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Contact: Financial Aid
financialaid@united.edu | phone: 937.529.2201 | fax: 866.359.9350


Welcome to the United’s Financial Aid Office. We are eager to help you understand our financial aid programs and to assist you in finding ways to meet your seminary costs. Financial Aid at United is based on demonstrated financial need as determined by the school according to federal guidelines. Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of education and the student’s total financial resources (includes scholarships, grants, work/study, veteran’s benefits).

  • General Information Packet and Forms

    The United financial aid application has been replaced by the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. United's school code is G03122.

    General Information
    Click the download link below to download a PDF containing a guide to Financial Aid.


  • Deadlines for Entering Students

    Application for financial aid must be made by entering students at the time of admission.

    Fall Semester
    July 5

    Spring Semester
    December 6

  • Deadlines for Current and Continuing Students

    Students must be enrolled in one of United’s graduate level degree programs or certification program to be eligible for financial aid including scholarships and loans. Receipt of financial aid one year does not guarantee receipt of financial aid in subsequent years.

    Priority Attention: March 29
    Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be eligible for financial aid. Applicants are encouraged to complete the FAFSA application by March 29 to receive priority attention. The FAFSA can be completed online. Online processing normally takes 5 – 7 days. For information about the FAFSA or deadlines on filing the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office: email | 937.529.2201.

    Recommended Deadline: April 16

    Final Deadline: July 5
    All information must be in the Financial Aid Office by July 5 in order to receive financial aid through United.

  • Financial Aid Includes

    Financial Aid includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Scholarships

    • Need-based and matching grants

    • Federal Work/Study

    • Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans

    • United Methodist Student Loans

    • Denominational Assistance

    • Tuition Assistance from United

  • Grants

    Denominational Assistance

    For many major denominations, including The United Methodist Church, there are grants, scholarships and loan assistance.

    Policies and procedures vary and students are encouraged to consult their denominational offices early in the year for information and favorable consideration.

    United Methodist students may want to visit the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) which provides scholarship aid for United Methodist students attending the United Methodist-related institutions.

    The Fund for Theological Education

    Fund for Theological Education
    825 Houston Mill Road
    Suite 250
    Atlanta, GA 30329

    p: 404.727.1450

    f: 404.727.1490

    Fellowships for Students Entering Seminary (M.Div. only)
    “Congregational Fellowships” that give matching funds of $2,000-$5,000
    Deadline to apply is April 1

    Fellowships for Second-Year Seminary Students (M.Div. only)
    “Ministry Fellowships” awarded at the beginning of the second year of the M.Div. progra
    Deadline to apply is March 1

    For eligibility criteria and information on how to apply for these fellowships, see the Fund for Theological Education website or send an e-mail message to fellowships@thefund.org.

  • Loans

    Apply for a Loan

    Click the link below to apply for a loan.

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    Financial Aid in the form of federal loans requires that a student be accepted and enrolled in one of United’s masters degrees or certificate programs. Enrollment must be at least half-time (six semester hours in the Fall and Spring).

    The student must:

    • Be a US citizen or permanent resident

    • Have completed all financial aid application requirements

    • Have demonstrated financial need as determined by federal guidelines

    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress

    Satisfactory academic progress is determined by academic course load and grades.

    The U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan Program offers long-term loans to students with demonstrated need. The lender is the United States Department of Education. Beginning July 1, 2012 graduate students are only eligible to receive unsubsidized loans. Students can contact their lender or the Financial Aid Office for further information.

  • Loan Repayment

    As you plan financially for your education with United, a good start is to review your current federal loan balances and plan your future payments. This repayment calculator will allow you to either import your own current loan balances directly from the National Student Loan Database Service (NSLDS) or use example amounts to see what your loan repayment obligations will be under the current repayment plans.

    Repayment Estimator