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 31, 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.
Through the generosity of our donors, DTS has over 100 scholarships including full-ride scholarships, funds for minorities and international students, and scholarships based on future ministry plans.
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).
All applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA or better and be in good standing with the Seminary to receive aid.
Masters level students must be enrolled in a Professional Ministry Degree program* in order to qualify for a scholarship.
In addition, unless the student is graduating at the end of the semester, s/he must meet the minimum hour requirement as follows:
- Employed at least part time, taking 12+ Hours (Dallas Campus**), Non-International, or
- Employed 30 or more Hours, taking 9-11 Hours (Dallas Campus**), or
- Employed 30 or more Hours, taking 9+ Hours (Online Only), or
- Employed at least part time, taking 6+ Hours (Houston Campus**), or
- Employed at least part time, taking 1 class (Any other Extension Campus)
PhD level students must be enrolled full-time and working at least part time.
DMin and DEdMin students are traditionally supported by their sending ministry; scholarship funding is very limited.
*Certificate and General Academic Programs are not eligible for the need-based scholarship
**Enrollment can be a combination of campus and online classes, but student must be enrolled in at least 1 campus class
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.
· For new international students, applications must be submitted by January 31 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.