Financing of a seminary education is understood to be a shared responsibility of the individual student (and spouse, where applicable) and Seminary of the Southwest. Financial assistance is available to students that demonstrate financial need and is awarded on a year-to-year basis. The total amount of financial aid granted by the seminary will not exceed demonstrated need. Demonstrated need is defined as the difference between the total cost of attending this institution and the total resources available to the student from all other sources.
A brief description of the following types of financial assistance can be found below:
1. Institutional Aid: Seminary of the Southwest provides institutional aid in the form of scholarship grants to students with demonstrated financial need. Endowments and gifts from supporters provide the resources for this support. Students enrolled in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation, Diploma in Theological Studies and the Diploma in Anglican Studies may, by demonstrating need, qualify for institutional aid, subject to the availability of funds. Students must submit an Institutional Financial Aid application, a proposed budget of income and expenses, and a copy of their most recent federal income tax return in order to qualify.
2. Outside Scholarships: The Financial Office strives to be a resource to seminarians and does it’s best to compile a comprehensive list of outside scholarship opportunities.
3. Loans: Student loans are available to students in master’s-level degree programs through the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program made by the U.S. Department of Education. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify.
Please reference the entire Financial Aid section of the website for more detailed information about Southwest and the financial aid process.
It is our goal to help you navigate the process of financing your seminary education, so please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.
Prospective students may contact their enrollment manager:
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