What is the seminary tuition grant and how is it calculated?
A CTSFW tuition grant is available to those enrolled in recognized programs leading to ordination as pastors and to certification as deaconesses in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (i.e. M.Div., A.R., M.A. Leading to Deaconess Certification, M.A. in Deaconess Studies residential and M.A.in Deaconess Studies through distance learning). The tuition grant you receive from the seminary is to offset a portion of the actual tuition charges for each quarter. The maximum CTSFW tuition grant for 2017–18 will be 70% of your actual tuition. The minimum tuition grant for 2017–18 is 45% (residential programs) and 40% (distance learning programs).
Your tuition grant is calculated by using the ratio of your Expected Family Contribution [EFC] from your FAFSA and your Cost of Attendance [COA]. Use the calculator provided here to see what percentage of your actual tuition will be covered by the CTSFW tuition grant, as well as find out what your estimated net Cost of Attendance will be. You will need to know your EFC from your FAFSA to use the calculator.
However, if you have not done your FASFA and want to obtain a free estimate of your EFC, visit the College Board EFC Calculator. Use Federal Methodology (FM) for best results. In order to award your CTSFW tuition grant, we must use your EFC based on a valid FAFSA. Also, your EFC is used to calculate your Federal Work Study eligibility.
Most of our eligible students (over 80%) qualify for the maximum seminary tuition grant percentage. All other gift aid—home church, district, outside scholarships and student adoption—is added to your seminary tuition grant. We urge you to apply for aid from your LCMS District and to apply for as many scholarships as you can. See the Outside Scholarship Resources webpage for eligibility requirements.