To assist doctoral-level students, Virginia Theological Seminary significantly subsidizes tuition for all students in its Doctor of Ministry program. The Seminary’s endowment and annual contributions allow us to keep tuition at a modest level for all our academic programs.
In addition, the Seminary offers limited financial aid in the form of D.Min. Ministry Context Grants that are awarded to students based on the context of their ministry. Because doctoral students must be employed and ministering full-time to be enrolled in the Seminary's D.Min. program, VTS does not award grants based upon the student's financial need. Grants are instead targeted to students who minister in newly launched churches or organizations, or in churches or organizations that reach underserved and/or financially challenged populations, so that the benefits of a doctoral-level educated minister may have the greatest impact on the Church and God’s people. Ministry Context Grants range from $800-$2,000 and assist with only a portion of each residency’s tuition costs. Students must secure funding for all remaining tuition, room, board, fees, books, and travel expenses. International students are required to demonstrate capacity to meet all financial obligations, including any annual visa fees, as the Seminary cannot assume financial responsibility for students from other countries. To be considered for a Ministry Context Grant, prospective student must complete the D.Min. Ministry Context Grant Application Form and submit it along with required admissions application materials.
D.Min. students are encouraged to network for sources of funding through their ecclesiastical governing bodies, their places of worship, and their employing institutions. Funding may also be pursued from various private scholarship foundations, as well as from educational and civic organizations with which the student is affiliated.
With all financial support considered, some students may still find they need help in meeting their personal payment responsibilities. The Seminary offers payment flexibility by accepting one-time or incremental payments made in advance of a residency, as well as payment via credit card. The Seminary also makes available an interest-free installment payment plan so that students may pay each residency’s billed charges over the course of several months.