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Scholarships and Aid
We strive to provide our students with the aid they need to manage the costs of a graduate education. We offer full-tuition scholarships, general scholarship assistance, and our students are eligible for Federal Student Aid. Explore the information on this page and if you have additional questions, contact our Senior Director of Student Services, Tina Porter.
Scholarship and grant opportunities are provided through generous gifts from individuals and organizations and are distributed through Meadville Lombard based on merit and need. Listed below are only a few of the grants, fellowships, and scholarships made available to matriculated students.
Full Tuition Scholarships
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. The scholarships will be awarded according to the following schedule:
The Arnold and Julia Bradburd Endowed Scholarship Fund for Excellence: 2014
Students applying for entrance into the Master of Divinity degree for Fall 2014 are also eligible for other scholarship consideration: more information can be found here. Also, be sure to review the Tuition Reduction Awards tab, below, for more information about scholarships.
Scholarships from the John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fellowship
For more information on scholarships contact the Senior Director of Student Services.
Tuition Reduction Awards
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 academic year and are credited to the student's account each term. The average scholarship for students applying is approximately 30%, though students with greater need may receive a higher percentage.
To be considered for institutional financial aid, new and current students need 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). Please be sure to review the Institutional Tuition Reduction Award Policy before applying.
The due date for the ITRAA is March 1, 2014.
If you are enrolled in a degree program at Meadville Lombard at least half-time, are in good academic standing with the school, and a citizen of the United States, you may be eligible to receive Federal Loans. Learn more about the policies and procedures for availing yourself of this service through the Federal Loan Program document listed in the sidebar.
Budgeting for Seminary
To get an estimate of the costs for a student enrolled full-time in our degree programs. You can find rates for our tuition and fees here. Masters level students attending full-time should average 9 units per year as well as 3 non-tuition units during one summer (for Clinical Pastoral Education). Students in the TouchPoint program should expect to make at least 7 trips to Chicago during the course of their degree program for between three days and three weeks. Prospective students may contact the Student Services staff for help in how their time might be spent in Chicago.
The Department of Education also provides a budget calculator to help students consider all costs as they prepare for higher education.
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