why a christain university is expensive

Top 5 reasons why church or Christians universities are more expensive
Top 5 reasons why Christian universities owned by churches are too expensive for the poor
I have been reading lots of articles where people come online to criticize Christians or churches for making their private universities too expensive or inaccessible to the poor in the society including the members of the so called churches . Some even go as far as calling powerful men of God like papa David Oyedepo fraudsters (well may God forgive them ). In this post we are going to be discussing 5 possible reasons why Christian universities are expensive because according to newton’s third law of motion action and reaction are equal and opposite meaning that for every cause there is a reason .
Written by By Ife Olaleye:
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There has been so much buzz about Church
universities being expensive in Nigeria and I
would like to address some of this
controversies mostly using Covenant
University as a case study.
Tithes/Offerings are used to build Church
Universities ? This seems to be a widely
asserted theory. This is partly not true
because most Churches don’t exactly use
Tithes/Offerings for building church
universities but create special donations for
that purpose. Usually, the initial university
capital projects are funded with these
donations. We have to remember that the core
mandate of any church isn’t not to create
universities but to preach the gospel of Jesus
and help the poor and that is done with
tithes/offering to establish outreaches, pay
pastoral salaries, build new churches etc.
Donations can’t sustain recurrent expenditure:
while ‘excited’ members would usually agree
to pay donations for the initial financial
responsibility of the universities. No church
would be able to get its church members to
continually pay for its recurrent expenditure. In
fact if any of these church schools were to try
and choose continual donations as an
alternative to ‘High’ tuition fees the next thing
you would see are private university lecturers
going on strike.

Profit: Are Church universities profitable? I do not
believe any sane investor or business man
would venture into the tertiary education
sector with the aim of making profit. There is
a reason why you wouldn’t find Otedola or
Dangote investing in education. If you do your
research properly you would find that till
today Covenant university hasn’t made any
profit for its proprietors. Let us examine the
revenue vs expenditure of Covenant university
for example. The Covenant university tuition
(undergraduate) ranges between
600,000-800,000 depending on level/program
but I would base it on 700k. There are about
7,000 students on campus at a given time so I
multiply 700,000 by 7,000=4.9 billion. So the
university’s revenue from tuition fees is about
4.9 billion.
When considering expenditure I would like to
keep the value projections conservative. I
believe Covenant University’s wage bill to be
around 500 million/month but I would
calculate using 400 million since that is the
average wage bill for a Nigerian university. So
400 million x 12 months= 4.8 billion. I
currently don’t know how much CU pays to get
electricity but reports had it that in 2012 the
university spent 700 million naira on
electricity. I would deliberately exclude
expenditures like research grant, conference
support, Infrastructure, field trips, medical
services, internet provision e.t.c because I do
not have real data to conclude how much they
gulp yearly. So using just wage bill+Electricity,
the university has spent 5.5 billion when the
tuition fee is about 4.8 billion. This proves the
former NUC president, Peter Okebukola right
when he said that ‘’Church universities were
being too dependent on the Church’’. Also, the
VC of Crawford did buttress the fact that the
proprietor base still donates 500 million yearly
to Crawford as subsidy. If these subsidies
weren’t in place Church universities would
have been more expensive that secular ones.

Assumed wealth of the Church: there is a
saying in Yoruba land that ‘’the chicken
sweats but the feathers won’t let you know’’.
Would you believe that Oyedepo nearly missed
his own deadline for the establishment of the
first two halls of residence in Covenant
University? because donations weren’t coming
forth, until God miraculously provided.
‘Expensive’ tuition isn’t unique to Pentecostal
Churches : whilst many choose to assault Pa.
Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo for charging
high tuition fees. It is important to note that
even Orthodox churches which are known not
to be ‘’prosperity conscious’’ charge within
the same bracket e.g Bowen(Baptist), ECWA
(Bingham), Godfrey Okoye(Catholic), Adventist
(Babcock), JABU(CAC), Methodist(Wesley)
Expensive tuition isn’t unique to Church
universities alone; Church universities are
ranked to be generally good with Covenant
University averagely in top three on the two
out of four most reputable rankings in the
world-Webometrics and Times higher
education. However Islamic schools that are
not in the top 50 universities in Nigeria but
also charge about half a million(e.g Crescent)
which is about the same thing CU charges.
The underlining purpose for creating Church
schools ; This is very important, the creation of
church schools isn’t to actually teach physics
and chemistry, but to create a spiritual
revolution. Take that spiritual revolution away
from CU, then it is by no means different from
Afebabalola university. Therefore, if you are a
committed member of your church you are
already a member of that movement. For
instance I am not a living faith member, but
by attending CU I have joined myself to the
spiritual movement of the church.

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