Church Membership

The Southern Baptist Cooperative Program provides a generous scholarship for Southern Baptist students (SBC). Denominational affiliation is determined initially by the Certification of Church Membership form submitted with the student’s application to Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College. After admission, denominational affiliation is confirmed for each student by the yearly certification of church membership.

Special instructions regarding local church membership:

1. Students who are Southern Baptist by conviction or heritage, but members of a non-Southern Baptist church, are required to pay non-Southern Baptist fees.

2. Students desiring to change their denomination to Southern Baptist in order to receive the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program Scholarship are required to meet the following conditions:

  • After becoming a Southern Baptist church member, the student must show proof of current church membership using the Certification of Church Membership form from the Office of the Registrar that can be obtained on the SWBTS website.
  • Fees for the semester are based upon the denomination of record at the time of registration. A student can change denomination and report this change to the Registrar’s office before the add period ends to receive the SBC tuition rate. After the add/drop period, students will be required to wait until the next academic term for the new fee structure and scholarship to apply.

    Any questions regarding local church membership should be directed to the Registrar at (817) 921-8820.