Reasons Why Church Universities Are Expensive

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


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


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