Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has long been committed to educating and equipping the next generation of pastors and faith leaders with outstanding academic and formative experiences. We work with students to make sure the PTS experience is a possibility for all, regardless of one's economic reality.

Our Philosophy on Financial Aid

We do not believe that finances should be the key determinant in whether one pursues theological studies. Instead, we help remove financial barriers when and if they arise. We also do not believe that students should be required to take on substantial educational debt in order to pursue their theological education. Therefore, educational loans are a last resort for our students.

highlights of our aid program

  • Only 23 percent of the 2022-2023 graduating class took out an educational loan at PTS.
  • At the master’s level, 87 percent of our students received financial aid.
  • 50 percent of our master’s students receive a living stipend from the Seminary.
  • At the doctor of ministry level, 60 percent of our students received financial aid.
  • Eligible doctor of ministry students can receive funds to assist with travel and lodging expenses.

“I had always joked that I would only go to seminary if God paid for it. Thanks to the generous financial aid at PTS, I received a full scholarship—so maybe God did pay for it after all!” - Christin Moreland, MDiv Student

Making Theological Education Affordable

Prepare for Ministry with Generous Financial Aid

PTS funds our students, both full-time and part-time, through the generosity of past and present donors. Aid includes need-based aid and merit scholarships. And we maintain low tuition and fee rates in order to make our programs more accessible.

Thank you for considering PTS as you discern obtaining a theological education. We hope that our generous financial aid demonstrates our commitment to you not just while you are enrolled, but for your life after seminary as well. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ryan Jensema
Associate Director of Financial Aid