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. 2017-2018 Doctor of Ministry need-based grants are awarded for credits taken between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018.

What is a Doctor of Ministry tuition grant?

A Doctor of Ministry Tuition Grant is not a merit scholarship but based on financial need. These grants 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.

Who Qualifies?

  • 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 (SAP)?

A student must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to receive financial aid. A PTS Award Letter means that a student is financially eligible; the Financial Aid Office is required to determine if the student is also academically eligible. SAP is evaluated at the end of the academic year and determines eligibility for the following year. To be academically eligible, all courses (12 credits) must be completed and credit earned. Grades must be posted for new funds to be applied.

Grants cannot pay retroactively or past due amounts.

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 during the class, 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 (COA)
-  Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
-  Other Aid
   Amount of Need Based Aid

How to Apply for 2017-2018

  1. Forward the PTS Doctor of Ministry Financial Aid Application to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline, April 15. 2017-2018 PTS DMin Financial Aid Application
  2. File a 2017-2018 FAFSA at The PTS school code is G03356.
  3. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IDR) to transfer tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA.  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 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.
  4. 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.

Apply by April 15

After the deadline, available funds will be divided between all qualifying applicants.

Students must re-apply each year. Funding is not provided beyond the minimum credits required for graduation.

Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.


Financial Aid Office
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Fax: 412-924-1784