Seminary-Based Financial Aid

scholarships

By God’s grace and through the generosity of the people of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Concordia Seminary strives to provide a substantial core package of aid to all students. Browse this page to learn of the financial aid options available.

Decreased Published Tuition

Concordia Seminary’s published tuition rate represents a 50% discount of the actual cost of the Seminary’s programs.

Residential Program Grants

This grant represents 25% of the charged tuition and is guaranteed. During Vicarage, the Residential Grant is increased to meet the remaining tuition after other support.

RegentPresidential, and Merit Awards

Regent grants for first-year students and renewable for pre-vicarage and post-vicarage students:

  • The Martin Scharlemann and Robert Kolb Grants – Two grants will be awarded that cover full tuition for up to 45 hours per academic year. Recipients also will receive a cash stipend of $4,500, paid monthly throughout the academic year. Recipients of this aid will not be eligible for other Seminary-based financial aid; however, external awards, grants and aid, including support from a home congregation or district, are permitted and will be credited to the student’s account without reducing the grant.
  • The Timothy and Titus and Barnabas Grants – Two grants will be awarded that include full tuition for up to 45 hours in an academic year. Recipients of this aid will not be eligible for other Seminary-based financial aid; however, external awards, grants and aid, including support from a home congregation or district, are permitted and will be credited to the student’s account without reducing the grant.
  • The Urban and Rural Grants – Two grants will be awarded to candidates who competed for, but were not awarded, the previously described Regent grants. Recipients will receive an additional 25 percent discount on the published tuition rate for up to seven credit hours per academic term of the regular academic year.
  • The Sword of the Spirit Grants – Two grants will be awarded to candidates who competed for, but were not awarded, the previously described Regent grants. Recipients will receive $1,000 per academic year.

Presidential Awards for first-year students:

  • $500 grant for students who are concluding a bachelor’s degree at a Concordia University System (CUS) institution or Valparaiso University and who have studied a minimum of four semesters
  • One grant each of $2,000 $1,500, and $1,000 will be awarded in place of the $500 grant for the top three new students from each CUS institution as well as VU.

Merit awards based on meritorious performance or exceptional financial situations:

  • Merit grants for first-year students:
    • $500 for passing the basic ELCEs prior to February 28
    • $500 for passing the languages prior to May 31
    • $1,000 for the top 10% of GRE verbal scores (among all incoming Ministerial Formation students) by February 28
  • Merit opportunities for returning pre-vicarage and post-vicarage students
    • $1,000 for cumulative GPA of 3.5 and higher

Adopt-A-Student Grants

Through the Adopt-A-Student program, students are connected directly to donors. On average, students receive $6,000 per year.

Priority Endowment Scholarships

Priority Endowment Scholarships are awarded to students who meet specific criteria as requested by the donor. These scholarships average 5% of published tuition per year.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 314-505-7202 or finaid@csl.edu.