Gainful Employment Disclosure

Concordia Seminary Alternate Route Certificate Program (Residential) Gainful Employment Financial Aid Fact Sheet

This program prepares students to enter the following occupation, Clergy (21-2011.00). You may view the occupational profile on O*NET here
It consists of two years on campus coursework and one additional year of vicarage (internship).

Estimated Costs to Complete the Program

Tuition $69,525*
Books & Supplies $3,240
Room & Board (On-Campus) $15,000
Technology Fee $210
Health Insurance $9,036 (student only)

*Institutional financial aid may offset the tuition figure with a minimum grant of $26,494. This is based only on the Residential Programs grant of 25% and the full vicarage tuition coverage. Additional grants such as Adopt-A-Student, Endowments and Merit Scholarships may decrease the above tuition, please see the additional information below which explains in further detail.

Average Net Amount of Student Responsibility for Tuition

Tuition $69,525
Residential Programs Grant $14,344
Vicarage Grant* $12,150
Average Adopt-A-Student Grant $16,200
Average Endowment $4,500
Net Amount $22,331

*During Vicarage year, the seminary has agreed to cover the difference between tuition and the amount which is received from Home Congregation, District, Adopt-A-Student, Endowments and any other seminary funding. Currently the vicarage tuition is $12,150 based on 18 credit hours.

Support for Tuition

It is the goal of Concordia Seminary to provide or facilitate average financial assistance to M.Div. and Certificate Program students totaling approximately 67% of published tuition. This financial assistance comes in many forms and at least part of the amount any individual student receives is dependent upon his own individual efforts. The maximum amount of financial assistance is not limited and comes from the following sources:

  • Residential Programs Grant of (25%)-This amount is guaranteed.
  • Adopt-A-Student Grant averaging $16,200 – The actual amount could be higher or lower. This amount will vary and will be based on the relationships that can be built between students and “adopters” as facilitated by the seminary. It is contingent upon filing required applications on time and complying with the Adopt-A-Student communication requirements. Opportunity to suggest potential adopters is provided on the application form.
  • Priority Endowment Scholarships averaging $4,500 – This amount is based on income from endowments where the donor has requested the award be made to students with specific qualifications (ethnic origin, Synodical District, geographic area, academic performance, etc.). The amount stated is an average based on current enrollment projections and endowment balances.
  • Merit & Presidential Scholarships: $1,000 for passing the little ELCEs prior to April 30.

Additional support for this program may be available through grants (such as district and home congregation) and scholarships:

  1. Average District Grant: $8,400
  2. Average Home Congregation Grant: $14,100
  3. Average Scholarships and other aid: $6,000

Financing for this program is available through loans (federal and private) and institutional payment plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

  1. Federal Loans: $23,987
  2. Private Education Loans: $ 0
  3. Institutional Payment Plan: $0

The program is designed to take 3 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2014/2015, 100% finished in 3 years.

The job placement rate for students who completed the program is 100%.