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Count the Cost

Did you know? DTS students received over $3.1 million in financial aid in 2016-2017.

Discounted Tuition

We have enlisted the support of donors who are committed to God’s work in and through you—now and in your future ministry. Thanks to our donors, students pay less than half the total cost of their tuition.

Tuition Comparison

Surprisingly, Dallas Theological Seminary’s four-year ThM degree is comparable in price to the three-year MDiv program offered by many other schools, while offering more of the training you need. The cost of living in Dallas is also significantly less than that of other areas you might be considering.

Expense Trends (Per semester)

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Tuition $4,980 $5,220 $5,460 $5,910 $5,940 $6,180 $6,396
Fees $190 $190 $240 $210 $235 $260 $360
Total $5,170 $5,410 $5,700 $5,910 $6,175 $6,440 $6,756

Tuition costs are based on 12 hours per semester. Fee costs include the general fee, technology fee, and activity fee.

For Room and Board costs, please visit the DTS Housing page.

Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Options

Even with the discounted tuition costs available to students, not every qualified applicant is able to afford training at DTS, which is why we offer financial aid that is designed to fit each student’s particular situation.

Scholarships are available for American-born minority students, international students, and extension students, along with more general opportunities for students who do not fit these categories. Other options for institutional financial support include veteran’s benefits, Direct loans, and the Tuition Management System (TMS).

For more information on the specific forms of financial aid available, contact Financial Aid at 800-DTS-WORD, ext. 5087.

Enlist a Support Network

You wouldn’t hesitate to ask for prayer support when beginning training for ministry so why not also ask for financial support from those who share your ministry vision? Write out your anticipated budget and categorize your monthly expenses and income. Present this to interested individuals and churches so that they will know exactly what your needs will be. Many churches have scholarship programs available for ministry training.

You may receive financial assistance from your family and friends, although their contributions will not be tax-deductible. Those who want to contribute to your DTS student account should send checks to the Business Office along with a note stating your student ID number and how the contribution is to be used (i.e. for tuition, books, or living expenses). Utilize the Third Party Giving Form.

Utilize the DTS Payment Plan

DTS uses Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to provide a payment plan of equal, interest-free monthly installments. The payment plan allows students at all campuses to spread educational expenses over 3 months, 5 months, or 10 months. The payment plan can be used for tuition, fees, and DTS Book Center purchases.

Find a Job that Works for You

Employment is often a vital piece in the financial puzzle for students. The DTS Job Board lists a variety of job openings made known to us by employers in Dallas–Fort Worth and Houston. Once you have a student ID number, you can browse through these listings.

Projecting your income

A student can normally work 20 hours per week at an hourly rate between  $8 and $12, depending on skills and opportunities. This results in a  monthly income between about $700 and $1,100.

Locate Affordable Housing

Dallas Seminary is committed to helping students find quality accommodations that are economical and convenient. Campus housing (see descriptions below) fits these criteria, and living in close proximity to fellow students fosters a sense of community.

In Swiss Tower, 159 apartments are available for married students, with or without children, and single students with children. This 10-story complex is located on campus directly across the street from the Turpin Library.

In Washington Tower, 89 apartments are available for single men and women without children. This 7-story complex is located adjacent to the Swiss Tower Apartments and offers one and two-bedroom apartments. 

The Housing Office also maintains a large database of off-campus housing opportunities ranging from apartments and duplexes to homes for rent or sale.

For further help in relocating to Dallas email the housing office at or call 800-DTS-WORD, ext. 5210.