Financial assistance at NTSW is available to students in all Masters Degree and some certificate programs. It is awarded primarily on the basis of need, although in some cases specific scholarships are available on the basis of merit. Financial assistance is given in the form of internal scholarships. The Seminary seeks to be as helpful as possible to students as they plan and manage their educational expenses. Students are also strongly urged to seek scholarship support through other outside agencies, including their own local church or denomination.
Scholarship assistance is awarded primarily on the basis of need, although several of the Seminary’s named scholarships are awarded on specific merit. Specific amounts for scholarship awards are set by the Financial Aid Office, and named scholarships are reported by the President to interested donors annually. Renewal of financial assistance is not automatic, and students must re-apply each term.
Students receiving financial assistance are expected to register continuously. No financial assistance is awarded to a student who is on a Stop-Out or Leave of Absence (see definition for each above). The Seminary considers 8 credits per term or 16 credits per year to be the minimum for half-time status in all Masters Degree programs. Seminary scholarships are awarded only to students who are taking 8 or more credits each semester (for purposes of calculating status, winter and summer sessions can be counted toward either fall or spring semesters).
Scholarship awards are made once a term. Scholarship awards are meant to reduce student’s tuition costs and may not cover up to 100 percent of tuition.
To be eligible for financial assistance students must:
- Submit a complete and legible scholarship application
- Be registered for a minimum of 8 credits each semester, or 16 credits for the academic year for the MA or MDiv
- Maintain a 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA
- Report any anticipated or received external aid, including but not limited to church/denominational scholarships, tuition reimbursements, private loans, or private scholarships
For further information about financial assistance contact:
Office of Financial Aid
New Theological Seminary of the West
54 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
NOTE: The faculty and the Board of Trustees for the seminary are currently considering the possibility of transitioning from a semester to a quarter system. This would not change the total number of credit hours needed for graduation from any of the Masters level programs.