In late August 2013, my husband received direction from God that at long last he was supposed to enroll in graduate school in order to obtain his Master of Divinity. I say at long last because this was something my husband had wanted to do even before he had obtained his BA in Biblical Studies in May of 1982. That's right. For 31 years he had thought about it, prayed about it, done the research and even taken some free classes to stay current but the door to do more than that remained firmly shut.
When God said, "Now it is time to enroll." and made it very clear we were not to borrow any money in order to do so, I have to tell you, it looked like there was some sort of mix-up. You see, our only source of income at the moment came from long term disability and unemployment insurance. That's right, by this time I was permanently disabled after having a ruptured brain aneurysm and stroke and my husband had been unemployed for eight months. He obtained temporary work here and there but nothing permanent had materialized.
While it is not unusual for people who have been unemployed to go back to school, it is unusual for them to attempt to do so without grants and loans. It simply is not done unless you have a benefactor. We had a benefactor and his name is Jesus Christ. He promised us that he would provide what we needed when we needed it.
My husband is in his final semester now and God has provided what we needed when we needed it. My husband was able to transfer 16 credits toward his MDiv and that in itself saved us almost $8,000 as he needed 60 credits rather than 76 to obtain his degree. He also received $3,000.00 in scholarship money but there was still a shortfall of more than $26,000.00. Where would we get the extra money? We went to our Benefactor with our needs and He provided as needed.
In the fall of 2013, I felt moved to say a prayer. I asked God to freeze the tuition cost until my husband finished school. Now that might sound a bit strange as God had told us He would provide what was needed but who was I to argue? I prayed.
In the spring of 2014 we learned that there would not be a tuition increase for the 2014-2015 school year. For those of you reading this who live outside the US, the academic year for colleges and universities in the US is generally September 1st-August 31st. In the spring of 2015 we learned the tuition freeze had continued for the 2015-2016 academic year. Last spring, I held my breath as I checked to see what the tuition would be for the 2016-2017 school year. I must confess, I could hardly believe my eyes when I discovered that the graduate tuition had been frozen for yet another year.
My husband will be graduating this May but out of curiosity today, I checked to see what the tuition is going to be in the upcoming year. It appears that the tuition fee freeze has ended. This fall, the tuition is going to be increasing by $99.00 a credit.
I suppose there will be some people who read this and call it a coincidence that there was a tuition freeze during the entire time my husband attended the university. There will always be skeptics. However in this case, I am not one of them. I believe this was God's response to my prayer. Of course He could have provided despite any tuition increase. I know that but sometimes, He gives us just a little bit bigger glimpse of Himself at work.