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Affording Your Education

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Garrett-Evangelical continues to seek ways to make seminary affordable for all by providing over $2.5 million in scholarship aid each year, with scholarships ranging from 25%-100% tuition with stipends.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)

For Specific Rates and Fees

  
Masters Level Classes

 
Each Credit Hour $755
Three-Hour Course $2,265
Audit fee $75 per credit hour

 

 
Doctor of Philosophy Classes

 
Each Credit Hour $1,335
Three-Hour Course $4,005

 

 
Doctor of Ministry Classes

 
Spiritual Direction $625 per credit hour
Congregational Leadership $750 per credit hour
Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations $750 per credit hour
Community Organizing (Cohort 2016) $305 per credit hour
Community Organizing (Cohort 2018) $625 per credit hour
Program Installment: Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic-Latinx Congregations (Cohort 2017-2018) $4,850 (1 of 6 installments for program; students make 2 installment payments/year.)
Program Installment: Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations (Cohort 2018-2019) $4,850 (1 of 6 installments for program; students make 2 installment payments/year.)
Program Installment: Spiritual Direction (Cohort 2018-2019) $4,140 (1 of 6 installments for program; students make 2 installment payments/year.)

 

  
Application & Matriculation Fees

 
Application Fee $75
Initial NU netID Connection Fee $55
Matriculation Fee (Not for Auditors) $80

 

  
On Campus Housing

Based on 9 months in residence; students may also apply for housing for the summer
 
Garrett Residence Hall $4,200 - $6,100
(estimated)
Garrett-Owned Apartments $8,100 - $10,800
(estimated)

Housing Costs for 2018-2019

Health Insurance

All students enrolled in six credit hours or more and all Ph.D. students through the second year of coursework are required to have hospitalization insurance, either a current policy that will continue to provide coverage during tenure as a student or a policy purchased through Northwestern University. Verification of such health insurance must be made each academic year. 

One Student. One Scholarship.

At Garrett-Evangelical, every master degree student receives a scholarship. Scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students and are designed with an eye toward each student’s passion and our mission. Scholarships range from 25% of tuition up to 100% of tuition with stipends.
 

Asian/Asian American Scholarships
For applicants who are Asian or Asian American and who are interested in multi-ethnic ministries and organizations with a focus on social justice. Students who receive these scholarships have opportunities to work with and help shape the activities of the Asian/Asian American Center. Learn more about the Asian/Asian American Center here. Priority is given to international Asian and first- and second-generation Asian Americans, persons engaged with NEXUS UMC, and others called to serve in Asian/Asian American ministry contexts.

Church and Black Experience (CBE) Scholarship
These scholarships are for applicants of African and African American descent who are called to lead congregations and associations prophetically and in the service of justice, and equity. Students who receive these scholarships have opportunities to work with and help shape the activities of the Center for the Church and Black Experience. Learn more about the Center for the Church and Black Experience here. Priority is given to students and graduates of HBCUs and those committed to racial justice.

Christian Education Scholarships
These scholarships are for applicants called to be Christian Educators and/or who have specific calls to children’s ministry, youth ministry, camping ministry, campus ministry and/or young adult ministry. Recipients of these scholarships often consider the MACE program. Click here to learn more.
 
Community Engagement Scholarships
For applicants who have a call to Public Theology and are, therefore, engaged in community building, advocacy, and activism for the common good. Garrett-Evangelical has a history of preparing faith leaders who are engaged in the wellbeing of all persons and of creation. To learn more about our current public theology initiatives, click here. Priority is given to students who have experience working with and/or a passion for racial justice, child advocacy, environmental/ecological justice, and/or LGBTQUIA inclusion. 

Congregational Leadership and Church Planting Scholarships
For applicants of all denominations who are called to either congregational leadership or church planting. Recipients of these scholarships often consider the MDiv program, with a concentration in Congregational Leadership or Evangelism. Click here to learn more.

Deacon Fellows
These scholarships are for applicants who are seeking ordination as Deacons in The United Methodist Church. Recipients have opportunities for fellowship, mentorship, and networking. They also have the opportunity to attend and help work with the bi-annual Deacon Dialogue. To learn more about Deacons Studies go here.

Hispanic-Latinx Fellows
These scholarships recognize the unique gifts of our Hispanic and Latinx applicants who will be ministering in bilingual settings and/or who have significant contributions to make to the global religious landscape. Students who receive these scholarships have opportunities to work with and help shape the activities of the Hispanic-Latinx Center. To learn more about the Hispanic-Latinx Center go here. Priority is given to bi-lingual and/or first and second generation Hispanic and Latinx students.

