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Seminary Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Determine your eligibility for financial assistance and learn the application process. 

Limited financial aid is being offered through Seattle Pacific Seminary for graduate students. For eligibility requirements and to apply, download the Seminary Scholarship Application. When completed, return it to

Seattle Pacific Seminary
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA. 98119

or before March 31. 

Additionally, scholarship and grant directories are available in the SPU Library and in public libraries. Other suggested resources include:

  • Grants for Graduate Students, Peterson's Guide
  • How to Find Out About Financial Aid: A Guide to Over 700 Directories..., Gail Schlachter, ed.
  • Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans, Feingold & Feingold
  • Websites:; and

Church and Parachurch Staff Tuition Discount

The Church and Parachurch Staff Tuition Discount Program offers a 50 percent tuition discount for full-time or part-time staff actively employed with an approved Christian church or parachurch organization, such as: Campus CrusadeInterVarsityNavigators, Union Gospel MissionUrban Impact, Young LifeYouth For Christ, or World Vision (Note: This is not an exclusive list.)

Eligible staff will receive this benefit on tuition costs for either: a) their first year of enrollment with Seattle Pacific Seminary, OR b) their first 40 credits of Seminary courses (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarter), whichever comes first.  This applies to students who are enrolled in the Master of DivinityMaster of Arts, or the Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies program.

This discount is extended to the first 10 students who apply each year. For more information, email

Murdock Discipleship Fellows Program

Each academic year, the Murdock Discipleship Fellows Programs offers four first-year seminarians a $600 monthly stipend and tuition scholarships for THEO 6001 and THEO 6002 classes (4 credits total) to organize and lead Christian discipleship groups, and be mentored and supported in vocational discernment (15–20 hours per week).

To be eligible, you must be an admitted first-year Seattle Pacific Seminary student between ages 22 and 27, and apply by March 1, 2014. Visit the MDF website for more information.

Graduate Assistantships and Ministry Employment Opportunities

A limited number of graduate assistantship funds (part-time on-campus employment) are available each school year. In general, graduate assistantships are for students who have completed at least one year of graduate work with Seattle Pacific Seminary. 

To be eligible, you must take at least nine credits a quarter, and must be making satisfactory progress toward degree completion. To apply, download the Graduate Assistantship Application and return it to

Seattle Pacific Seminary
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA. 98119

or before March 31. 

Also, part-time employment positions may be available in church and parachurch settings. These positions are not considered a part of your financial aid award. 

For additional information about SPU's tuition and financial aid programs, visit the Office of Student Financial Services, or call 206-281-2061 or 1-800-737-8826 (toll free).

John Wesley Seminary Foundation (JWSF) Grant/Loan

Students who are pursuing full-time ministry in the Free Methodist Church may qualify for this grant/loan opportunity. Qualified applicants must be a Conference Ministerial Candidate in the Free Methodist Church. For more information and to begin the application process, visit the Free Methodist Church Department of Leadership Development website.

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SPS's Church and Parachurch Organization Tuition Discount

The Church and Parachurch Tuition Discount program offers a 50 percent tuition discount for full- and part-time staff actively employed with organizations such as: Campus Crusades, InterVarsity, Navigators, Union Gospel Mission, Urban Impact, Young Life, Youth For Christ, or World Vision.  (Note: Not an exclusive list.)