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.
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 (12 credits per academic year for master’s degrees) 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
- 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 year-round.
Financial aid packet
Satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
Return of Title IV funds (R2T4)
2015-16 Cost of Attendance (effective July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016)
- M.A./M.A.R.L,/M.Div.: $13,850 tuition and fees per year for a full-time student (24 credits in an academic year)
- D.Min.: $9,210 tuition and fees per year (16 credits in an academic year)
Student Housing Costs
United’s on-campus housing building is Huenemann House. One-bedroom apartments rent by the month for $645; two-bedroom apartments are $970. This includes utilities, basic cable TV and Internet access. There is a non-refundable application fee of $25. Overnight housing is available for $25 per person per night.
Michelle Turnau, assistant dean of students and director of financial aid and housing, 651.255.6117. Michelle can also be found in Room 129 in the McMillan Center.