Below are some frequently asked questions about the Baptist Institue and Theological Seminary. These are official answers to common questions. Please note that, nothing said verbally can supplant these policies. If you have any questions, please email us at admissions@hbits.org and we would be happy to discuss anything with you. 
Q.    Who can enroll in the Houston Baptist Institute and Theological Seminary (HBITS)?
A.   Anyone who has a high school diploma or GED or above.
Q.    What denomination is HBITS?
A.   We are unashamedly Baptist. However, we have students of many denominations.
Q.   Does HBITS give refunds if I change my mind after starting a course of study?

A.   HBITS does NOT GIVE REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON. At HBITS, we apply discounts and scholarships to make going to seminary here very cheap, as such, we simply CANNOT and DO NOT give refunds of any amount, for any reason. By enrolling in HBITS, you agree to this and agree to never dispute, deny or otherwise hinder a payment agreement once entered into. We process payments in 3 ways: By Credit Card, By recurring subscription through PayPal, and by Money Order. You agree that by enrolling, our payment agreement supercedes any payment agreement with your payment institution, should a problem ever arise. If you ever have questions about a payment, email us at admissions@hbits.org and our staff will be happy to assist. 

Q.    Which Bible does HBITS use?
A.    We use the King James Version because we believe that this version to be the perfectly preserved words of God for the Enlgish speaking world.
Q.    What can I do if I am not Baptist, but I want to learn the Word of God?
A.     We accept any student regardless of belief, however we teach the KJV and ask our students to answer tests according to what  the professor taught and then add any personal beliefs or disagreements if desired.
Q.    Does HBITS have a website that people can browse?
A.     Yes, the web address is www.hbits.org
Q.    Does HBITS have a brochure or catalog that can be mailed to prospective students?
A.     Yes, you may email the seminary for a copy of our catalog. Send a request to :  admin@hbits.org
Q.     Do we have a bookstore?
A.     Yes. The HBITS bookstore is located onsite in our campus. Here we carry all the books necessary for each course so you have one convenient place to order and recieve books for any courses you may be taking with us.   
Q.    Are the courses at HBITS online?
A.     The courses at HBITS can be taken either via distance learning
Q.    Do you offer Financial Aid to students?
A.     We do not offer financial aid, but we do offer an interest free payment plan that is very affordable.
Q.    Do you plan to seek regional (governmental) accreditation?
A.     No. We have considered it, but find it to be undesirable considering the red tape and government regulations that would otherwise affect our ability to             teach the bible without compromise. For this reason, we have rejected governmental accreditation. 
Q.    How many students does HBITS have enrolled?
A.     The number varies each month, but we have several hundred students actively enrolled. 
Q.     Does HBITS have a campus?
A.     In the past, HBITS was purely an online distance learning institution. We have however recently opened a campus in Houston, TX. We are planning on adding two more by 2016. Students are welcome with an appointment, to come and see the facility, or to enroll in on-site classes if they so wish. 
Q.     Is a student required to attend any courses or seminars on campus?
A.    No. However, graduation is held at our Houston, TX. location. If a student seeks to walk with their class, they will need to plan to be here. (See the graduation form for more details) 
Q.     Who are the professors at HBITS?
A.   We have several adjunct professors that create courses for HBITS from all over the nation.
Q.     Do we ever seek professors for new courses at HBITS?

A.     We are always open to new courses that might become part of our curriculum.
        We do have strict requirements to present a course and our Board of Directors must approve the contents before it can become a part of our program.
Q.     How do I know if I would be eligible to teach a course at HBITS?
A.     You need to call the seminary to discuss your qualifications.
Q.     How can I get started?
A.     1). Fill out an online application (evaluation) you can do this at:  www.hbits.org/admissions

