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Finance Your Education

At JST, we are committed to helping you make graduate study in theology and ministry a financial reality.  

JST provides both partial-tuition and full-tuiton scholarships, and participates in the federal loan program.

Questions about scholarships should be directed to:

Jesuit School of Theology Admissions Office
jstadmissions@scu.edu
1-800-824-0122
Mailing Address:
Jesuit School of Theology Admissions Office
1735 LeRoy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
USA

Priority Deadlines: 

To ensure the timely processing of your application and to ensure the best possible award, please apply by the priority deadline.

Fall - Apply by March 1 to receive a decision by April 1.

Spring - Apply by September 1 to receive a decision by October 1.

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline and we encourage all interested applicants to apply for scholarship, regardless of the date of application.

We invite all applicants to apply for a JST scholarship.  JST offers many partial-tuition scholarships, ranging between 25% - 75%.  In addition to offering partial-tuition scholarships we also offer several full-tuition scholarships.  The Arrupe Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship available for students applying to the M.Div program and the Kalmanovitz Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship available to all degree seeking students.  Additional details are provided below.

If you are a current applicant interested in applying for a JST scholarship in the coming academic year, you must:

  1. Submit your online application for admission.
  2. Complete the scholarship section of the application and upload all required documentation.
  3. Domestic applicants must also submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and provide SCU's institutional code, 001326. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov. Once you have completed the FAFSA you will be required to upload a copy of your FAFSA Confirmation Page E-Mail, which indicates your Estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to your online application for admission.

Each year, JST awards a number of Arrupe Scholarships to full-time lay students accepted into the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. Applicants for the Arrupe Scholarship should have experience or interest in working in poverty settings and with persons from different cultures. Arrupe Scholars will be pastorally involved in such local settings (parishes, prisons, social agencies, etc.) during each year of the M.Div. program.

Arrupe Scholars are awarded full tuition for three years, which is the duration of the M.Div. program, provided the student is making satisfactory academic progress.

The deadline for this application will be March 1 for fall enrollment. Decisions will be sent by April 1st.  

To apply for a Arrupe Scholarship:

To apply for a Arrupe Scholarship complete and submit an online admission application and follow the instructions in the “Scholarship” tab.  All applicants will be required to submit a 750 word essay in support of their scholarship application and submit an additional letter of recommendation.  Domestic applicants will also be required to complete the FAFSA and upload a copy of their “FAFSA Confirmation Page E-Mail” which indicates their Estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC).:

The Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation supports several full-tuition scholarships each year.

These scholarships are intended to support the education of lay students and women religious with strong academic credentials and significant documented financial needs.  Preference will be given to students who enroll full-time in a JST degree, and who have a strong record of theological ministerial service to schools and other Church-affiliated organizations.

Kalmanovitz Scholarships are awarded for the duration of the student’s academic program, provided the student is making satisfactory academic progress.

The deadline to apply for a Kalmanovitz Scholarship is March 1 and decisions will be sent April 1.

To apply for a Kalmanovitz Scholarship complete and submit an online admission application and follow the instructions in the “Scholarship” tab.  All applicants will be required to submit a 750 word essay in support of their scholarship application.  Domestic applicants will also be required to complete the FAFSA and upload a copy of their “FAFSA Confirmation Page E-Mail” which indicates their Estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Priority Deadline: March 1*

Firm Deadline: n/a


Domestic graduate students may use federal loans to offset the cost of tuition and living expenses during their studies. Federal loan awards and disbursements are managed by Santa Clara University's Financial Aid Office.

Interested students must:

Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and provide SCU's institutional code 001326. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov and you can find additional details on completing the FAFSA on the Santa Clara University Financial Aid website https://www.scu.edu/financialaid.

Questions about federal loans and aid should be directed to:
Laura Nieto
1735 LeRoy Ave. Berkeley, Ca 94709
lneito@scu.edu 
510-549-5033

Applicants applying to the Common MA program through the Graduate Theological Union, who affiliate with JST, are eligible for partial-tuition scholarships.  In order to be considered for a scholarship please follow the process outlined by the GTU financial aid office.  Additionally, please send a copy of the GTU application for financial aid to the JST financial aid office using the contact information at the top of this page.  

New Students

Only students who have applied and been admitted to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University are eligible for scholarship and federal loans. To be considered for scholarship, complete both the Program Application and the Scholarship Application. 

Awarding Criteria

All students who complete the Scholarship Application will be considered for scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and excellent academic achievement and/or academic potential. Preference is given to students enrolled in JST’s degree programs. Graduate Theological Union Common M.A. students who are affiliated with JST-SCU and students in certificate or sabbatical programs are also encouraged to apply for scholarship.

Additional Programs to Meet Financial Need

There are internal Graduate Assistant work opportunities available at JST. We will send information about available positions to all students before the start of the school year.

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