Welcome to our Financial Aid FAQ page. We hope this question-and-answer format helps you understand the financial aid program here at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne. If you still have questions after reading through this material, please contact the CTSFW Financial Aid Office (FinAid@ctsfw.edu, 260.452.2151).
A CTSFW tuition grant is available to students who are enrolled in recognized programs leading to ordination as a pastor (M.Div. and A.R. Programs) and to certification as a deaconess (M.A. in Deaconess Studies) in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In order to be eligible for the CTSFW tuition grant or Federal Student Loans in any given term, you must be accepted into your degree (or certificate) program and be enrolled at least half time in that term. The CTSFW tuition grant is not available for courses that are taken beyond those required to complete one’s program requirements or for pre-seminary courses.
Students enrolled in programs such as D.Min., M.A., Ph.D. and S.T.M. should consult with the dean of their program to find out about grants, scholarships or graduate assistantships that may be available. D.Min., M.A., Ph.D. and S.T.M. students, who are enrolled at least half time status, are eligible to borrow through the Federal Student Loan Program and to participate in the Federal Work Study Program based upon financial need. Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program students are not eligible for the CTSFW tuition grant program, Federal Student Loan Program or the Federal Work Study Program. Students that have completed the SMP program are eligible to apply for acceptance to either the M.Div. or A.R. program and will then be eligible for the seminary tuition grant.
Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained in order to remain eligible for the CTSFW tuition grant or any Federal Student Loans or Federal Work Study. In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress a student must:
- Maintain the minimum required cumulative grade point average for one’s program (see CTSFW Academic Catalog).
- Complete at least 67% of all attempted credit hours each quarter.
- Complete enrolled program in no more than 150% of the normal length of the program measured in terms of attempted credit hours divided by the number of required credit hours for program completion.
All student loan borrowers must first complete the appropriate year FAFSA and the CTSFW Financial Aid application for their program (see question #2 below). New borrowers will also need to complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note. Please see the CTSFW Loan Application Process webpage to learn more about the Federal Student Loan Program.
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