Every resident student receives a Serious Joy Scholarship.

The Serious Joy Scholarship is the recommended vehicle for philanthropy toward Bethlehem College and Seminary. Nearly all of what we raise goes directly to the financial support of our students and the professors that teach them.

Our aim is, by God’s grace, to build an intentionally small college and seminary of about 250 students, total: 70 in the seminary, 180 in the college.

It costs Bethlehem College and Seminary about $18,000 per year to provide one student our Bible-saturated, academically rigorous, “Education in Serious Joy,” a program of higher education laser-focused on the task of equipping a new generation of men and women “to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

We keep student tuition not just low, not just unusually low, but




about $8,000 a year, so that our students can launch upon graduation into adulthood, life, ministry, and vocation without a burden of student loan debt—financially unshackled and ready to answer immediately God’s call on their lives.

We do that by employing extreme frugality in administration and facilities expenses, and by making bold, open-handed investments in hiring and retaining a world-class faculty to teach these students. We own no substantial real estate. Our work is done in the adorned simplicity of unused Sunday school rooms during the week. We receive no federal or state student aid funds.

Beyond that, we depend on God to supply the remaining $10,000 per student or $2.5 million per year. We call this personal ministry on the part of the saints, of which both the faculty and students are then beneficiaries, The Serious Joy Scholarship.

How The Serious Joy Scholarship Works

Full Annual Tuition$18,000
Serious Joy Scholarship–$10,000
Net Student Tuition$8,000

Bethlehem College and Seminary receives no funds at all from the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Pell Grants, Student Loan Programs, IRS Code 26 §529 College Savings Plans, State of Minnesota, denominational support, or Desiring God Ministries. Bethlehem Baptist Church provides very generous services in-kind, but only a nominal amount of direct cash support.

Bethlehem College and Seminary is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. Contributions are tax-deductible. Those interested in making larger transformational or legacy gifts of cash or securities may contact: Rick Segal, Vice President of Advancement, Bethlehem College & Seminary, 720 13th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55415, 612.455.3420 ext. 1122, [email protected]. For recurring gifts, you may call 612.455.3420 ext. 1110 or email [email protected] to cancel or change your donation schedule or amount.

For Canadian Contributors

Bethlehem College and Seminary is partnering with the Great Commission Foundation to facilitate tax-deductible gifts from our friends in Canada. To contribute from Canada click here.

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