Paying for Seminary
The cost of a graduate theological degree at the Earlham School of Religion is an investment in your future. It should be undertaken with an informed plan to meet your educational and living expenses while at ESR. The ESR Business Manager can assist you in creating a plan that helps you avoid undue financial pressure, excessive employment, or unmanageable indebtedness. We encourage you to explore these important topics when making your financial plan:
Sources for Funding Your ESR Education
The Financial Aid program at ESR is designed to assist students who have limited resources with meeting their education expenses, and to encourage full-time participation. Within the financial aid policy established by the Dean of ESR, financial aid awards are based on information supplied by the student. The Admissions Committee awards full-tuition Cooper Scholar Awards and Leadership & Service Scholarships. The Business Manager determines a student’s eligibility for Need-based Aid, Federal Student Aid (FSA) Loans, and other special scholarships and fellowships.
Developing Financial Acumen Workshops
With funding from the Lilly Endowment, ESR has organized a series of Developing Financial Acumen (DFA) workshops that provide students with information to help them make informed decisions about their personal, family, and education finances, both currently and in the future. The workshops are held on three weekends in the fall, and are also available in on-line video format. All students who receive financial aid of any type from ESR are required to attend these workshops either in person or on-line.
A $500 matching investment grant is available to degree-seeking students who complete the DFA Workshops. Funds must be used for retirement purposes. The form to request these funds may be found here.
The ESR Business Office
The ESR Business Office is your main resource for information about financial matters including tuition and fees, billing and payments, scholarships, and FSA loans. The Business Manager is available for walk-ins and appointments, phone calls and emails.
Eric Chisholm, Business Manager
Business Office Hours:
Financial Aid Application Dates of Interest
Need-based Aid and FSA Loans - For returning students:
Need-based Aid and FSA Loans - For new students:
No deadline for FAFSA and ESR Financial Aid Application, but limited Need-base Aid is awarded on a "first come, first served" basis.
Mullen Ministry of Writing Fellowship
Applications are due October 21, 2017
Thomas J Mullen Scholarship
Applications are due March 2, 2018
Nancy Kortepeter Mullen Scholarship
Applications are due April 6, 2018
2015-16 Federal Student Aid Loan estimated refund check date
Fall Session: September 1 or 8
Spring Session: February 2 or 9
Important Documents (PDF)
- Financial Aid Application
- Mullen Ministry of Writing Fellowship Application
- Thomas J. Mullen Scholarship
- Nancy Kortepeter Mullen Scholarship
- Non-ESR Financial Aid Scholarship Resources
- Tax Information
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Q&A
- FSA Loan Repayment Plans
- Arthur Vining Davis Cross Cultural Travel Grant Procedure
- Financial Support for Spiritual Direction
- Developing Financial Acumen Matching Investment Grant
- Certificate Program Prepay Discount Procedure and Application