The following information can help you estimate the standard expenses of being a Meadville Lombard student. This table assumes the average student is taking 30 credits and maintaining a modest lifestyle. Cost of Attendance is used in calculating financial aid, including grants and loans.
Student course loads and academic plans vary. For example, an average of 28 tuition-based credits per year are necessary for Master of Divinity students who plan to complete the program in three years; be sure to modify the tuition and registration fees as you estimate. The Net Price Calculator is a great resource for estimating tuition and fees based on your specific plans. The 2021/2022 tuition rate is
|Tuition (based on 30 credits)||$26,730|
|Loan fees (if applicable)||$300|
|Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) registration fee (if applicable)||$150|
|Student activity fee||$70|
|Estimated tuition and fees TOTAL||$28,150|
|9 months of living expenses*||$21,540|
|Books and supplies||$1,000|
|Travel to/from Chicago, plus lodging||$2,000|
|Estimated living expenses TOTAL||$24,540|
*Includes housing, transportation (including to/from community internship sites), utilities, food, health insurance, and personal miscellaneous expenses.
Source: Moderate 9-Month Budget, developed by the College Board based on data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey by the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics
To plan for the cost of
In addition to the standard expenses of being a student, Master of Divinity students seeking ordination within their particular religious tradition will need to plan for the costs of the credentialing process, which are the same regardless of the school the student attends. These expenses may include, but are not limited to, the following:
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For students seeking credentialing within the Unitarian Universalist Association, please see the Credentialing page for more information.