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Financial Aid

The purpose of the Princeton Theological Seminary program for student financial aid is to assist our students in the educational preparation for ministry. We do this by providing need-based grants, fellowships, work opportunities, and loans to our eligible degree candidates. 

The majority of the generous financial aid offered by Princeton Seminary is need-based. This approach sets us apart from some of our peers, who concentrate their financial aid in a merit-based scholarship system that focuses on a relatively small portion of their applicants. We do offer merit-based scholarships to a small portion of our admitted applicants, but as a matter of theological conviction we try to cover as many educational costs as we can for the greatest number of students. This is why we favor a need-based approach to financial aid.

We want to ensure that those who experience God’s call in their lives and desire to come to Princeton Seminary in faithful response to that calling are able to do so financially. Our need-based approach enables us to help make Princeton Seminary financially feasible for our entire student body, not just a select group. This is our way of supporting the faithful women and men who are willing to use their talents in the service of Christ’s church.

93% of MDiv, MACEF, MA(TS), and dual MDiv/MACEF students receive grants or scholarships

Information about the generous financial support offered to PhD students is available here

Applying for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, first complete the financial aid application. Following completion of the admissions application, a link to the financial aid application should appear at the bottom of the admissions application home page.

The 2016–2107 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should also be completed online. The school code for Princeton Seminary is G02626.

We’ll also need a signed copy of your 2016 federal income tax return. If any additional forms are needed, we’ll be in touch with you. 

Once we have all the items needed to consider your application for aid, we will review them and be in touch with you, via email. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, New Jersey

Alison VanBuskirk, Class of 2015

“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”