80% of Union Presbyterian Seminary Students Receive Financial Aid.
Admissions application deadine is March 15.
Balancing the call from God with the realities of financial responsibility is no easy task. It may seem daunting. You are not alone! For two centuries seminarians at Union Presbyterian Seminary have balanced these two realities of theological education. The Office of Financial Aid is here to help.
In order to be considered for scholarship support, you must submit your application for admission by March 15.
Scholarships & Institutional Aid
Union Presbyterian Seminary offers a number of scholarship opportunities for outstanding students in the M.Div., M.A.C.E., and Dual programs. These awards are made to students who show genuine promise for exceptional leadership in the life of the church, demonstrated by excellent academic achievement and participation in the common life of their churches and/or communities. Scholarships range from 75% - 100% of tuition and may include an additional grant. Awards are made based on the application for admission which must be received by March 15.
PROMISE FOR PARISH MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIPS
This grant program was established to encourage regularly admitted, basic degree-seeking students to pursue parish ministry, particularly full-time parish ministry. These awards are made to students who show genuine promise for leadership in the life of the church, demonstrated by their participation in the common life of their churches and communities, and academic readiness for graduate study. Scholarships range from 75% to 100% of tuition and may include an additional grant. Awards are made based on the application for admission which must be received by March 15. No additional application is necessary.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP INITIATIVE FOR ECP
The Financial Aid Office will offer financial aid for incoming ECP students over a two-year trial period. In the fall of 2012, all newly admitted ECP students will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship award equal to 1/3 of their tuition expenses, similar to the Matching Grants program offered in Charlotte. Our objective with this initiative is two-fold. First and foremost, we want to demonstrate our firm commitment to our institutional mission of providing leaders in Christian Education to the church. Secondarily, we hope that this initiative will increase applications to and enrollment in the ECP.
Need-based aid may be available to students who have not been awarded a scholarship. Aid may be as much as 100% of tuition for PC(USA) students and up to 75% of tuition for non-PS(USA) students. A separate application is required. The need-based aid application is available here.
Matching Grant Program
Financial aid for students attending Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte is primarily in the form of a Matching Grant Program. Institutional matching grants are available only to degree seeking students enrolled in one of the Charlotte campus degree programs. To be eligible, students must be taking the normal course load (two semester hours per term) available in Charlotte in each of the three academic terms. The Matching Grant Program (applicable to two semester hours per term, up to three terms per academic year) involves the student, the student’s church, and the seminary, with each party providing one-third of the student’s tuition.
Other Sources of Funding
As a seminary of the PC(USA), Union Presbyterian Seminary students are eligible for the Presbyterian Study Grant.
There are several excellent search engines for scholarships in support of theological study. On this page, you will find those links as well as links to denominational websites.
Search for other scholarships on the Graduate Theological Union’s database: http://www.gtu.edu/scholarships/. There are over 600 scholarships on this site.
Another site to research is the Fund for Theological Education’s Fund Finder at http://www.thefund.org/.
- American Baptist: http://tinyurl.com/5vharfo
- Disciples of Christ: http://www.disciples.org/HigherEducation/tabid/60/Default.aspx
- Episcopal Church: http://episcopalchurch.org/scholarships
- PC(USA): http://www.pcusa.org/financialaid/scholarships.htm
- UCC: http://www.ucc.org/higher-education/scholarships/
- UMC: http://www.umhef.org/
Union Presbyterian Seminary also participates in the Federal Stafford Loan Program. While loans should be viewed as a last resort to financing a theological education, some students find them necessary to meet expenses. Approximately 20% of UPSem students borrow from this program each year.