Mission and Service Scholarships
For applicants who have served in a year-long volunteer mission or service program and are interested in service and non-profit ministries. To learn more about how Garrett-Evangelical is serving the church and the world through its redefined master of divinity degree program, click here.  Additionally, go here to learn more about our Public Theology initiatives. Priority is given to students who have completed programs such as: US-2, Global Mission Interns, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, City Year, DOOR, Peace Corps, Presbyterian Youth Adult Volunteer (YAV), Jesuit Volunteers Corps, Luther Volunteer Corps, Brethren Volunteer Corps, or a year-long campus ministry internship.

Research Scholarships
For applicants who are primarily interested in future doctoral work and/or who have a personal interest in research and writing. Recipients of these scholarships often consider the MTS program. Click here to learn more.

Pan-Methodist Fellows
In recognition of Garrett-Evangelical’s long-standing commitment to Pan-Methodist denominations, these scholarships are for applicants who are AME, AMEZ, and CME and who are called to serve within these denominations. Recipients of these scholarships become part of Pan-Methodist Fellows program overseen by Dr. Reginald Blount.

Pastoral Care Scholarships
For applicants who are interested in the work of pastoral care and chaplaincy (campus, hospital, hospice, and/or military) and/or who have work or volunteer experience in these areas. Recipients of these scholarships often consider the MAPCC program. Click here to learn more.

Spiritual Formation and Direction Scholarships
For applicants who are interested in spiritual formation and/or direction. Recipients of these scholarships often consider the MASFD program. Click here to learn more.

UMC Scholarships
For applicants who are United Methodist and who are in the candidacy process to be Elders in The United Methodist Church. Recipients of these scholarships complete the MDiv program. Click here to learn more.

Worship Arts Scholarships
For applicants with gifts in leading worship, vocal or instrumental music, liturgical dance and/or the visual arts. Recipients of these scholarships often consider the MAMM program. Find out more here.

Federal Aid and Other Resources

Garrett-Evangelical participates in the following federal programs: Federal Direct Stafford Loans,
Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Work Study. Please use this Financial Aid Checklist to help you through the various steps in order to receive your federal financial aid monies.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

In order to be eligible for federal resources, a student must be a resident of the United States, registered at least half-time, and complete the FAFSA each year.

Garrett-Evangelical's FAFSA school code: G01682

Websites with further information for students interested in borrowing federal funds:

Other Resources

Grants available from resources outside the seminary include the local church, denominations, and a variety of organizations and agencies. Some sources to check:

United Methodist Resources

United Methodist members may be eligible for various grants, loans and/or conference funds. For example:

United Methodist Conference Resources

United Methodist members may be eligible for various grants, loans and/or conference funds. For example:

  • Annual Conference Funds
    • Certified candidates should contact their individual conferences for information on funding available
  • Ministerial Education Fund
    • Certified candidates should contact their individual conferences for information on funding available

Fellows Program

Deacon Fellows

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been a leader in preparing students for ministry as a deacon since The United Methodist Church created the Order of Deacons in 1996. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Order of Deacons, Garrett-Evangelical launched teh Deacon Fellows program in Fall 2017. You can learn more about Deacon Fellows, as well as the Deacon Studies program at Garrett-Evangelical, at Garrett.edu/DeaconStudies.

Hispanic-Latinx Fellows

Since 1988, Garrett-Evangelical has been committed to bringing Hispanic culture and experience into the life of the seminary and provide continuing education to the church through the Hispanic-Latinx Center. In line with this commitment, Garrett-Evangelical is launching a new Hispanic-Latinx Fellows Program in order to better support Hispanic-Latinx students who are called to ministry. This fellows program recognizes the unique gifts of our Hispanic and Latinx applicants who will be ministering in bilingual settings and/or who have significant contributions to make to the global religious landscape. To learn more about the Hispanic-Latinx Fellows program, visit Garrett.edu/HispanicLatinxFellows.

Pan Methodist Fellows

Since 1970 and the foundation of the Church and the Black Experience, Garrett-Evangelical has had a strong emphasis on African American experience and ministry. In line with this commitment and our Methodist heritage, Garrett-Evangelical launched Pan-Methodist Fellows Program in order to better support AME, AMEZ, and CME students who are called to ministry. To learn more about the Pan-Methodist Fellows program visit Garrett.edu/PanMethodistFellows.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is committed to addressing the financial needs of students seeking a theological education. Annually, Garrett-Evangelical awards over 2.5 million dollars in financial aid and through our One Student. One Scholarship. program every master degree student receives a scholarship. In addition, the seminary offers a Fellows program, numerous federal work-study positions, and paid internship opportunities through our field education program to offset the cost of tuition and living expenses.

We also encourage you to ask your church about any scholarships they offer and look into your denomination’s foundation and scholarship programs. You may be surprised by how many people are willing to help support your theological education!

The Office of Financial Aid is here to help you understand your options and answer any questions you have on affording your education. Our Financial Aid Director, Jason Gill, is available for phone or in-person consultations. You can reach him at 847.866.3987 or via email.