tuition and financial aid

The School of Theology assumes that all its students are in need of significant financial help to afford their seminary education. That is why the vast majority of students studying here receive generous financial aid. The cost of the School of Theology’s tuition is less than half the cost of attending Boston University at the undergraduate level. We allocate the financial aid funds offered by the University, the United Methodist Church, and individual donors as widely as possible to benefit the most students. Additional merit fellowships are set aside to reward academic excellence and extra-curricular distinction. For all of these reasons we expect that School of Theology graduates will be able to follow their vocational passions without being weighed down by tremendous educational debt upon graduation.

To qualify for financial aid, a student must register for 6 to 14 credit hours per semester. Full-time is 9-14 credits per semester. Part-time is 6-8 credits per semester. Registering for 15 credits or more is considered overload and requires the authorization of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. No students registered for less than 6 credit hours are eligible to receive financial aid. For part-time students receiving financial aid from STH, the total financial aid award cannot exceed the equivalent aid award for a full-time student enrolled in the same degree program.

All scholarships, fellowships, and awards are subject to satisfactory academic progress, need, submission of financial aid application(s), and the availability of funds. The School of Theology maintains a rolling admissions policy for all master’s degrees, which means that there is no cut-off date for acceptance into the School for those degrees. However, it is in the student’s best interest to be admitted to the School of Theology as soon as possible. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The School of Theology accepts and applies the principles of student financial aid approved by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Most accredited seminaries follow these principles as the most fair guide to distribution of financial aid. Their application helps to eliminate financial considerations as a primary reason for choosing a theological school.

Below are some helpful summaries of tuition, financial aid, and financial aid policies at the School of Theology:

More Financial Aid Information:

Scholarships and Outside Awards

Loans and Future Annual Income