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We are committed to helping you afford the best possible theological education for you

Meadville Lombard offers full-tuition scholarships and general scholarship assistance for full-time students. Any scholarships or tuition reduction assistance stated are for full-time students unless otherwise explicitly noted. Meadville Lombard students are also eligible for federal student financial aid.

Scholarships and Tuition Reduction Awarded

Thanks to generous gifts from individuals and organizations who support Meadville Lombard and our mission, we have been able to meet more and more of our students’ financial needs in recent years. 

2017/2018 Academic Year $760,000
2016/2017 Academic Year $645,000
2015/2016 Academic Year $560,000

Meadville Lombard Scholarships

Each year, Meadville Lombard offers at least one full-tuition, merit-based scholarship to a full-time student enrolling in the Master of Divinity degree program. Each scholarship provides 100% tuition assistance to one student for their three years in the program as long as the student remains in good academic standing and completes the program as outlined in the award letter.

All applications will be examined by the Financial Aid Awarding Committee, which is comprised of the Senior Director of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, the Vice President of Finance and Administration, and the Senior Director of Contextual Ministry. The determination will be made based on the letters of recommendation and essays submitted with the application for admission.

The following is the list of full-tuition scholarships (not all of them are available every year, for each scholarship is awarded to one student for three years):

  • The Hardy and Betty Sanders Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Stanley D. Christianson Family Endowed Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Arnold and Julia Bradburd Endowed Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Julia Bradburd Endowed Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Ed and Betty Law Endowed Scholarship
  • The Joseph and Marion Wertheim Endowed Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Spencer and Susan Lavan Endowed Scholarship

To qualify for a full-tuition scholarship, you must complete the application for admission to Master of Divinity degree program, submit the Tuition Reduction Request form, and intend to study full time.

Meadville Lombard also offers a number of smaller merit-based scholarships.

The first round of scholarship decisions is made after the Priority Deadline I (January 15). If more scholarships are available after the first round, the second round of decisions is made after the Priority Deadline II (February 15).

For the best consideration for scholarships, you should complete your application by Priority Deadline I. It is always best to submit your application as soon as possible, no matter what time of year you are applying.

Meadville Lombard Institutional Aid

Meadville Lombard is pleased to be able to offer students need-based institutional aid in the form of a percentage reduction of the tuition charge in effect at the time. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a program at least half-time. They must also submit the Tuition Reduction Request form by the Priority Deadline I (January 15) or II (February 15). 

All applications will be examined by the Financial Aid Awarding Committee, which is comprised of the Senior Director of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, the Vice President of Finance and Administration, and the Director of Contextual Ministry.

Tuition reduction aid is awarded for a specific length of time depending on the degree program. This aid derives from available Institutional resources and is awarded to eligible students, as determined by the Financial Aid Awarding Committee. All awards are authorized for the academic year, and they are credited to the student’s account each term. The percentage reduction will remain the same for the length of the award.

This policy has been developed so as to best assist students who maintain a pace to complete the degree program. To promote completion of the program, eligibility for this aid will not exceed four years, or six years in the case of students pursuing dual degrees of the MDiv and the MALS.

The first round of institutional aid decisions is made after the Priority Deadline I (January 15). If more institutional aid is available after the first round, the second round of decisions is made after the Priority Deadline II (February 15).

For the best consideration for institutional aids, you should complete your application and submit the Tuition Reduction Request form by Priority Deadline I. It is always best to submit your application as soon as possible, no matter what time of year you are applying.

Priority Deadlines

The decisions are made for merit-based scholarships and need-based institutional aids at Meadville Lombard in the following timeline:

  • Priority Deadline I: January 15
  • Priority Deadline II: February 15
  • Official Application Deadline: August 1

For the best consideration for scholarship and institutional aid, applicants should complete their application and submit the Tuition Reduction Request form by Priority Deadline I. Applications received after the Priority Deadlines are considered for institutional aid on a first-come-first-served basis.

Therefore, it is always best for an applicant to submit their application as soon as possible no matter what time of year they are applying.

Other Scholarships and Aid

Unitarian Universalist Scholarships

Meadville Lombard students applying for entrance into the Master of Divinity degree program 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 Meadville Lombard students who have aspirant or candidate status and who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Visit the UUA website to learn more about available scholarships and application procedures.

Scholarships From the John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fellowship

The John Haynes Holmes Scholarship Fund provides annual awards of $500 to $2,500 to Unitarian Universalist graduate students enrolled full-time or part-time who are preparing for careers in teaching or ministry in the denomination. Applications are available in December/January of each year and the deadline is April 1.

Grants From the Unitarian Universalist Association

A limited number of additional grants for students are available through the Unitarian Universalist Association. Meadville Lombard students must apply directly to the UUA for subsidized grants for graduate program assistance. We particularly encourage all Meadville Lombard students who are seeking to serve as Unitarian Universalist ministers to review the UUA’s financial aid offered to fellowshipped ministers. 

Federal Loans

Any student who is enrolled at least half-time in a graduate degree program at Meadville Lombard, who is in good academic standing with the school, and who is a citizen of the United States may be eligible to receive federal student loans. Information on federal direct loans is available from the Federal Student Aid website. We also accept military financial aid and financial aid from Veterans Affairs.

If you need more information or one-on-one assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.