ECUMENICAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Many traditions. One Spirit.

Student Services Specialist

Terri Sears







tsears@etseminary.edu

313.831-5200, ext. 224

Financial Aid at ETS

You have received your call, and ETS would like to help you to finance your theological education. Financial Aid is assistance received by a student to pay educational costs: tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Financial aid may include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.


MDiv, MA, and DMin students may also participate in financial aid programs for graduates and professional students such as the William D. Ford Federal Loan Program. There are a variety of grants and scholarships available for all ETS students who qualify. Note that the UMD and MCP programs do not qualify for Federal Student Loans.


What is Federal Financial Aid?
Need-based aid requires a student to complete a financial statement (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA) that is used to determine the relative financial strength of a student. For independent students, usually graduate or doctrine students over the age of 24, the finances of the student and the spouse are considered.


Need-based aid generally comes in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. The amount of aid a student receives is limited by financial need. Financial need is determined by each school based on the cost of education minus the expected family contribution information from the FAFSA. There is a third category called non-need-based-aid.  Generally, non-need-based-aid comes in the form of loans, either guaranteed b the government of approved by private sources.  Non-need-based-aid may be used to supplement need-based-aid up to the total cost of tuition.


Applying for Federal Financial Aid 
To apply for financial aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Master Promissory Note. This applies to incoming first-year students and transfer students, as well as returning students who wish to renew their aid for another year. The FAFSA determines your financial need and eligibility for aid by weighing the cost of your education against the ability of you and your family to pay that cost.


ETS School Code

Our School Code is G40024

Requesting a FAFSA form 
FAFSA forms are available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov


Additional Financial Aid Source

Students, who need additional aid for funding their education at ETS, can apply for loans through the William D. Ford Federal Loan Program. Students can borrow up the cost of attendance as designated by the Department of Education. To apply for federal loan funds, students will need to complete a FAFSA application and a Master Promissory Note for Unsubsidized Student Loans.


ETS has established some scholarships to assist students with financial need.


Who Qualifies? 
To qualify for federal aid, a student must meet the following qualifications:

  • be a U.S. citizen , permanent resident, or other qualifying non-citizen (not on a student visa)

  • if male and born after December 31, 1959, be registered for the selective service

  • not be in default on a student loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant

  • not have received loans in excess of the federal limit for their academic level

  • not have a drug conviction that precludes the student from receiving federal aid

  • be admitted into the MDiv, MA, or DMin program.

They MUST complete Entrance Counseling before disbursement of aid occurs.  They must complete Exit Counseling upon completion of their educational program.  


Link To Financial Aid Calculator

Entrance Counseling link

Exit Counseling link