Tuition Grants for Doctor of Ministry
The primary responsibility for meeting the cost of the Doctor of Ministry program belongs to the student, his/her institution or congregation, and the denomination to which he/she is a member. All family resources, including a spouse’s income, are included when calculating need-based aid. 2015-2016 Doctor of Ministry need-based grants are awarded for credits taken between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.
What is a Doctor of Ministry tuition grant?
A Doctor of Ministry Tuition Grant is one piece of the Seminary’s need-based aid program. This is not a merit scholarship but based on financial need. These grants, which help a student cover the cost of tuition, do not require repayment.
Range of Award
A student may be awarded up to the full cost of tuition. All students who meet the application deadline and qualify financially will split the allotted funds. Students may not receive more than the cost of tuition.
- Students enrolled full-time in the Doctor of Ministry programs; six credits per session. Aid will not be provided to any student beyond the minimum credits required for graduation.
- Students must demonstrate financial need and be a member of a church.
- Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- If students received financial aid from PTS for one degree program, they are not eligible for financial aid for a second degree until three years (nine terms) have passed since they received aid.
- Students who are in a “default status” on their federal educational loans are ineligible for institutional aid.
What is satisfactory academic progress?
Financial aid is contingent upon the candidate making satisfactory academic progress in the program. In all cases, courses must be completed and credit received to be counted. A review of progress compares the number of courses attempted to the courses successfully completed to determine whether the rate of completion will allow a student to finish the program within the maximum time frame. The Doctor of Ministry Committee may choose to recommend to the Financial Aid Committee that the satisfactory academic progress requirement be waived with documentation of undue hardship.
Grants cannot pay retroactively or past due amounts. Previous grades must be posted for new funds to be applied.
Repeats and Withdrawals
Should a student receive a grade of unsatisfactory in a course or withdraw with faculty approval, no financial aid will be awarded for this course when it is repeated or for electives that may be substituted as repeat credits. If a student withdraws from a class after the official add/drop period. Financial aid for the course will be revoked.
How is financial need determined?
Financial Need is calculated by the program budget or Cost of Attendance (COA) minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) minus other aid. The EFC is the number assigned by the Department of Education as a result of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.).
Cost of Attendance (Budget)
- Other Aid
Amount of Need Based Aid
Determining the Cost of Attendance
To determine each student's demonstrated financial need, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will ask each student their individual costs. PTS may also use the following tuition charges, institutional fees, and budgets based on the average cost of participating in the Doctor of Ministry program. Although actual travel, meals and housing expenses for a student may vary, this budget may be used to determine a student’s eligibility for financial aid or recommendation for independent scholarships.
Cost of Attendance 2015 - 2016 Academic Year
June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016
|Tuition Based on Four Courses *||$4,296|
* Tuition fee per credit is $358 and fee (cost in 2014-2015); updated cost pending approval by the Board of Directors in May 2015.
** Travel costs will vary due to traveling distance.
How to Apply
Forward a completed PTS Doctor of Ministry Financial Aid Application to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline. PTS Financial Aid Application
File a 2015-2016 FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IDR) to transfer tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA. The PTS school code is G03356.
The federal government may select some FAFSA items to be verified. If a filer is selected for verification, the student will receive notification from the Financial Aid Office. Requested documentation must be returned to the Financial Aid Department.
The student must use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA or submit a hard copy of the Tax Transcript. The Tax Transcript can be obtained by calling the IRS at 800-908-9946 or visit http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript to download a copy of the Tax Transcript. Applications without the IRS Data Retrieval on the FAFSA or a Tax Transcript will be considered incomplete and returned to the student. PTS will not process incomplete applications.
When to Apply
PTS will accept applications once a year for each Focus. Available funds will be disbursed between all qualifying applicants.
Students must re-apply each year. Returning students should submit their application packet by the first deadline. They may only be considered for the specified length of the degree program. Funding is not provided beyond the minimum credits required for graduation.
Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Financial Aid Deadlines
These deadlines apply ONLY to financial aid; PTS admits D.Min. students on a rolling basis.
Eastern Christian Focus - April 15, 2015
Missional Leadership Focus - April 15, 2015
Parish Focus (all locations) - April 15, 2015
Reformed Christian Spirituality Focus - April 15, 2015
Reformed Focus - April 15, 2015
Science & Theology Focus - April 15, 2015
Urban Focus - April 15, 2015
Eastern Christian (new focus beginning May 2016) - March 15, 2016 (new deadline)
Financial Aid Office
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206