The tuition for the Doctor of Ministry degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary is moderate in comparison with tuition for many of the other D.Min. programs in the United States. In addition, the rates for room and board on campus are very modest in comparison to the cost of equivalent off-campus lodging in the Bay Area. In short, we believe that the SFTS Doctor of Ministry program is a bargain when compared with similar programs, given the quality of the instruction, the number of classroom hours and the faculty-student ratio.
A limited number of D. Min scholarships are available each year. Current scholarships are based on financial need and academic excellence. They are available only for continuing D.Min. students, not new students. The application deadline is February 1. The SFTS Advanced Pastoral Studies office can provide students with details on the application process.
Apart from these scholarships, SFTS does not provide or offer financial aid in the form of grants for D.Min. students. Most D.Min. students are able to access private sources for financial assistance, including their employer (church, hospital or military) or denominational resources.
Some students may wish to access Federal Stafford Student Loans to pay for their D.Min. education. These loans are processed through the Consotial Financial Aid Office of the Graduate Theological Union. (www.gtu.edu/admissions/financial-aid; 510-649-2463). This office at the GTU can provide you with information and explain the application procedures to you.
Please note that federal regulations require that eligible students must be full-time students. Part-time D.Min. students or summer only D.Min. students will probably not be eligible for the federal student loan program. Students enrolled in the extended option of the SFTS D.Min. program will likely be eligible for a federal student loan. If you wish to access federal student loans, check with the SFTS APS office (415-451-2865) at the time of your admission. We can assist you with understanding how current regulations may apply to your application. Normally, a student cannot apply for federal student loans retroactively. You must notify us of your intentions at the time of admission.
Tuition is due at the start of each semester. If you have difficulty paying all of the tuition at this time, the SFTS business office is available to assist you to develop a payment plan.
Please keep in mind if a student’s financial account falls in arrears for the preceding terms, for any reasons or for any kind of costs or fees, he or she will not be permitted to register for the subsequent term. It is important for students to stay current with financial obligations.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Advanced Pastoral Studies office.