FAQ

Academic Policies

Can classes be taken on a not-for-credit (“audit”) basis?

Students who wish to benefit from classes without taking them for credit may register for such classes on an “audit” basis. Although tuition cost is the same, the auditing student is not required to take examinations or complete course assignments.

Can credits be transferred in for previous training?

Acceptable credit for previous training or education can, upon furnishing of a valid transcript, be substituted for any of the requirements for the Diploma in Bible. A minimum of 8 semester hours of resident training is required to be eligible for a diploma from Birmingham Bible Institute.

How many classes may be taken in a given semester?

Up to three or four courses may be taken per semester. Except where specifically noted in the course listings, each course counts as one class hour (12 clock hours of instruction).

May schedule changes be made after registration?

Students may make schedule changes or transfers on or before the third class session of a 12-week semester or the second class session of a 6-week semester to avoid falling too far behind academically. Students who desire to drop one or more classes should notify the registrar, and their tuition will be prorated.

May visitors attend classes?

Visitors are welcome to observe the Institute during class sessions. Prior contact should be made with the Institute office (248-646-2000). Students are expected to obtain permission from faculty members for visiting friends before bringing them to classes.

What is the grading system?

The 4.0 grade point system will be used according to the following standards:

A+   4.33 points     100+%
A     4.00 points     93-99.99%
A-    3.67 points     90-92%
B+   3.33 points     87-89%
B     3.00 points     83-86%
B-    2.67 points     82-80%
C+   2.33 points     77-79%
C     2.00 points     73-76%
C-    1.67 points     70-72%
D+   1.33 points     67-69%
D     1.00 point       63-66%
D-    0.67 points     60-62%
F     0.00 points     Below 60%
Special courses and seminars may also be graded as “Passing” or “Not Passing.” A grade of “Incomplete” (I) or “Withdrawn” (W) will be entered for students who do not complete coursework or who owe a balance on their tuition. “Incomplete” grades will be changed to “Withdrawn” if the missing work has not been completed by the end of the following semester.

Facilities

Do you have a library?

Yes we do!  The library is open during Institute hours and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Several thousand volumes are catalogued, and more are added regularly.  The selection includes many helpful supplemental materials for all the courses taught at the Institute to enable outside reading assignments and other projects to be easily completed.  A number of the finest reference books are also available.

Does the Institute maintain a bookstore?

A fine Christian bookstore is located on the premises.  All textbooks are available there, as are other supplies such as notebooks, pens, and paper. The best-known commentaries, reference materials, Bibles, devotional books, and Christian literature can be purchased.  Gifts, cards, and tracts are also available.

Is there a concession stand?

A concession area is open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for those who come early or have time between classes. Refreshments, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice, sandwiches, cookies, candy, and other snacks, are sold.  Comfortable seating for fellowship, eating, and study is provided in the study hall next to the library/bookstore.  These areas are closed during chapel.

General Information

How much is tuition?

We believe you will find the tuition and expenses very affordable. A nonrefundable registration fee must be paid at the time of enrollment each semester. This fee is $25.00 for early registration (by mail, by telephone, or in person) by the established deadline for the semester, or $35.00 thereafter. The tuition total for a semester is based upon the total class hours for the class(es) in which the student is enrolled: $90.00 for one class hour, $130 for two class hours, $160 for three class hours, or $180 for four class hours. A $10.00 per class hour deposit should be paid at the time of enrollment along with the registration fee. The balance of the tuition may be paid in total or on a weekly or monthly basis, with payment in full expected by the eleventh week of the semester. Payments should remain current with the courses taken. Please see the Course Catalog for more information on the financial policies.

May tuition and textbooks be paid by credit card?

Yes. Students may pay for tuition, fees, and books by cash, check, or Mastercard/Visa.

What are the entrance requirements?

Any person who has a sincere desire to be trained in Christian growth and service and who exhibits a proper attitude toward the standards of conduct, purpose, and doctrinal position of the Institute may enroll. Birmingham Bible Institute is racially non-discriminatory. There is no formal application process, nor is there an application fee.

Is there an attendance policy?

Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled with punctuality and regularity. The grade of a student missing more than two sessions per 12-week semester or one session per 6-week semester may be significantly affected. Excused absences for legitimate reasons (such as serious illness, a death in the family, etc.) may be made up by special arrangement with the faculty.

Is there a dress code?

Students are encouraged to be appropriately dressed in class sessions. Attention should be given to grooming and dress befitting a Christian educational institution.