Financial Aid

general-tile-13Columbia Theological Seminary offers generous need-based financial aid which is comprised of institutional grants, scholarships, and work-study. With many students receiving support for the majority of their tuition cost, it is one of the best offers around! Institutional aid will be awarded to eligible full-time, basic degree students who submit the FAFSA.

What you need to know about financial aid for your education:

  1. How much it costs to attend Columbia Theological Seminary depends on how many courses you take.
  2. Tuition for 2018-19 is $468 per credit hour and most classes are three credit hours.
  3. Most full time students take 27 credit hours in one academic year which equals $12,636 of tuition.
  4. Institutional financial aid is available to full-time students.
  5. Students receiving institutional aid usually receive at least 84% of tuition in grant and aid money (or $9,980).
  6. On-campus Seminary Service jobs are included as part of the institutional aid package.
  7. FAFSA is required to qualify for institutional aid ( and our school code is G01560).
  8. CTS does not include federal loans in our institutional aid packages; however, you may be eligible for a student loan and can apply through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid upon arrival.
  9. CTS does not offer institutional aid that exceeds the cost of tuition.
  10. We offer subsidized on-campus housing options for full-time students (for both single students and students with families).
  11. Returning students are eligible for merit scholarships that are awarded based on academic performance and promise for ministry. These scholarships supplement institutional aid.
  12. We recommend applying for outside scholarships to cover remaining costs of attendance.
  13. In short, you can expect an institutional aid package which covers at least 84% of your tuition expense. This award will include both grants and seminary service wages. Your Seminary Service will happen in an on-campus office for approx. 5 hours per week.

Contact Lucy Strong with questions by phone 404-687-4529 or email

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