CLI: Financial Aid Information

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Financial Aid Opportunities for CLI

It costs only $135 per course plus the expense of books—that is $540 each year to complete FOUR CLASSES with CLI… Many adult education classes cost $500 or more just for one class...including most on-line correspondence classes.  We can keep the cost down, because we have such generous host sites along with generous partners within our American Baptist Associations,  individual American Baptist churches, some Alumni of the program…and, because we get our instructors from within our ABC family in most cases.  It is our goal to offer a solid, practical, affordable educational foundation in ministry to the average lay leader and those pastors in which a seminary education is just not practical.  Through CLI, one builds relationships and a network of support as they learn and grow as well.  Most books can be found used on for a minimal cost.

  1. First of all, we offer a $10 savings on your registration fee if you register by the early savings deadline set for each class.  Every little amount helps!  It is important to register early if at all possible, because there is often preparation for the first class session and you need to order & receive books as well.  If you register for a class after the final deadline, there is a $15 late fee. See each individual registration form for dates and details.
  2. We also have a referral program in which you can earn CLI bucks towards your registration costs.  See the Referral Program Flier for details.
  3. Many churches are more than willing to sponsor an individual from their congregation in continuing Christian Education.  When  the annual registration cost of CLI is broken down, it is only $10.39 a week!  Sometimes, even that amount with the added expense of travel to class and purchasing books can be challenging for an individual student, but even the smallest congregation can afford $10.39 per Sunday!  Let your church leaders know you will be investing in your education as well…your time & preparation for the class sessions, travel expenses and the cost for books.
  4. If your church is  unable or unwilling to aid you in continuing Christian Education and your church belongs to an ABC Association of Churches, you can also talk to your pastor or Region Minister about requesting assistance from your ABC Association.  If you don’t know who serves as your Region Minister, contact Jennifer Greene at or 317-635-3552 ext 221.
  5. If you find that you still need additional assistance, you can apply for partial assistance through CLI.  This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $45.  Since these funds are limited, CLI can offer no more than $90 per student, per year in scholarship money.  All class requirements must be met or the student may not be eligible for future scholarship assistance.  If the class is not completed, the student may be expected to reimburse CLI the scholarship money received, so the opportunity is available to another student in need..  See CLI Scholarship Application below or request a copy from Jennifer Greene at or 317-635-3552 x 221.
  6. From time to time, CLI has alumni who are willing and able to sponsor a CLI student for a class. All class requirements must be met, or the student may not be eligible for future sponsorship assistance. If the class is not completed, the student may be expected to reimburse CLI the sponsorship funds received, so the opportunity is available to another student in need. Request a CLI Sponsorship Application from Jennifer Greene at 317-635-3552 x 221 or

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