Q.    If I fill out an evaluation (application) online, how do I know if you received it?
A. Typically, we will respond to any inquiry within 48 hours. (Two business days) 
Q.     What do I do after I fill out the application?
A. If you fill out the information on-line, you can call and enroll over the phone with
a debit or credit card, or you can send in a check or money order and let us know
that we have your information.
Q.     How much do I have to pay to get started?
A. The minimum down payment for MOST programs is $150.00. However, some of
our specialty programs require larger down payments.
Q.     Can my spouse go to HBITS free?
A.   A spouse can go for half price as long as they are in the same program as the husband/wife. The spouse must enroll at the same time as the husband/wife.
Q.     Are there any discounts if the spouse is in a different program?
A.   A spouse can enroll at HBITS for 1/2 of the program's total cost and must enroll at
the same time as the husband/wife.
Q.        How are my courses mailed and when will they arrive? (If using distance learning format?)
A.   The are sent by regular US Postal Service and should arrive within 10-14 business days.
(Foreign students should add at least a week to this estimate)
Q.         How do I know which course to start with?
A.    That decision is entirely up to you.
Q.         Do I take one course at the time and send it in for a grade?
A.     Again, that decision is up to you. You can send one at a time or wait and send
all of them together.
Q.        How do I keep up with my progress?
A. HBITS sends out grade reports every month so that you can keep a record of your progress.
Allow 3 weeks for grading and one week to log it in computer and print the grade report for mailing.
Q.        Can I call and check on my grades?
A.   You can call, but we ask that you call only after you have waited the four weeks
and have not heard anything. Unless it has been over 4 weeks we do not give out grades
by phone, email or fax for ANY reason.  We have hundreds of tests that are graded daily
and it slows down the process if too many people jump the gun. We know it is important,
but please try to be patient.
Q.        What is the grading scale at HBITS?
A. Our grading scale is: (A) 90-100; (B) 80-89; (C) 70-79; (D) 60-69; (F) Below 60
We also use I for Incomplete to let you know that part of the test was  either missing or done wrong.
Any grade above 70 is considered as passing, but a (D) is not transferable.
Q.        Can I retake a test?
A. You can retake any test but there is a $50 charge for each retake. If you retake a test twice,
both of the grades are averaged together.
Q.        How can I get help on a test?
A. Our staff can usually answer your questions, but if not, we have access to each of our
adjunct faculty members who can help you.
Q.        Can I exempt courses that I have already taken?
A. HBITS is glad to work with you-we can exempt courses in some cases, or use
replacement courses.  This will require a transcript from previous schools.
Q.        If I am not doing my courses, do I still have to pay?


A. Yes, you must make a payment each month regardless of whether you are


doing coursework. (Unless you pay in full at enrollment, for which there is a discount. Check the program cataloge and payment information for more details) 
Q.        Is there a time limit on my coursework?
A. In most of our programs, there is no time limit on how long it takes. For some particular courses, capstone projects, etc, there is a time limit set by the instructor, but any hard deadlines that are needed you will be made aware of ahead of time. 
Q.        How will I know what I made on a test?
A. The grade department sends out grade reports every month, so please
try to allow 4 weeks before calling to check on a grade.
Q.        What can I do if I want to change my program of study?
A.   You will need to fill out a Change of Program form.
The change will cost $150 in order to reship new courses. You will need to
send the form in to us so that we can attach it to your file.
Q.        Does HBITS have to have my transcript from previous schools before I can get started?
A. No, we enroll students based on an honor system of the information that we
receive. However, we must have a copy on file before we can issue a degree.
Q.        As a former student, how do I keep up with my progress?
A. When you enroll, we send out a list of your courses for record-keeping purposes
We ask that you PLEASE keep up with your current status on this sheet and
avoid having to call and check on your status.
Q.        After enrollment, how do I know when my payment is due?
A. All payments are due by the 10th of the month. We do send out statements the
first of each month to remind you.  Statements are sent by email and regular mail.  
If you are on auto-deduction, you will still get a statement to show your balance
going down.  That way, if it shows your balance is not coming down, we may need
a new expiration date for your credit card.
Q.        What kind of diploma (degree) will I receive?
A. Our degrees are printed by Josten's, which is one of the largest graduation
businesses in the country.
Q.        How do I know when my degree will be ordered?
A. When you have finished all of your courses and received passing grades and
when your financial obligations are met, you will receive a letter from us
telling you how to order your degree. The degree itself is $250.
Q.       How often does HBITS order degrees?
A. We order degrees once a month.  We order on the 15th of each month.
It takes about 8 weeks after we order the degree to come back to HBITS and then we
mail it out directly to the student.
Q.        Does my degree come in a frame?
A. No the $200 minimum grad/administration fee allows your degree to be put between
two thick pieces of cardboard and mailed to you once we receive it. 
Q.       How often does HBITS have a graduation ceremony?
A.    We have one graduation ceremony per year, typically in May, unless circumstances prevent it. 
Q.       Who can attend the graduation ceremony?


A.    Anyone who has received a degree from HBITS and has never attended


a ceremony for that degree.
Q.       Can a person attend more than one graduation?
A. Absolutely! As long as you have completed a degree and have not been
to a previous ceremony for that degree. You can attend every time you
receive a new degree. You can also attend as a guest at every ceremony.
Q.       How many people can I bring with me to graduation?
A.   There is no limit. The auditorium holds close to 650 people.
Q.       When will I receive an information packet concerning graduation?
A. All forms are available by simply sending an email to admin@hbits.org.  
Q.       Where and when can I order my graduation regalia?
A. Again, all graduation regalia can be ordered by sending an email to admin@hbits.org
Q.        Is there a fee to attend graduation?
A.   Yes, the fee is usually $200 (this could change based on the economy). This
helps the seminary with staging such a large event. This fee is separate
from the $250 minimum degree(diploma) fee.
Q.        At the onsite graduation in May am I required to buy
t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc?
A.   No, you are NOT required.  However we appreciate if you would purchase
some of the T-shirts, bumper stickers, mugs, frames with HBITS school seal etc
to help show your pride and support the school.


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