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Tuition and Fees
Tuition at Meadville Lombard is charged on a per-credit basis. For the current tuition rate, see below.
If you are enrolling in the Master of Divinity degree program, you should plan on averaging 27 tuition-based credits for each of the three years. The MDiv is a 90-credit degree program, 9 of which are not tuition-based units (Clinical Pastoral Education).
The Master of Arts in Religion degree program is a 48-credit program which you can complete in two years, averaging 24 credits per year.
The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies degree program is an 54-credit program and you can plan to complete it in two years, averaging 27 credits per year.
The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies with a Concentration in Lay Community Ministry degree program is a 36-credit program which you can complete in 18 months.
To help you manage the costs of tuition, we have scholarships available. Learn more about them here.
2016/17 Tuition Rates
$774.00 per credit hour
2015/16 Tuition Rates
$744 per credit hour
Semester FeesComprehensive Fee - $150.00 per semester
Student Activity Fee - $35.00 per semester
Leave of Absence/Continuing Enrollment Fee - $75.00 per semester
Registration Fees - $75.00 per course
CPE registration Fee - $150.00
Late Registration Fee - $100.00 per course
Matriculation Fee - $100.00 (a one-time fee for new students)
Graduation Fee - $185.00
January Convocation Fee - $150
Supplementary (major medical) health insurance and hospitalization is mandatory for our students. If you have insurance through a spouse/partner/parent, you may submit a Student Health Insurance Waiver, and proof of insurance. If you do not have insurance, please contact the Registrar's office for information on policies that may be available to you.
Cost of Attendance
The following information can help you in making an estimate of usual expenses. This table assumes a full-time enrollment (9 credits per Fall/Spring Semester and 6 for Summer)* and a modest lifestyle. It is also used in calculating financial aid, including grants and loans.
*Many students take more than 9 credits in Fall or Spring; if you decide to do so, please be sure to modify the tuition and registration fees as you estimate.
Other Expenses to Consider
Students entering the Master of Divinity degree program at Meadville Lombard Theological School should anticipate costs beyond the tuition and fees posted above as they complete the degree program requirements, but also, for those seeking fellowship from the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregation, the costs of the fellowshipping process. Those anticipated costs are outlined below, though costs do vary by student:
Credentialing Expenses (MDiv only)
The following expenses are expenses that students will need to plan for as they seek credentialing for fellowship status with the UUA—regardless of the seminary attended. Expenses noted with a “*” are also Meadville Lombard program requirements.
Non Degree Seeking Students (Students At-Large)
Students taking courses who have not matriculated into a Meadville Lombard degree program are considered "students at large." These students still need to register. The tuition they pay will depend on whether they are taking the course for credit or auditing it. Students at large can expect the following:
Students allowed to withdraw all or part of their registrations will be granted a refund of the portion of the original tuition according to the schedule below. Approval of any withdrawal, including the date on which the withdrawal takes effect, must be certified by the Director of Student Records/Registrar.
Fall and Spring Semester Courses
An approved reduction will be reflected on the invoice/statement issued by the Business Office after formal notification from the Director of Student Records of student's withdrawal.
A registered student is liable for all assessed charges until registration is formally withdrawn.
A student who is permitted to change courses by dropping and adding one or more courses will be given full tuition credit for the courses dropped to be applied toward the tuition charges for the courses added if the drop and add occur simultaneously.
A student whose registration is withdrawn for disciplinary reasons is not entitled to a refund of tuition.
Fees are not refundable.
Fall and Summer Intensive Courses
Fall Semester and Intensive Courses 2015/16
Spring Semester/Intensives 2015/16
Summer Intensive Courses 2015/16
When the deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline date will be extended to the following Monday.
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