Cost and Financial Aid

Westminster Seminary California’s financial aid program is available to provide degree-seeking students with the financial resources necessary to complete their seminary education. The financial aid program is designed to supplement each student’s own financial resources (i.e., savings, family and church support, and part-time employment) through a combination of scholarships, grants, and student loans. The majority of full-time students at WSC receive a scholarship or grant of some kind. Find out all that we have available for you so you can start your seminary career.

Contact the Financial Aid Office

How to Apply for Financial Aid:

Step One

Apply for Admission to WSC

Complete the application process. After a short form, you’ll receive a link to your application via email. Your responses will be saved automatically as you work through the questions.

Step Two

Get Priority Consideration

Review scholarship and grant opportunities and the financial aid timeline to see when to apply for priority consideration for financial aid and housing. Once you’re admitted, our Admissions Counselors will send you the appropriate Financial Aid Application for your start term.

Step Three

Apply for Financial Aid & Housing

Submit the applications for financial aid and housing. You must submit the version of the application that corresponds to the year for which you are applying for or renewing aid.

Financial Aid Forms

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for financial aid at Westminster Seminary California, each student must:

  • Be admitted to one of WSC’s Master’s programs (MA/MDiv) and enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more academic units per semester (student loans are available to half-time students taking 6 or more units)
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 each semester (some scholarships require higher grade point averages)
  • Make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree as outlined in the Academic Catalogue.

Complete the WSC Application for Financial Aid according to the recommended Financial Aid Timeline.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Non-repayable Scholarships and Grants

WSC offers non-repayable scholarships and grants to our students that are awarded on the basis of a variety of factors including financial need, previous academic performance, denominational affiliation, and ministry interests. Additional criteria for individual scholarships and grants are listed in the Academic Catalogue, or can be found here, addressing these areas:

  • Need-Based
  • Merit-Based
  • Denominational
  • Ministerial/Cross Cultural
  • International
  • Academic Awards

Federal Student Loans

WSC is a Title IV participating school through which our students are eligible to participate in the Department of Education Direct Loan Program. This program allows students to borrow up to $20,500 per academic year. Many students also qualify for Graduate Plus Loans and Private Student Loan options. For more information, see the Federal Student Loans page.

Deferred Payment Plan

Students unable to pay the full semester’s charges should make prior arrangements with the Business Office to fulfill their financial responsibilities through a deferred payment plan. The deferred-payment plan allows students to defer a portion of their tuition and fees. A minimum payment for tuition and fees must be made one week prior to the start of the term. The remaining balance must be paid in two monthly payments. A $50 service charge will be added to the unpaid balance each month.

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