What is the CTSFW tuition grant and how is it calculated?

The Seminary offers a 100% Tuition Grant Program that covers 100% of tuition for residential pastoral and residential diaconal formation students by partnering funds generously given to the Seminary by congregations, church groups, and individuals with financial support from districts and outside scholarships. The grant works as follows:

The Seminary covers up to 77.5% (based on FAFSA financial need results) of tuition for all pastoral and diaconal formation residential students as the first payer of tuition expense.  Distance deaconess students can also receive up to 77.5% of tuition based on their financial need, although they are not included in the 100% tuition program.

LCMS District aid and outside scholarships are then applied to tuition. For some students, this will be enough to cover their tuition in full. Any extra goes towards other expenses, like books, room, board, etc.

For those residential students whose district aid and outside scholarships are not able to fully meet tuition costs, the 100% Tuition Grant then covers the rest of tuition.

To opt into this program, please sumbit the 100% Tuition Coverage Consent Form to the CTSFW Financial Aid Office (click here for form).

We urge you to apply for your district financial aid and as many other scholarships as you can. See the Outside Scholarship Resources web page (listed below) for possible scholarship opportunities.