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Your commitment to theological education and a meaningful vocation shouldn’t be interrupted by the burden of student debt. That’s why Columbia’s Office of Student Financial Services offers one of the most generous scholarship programs of any seminary in the country. Some say it’s our best kept secret.
More than 90% of first-level master’s students receive scholarships that cover the full cost of tuition. Top applicants are also considered for additional awards and scholarships to cover student fees, housing, and living expenses. When we say we are committed to our students, we mean it.
We are betting on our students to turn the world right side up.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Available assistance includes
All students admitted to Columbia Seminary are automatically considered for financial aid. Your application for admission also serves as your financial aid application. If you need assistance brainstorming additional ways to afford seminary, please reach out for a one-on-one consultation.
Top applicants are considered for the largest and most prestigious scholarships offered by Columbia. The Presidential Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and also includes a single room in Florida Hall plus a meal plan. Presidential Scholars also receive an annual stipend of $5,000 to assist with personal expenses. The Columbia Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and also includes a single room in Florida Hall plus a meal plan.
If you wish to be considered for these top awards, please complete your application by the priority deadline of January 15th.
Named for Columbia Seminary’s first African American student, the William Thomas Catto Scholarship seeks to repair the breach caused by Columbia Seminary’s historical involvement with the enslavement of Black people and the ongoing effects of racism in America.
Through this scholarship, Columbia funds the full cost of tuition and student fees for all African-American students who are admitted to residential first-level Master’s programs.
Applicants who demonstrate leadership potential and academic excellence are considered for several awards offered by the Seminary. The Promise for Ministry Scholarship is given to those who show a deep commitment to the life and future of the PC(USA). The Community Scholarship is intended for those who have a genuine desire to faithfully serve others in their vocation.
Both the Promise for Ministry and the Community Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition.
Denominational and ecclesial bodies often provide scholarships to students pursuing ordination and many other organizations offer scholarships specifically for theological students. For example, PC(USA) students in the MDiv program who are under care of their presbytery or MAPT students in Educational Ministry who are members of PC(USA) congregations can apply for Presbyterian Study Grants of up to $6,000 to help supplement the already robust scholarships provided by Columbia.
Our Office of Student Financial Services can help you find those additional funding sources for which you are best qualified.
One of the best ways for students to get involved at Columbia is by working on campus. Columbia Student Employment (CSE) provides opportunities to earn professional experience and additional funding for your studies. Responsibilities and duties vary greatly, but all offer opportunities to expand academic, administrative and ministry experience.
If you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for student loans and to accept Columbia scholarships. Please use Columbia’s institutional code G01560.
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There are so many ways to fund your theological education.
Many denominations offer support for students seeking ordination. Veterans of the armed forces have access to federally funded educational benefits. Non-profits and philanthropies offer aid to students based on a wide variety of criteria. Columbia’s Director of Student Financial Services Carlene Knights can help you identify and apply for financial resources for which you are qualified.
Our Promise to You
Columbia’s financial commitment does not expire after your first year. Students automatically receive institutional aid each year of their degree program as long as they maintain full-time enrollment status, a minimum GPA, and good standing with the Seminary.
Columbia’s scholarships and financial aid are generous, but there are additional factors for you to consider. The cost of attending Columbia Theological Seminary will depend on how many courses you take.
Tuition for newly enrolling students is $633 per credit hour for the 2022-23 academic year. Most classes are three credit hours, so the average total cost per course is $1899. Full-time students who take a normal course load of 30 credit hours in one academic year can expect to pay an average of $18,990. Additionally, full-time students must pay a $250 Enrollment Confirmation Fee to secure their place in the incoming class, and are responsible for fees of $625 per term. More information about tuition and fees can be found here.