Western Seminary Financial Aid

Grants and Scholarships

Need Based

Western Seminary Grant

Grants will be based primarily on financial need and will depend in large part on the amount of money available and the need of the applicant. Grants are awarded for an academic year (fall 2014 - summer 2015). Students must re-apply for grants every year by July 1.  Eligible programs include Certificate, Diploma, Master's, ThM, and Doctor of Intercultural Studies. Please see Community Service information below.

New enrollment criteria: Students complete 15 credits within the awarded academic year (prorated if only enrolled for one or two semesters).

President's Pathway Scholarship

The President’s Pathway Scholarship program recognizes a student’s potential for leadership in ministry and ensures access for students with significant need. President’s Pathway grants may range from 21-100 percent of tuition, based on the application. This is a renewable grant; recipients must reapply each year.

In order to qualify, students must:

  • Be newly admitted to one of the following programs: Master of Divinity, M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies), M.A. in Ministry and Leadership, Master of Theology, or Doctor of Intercultural Studies.
  • Register for at least 4 credits per semester, and at least 15 credits over the course of three semesters
  • Serve in a ministry leadership role (may be paid or unpaid)
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) less than $1000 as determined by the FAFSA

Church / Partnership Organizations

CB Church, CB Organization or Supporting Church Grant

Students who are staff members of CB churches, CB agencies or supporting churches may be eligible for a grant of up 10% to 20% of tuition costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for details and eligibility. Please see Community Service information below.

New for this year: students receiving our partnership grants must complete at least 10 credits within the academic year (fall 2013-summer 2014). Application deadlines have been added to mirror all other grants.

Ministry Partnership Scholarship

Thanks to the strong partnership between Western Seminary and the following ministry organizations, staff workers in each organization may be eligible for a partial scholarship. In order to apply, fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and the Partnership Affirmation form (includes the Need-Based Grant application).

New for this year: students receiving our partnership grants must complete at least 10 credits within the academic year (fall 2013-summer 2014). Application deadlines have been added to mirror all other grants.

The following is a list of participating churches and organizations.

Other

Marvin O. Johnson Educational Ministry Scholarship

The Marvin O. Johnson Educational Ministry Scholarship is for Th.M. students beginning in the 2013/2014 school year. Western Seminary has 3 scholarships available, each of which will cover 50% of tuition during the first two years of the program. Since most of our Th.M. students finish within two years, this means that for most students, these scholarships will cover half the costs of the program, though they do not cover books, travel, or living expenses.

International Students

Please see Community Service information below.

Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Intercultural Studies

Alumni Audit Opportunity

Degree graduates of Western Seminary are invited to audit one course per year at no charge. Degree graduates include those who have completed a full master’s or doctoral degree program.

Community Service Requirement

In an effort to enable the Seminary to enhance the grant/scholarship program, Portland students who receive certain kinds of scholarships or grants will be required to assist the Recruitment or Advancement Office up to four hours per term during the terms in which the aid is received. (This is commonly referred to as "Community Service.") This service will probably be something like stuffing envelopes for a seminary mailing, telephoning prospective students, making calls for the alumni department and/or donors in a "phoneathon," or helping with a school-sponsored event.

Get in Touch

Shelle Riehl
Shelle Riehl
Director of Financial Aid
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503.517.1814
Ashley Mitchell
Ashley Mitchell
Financial Aid Counselor
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503.517.1819