Apply to Saint John Vianney College Seminary

Students applying to Saint John Vianney College Seminary must first contact their diocesan vocation director and then complete the applications for Saint John Vianney Seminary and the University of St. Thomas.  Your vocation director will guide you through the process for applying to your diocese, the University of St. Thomas and Saint John Vianney Seminary.

Step 1) Apply to the University of St. Thomas

Step 2) Apply to Saint John Vianney Seminary    

Financial Aid Information

Saint John Vianney Seminary is committed to providing an excellent, affordable education to every student who receives a positive recommendation from his diocesan vocation director and bishop.  We make this commitment possible in several ways.

  • Student Financial Services at the University of St. Thomas works with families to determine how much of the costs of education they can reasonably afford to pay.
    • To help determine what is reasonable for you and your family, you will be asked to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a standard guide nationwide for obtaining financial information.  The University of St. Thomas uses information from FAFSA to determine family contributions in an objective manner.
    • FAFSA results take about two months to obtain; therefore, it is important that you complete FAFSA forms early.  The university can then process your financial aid application efficiently.  The University of St. Thomas' priority deadline for financial aid is April 1st of each year.
  • Because Vianney seminarians are students at the University of St. Thomas, they enjoy the benefit of the university's many financial aid programs.
    • St. Thomas will develop a financial package for you.  This includes a 35% tuition reduction for all seminarians, plus federal, state and local sources as well as student loans.  For most Vianney seminarians, this assistance from various sources is enough to enable them to participate in our program.  Please visit University of St. Thomas Financial Aid for more information.
    • Many dioceses also provide financial support for seminarians.  For more information about financial programs in your diocese, contact your vocation director.
  • Vianney "goes the extra mile".
    • Saint John Vianney provides special assistance each year to seminarians when the above family, diocesan and university assistance programs still do not cover their financial needs.  If you think you may need special help, please call us 651-962-6825  We are committed to helping you join the seminary community!