All students admitted to Columbia Seminary are automatically considered for financial aid. Your application for admission also serves as your financial aid application. If you need further information, please reach out for a one-on-one consultation.
Available financial assistance includes:
THE WILLIAM THOMAS CATTO, WINNONA JONES, AND JONATHAN NEWTON ROBINSON SCHOLARSHIPS
Named for Columbia Seminary’s first African American students, the Catto, Jones and Robinson Scholarships seek to repair the breach caused by Columbia Seminary’s historical involvement with the enslavement of Black people and the ongoing effects of racism in America.
Through these scholarships, Columbia funds the full cost of tuition and student fees for all African-American students who are admitted to residential first-level Master’s programs.
THE PRESIDENTIAL, COLUMBIA, PROMISE FOR MINISTRY, AND COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS
Top applicants are considered for the largest and most prestigious scholarships offered by Columbia. The Presidential Scholarship funds the full cost of tuition and students fees, plus a one-bedroom apartment on campus and an additional $5000 stipend to assist with personal living expenses. The Columbia Scholarship funds the full cost of tuition and student fees, plus a one-bedroom apartment on campus. The Promise for Ministry Scholarship funds the full cost of tuition for PCUSA students, and the Community Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for non-Presbyterian students.
If you wish to be considered for the Presidential or Columbia Scholarships, please complete your application by the priority deadline of January 15th.
Denominational and ecclesial bodies often provide scholarships to students pursuing ordination and many other organizations offer scholarships specifically for theological students. Columbia’s Office of Student Financial Services can help you find those for which you are best qualified.
FUNDING FOR ONLINE PROGRAMS
Scholarships are available to students enrolled in online degree programs on a limited basis. Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services to learn more.
One of the best ways for students to get involved at Columbia is by working on campus. Columbia Student Employment (CSE) provides opportunities to earn professional experience and additional funding for your studies. Responsibilities and duties vary greatly, but all offer opportunities to expand academic, administrative and ministry experience.
If you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for student loans and to accept Columbia scholarships. Please use Columbia’s institutional code G01560.