Types of Financial Aid

Need-Based Tuition Grants. Need-based tuition grants are available to all students who meet the financial aid eligibility requirements defined above. Need-based grants are set at 50% of total eligible tuition in outright grant and 25% of total eligible tuition in matching grant. 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.

Note: Need-based tuition grants for D.Min. students are currently set at 40% of total eligible tuition. Additionally, all full-time D.Min. students, regardless of need, are eligible for continuing education support (see below).

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 results (for domestic students), and information supplied on the seminary's Financial Aid Application Form. Need-based scholarships do not cover credits in excess of 18 per semester.

Note: To retain a need-based financial aid, 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). Covering 75% of total eligible tuition, Malankara Orthodox Scholarships are awarded to men and women of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church who demonstrate need, strong academic performance, and promise of significant service to the Church.
  • Saint Anthony the Great Scholarship (renewable annually). Covering 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 covering 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.

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 serve as peer writing tutors in the seminary’s writing center or teaching assistants for members of the faculty.

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. The Dean's Fellowship does not cover credits in excess of 15 per semester.

Continuing Education Grants. Continuing education grants, calculated as a percentage 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.