Financing your Degree

For many students, the subject of financing their degree is the primary factor in making the decision to pursue graduate education. Our goal is to connect you with the information, resources, and student support to help you make an informed decision.

In this section you will find information regarding program costs - including the current tuition rate - information on applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), instructions and forms for additional scholarship opportunities, and tuition discounts.

The Graduate Financial Aid Page lists all tuition, fees, room and board rates

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, a school code and a link to the online FAFSA can be found by visiting the Graduate Financial Aid page.

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 a full-tuition scholarship for the opportunity to pursue full-time graduate studies in any of the degree programs at the School of Divinity. Click here to visit the John Ireland Scholarship page.

Master of Arts in Theology Scholarship

This merit-based scholarship is awarded annually for up to two qualified students entering the Master of Arts in Theology degree program. The award is for 80 percent of tuition costs, renewable 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. Click here for the MAT scholarship parameters, criteria and application: MAT Scholarship Application 2019-2020.

Saint Paul Scholarship

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

Archdiocesan Scholarship

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

The Graduate Financial Aid Office  is a valuable resource for information on all financial support options, including student loans. The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas works closely with that office to provide our students with comprehensive financial aid support.

There are various work-study opportunities within The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and the University of St. Thomas. For a full listing of student employment opportunities visit the UST Human Resources.

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

  • Alumni of the School of Divinity
  • Priest, religious, deacon
  • Senior citizen: 55 years or older
  • Teaching parish supervisory committee members
  • Teaching parish staff with letter from pastor