Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid helps to facilitate the educational preparation of men and women who have answered God's call to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth through scholarships, financial aid, and financial counseling. Scholarships provided through Southwestern and Scarborough College are made possible by the generous gifts of donors.

SBC Cooperative Program Scholarship

All incoming and current students at Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College who are active members of a Southern Baptist Church may receive the Cooperative Program scholarship in the form of a reduced tuition rate. No scholarship application is required. Church membership is included in your application for admission to Scarborough College or Southwestern Seminary. Details are available by contacting the Office of Admissions at 817-923-1921 ext. 2700, or

Southwestern Scholarship

The Southwestern Scholarship is available to all degree-seeking Southwestern Seminary graduate students who apply and meet the qualifications. Priority will be given to full-time residential students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and proof of employment. (GPA and employment requirements are waived for new students.) New students apply for Southwestern Scholarships upon acceptance for admission. Current students apply annually during the Spring semester for the following academic year. The application for current students is open Mar 1-July 1.

Scarborough Scholarship

The Scarborough Scholarship is available to all degree-seeking Scarborough College students who apply and meet the qualifications. Priority will be given to full-time, residential students who have an established GPA of 2.5 or above. (GPA requirement is waived for new students.) New students apply for Scarborough Scholarships upon acceptance for admission. Current students apply annually during the Spring semester for the following academic year. The application for current students is open Mar 1-July 1.

Legacy Scholarship

Legacy Scholarships are available for all incoming Southwestern and Scarborough students who are descendants of Southwestern Alumni or the child of a current SBC Pastor. Legacy scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis for a student’s first two semesters. Accepted students may apply by going to Priority will be given to full-time, degree-seeking students taking classes on the Fort Worth campus.

High Achiever’s Scholarship

The High Achievers Scholarship is awarded to full-time, degree-seeking, residential students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale. New students may apply upon acceptance for admission, and are awarded based off their cumulative GPA from their most current completed degree. Current students must apply annually to receive this scholarship.The application for current students is open Mar 1-July 1.

Missions Scholarships

Full tuition scholarships are available for children of current IMB missionaries and missionaries participating in the Journeyman program. Scholarships of up to half of tuition are available for IMB missionaries currently serving in the field. Individual requirements vary by scholarship. Please visit, contact the Official of Financial Aid at 817-923-1921 ext. 3080, or email for more information.

Music Scholarships

A limited number of performance scholarships are available in the School of Church Music and Worship. They are awarded to students of proven ability and outstanding dedication to Christian service. Some are awarded after the completion of one semester of residence, so that the faculty may have an opportunity to evaluate each student. Details are available by contacting the School of Church Music and Worship at or 817-913-1921 ext. 3100.

Encounter Scholarships

Encounter Scholarships are available for Southwestern and Scarborough students taking classes during winter and summer semesters. All degree-seeking Scarborough and Southwestern students may apply during Fall and Spring semesters for the succeeding term.  Priority for Encounter scholarships is given to students who are taking winter or summer term classes on the Fort Worth campus and who have demonstrated academic ability. Encounter scholarship applications are open Oct 1-Dec 1 for Winter terms, then Feb 1-May 1 for May terms.

Military Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is provided for currently serving active duty and reservist members of the United States military branches who are students at Southwestern or Scarborough College. For those who qualify, Southwestern Seminary provides a private scholarship. Proof of eligibility is required to receive the Southwestern Military Tuition Assistance.

Veteran’s Benefits

Those eligible for Veteran Benefits who have been admitted to an approved degree program can be certified to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  This process must be initiated by the student through the Registrar's Office. For more details, contact the Registrar’s Office at 817.923-1921, ext. 2000 or

Emergency Medical Scholarships

When degree-seeking Southwestern and Scarborough College students are confronted with financial crises caused by an unforeseen medical issue, the seminary seeks to share in the financial need by providing an Emergency Medical Scholarship. Initial knowledge of the reason for applying for an Emergency Medical Grant must have occurred within two months of submitting an application. Students may apply multiple times for an Emergency Medical Grant, but may only receive one Emergency Medical Grant per academic year. Decisions are made on a case by case basis.

Student Success Scholarships

Current degree-seeking, full-time Southwestern and Scarborough College students who face unexpected non-medical situations and find themselves in financial situations causing them to drop below full time status may apply for a Student Success Scholarship. Scholarships are granted on an individual basis.

Southwestern Stork Scholarship

The Southwestern Stork Scholarship is a one-time scholarship available to current Southwestern and Scarborough College students upon the birth of their child. To apply, please email a picture of your family (including the newest addition) with the following details to your name and student id, your spouse’s name, and the name of your newborn, as well as the date of birth. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Other Scholarships

Information on non-seminary financial resources is available to all prospective and current Southwestern and Scarborough students. Those interested can visit to search for external scholarship opportunities.

A student’s home church, local association, or state convention may also offer scholarships. Students are encouraged to contact their church, association, or state convention in their home state to discover more scholarship opportunities.

Churches or individuals wishing to support students at Southwestern can send checks directly to the Office of Financial Aid, P.O. Box 22510, Fort Worth, TX 76122. Please make the check payable to Southwestern Seminary, include the name and ID# of the student and the intended use for the money (i.e., tuition, books, living expenses, etc...).

Credit card or direct debit gifts may be made by going to the following website:

Spousal Discount

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers a 50 percent discount on tuition to student spouses. This discount is available to whichever spouse is enrolled in fewer academic hours during a given semester, and applies to tuition for on-campus courses.  If the criteria are met, discount will be applied by the business office after the Cooperative Program scholarship is awarded. Recipients must reapply each semester both spouses are enrolling for classes. Students may complete the required form by going to

Financial Counseling

There are many times when students need counseling regarding specific financial situations or budgeting for future education expenses. The Office of Financial Aid can assist with budgeting or provide referral information to another seminary office or area agency which can provide further assistance. Students can obtain more information or request an appointment for financial counseling by emailing

Payment Plans
A payment plan is available to spread out tuition costs over the course of a semester. For payment options, please contact Student Financial Services at 817-923-1921 ext. 2400 or visit

Student Loans

Non-Federal Loans are available for tuition, fees and books. Students may contact the Office of Financial Aid for information at 817-923-1921 ext. 3081 or

Loan Deferment

Southwestern Seminary opts out federal or state funded student aid programs involving loans or grants. However, Southwestern is eligible to recommend repayment deferments for most federal or state educational loans received in colleges and universities. Deferment applications may be obtained from the lender and taken to the Office of the Registrar for processing. For more details, contact the Registrar’s Office at 817.923-1921, ext. 2000, or