Affiliate Status

Affiliate Status With ABHE

Affiliate status (a non-membership relationship category) is available to credible institutions of biblical higher education that do not hold accreditation by a USDE- or CHEA-recognized accrediting agency. Affiliates must affirm ABHE’s Tenets of Faith, be licensed (or exempted) by the appropriate state or provincial higher education authority, conform to disclosure restrictions relative to non-recognized accreditation, and be vouched for by an accredited ABHE Commission on Accreditation member institution. 

Affiliate status is not to be confused with accreditation or understood in any way so as to imply such. This affiliate relationship is only available to institutions within the scope of ABHE’s service, namely Canada, the United States and related territories.


  • One free delegate registration to ABHE’s Annual Meeting each year—plus, free registration for any and all institutional trustees that accompany you
  • Listing in ABHE’s online Directory of Affiliates
  • Member prices for ABHE standardized Bible exams
  • Access to other ABHE web resources such as our Standardized Bible Exam and exam creation/sharing site (
  • A variety of discount opportunities with ABHE partner vendors involving such things as Bible study software, ancillary employee benefits, organizational climate assessment, learning management system software, planned giving, credit card processing, travel, and much more
  • Use of the Job Board on the Association web site
  • Access to selected ABHE reports, briefs, survey results, and comparative data
  • Periodic updates on government, legal and cultural issues that impact biblical higher education
  • Eligibility to participate in Association-sponsored leadership development programs at a significant subsidy
  • Opportunities for interaction and networking with individuals of similar values and commitments
  • Access to the consultative services of the ABHE professional staff
  • Opportunities to observe and potentially work toward accreditation in the future, should you be so inclined (See Accreditation Inquiry Packet)


According to the Constitution of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, the following statement of faith is to be subscribed to annually by each member institution through the signature of the president.  

  1. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious atonement through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal and visible return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he was tempted by Satan and fell, and that, because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for salvation.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and by Whom the church is empowered to carry out Christ’s great commission.
  6. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

>> Download ABHE Tenets of Faith

  • Agreement with the ABHE Tenets of Faith
  • Evidence that the institution is operating legally within the parameters of the particular province/state relative to faith-based post secondary institutions
  • Recognition (corporate identity) as a non-profit organization
  • Presence of a publicly stated/board approved mission statement that has a biblical/ministry formation focus
  • Commitment to offer education at a post secondary level
  • Curricular offerings, degrees, and institutional nomenclature consistent with North American higher educational norms as well as with institutional human, educational, and financial resources
  • Minimum of a two-year history with an identifiable board, administration, faculty, and student body
  • A letter of reference from an administrator/faculty member of an ABHE accredited institution affirming the institution’s integrity, credibility, and compatibility with ABHE’s purpose and values
  • Commitment to accurate disclosure of accredited status, according to the following stipulations:
    • An affiliate institution must not portray itself, verbally or in print, as an accredited member of ABHE;
    • An affiliate institution must not claim accreditation through an agency lacking recognition by the US Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation;
    • Affiliate institutions must use the following disclosure statement: [Institution Name] is an affiliate institution of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. As such, it participates in and contributes to collegial and professional development activities of the association. Affiliate status does not, however, constitute, imply, or presume ABHE accredited status at present or in the future.
  • Affiliate institutions must notify the ABHE office promptly regarding any changes in directory information (i.e., website, mailing address, instructional location(s), leadership)
  • Submission of annual affiliate dues; institutions whose annual dues are more than 30 days delinquent will be dropped from the affiliate roster.
  • Institutions that have been dropped from affiliate status may seek reinstatement after 3 years.

Materials to be Submitted as Part of the Application Process:

  • Completed online application form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $100 that will be applied toward the annual dues amount of $850 if the application is approved by the ABHE president
  • Signed Tenets of Faith Statement and Disclosure Agreement
  • Reference letter from an administrator/faculty member of an ABHE accredited institution
  • Evidence that the institution is operating legally within the parameters of the particular province/state relative to faith-based post secondary institutions
  • Recognition (corporate identity) as a non-profit organization
  • Current board approved mission statement
  • Enrollment reports for the past two years
  • Latest externally compiled financial report or audited statement
  • List of board members and senior administrators
  • Current catalog

Mail the signed ABHE Tenets of Faith, Disclosure Agreement forms, $100 non-refundable application fee and supporting documentation to: ABHE 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130 Orlando, FL 32822