Your Seminary education is an investment not only in yourself, but also in the future of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Because of this, many people and organizations contribute to a variety of funding options, which we can explore with you, based on your needs, eligibility and program of interest.
Three Tips for Financial Aid
In order to participate in financial aid, students are required to be admitted to a degree program and to complete all required financial aid documentation prior to March 31. Required documents include the Seminary Financial Aid Application as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
All of our students are classified as independent. Financial need eligibility will be based solely on the personal information you submit on the FAFSA and is not dependent on your parents’ income and/or financial history.
Application forms must be filled out each school year for basic financial aid to be awarded and must be submitted before the deadline specified by the director of financial aid.
We encourage students to apply to independent foundations that support ministerial and theological education through the distribution of grants and scholarships.
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ Presidential Awards provide financial aid opportunities for incoming students who graduate from the colleges and universities of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (CUS) or Valparaiso University (VU), and who have who have applied to a program in Ministerial Formation at Concordia Seminary.
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ Regent Awards are designed to help future pastors overcome financial barriers and fulfill their call to ministry.
To apply for district support, visit the CUS website. Find the representative from your district to find deadlines and to determine if you are required to provide information beyond the general district application.
Post-baccalaureate students are eligible for unsubsidized loans only. The federal direct unsubsidized loan program is not need based and provides loans based on the student’s total cost of attendance and anticipated financial assistance.