Contact: Financial Aid
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).
Application for financial aid must be made by entering students at the time of admission.
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
Recommended Deadline: April 16
Final Deadline: June 7
All information must be in the Financial Aid Office by June 7 in order to receive financial aid through United.
Financial Aid includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Need-based and matching grants
Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans
United Methodist Student Loans
Tuition Assistance from United
Tuition assistance is granted on the basis of demonstrated need and availability of funds. All students must complete the required school forms, including the FAFSA.
In order to receive tuition aid, a day student must be enrolled for at least nine (9) hours in the Fall and Spring Semesters.
A full-time students on a declared evening track may be eligible for tuition aid when taking seven (7) hours in the years he/she is participating in Contextual Education.
Tuition aid grants are made on a one-year basis. New financial aid information must be filed each year to determine eligibility.
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
Atlanta, GA 30329
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
Apply for a Loan
Click the link below to apply for a loan.
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.