Types of Financial Aid

1. Need-Based Tuition Grants. Need-based tuition grants are available to all students who meet the financial aid eligibility requirements defined above (see Eligibility for Financial Aid).

St. Vladimir's currently administers two need-based tuition grants:

  • Need-based grants for residential programs provide up to 50% of total eligible tuition in outright grant and the opportunity to cover the remainig total eligible tuition in matching grants. The total tuition eligible to be covered by need-based grants is determined on the basis of the student’s semester enrollment (number of credits), FAFSA results (for domestic students), and information supplied on the seminary's Financial Aid Application Form. Need-based tuition grants do not cover credits in excess of 18 per semester. To retain a need-based tuition grant for residential programs, an eligible student must maintain at least a 2.0 semester GPA and a 2.3 cumulative GPA, participate regularly in seminary chapel services, and perform community service assignments satisfactorily.
  • Need-based tuition grants for D.Min. students provide up to 50% of total eligible tuition. Additionally, all full-time D.Min. students, regardless of need, are eligible for continuing education support (see below). To retian a need-based grant for D.Min. students, an eligible student must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be making satisfactory progress toward completing program requirements.

2. Need-Based Scholarships. Need-based scholarships are available to qualified students who meet both the financial aid eligibility requirements defined above and the specific requirements of individual need-based scholarships. The total tuition eligible to be covered by need-based scholarships is determined on the basis of the student’s semester enrollment (number of credits), FAFSA report (for U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens), and information supplied on the seminary's Financial Aid Application Form. Need-based scholarships do not cover credits in excess of 18 per semester. To retain a need-based scholarship, an eligible student must maintain at least a 2.0 semester GPA and a 2.3 cumulative GPA, participate regularly in seminary chapel services, and perform community service assignments satisfactorily.

St. Vladimir’s currently administers three need-based scholarships:

  • Malankara Orthodox Scholarship (renewable annually). Providing up to 75% of total eligible tuition, Malankara Orthodox Scholarships are awarded to men and women of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church who are enrolled in the M.Div. or M.A. program and demonstrate need, strong academic performance, and promise of significant service to the Church.
  • Saint Anthony the Great Scholarship (renewable annually). Providing up to 100% of total eligible tuition, Saint Anthony the Great Scholarships are awarded to Orthodox men and women of the monastic rank Rassaphore who demonstrate need, strong academic performance, and promise of significant service to the Church.
  • Serbian Scholarship (renewable annually). Three awards providing up to 100% of total eligible tuition, books, and room/board of a single student, Serbian Scholarships are awarded to Serbian or Serbian-American men and women who demonstrate need, strong academic performance, and promise of significant service to the Church. Priority is given to men who are enrolled in the M.Div. program and preparing for ordination.

3. Merit-Based Scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are available to qualified students who meet both the financial aid eligibility requirements defined above and the specific requirements of individual merit-based scholarships. 

St. Vladimir's currently administers one merit-based scholarship:

  • Dean's Fellowship. Covering 100% of tuition, Dean’s Fellowships are awarded to candidates for the Th.M. degree who show promise of success in future academic work and/or of significant service to the Church. Successful candidates typically have a GPA of at least 3.7 in their first theological degree. Dean’s Fellows, who serve as peer writing tutors in the seminary’s writing center or teaching assistants for members of the faculty, are not required to live on campus. The Dean's Fellowship does not cover credits in excess of 15 per semester. All Th.M. applicants will be considered for the Dean's Fellowship. Candidates are notified of a Dean's Fellowship award in their letter of admission.

4. Continuing Education Grants. Continuing education grants, which are currently set at 25% of tuition, are available to all full-time Doctor of Ministry students regardless of need. The Danilchick Family Endowment for Pastoral Studies, which was established in 2013 by a generous gift from Protodeacon Peter and Tanya Danilchick to enhance the Doctor of Ministry program of study at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, is used to provide both continuing education grants and need-based awards to qualified students enrolled full-time in the Doctor of Ministry program. To retain a continuing education grant, an eligible student must fulfill the terms of the continuing education grant award and be making satisfactory progress toward completing program requirements.