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The following information can help you estimate the standard expenses of being a Meadville Lombard student. This table assumes full-time enrollment (9 credits each for Fall and Spring semesters and 6 credits for Summer: 24 credit hours in total) 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, and 27 credit hours 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 2018/2019 tuition rate is $821/credit hour, and the course registration fee is $75/course/semester.

Estimated Yearly Expenses

Estimated 2018/2019 Tuition and Fees

Tuition $19,704
Registration fees $600
Comprehensive fee $300
Convocation fee $150
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) registration fee $150
Student activity fee $70
Loan fees (if applicable) $213
Estimated tuition and fees TOTAL $21,187

Estimated Living Expenses

Books and supplies $3,780
Room and board (12 months, in your home) $9,219
Travel expenses to/from Chicago, plus lodging (at least three trips) $3,574
Travel expenses to/from internship site (if applicable)  
Personal/miscellaneous (including health insurance) $10,185
Estimated living expenses TOTAL $26,758

Estimated Total Cost of Attendance: $47,945

Average Completion Time of Our Degree Programs

To plan for the cost of attendance, below is the average time spent by our students to complete their degree programs.

  • The Master of Divinity degree program is a 90-credit program, which full-time students can complete in three years, averaging 27 tuition-based credits per year. An additional 9 credits (not tuition-based) are earned for Clinical Pastoral Education. The cost of Clinical Pastoral Education is not included in tuition.
  • The Master of Arts in Religion degree program is a 48-credit program, which full-time students can complete in two years, averaging 24 credits per year.
  • The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies degree program is a 36-credit program, which full-time students can complete in 18 months.

Credentialing Expenses

In addition to the standard expenses of being a student, Master of Divinity students seeking Unitarian Universalist ordination will need to plan for the costs of the fellowshipping process, which are the same regardless of which seminary a candidate attends.

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) application fee and other associated costs (background check, drug testing)
  • Cost of transportation to and from CPE site
  • Career assessment costs
  • Cost of travel, lodging, and food for Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) appointment
  • Additional MFC required reading list books
  • Criminal record check fee
  • Cost of attending UU General Assembly (not required, but valuable)
  • Transcript request fees (undergraduate and graduate work, including seminary, for CPE, and MFC applications/packets)  

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