To access the Financial Aid application, individuals must have either applied for admission (for Dallas and Extension applicants) or been granted acceptance to the Seminary (for international applicants).
To be eligible for financial assistance, students must be enrolled in a degree program, taking at least 12 credit hours per semester and working part time or taking 9-11 hours & working full time, 30+ hours/week (with the exception of extension students). Students must maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA and be current with all payment programs through the Seminary.
Students may apply for a need-based scholarship by submitting the Financial Aid application by the following deadlines:
- For continuing and returning students, applications must be submitted by February 28 for the fall semester and September 30 for the spring semester.
- For current international students, applications must be submitted by January 31 for the following year.
- For new students, scholarship applications must be submitted by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. After May 1, the amount of aid awarded is determined by the remaining funds available. All aid granted is based on the availability of funds.The Financial Aid application becomes available after an application for admission has been received by the Admissions Office. Applicants must have been fully approved by the Admissions Committee by April 15 for consideration.
- For new international students, applications must be submitted by January 15 for the following year. In general, because of the very limited availability of financial aid, alternate means of support should be explored. Applications for international financial aid cannot be considered until an applicant has been granted acceptance to the seminary.
Scholarships are distributed as tuition scholarship grants. Financial need is the primary criterion for the distribution of institutional aid. Secondary criteria include academic program and academic performance. Applications for scholarship are reviewed by the director of Financial Aid and the Financial Aid committee.
Scholarships are not automatically renewed. All applications for need-based scholarships must be completed for each semester (General/Extension/Minority) or year (International) aid is requested.
Types of Need-Based Scholarships
Scholarships are available for minority students. This scholarship is awarded on a semester basis.
International Student Scholarships
International students may apply for tuition scholarships. This scholarship is awarded on a yearly basis. To be considered for aid, incoming students must be approved for enrollment in a degree program and pursue study under the F-1 (student) visa. New international applicants who will require aid must file their applications by January 1, since all international aid is assigned by March 31 for the following academic year. International applicants should be aware that competition for available scholarships is heavy and that grants are made only to the most highly qualified candidates, with respect to ministry experience, ministry potential, support from a sponsoring organization, and academic background. Applications for aid to international students are reviewed by the director of Admissions and the Financial Aid Committee. Students who are awarded an international scholarship should be aware that acceptance of tuition scholarship obligates them to return to their homeland on completion of their program.
General scholarships are available to students who do not meet the criteria for the above scholarships. This scholarship is awarded on a semester basis.
Scholarships are available for students who are attending an extension site and are enrolled in a degree program. This scholarship is awarded on a semester basis. Financial need and the number of credit hours taken (Houston students must be taking at least 6 hours) are the primary criteria for distribution of aid. Applications must be submitted by February 28 for the fall semester and September 30 for the spring semester.