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 2016-2017: 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 2016-2017: 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.

Budget Calculator

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.


Workstudy opportunities are facilitated by the Financial Aid office as part of the financial aid package made available to each student. Below are forms to be used by staff and faculty in cooperation with the students.

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