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 coaching. Scholarships provided through Southwestern and Scarborough College are made possible by the generous gifts of donors.


The major portion of academic costs for Southern Baptist students is defrayed by a direct subsidy from the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention as an investment in the future leadership of Southern Baptist churches and institutions.


Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College provides multiple financial aid opportunities to all incoming and current students. Details and requirements for financial aid and scholarship opportunities and are listed below, or available by visiting our www.swbts.edu/financialaid.


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, admissions@swbts.edu, or by visiting our www.swbts.edu/financialaid.


Southwestern Scholarship
The Southwestern Scholarship is available to all graduate level students who apply and meet the qualifications. Priority will be given to full-time students with an established 2.0 GPA and proof of employment. (The GPA and employment requirements are waived for new students.) New students apply for Southwestern Scholarships as part of their application process, and current students must apply annually during the Spring semester for the following academic year. You may find more details at www.swbts.edu/financialaid, or apply now.


Scarborough Scholarship
The Scarborough Scholarship is available to all Scarborough College students who apply and meet the qualifications. Priority will be given to full-time students who have an established above 2.0 GPA and proof of employment. (The GPA and employment requirements are waived for new students.) New students apply for Scarborough Scholarships as part of their application process, and current students apply annually during the Spring semester for the following academic year. You may find more details at www.swbts.edu/financialaid, or apply now.


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 to assist with the General Student Fee. Priority will be given to full-time students taking classes on the Fort Worth campus. You may find details at www.swbts.edu/financialaid, or apply now.

High Achiever’s Scholarship
The High Achievers Scholarship is awarded to students who earned the equivalent of 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale. The award is renewable annually for students who are enrolled full time, taking classes on the Fort Worth campus, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 while studying at Southwestern or Scarborough College. You may find details at www.swbts.edu/financialaid, or apply now.


Missions Scholarships
Full tuition scholarships are available for children of current IMB missionaries and missionaries for 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, and more information and applications may be found by www.swbts.edu/financialaid.


Music Scholarships
A limited number of performance scholarships are available in the School of Church Music. 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 at scmusic@swbts.edu or 817-913-1921 ext. 3100.


Encounter Scholarships
Winter and Summer Encounter Scholarships are available for Southwestern and Scarborough students taking classes during winter and summer semesters. All Scarborough and Southwestern students may apply during the Fall and Spring semesters for the succeeding term.  Priority for encounter scholarships will be given to students who are taking winter or summer term classes on the Fort Worth campus and who have demonstrated academic ability. You may find details at www.swbts.edu/financialaid, or apply now.


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 equivalent to military tuition assistance provided by the U.S. Government. Proof of eligibility is required to receive the Southwestern Military Tuition Assistance. You may find details at www.swbts.edu/financialaid, or apply now.


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 registrar@swbts.edu.


Emergency Medical Scholarships
When 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. Scholarship decisions are made on a case by case basis. Students may find more information and apply for Emergency Medical Scholarships by going to www.swbts.edu/financialaid.


Student Success Scholarships
Current 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. More information, applications and referrals may be found at www.swbts.edu/financialaid.


Other Scholarships
Information on non-seminary financial resources is available to all prospective and current Southwestern and Scarborough students. Those interested can visit www.swbts.edu/financialaid to search for scholarship opportunities in addition to those offered through Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College.


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.


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 on our www.swbts.edu/financialaid.


Payment Plans
A payment plan is available to spread out the tuition costs. For payment options, please contact Student Financial Services at 817-923-1921 ext. 2400 or visit https://swbts.edu/offices/student-financial-services/payment-options.


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 financialaid@swbts.edu.


Loan Deferment
Southwestern does not participate in 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 registrar@swbts.edu.

 

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