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Need-based Financial Aid

For the purposes of awarding financial aid, a student’s need is determined by contrasting the student’s nine-month academic year expenses against his or her financial resources which may include income, assets and outside scholarships.

Expense norms for 2015-16: Expense norms are useful when figuring out what your costs are likely to be for the up-coming year. The norm figures are based on the 2015 Consumer Price Index. They include most costs that you will encounter when you attend seminary.

Maximum financial assistance amounts for 2015-16: These are the largest awards that you will receive in CTS scholarship or CTS need-based financial aid, or the maximum you might be eligible for if you are awarded a scholarship and need-based aid.

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Applying for Need-based Financial Aid

In addition to the seminary’s financial aid application, you must also complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), available at Columbia Theological Seminary's federal code is G01560. To complete this form, you must have a copy of your tax return for the previous year.


New Students

After you are accepted for admission to Columbia Theological Seminary, you may apply for need-based financial aid as a new graduate student. The letter notifying you of acceptance to the seminary will include the password that allows you to open and print financial aid forms for completion.

Application Instructions

Application Form for New Students

Need-based financial aid application deadlines for new students:

  • To enter in Summer 2015: May 1, 2015
  • To enter in Fall Semester/ September 2015: July 1, 2015
  • To enter in Spring Semester/ January 2016: December 15, 2015
  • To enter in Extended Spring/ May 2016: December 15, 2015


Returning Students

As a returning student, you must re-apply each year in order to receive need-based financial aid. You will receive password information from the Financial Planning Office, so you can access the forms online. Print and complete them and return them by the application deadline for returning students, April 30.

Application Instructions

Application Form for Returning Students


Password Assistance/Application Status

Vivian Hodo, Financial Planning Office