ministry or on the CLC Student Support Team. Each quarter the student’s service will be evaluated by their ministry leader in the following categories: promptness, attitude, faithfulness, preparation, flexibility, cooperation, initiative, and attendance. Students may also be required to serve at specified Cottonwood conferences during the school year.