The cost of a seminary education can be a barrier, and the admissions staff at United is committed to working with you to find ways to budget and manage debt throughout your time in school. There are a variety of financial aid options, including loans, grants and scholarships, to finance your education. At United, we are grateful to a donor base that recognizes the value of a seminary degree and contributes to the Scholarship Fund. The financial aid office can begin these conversations with you and help you learn your options.
Please note we have frozen the cost of tuition at 2013-14 rates.
Students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or eligible non-citizens are eligible for federal aid. Any student who is enrolled at least half-time in a degree program (M.Div. 15 credits per academic year; M.A. 12 credits per academic year) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available after January 1 annually. Once the seminary determines the amount a student is eligible to borrow, the student must complete Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before a loan can be certified by the school.
Types of financial help include:
- Federal aid, including Direct Unsubsidized and Direct Graduate PLUS
- Institutional aid (merit and need-based scholarships)
- External sources, such as home churches, denominational agencies and private organizations
- Veterans benefits
- Need-based aid: Application materials must be received two weeks prior to the start of the term. However, keep in mind these are on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Merit scholarships: Degree application materials must be received by January 31; matriculation interview must be completed before February 28; admission granted by February 28.
- Federal student aid: Applications are accepted between January 1 and June 30. Keep in mind some programs are first-come, first-served.
Financial aid packet
Satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
Return of Title IV funds (R2T4)
2014-15 Tuition and Fees (effective July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015)
- M.A./M.A.R.L.: $13,398 tuition per year for a full-time student (8 courses in an academic year) if the degree is completed in two years
- M.Div.: $13,398 per tuition year for a full-time student (8 courses in an academic year) if the degree is completed in three years
- D.Min.: $24,234 tuition and fees if the degree is completed in three years (one year of coursework, two years dissertation)
Student Housing Costs
United’s on-campus housing building is Huenemann House. One-bedroom apartments rent by the month for $625; two-bedroom apartments are $950. This includes utilities, basic cable TV and high-speed Internet access. There is a non-refundable application fee of $25. Overnight housing is available for $25 per person per night.
Michelle Turnau, director of financial aid and housing, 651.255.6117. Michelle can also be found in Room 130 in the McMillan Center.