Candler scholarships can help students graduate debt-free.

Scholarships and Aid

Candler Scholarships

Candler's scholarship program is among the most generous you'll find because we’re committed to making a world-class theological education affordable. In 2017-18, we awarded $5.3 million in financial aid, with 88% of all students and 96% of Master of Divinity students receiving scholarship assistance. In fact, students say the financial support they receive from Candler is one of the top five reasons they decided to enroll.

Scholarships abound for those in the MDiv, MRL, MTS, ThM, and DMin programs, and while some scholarships are based on denomination, affiliation with a United Methodist annual conference, or vocational intent, most scholarships are open to all students. Try Candler's Scholarship Finder, a searchable database of scholarships available to Candler students, to see all of the opportunities that connect with your story!

The best part? It’s incredibly easy to be considered for a Candler scholarship. Your application for admission doubles as your application for scholarships. Those who apply by their degree program’s priority deadline and complete the FAFSA will have the best chance of receiving support. Plus, if you apply by January 15, you’ll be considered for Leadership Candler, a unique, two-day campus visit event for select Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and Master of Religious Leadership students.

EARLY ACTION OPTION: Apply to Candler’s MDiv program by November 1 and you will receive an admission decision and an initial scholarship offer by December 15. Plus, you will still be considered for the Woodruff Fellowships and Dean and Faculty Scholarships in January and February!

Special Veterans Scholarships

Candler is proud to support the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. We work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer eligible MDiv, MRL, MTS and ThM students a scholarship match. This scholarship requires additional steps beyond completing an application for admission at Candler, so contact Emory University’s Office of the Registrar for additional information.


External Scholarships and Aid

Each year, Candler students secure nearly $1 million in external funding. With the help of our financial aid staff, our incredibly creative students look to their local churches, annual conferences, and even community organizations to help them pay for seminary—and many of them graduate debt-free!

We've compiled information on more than 300 external scholarship and loan opportunities in our External Scholarship Finder where you can search by type of aid (loan or scholarship), amount, deadline, degree program, denomination, or United Methodist Annual Conference.

Federal Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education administers several types of financial aid through the Office of Federal Student Aid. One of the most common types of government-sponsored aid for graduate or professional school is a federal student loan. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is the first step toward getting federal aid. After your FAFSA is in and you've been considered for Candler scholarships, staff at Emory University Office of Financial Aid will determine your eligibility for federal loans. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA each year you’re in school to keep your eligibility current.

Private Student Loans

These are loans made by banks, credit unions, or state agencies, and should only be used for students who have a shortfall with traditional federal student loans.


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