Financial Assistance

Episcopal Divinity School offers assistance to students to help finance their education through scholarships or grants awarded on the basis of financial need and merit. All students presenting some financial need receive financial assistance from the school. Students are also welcome to apply for outside grants and scholarships, and for federal loans or work study jobs.

EDS is committed to making seminary affordable for all and to reducing the burden of debt on seminary graduates who enter both lay and ordained ministry. Most students qualify for a need-based scholarship.

If you are thinking of applying but have concerns about program costs or questions about financial aid, please contact Financial Aid Manager Valerie Paterson at, or call 617-682-1593. We would be happy to help you consider all of your options.

Applying for Financial Aid

Applicants for financial aid (including institutional grants based on financial need as well as student loans) must complete both a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (EDS's school code is G02149) and the Episcopal Divinity School Financial Aid Application. (International students must complete the Episcopal Divinity School Financial Aid Application but do not need to fill out the FAFSA.)

All applicants seeking financial aid should submit both forms no later than April 15. New applicants may submit financial aid materials at the same time as their application for admission. EDS awards all financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis, so both prospective and returning students are encouraged to apply as early in the admissions process as possible. For returning students, no financial aid application will be considered after July 1. 

A signed copy of your Federal Income Tax Return (and spouse’s, if filing separately) from the last calendar year may be requested in case your record is randomly selected for income verification.

Prospective students may also request an Institutional Grant Award Estimate from the financial aid office before submitting their applications. The estimate will be personalized for an individual program of study (full time or half-time, degree program, Traditional or Distributive Learning options, etc.). Please note that the estimate is not an official financial aid award and can differ slightly from the final grant awarded because of budget constraints or changes in a student's program enrollment or course load. 

In order to receive your estimate please send an email to Valerie Paterson in the financial aid office, at, then proceed with the steps indicated on the website under admissions, financial assistance, how to apply for financial aid.

Award letter

Students who are admitted to EDS will receive a financial aid award letter following their formal admission to the school. They will need to respond with their acceptance or refusal of potential financial aid after receiving .

Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling Interview

If loans are taken, the student will have to complete an online Master Promissory Note and an Entrance Counseling Interview on the ( website.

If you have additional questions, please contact Financial Aid Manager Valerie Paterson at (617) 682-1593 or