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Tuition and Financial Aid


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Tuition and Graduate Student Fees

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Financial Assistance

The Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) recognizes that financing your seminary education is a big investment. Federal financial aid is managed by the Howard University Office of Financial Aid (202-806-2820, http://www.howard.edu/financialaid/). The School of Divinity awards merit-based scholarships to a select group of entering and continuing students.


Scholarships for Entering Students


All applicants accepted into the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Religious Studies) degree program will be reviewed for scholarship eligibility. A separate application is not required. The following awards are given to entering students with competitive admissions application credentials.

  • Dean’s Scholar Award: The Dean’s Scholar Award provides full-tuition for full-time study in the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Religious Studies) degree program. This award is given to a select group of entering students with outstanding admissions application credentials. Priority is given to first-time graduate students. Students must be admitted for the fall semester and are required to enroll in 12 credit hours and achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the fall semester in order to maintain the award for the spring semester. Students must enroll in 12 credit hours for the spring semester. In order to be considered for the Dean’s Scholar Award, all required admissions materials must be submitted by the Priority Application Deadline: March 1 for Fall admission.

  • Divinity Award: The Divinity Award provides a half tuition or partial tuition award for full-time study in the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Religious Studies) degree program. This award is given to a select group of entering students with outstanding admissions application credentials. Students must be admitted for the fall semester and are required to enroll in 9 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the fall semester in order to maintain the award for the spring semester. Students must enroll in 9 or more credit hours for the spring semester. In order to be considered for the Divinity Award, all required admissions materials must be submitted by the Priority Application Deadline: March 1 for fall admission.

Scholarships, Divinity Research Assistant Stipends for Continuing Students, Faculty Honors and Awards
  • Scholarships: All continuing students will be considered for scholarships. The number of awards are dependent on available funds. Scholarships provide full tuition, half tuition, or partial tuition to full-time students based on academic standing within the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Religious Studies) degree program.

  • Divinity Research Assistant: Being selected as a Divinity Research Assistant is a privilege that HUSD extends to a select group of continuing students who meet the criteria, thus affording them a unique opportunity to enrich their learning experience. Acceptance of the position as a Divinity Research Assistant obligates the student to enter into a mentoring and/or working relationship with the Dean’s Office, Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, a faculty member, or professional staff member designed to enhance academic growth and development in preparation for effective ministry and professional skill development. The Divinity Research Assistant position provides a stipend applied towards tuition. To qualify for selection as a Divinity Research Assistant, a student must be a full-time HUSD student in either the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Religious Studies) program; demonstrate promise for future graduate work; possess a GPA of 3.00 or higher; complete at least one semester of study prior to applying for a Divinity Research Assistant position; and submit the required application materials by the applicable deadline date as announced in the HUSD Update.

  • Faculty Honors and Awards: Each spring, the School of Divinity faculty select outstanding students for various honors and awards. Graduating students receive these honors and awards during the May Degree Recognition and Honors Ceremony. Continuing students receive these honors and awards during the fall Opening Convocation. All Scholarships awarded by the School of Divinity and Divinity Research Assistant stipends are awarded for a maximum of three years (six semesters – fall & spring only) of full-time study for Master of Divinity students and two years (four semesters – fall & spring only) of full-time study for Master of Arts (Religious Studies) students, and dependent on available funds. Students receiving full tuition awards (Divinity or University) are not eligible for additional monies awarded by the School of Divinity with the exception of Faculty Honors & Awards.

    Students are encouraged to pursue funding from external sources, which will reduce loan indebtedness and provided additional resources. Funding may come from churches, denominations, foundations, The Fund for Theological Education, or other organizations. The Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs is available to assist with the identification of external scholarship opportunities.





updated: September 4, 2013
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