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: Application materials must be received by January 31; matriculation interview must be completed before February 28; admission granted by February 28.
- Federal student aid: For the 2014–15 academic year, applications are accepted between January 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Keep in mind some programs are first come, first served.
Satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
Return of Title IV funds (R2T4)
Financial aid packet
2014-15 Tuition and Fees (effective July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015)
The tuition and individual fees for the academic year 2014-15 are listed below. You may also select one of the following links for information on total costs for attending United.
|Master’s Programs (M.A., M.A.R.L., M.Div.)
||Doctoral Program (D.Min.)||Note|
|Tuition Per Semester Credit Hour||$532
(frozen since 2013)
|Audit Fee||$245||$245||Spouse/partner of admitted degree student may audit one course per academic year at no cost|
|Student Activities Fee||$105||Degree and non-degree students, payable all terms|
|Community Events Fee||$30||Degree students, payable fall term only|
|Technology Fee||$95||$95||Degree and non-degree students, payable all terms|
|D.Min. Continuation Fee||$250||Payable per term after first three years in program|
|Course Drop Fee||$75||$75||After 1st day of 2nd week of term; waived if another course is added in its place|
|Deferred or Late Payment Fee||$50||$50|
|Non-sufficient Funds Fee||$50||$50||Payable each time a check is returned|
|Late Registration Fee||$75||$75|
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.
Total Costs for Attending United
Tuition and fees
- M.A./M.A.R.L.: $13,393 per year for a full-time student (10 courses in an academic year), if the degree is completed in two years
- M.Div.: $13,398 per year for a full-time student (10 courses in an academic year), if the degree is completed in three years
- D.Min.: $24,234 for the program if the degree is completed in three years (one year of coursework, two years dissertation)
*The above figures are less several one-time fees, such as graduation and thesis fees, depending on the degree.
Michelle Turnau, director of financial aid and housing, 651.255.6117. Michelle can also be found in Room 130 in the McMillan Center.