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Whether you need a loan or scholarship this page will point you in the right direction. Click on the links below to open pages that will teach you all you need to know about your various financial aid options. These links will also provide all the applications and forms you need. You should always consult the seminary you are considering attending as many seminaries have access both internally and externally to financial aid based on need and/or academic achievement.

The Do It Yourself Approach

Scholarships: Search for scholarships that match your profile! (And beware of scholarship scams.)

Loans: Don't know a PLUS from a Perkins or a Stafford? Look here for information about student loans.

Savings: Prepaid tuition and section 529 college savings plans. Which is the best way to save

Military Aid: From ROTC to military aid for veterans and recruits, find a job and money for your future.

Other Types of Aid: Find everything from grants to graduate school fellowships and education tax benefits to tuition payment plans.

Financial Aid Applications: Paperwork demystified -- find forms and instructions here. Tips on filling out the FAFSA and maximizing eligibility.

Frequently Asked Questions: Read the financial aid FAQ for answers.

Ask the Aid Advisor: Ask the 'Aid Advisor' for personalized help. Here you can submit questions and receive a personal response via email from a financial aid professional - more than 100 financial aid administrators from across the US have kindly volunteered to answer your questions.

Glossary: Financial aid has its own vocabulary. To help you speak the language, here are the most commonly used terms and acronyms.

Calculators: Dozens of tools for calculating college costs, loan payments, savings, and the expected family contribution (EFC).

Study Materials: Looking for additional information about financial aid Try these books, videotapes, periodicals, advocacy groups, discussion groups and mailing lists.

Beyond Financial Aid: Get online info about testing, college admissions and job.

The Let Others Help You In The Search Approach

FastWeb: Go here to get your name out there. At this website you can 'set up a profile and see all the scholarships that are right for you,' so they say. This is a reputable site and you will get useful information and help but please be aware that if you use this resource you are indicating your willingness for your information to be distributed to schools and other marketing programs.

The Private, Foundational, and Denominational Approach

The Fund For Theological Education (FTE): FTE offers support to help gifted young people explore and respond to God's calling in their lives. Their mission is to advance excellence as we encourage caring, capable and courageous young adults from diverse backgrounds on their journey to become pastors and scholars--the next generation of leaders for the church. Our work supports the next generation of leaders among pastors and scholars. We provide fellowships and a network of support to gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds, encouraging those with gifts for leadership to consider vocations in ministry and teaching and nurturing them in their exploration and study.

FundFinder: The above Fund (FTE) provides an A-Z listing of information about financial resources beyond those offered by FTE and by individual theological institutions. Sources of financial assistance in FundFinder can be searched by keyword and by specific categories. FundFinder is a full listing of financial aid available for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral studies in theology and religion. Here you can find support offered by churches, denominations, individuals and organizations.

The Louisville Institute: The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.

UNCF: For minorities don't forget the United Negro College Funding for college as well as graduate programs. Their website also provides a handy search tool found here: