faq

How long is the program? When do the different sessions start?

The program is between 7 1/2 months and 9 months depending on which session you attend.

Our longest and largest session begins in September and ends in June. This is always our largest class as it runs along the same time frame as traditional college entry points.

Our winter session begins in January and ends in August.

How much is the program?

The program cost for all students is $7,000. This price includes the Dream Center Leadership School program fee and the rooming/housing fee.

If a student chooses to take the Southeastern University college courses while attending DCLS, they will be charged an additional $200 per credit hour. For example, if a student chooses to take a full load and is enrolled in 24 credit hours (four classes per semester) during their stay, it would be an additional $4,800.

*If the Dream Center Leadership School is paid in full, by start date, student will receive a 10% discount off of the $7,000.
** Students can qualify for financial aid and student loans to help cover the Southeastern University tuition if eligible.

If you have any questions about financial aid or Southeastern University tuition you can email our Dream Center Leadership School representative, Sandy Followay at sfolloway@dreamcenter.org.

How long is the application process?

Once we receive your online application and the other required documents we will call you for 2 separate phone interviews. The application process moves very quickly once we receive from you.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

How and when will I know if I’m accepted to Dream Center Leadership School?
Once your completed application is turned in and your phone interviews are done, we will let you know by mail usually within 2 weeks.
How early should I apply?

We accept applications to DCLS year round. There are limited spots available in the program so we suggest applying as early as possible. You can apply up to a year before you would want to come. For example if you want to come in September 2017, we will start accepting applications for that session in September 2016.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

Is this program only for people that feel called to full-time ministry?
No, we do get a lot of students that know they are called to full time ministry, but we also get a lot of students that want to give a “gap-year” to leadership training and servanthood. We have many students that come for a year or two and then go to college or to a job after their time in DCLS.
What does a typical day in the program look like?

Over the years we have developed a very balanced schedule within the program. Each day has a mix of teaching and training time, personal spiritual formation time (prayer, worship, devotions) and hands-on ministry time. Our heart is to train and equip and also give many opportunities to students for ministry and outreach to put into practice what they are learning.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What is the typical age of students in the Dream Center Leadership School?

We accept students between the ages of 18-24. Students can also be 17 if they have already graduated high school.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What does the $7,000 include?

The $7,000 covers your DCLS program fee and also the rooming/housing fee.

Dream Center Leadership students have access to three meals a day from our campus cafeteria.  Meals are not factored into the tuition price but are available at no additional cost.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What is the cost if I choose to take the college classes? Is Financial Aid available?

Our partner college, Southeastern University has allowed the students of the Dream Center Leadership School to pay $ 275.00 a semester hour. This is a great price for faith-based Higher Education. The 24 semester hours will cost $6,600. An additional 3 hours of practicum credits are granted each semester at no charge to the student. These practicum hours are granted for the service and outreach that students are a part of during their time at The Dream Center. With these practicum hours students will receive 30 credits after their first year.

There is also a $100 technology fee per student charged per semester. Other fees for textbooks and educational supplies are to be assumed by the student.

Because Southeastern is a regionally accredited institution, its partnership with a church-based extension site enables enrolled students to pay for their college experience using federal financial aid. To be eligible for such funding, the student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also knows as a FAFSA (SEU’s school code is 001521), and maintain 12 credit hours each semester. In doing so, the student may apply for federal aid in the form of a Pell Grant, federal Stafford (student) loan of federal parent loan.

If you have any further questions you can contact our office at 1-800-503-1118 or by emailing extensionsupport@seu.edu.

Is Southeastern University a fully accredited school? Are the credit’s transferable?
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southeastern University.
What college classes are offered?

The Southeastern University Extension site operates two semesters during the nine months that students are in the Dream Center Leadership School. SEU offers two courses (six semester hours) every eight weeks during each semester. Students can enroll in one of 2 degree programs offered through the Southeastern University extension site here at The Dream Center. The academic programs of choice are the Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Ministerial Leadership (AML). You can see what specific classes are offered in each academic program by clicking here and by clicking on the appropriate degree program.

If you have any questions about the specifics of the classes offered through the Southeastern University extension site here at The Dream Center you can email extensionsupport@seu.edu.

