We encourage students to apply to independent foundations that support ministerial and theological education through the distribution of grants and scholarships.
For all scholarships, please read instructions carefully and correspond with outside organizations or Concordia Seminary as directed. Also, be sure to contact your district Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and district Lutheran Laymen’s League for any scholarships that they may award.
There are many websites that allow students to search for scholarships for which they may be eligible. We encourage students to spend some time searching and applying for outside scholarships in order to reduce student loan debt.
Other Financial Aid Opportunities
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ Presidential Awards provide financial aid opportunity for incoming students who graduate from the colleges and universities of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (CUS) or Valparaiso University (VU), and 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.