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Financial Planning

Columbia’s Financial Planning Offices partners with students helping them to meet their financial needs while they are in seminary. Planning and budgeting enables students to avoid incurring significant debt while they are attending seminary. Please click here for a Budget Calculator to begin planning.

Financial assistance is made possible for eligible basic degree, full-time (9 or 12 credit hours per semester, 3 credit hours in Extended Spring and 6 credit hours during summer term) Columbia students while they study at Columbia Theological Seminary. The basic degree programs are: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, and Master of Arts (Theological Studies). Eligible students must have at least a 2.30 cumulative GPA.

Types of Financial Assistance

Columbia offers academic and other scholarships to qualified students. Numerous other financial resources are available outside the seminary. In addition, need-based financial aid is available from the seminary.


Office of Financial Planning




Need-based Financial Aid


Other Resources