How to Find an Affordable Reformed Seminary

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February 25, 2023

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In addition to searching for a high-quality Reformed seminary education, many students are concerned about finding a seminary with an affordable tuition cost.

Finding an Affordable Reformed Seminary

Check with Your Reformed Denomination

Calvin welcomes learners of all Christian traditions and is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). Local churches, groups of churches (classes, presbyteries, etc.), and denominations may offer seminary scholarships.

Explore Financial Aid & Scholarships

Seminaries often offer financial aid to qualifying students. At Calvin Theological Seminary, our tuition and financial aid support focuses on helping you study without setbacks. In fact, here, almost all admitted, full-time, degree-seeking students receive a scholarship. Scholarships are available to students who are studying through on-campus, hybrid, and fully online programs.

4 Tips for Evaluating the Most Affordable Seminaries

1. Look for Accreditation

Accreditation provides accountability to an institution and credibility to their degrees. Calvin Theological Seminary receives its accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

2. Confirm Degree Options

Find a seminary that offers the degree or program you are most interested in. Calvin Theological Seminary has diverse options to fit the needs of Christian leaders across a wide range of callings:

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3. Compare Online & In-Person Programs

It is important to ensure that the quality of the on-campus education offered by a seminary is translated into their online or hybrid programs. Calvin Theological Seminary’s courses of study—including online, hybrid, and in-person degrees—are high quality, accredited programs across all delivery formats.

4. Ask About Additional Support

Many seminaries offer support in ways outside of financial aid and scholarships, such as subsidized seminary housing, financial education programs, campus jobs, and food and clothing resources. All of these are offered to students through the work of Calvin Theological Seminary’s supportive staff team.

How to Afford Seminary on a Tight Budget

Apply for All Eligible Scholarships

It is important to leave no stone unturned when it comes to applying for scholarships. When you apply to a degree program at Calvin Theological Seminary, you will be considered for institutional scholarships. You may also consider seeking scholarships from other sources like churches or other ministry organizations.

Estimate Costs Ahead of Time

Calvin Theological Seminary offers cost estimates for all types of students. Consider these estimated costs for US and Canadian, international, and online students. You may also contact our director of financial aid for a personal conversation about scholarships and other forms of financial support.

Continue Working

Calvin Theological Seminary offers part-time work on campus for residential students. Student workers support the seminary’s mission in a vital way while making money and gaining experience. Students who enroll in our fully online and hybrid programs often maintain a part-time or even a full-time job in their local community.

Consider an Affordable Online Seminary Program

Choosing an online or hybrid program might help cut costs, as you can continue living in your place of residence without the cost of a move. Contact an admissions counselor today to talk more about Calvin Theological Seminary’’s distance learning options and how they might be right for you.

Make the Most of Affordable Seminary Housing

If you choose to move to campus for a residential program, Calvin Theological Seminary will do all we can to make your living expenses affordable. Our clean and convenient seminary housing is available on-campus or near campus. Qualifying students and families can also receive free food, clothing, and household items weekly through the Idema Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.

Get an Affordable Reformed Seminary Experience at Calvin

Are you ready for a world-class seminary education at a school known for its generous scholarship support? Apply to Calvin Theological Seminary today.


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