Financial Aid

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.

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Scholarships & Institutional Aid

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

ECP SCHOLARSHIPS

The Financial Aid Office offers financial aid for incoming ECP students. All newly admitted ECP students 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.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TH.M. STUDENTS

Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to offer scholarships equal to full tuition for students in the Masters of Theology program. To be eligible, applications for the program must be complete by March 15.

NEED-BASED AID

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.

Read more about the grant and application process here.

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/.

DENOMINATIONAL WEBSITES

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.

More information about applying for student loans can be found here.

Financial Aid Tools

This interactive worksheet will help you plan your budget for the school year.  

Planning Your Budget

Stafford Loan Program: The Facts