What are the school hour and how many days is RDS per week?
RDS classes are in session Sunday – Thursday. Our days start at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. RDS students will have a day off on Friday and most Saturdays. Off-days are subject to change depending on ministry and outreach events.
How much is tuition?
Tuition is $5,600
What does tuition cover?
Tuition covers housing, a food stipend, all stateside ministry trips, and program costs. International missions trips are not covered in tuition.
Do I have to have all of my tuition upfront?
We understand that not all accepted students will have all of the required tuition upfront, so different payment plans are available.
For all students a $1,000 movie-in fee is due at the beginning of the year. After this, there are two other ways to finance the year. The total amount of tuition can be in two halves at the beginning and half-way point of the year, respectively. The third option is a monthly payment plan that is withdrawn automatically from an account that the student or person responsible provides.
Do I have to live in student housing if I live locally?
Yes. Our student housing will play a vital role in supporting our mission here at RDS by creating an atmosphere that encourages personal, social, and spiritual development.
Are students allowed to work during the year?
Yes. The RDS schedule has two off days built in, which are encouraged to be taken to work. It is important that students understand that some required ministry opportunities occur during off days, so we encourage students to communicate with their employers ahead of time. We ask that students plan their work schedule around their RDS schedule.
Are first year students allowed to date?
RDS is affiliated with Master’s Commission International Network. All groups that are affiliated with MCIN require that students fast dating during their first year. We don’t believe that dating is wrong, but we feel this is a year students should set aside dating relationships. In doing so, students are focused on making God the only object of their affection.
Can my family visit me during the year?
Yes. We welcome any RDS student’s family to visit throughout the year. We simply ask that family members call ahead to ensure that the RDS students are not out of town.
Are there any other requirements to join RDS?
Yes. Every RDS applicant must be at least 18 years old and must have a High School Diploma or GED.
What does a typical day look like?
RDS generally keeps a very active schedule. Every morning, students will spend time in prayer, devotion, and worship. Afterward, students will have a few hours of academic and college courses. After lunch, RDS students will participate in various Ministry Tracks such as Youth, Children, Theatre, Music, etc. or prep for different ministry opportunities.
When does the program begin and end? Are there any breaks?
RDS officially begins Labor Day weekend and ends on Memorial Day weekend. There will be breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break.