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.

Jonelle Ellis, Director of Business Services and Facilities

Phone: 765-983-1540
Fax: 765-983-1688
Location: 2nd floor, ESR Center
Contact Jonelle at the following email address:

Business Office Hours:

School year:

Mon– Fri



Financial Aid Application Dates of Interest

Need-based Aid and FSA Loans - For returning students:

January 1 - April 15 Submit renewal FAFSA and ESR Financial Aid Application.
Late applications will not be processed until after the start of Fall full-term classes.

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 15, 2018

Thomas J Mullen Scholarship

Applications are due March 1, 2019

Nancy Kortepeter Mullen Scholarship

Applications are due April 5, 2019

Quaker Professional Scholarship

Applications are due May 1, 2019

2018-19 Federal Student Aid Loan estimated refund check date

Fall Session: September 1 or 8
Spring Session: February 2 or 9

Important Documents (PDF)