Is taking the college classes required by every student in DCLS?

No, the college classes are not required. We understand students are in different places in life and may choose not to take the college courses while in DCLS. Each year there is about 50% of the students that choose to take the college classes.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

If I take the college classes, will I miss out on other areas of the program?

We have worked the schedule so all college classes take place on Thursdays. We did this so students taking college courses can still be a part of the ministry tracks that take place in the afternoons. If you choose to take the classes you will have 3 afternoons of ministry tracks instead of 4 each week. The great thing about the Dream Center is there are many servanthood and outreach opportunities outside of the weekly DCLS schedule.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What happens if a student does not complete the program? Is there a refund policy?

There is a 60 day prorated refund policy. After 60 days, there are no refunds. The $600 deposit is non-refundable. This will all be included in an acceptance packet that is sent to each student once they are admitted to the program.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What are the payment options?

We offer 3 different payment options:
1. Pay everything up front and receive a 10% discount.
2. Pay per semester, so ½ upfront and the rest in January.
3. Pay monthly. Pay 20% upfront and then the remaining amount is divided up monthly.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What happens if I am late on a payment?

If you miss a payment, we will give a 30-day grace period to make that payment. If you fall more than 30 days behind on a payment you will be asked to leave the program.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

Can I get an outside job while being in the program?

Due to the very busy schedule that we keep, students are not permitted to have an outside job while in the program.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

How do students normally pay for DCLS if they cannot have a job while in the program?

We strongly encourage students to begin fundraising early on! Once accepted, we will send a sample support letter for students to use. We encourage them to send the letters to everyone they know… family, friends, local businesses, church members etc. We have seen entire tuition’s paid off from outside support. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Also if you take the college courses you can apply for federal financial aid and student loans.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

Do students get any free time?

Yes, Monday is the students’ full day off. There is also time off most nights of the week along with some time on the weekends. Check out our sample schedule here.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What is the attendance policy?

Each students gets 12 personal days to use throughout his or her time in the program.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

Can parents or friends come visit me while in the program?

Absolutely! We would love to have your family and friends come and check out what you are a part of in DCLS. You will just need to get it approved by DCLS staff beforehand so we know they are coming.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

Is the campus and area safe? Is there security?

In the time that we have been here, we have never had any major issues. We go over security and safety policies with all students during orientation week. Living in a big city we challenge them to be wise and never walk out in the neighborhoods alone. As far as the Dream Center campus, we have security on duty 24/7.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What can students bring with them? Phone, laptop, fridge, microwave?

Students can bring anything with them that may help them feel more at home. A phone and laptop are absolutely permitted! Once a student has been accepted we will send out a full list of what items to bring and not to bring.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

Can we set up a time to come visit before coming to DCLS?

Yes! If you want to check out the program and get a tour before making any decisions, please email us directly and we can get something set up for you. Sneak peek is a weekend in April designed for potential students to come and check out the program.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

Where do the students live?

The students live in dorms on the Dream Center campus. All the rooms are newly remodeled, in excellent condition, and come complete with two bunk beds, one full-sized dresser per person and a bathroom which will be shared between two bedrooms.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What size are the beds?
The beds are regular twin size
How many students are typically in a room?

Between 2 and 4, depending on the size of the room.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

What facilities are on campus?

DC Diner
The DC Diner is a 1950’s style dining area, here the students are offered three large meals a day. All food is made on campus by our amazing kitchen staff and volunteers.

The Lord’s Gym
The Lord’s Gym is fully equipped with several types of machines, including elliptical, stair stepper, treadmill, and weights.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

How many students are in DCLS?

We typically run about 120 students total combined with both sessions. Each year we have students from different countries as well as from all over the United States.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

How many years do students typically do in the program?

The program was originally designed as a one-year program. As the program has grown we have developed a need for 2nd year leadership students. If students want to come back for a second year, they reapply at the end of their first year and go through an interview process to be reaccepted as a second year student.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

May I bring a car? Is it required to have a car?

Yes, you may bring a car but it is not required. All cars must be insured to be able to park on the Dream Center campus.

If you have any other specific questions feel free to email us at DCLS@dreamcenter.org or call our main office at (800)-503-1118

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