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Scholarships and Aid
Meadville Lombard Theological School is committed to helping students afford top graduate education to shape their best pathways into ministry and religious leadership.
MLTS offers full-tuition scholarships and general scholarship assistance. Meadville Lombard students also are eligible for federal student financial aid. In 2013, Meadville Lombard awarded $338,250 in scholarships. This year, $518,342 in scholarships have been awarded to MLTS students.
Learn more about your eligibility for scholarships and financial aid in the following sections. For one-on-one help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship and grant opportunities are made possible through generous gifts from individuals and organizations who support Meadville Lombard Theological School. Scholarship assistance is awarded to MLTS students based on merit. The following describes a sample of the grants, fellowships, and scholarships available to matriculated MLTS students. For more information on scholarships, contact email@example.com
Full-Tuition Scholarships. Each year, Meadville Lombard offers at least one full-tuition scholarship to a full-time student in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program. This merit-based scholarship provides 100 percent tuition assistance to one graduate student for his or her three years in the MDiv program as long as the student remains in good academic standing and completes the graduate program as outlined in the award letter. The following full-tuition scholarships will be awarded:
To qualify for these scholarships, Master of Divinity degree students must complete their application for admission by March 1 and intend to study full-time.
Unitarian Universalist Scholarships. Meadville Lombard students applying for entrance into the Master of Divinity degree for Fall 2015 are also eligible for other scholarship consideration through the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Ministerial Credentialing Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association administers scholarship funds available to MLTS students who are in aspirant or candidate status and who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister.
Grants from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Meadville Lombard students must apply directly to the UUA for subsidized grants for graduate program assistance. We encourage all MLTS students who are seeking to serve as Unitarian Universalist ministers to review the UUA’s offerings for financial aid offered to fellowshipped ministers.
Scholarships from the John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fellowship. Meadville Lombard ministerial students may apply directly to the John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fellowship Fund Committee, c/o the Community Church, 40 E. 35th St., New York, NY 10016, (212) 683-4988. Applications will be available in December/January of each year. The application deadline is April 1.
Tuition Reduction Grants
Meadville Lombard Theological School offers tuition reduction assistance to students who are enrolled in our Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Leadership Studies, or Master of Divinity degree programs, and who apply for financial aid by the annual March 1 deadline. These grants reflect Meadville Lombard’s commitment to assisting students who complete their degree program full time, because full-time enrollment typically impacts a student’s ability to work while completing a graduate program.
Meadville Lombard awards tuition reduction grants from available scholarship resources to eligible students based both on need and merit. All awards are authorized for the MLTS academic year and are credited to the student's account each term. The average scholarship for Meadville Lombard students who apply is approximately 30 percent of tuition, though students with greater need may receive a higher percentage.
To be considered for institutional financial aid, new and current students must to apply for financial aid each year by submitting the Meadville Lombard Institutional Tuition Reduction Award Application (ITRAA) as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn full details before applying by reviewing Meadville Lombard’s Institutional Tuition Reduction Award Policy.
The deadline for submitting the ITRAA is March 1, 2015.
Any student who is enrolled at least half-time in a graduate degree program at Meadville Lombard, in good academic standing with our theological school, and a citizen of the United States, may be eligible to receive Federal Loans. Be sure to carefully review information about eligibility, requirements, and other policies about the Federal Loan program.
Budgeting for Seminary
Budgeting and financial planning for your seminary education is important. You can begin to estimate costs for full-time enrollment in our degree programs by reviewing our tuition and fees. Master’s-level students who attend full-time should plan for average of nine units per year as well as three non-tuition units during one summer (for Clinical Pastoral Education). Students in Master of Divinityprogram should expect to make at least seven trips to Chicago during the course of the degree program for periods of between three days and three weeks. Prospective students may contact Student Services office for help in how their time might be spent in Chicago.
The U.S. Department of Education also provides a budget calculator to help students consider all costs as they prepare for graduate education.
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