Is financial aid available?
Student loans and government aid are not available to our students. IHOPU tuition is kept at a minimum in order to ensure affordability and to prevent students from incurring debt. During the second semester of freshman year, students are eligible to apply for a work-study position and/or a scholarship for their sophomore year. Students must turn in a financial aid application form to the Financial Aid office before April 1 (this is not an option for freshmen). This form is available on the Student Hub in January each year. Students can also raise financial support; this is discussed during New Student Orientation.
Is a payment plan available for tuition costs?
Yes. Payment plans must be arranged through the Financial Services office. Please visit Finances: Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Can I have a job while attending IHOPU?
We have found that some students can maintain a part-time job along with their class schedule. However, it is extremely rare and difficult for an individual to combine a full-time job with a full course load. International students are prohibited from working because of their M-1 visa status.
Can I date while attending IHOPU?
Dating or courting is not permitted during a student’s first semester of IHOPU. However, students in a relationship before enrolling as students may communicate through written communication only. If the dating relationship is with someone living in the Kansas City area, this must be disclosed on the application form. If you are engaged, please inform the friendship group leader to whom you are assigned within the first two weeks of school.
What about housing?
Moving can be difficult, so we encourage you not to move until your acceptance and housing arrangements have been confirmed. Students are responsible for arranging their own off-campus housing and other living expenses. Find out more about how to arrange accommodation »
How long are the programs?
We have two-year certificates and four-year diplomas. During the first two years, all students take the Forerunner Program, and can then continue with the specific program of their choice. Courses may also be completed on a class-by-class basis through our non-credit or IHOPU Online options. Please see specific schools for more detailed information.
When does school start for the semester?
Please see our IHOPU calendar. New Student Orientation takes place during the week preceding the start of the semester.
Do I need a laptop computer?
We strongly recommend that you bring your own laptop computer for use in your classes, in the prayer room, and for doing homework. The prayer room, the IHOPU campus, and our cafés are all equipped with free, wireless Internet. We also offer several computers for students’ use in the IHOPU library.
Does IHOPU offer online courses?
Yes, many courses are available online through IHOPU Online. You can take credit or non-credit courses, or take advantage of our group study courses. For more information, visit IHOPU Online.
Does IHOPU accept International Students?
Yes. Please visit our International Admissions page for application instructions. For additional questions, please refer to our list of International Frequently Asked Questions.
Is IHOPU accredited?
While the International House of Prayer University does not philosophically oppose accreditation, a growing number of schools such as ours hold the view that traditional academic accreditation can be more of a hindrance than a help in accomplishing the purposes for which God has called us into being. The rules and regulations of accrediting agencies and the increased administrative workload required to meet and maintain their standards can make the member institutions servants of accrediting associations rather than vice versa.
IHOPU is not presently pursuing accreditation. However, the values represented by accreditation (particularly academic excellence and relationship with other theological institutions) are very important to IHOPU. For this reason, IHOPU is not opposed to pursuing accreditation in the future if it can be done without compromising our vision and core values, and if it actively builds relationships with theological institutions to transfer credits.
What is the cost of books per semester?
The cost of books ranges from $100 to $150 per semester.
What are the average living expenses in the area?
Rent without utilities usually ranges from about $250 to $350. Each student should budget money for food, gas, and utilities according to their personal needs.