It's a real possibility.
We offer one of the most robust financial aid programs in theological education because we want Candler to be a real possibility for you. In 2016-17, we awarded $5.75 million in financial aid, with 88% of all students and 95% of MDiv students receiving assistance.
How does that level of support happen? It starts with our belief that we are partners with you in making seminary affordable. We listen to your personal story and then we talk together about making sound financial decisions for your education—decisions that suit you and your unique situation. And we make it easy for you: your application for admission also serves as your application to a host of scholarships.
The typical financial aid package includes a combination of a Candler scholarship; grants or scholarships from outside sources like churches, annual conferences and community organizations; and federal student loans. Each year, Candler students receive nearly $1 million in external funding, which we can help you find. Many students also take advantage of on- or off-campus part-time employment—and we can help you find that, too!
At other schools, the financial conversation stops after aid packages are awarded, but not here. Candler continues to partner with you as you go through seminary, offering a comprehensive financial literacy training program tailored to MDiv students and additional events open to all students to sharpen your money management skills—skills that will serve you while you're in school and beyond.
How do candler scholarships affect my tuition?
How many students receive full tuition scholarships?
Candler scholarships range from $5,000 to full tuition plus stipend for each year you are in the program.
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“Candler wants to prepare the next generation of graduates to make wise financial decisions that will alleviate debt, strengthen their administrative and fiscal leadership, and support ministers in the local church and beyond.”
“Accepting one's call to ministry can be spiritually awakening and financially unsettling. Upon my arrival at Candler, I found myself at a unique intersection of pursuing my life's work and finding the resources to acquire it. Candler's Office of Financial Aid extended first-class service in helping me to secure funding so that my commitment to social change and justice becomes a reality.”
“Whether emailing us about scholarship opportunities, reminding us about deadlines, answering our questions, or organizing the support we receive from outside sources, the Office of Financial Aid always does what is best for the students of Candler. They continuously make funding, the hardest part of theological education, more accessible and less stressful.”