The University of St. Thomas

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity has a number of scholarship opportunities available to assist degree-seeking students.

Master of Arts in Theology Scholarship Award
Available to Master of Arts in Theology students, this merit-based scholarship is awarded annually to two qualified students entering the Master of Arts in Theology degree program.  The award is for 80% of tuition costs, renewing for a maximum of two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.  The scholarship recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.5 in order to retain the award.

Saint Paul Scholarship
Open to all degree-seeking students, this general scholarship fund provides financial support based on academic achievement or financial need.

John Ireland Scholarship
The University of St. Thomas and The Saint Paul Seminary were founded by the visionary Archbishop John Ireland, the third bishop and first archbishop of St. Paul.  The John Ireland Scholarship honors his commitment to Catholic education and service to God's people by offering recent graduates of the University of St. Thomas the opportunity to pursue full-time graduate studies in theology at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.

Archdiocesan Scholarship
Available to employees of Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis parishes, schools and other ministries who wish to pursue a graduate degree.

Work Study Program
There are various work-study opportunities within The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and the University of St. Thomas.

Tuition Discounts
Tuition discounts are available for both degree and non-degree seeking students affiliated with the following groups:

 Alumni/ae of the School of Divinity
 Priest, Religious, Deacon
 Senior Citizen:  55 years of older
 Teaching parish supervisory committee members
 Teaching parish staff with letter from pastor

The Graduate Financial Aid Office of the University of St. Thomas is a valuable resource for information on further financial support options, including student loans.  Visit the website at

For those interested in applying for scholarship awards, please complete the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) as a first step in the application process.  Instructions are available at