Finance Your Education
At JST, we are committed to helping you make graduate study in theology and ministry a financial reality. See below as to how JST's tuition compares to other similar universities.
JST provides tuition scholarships and participate in the federal loan program.
Questions about scholarships should be directed to:
Jesuit School of Theology Admissions Office
Jesuit School of Theology Admissions Office
1735 LeRoy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
Fall - (First round) February 1 with a decison by March 1.
(Second round) March 1 with a decision by April 1.
Spring - (First round) October 1 with November 1.
(Second round) November 1 with a decision by December 1.
Note: If an applicant misses the deadline or wants to appeal, we will consider this in the next award cycle for that next term.
We invite all applicants to apply for a JST Scholarship, which is sometimes referred to as “institutional financial aid.” This is funding you receive in the form of a tuition grant directly from JST. JST Scholarships usually range from about 25% - 75% of tuition and partial housing scholarships may also be awarded. Awards are based on both financial need and academic merit of the applicant.
Note: Evidence of financial need is defined as follows:
- All US students must submit FAFSA forms and tax returns, even if they are not seeking government loans.
- All International students must provide evidence of resources and income.
- All vowed religious must provide a statement of congregational support from the superior – meaning willingness to send the person to study and resources available to support the student.
If you are a current applicant who desires to receive a JST scholarship in the coming academic year, you must:
- Required: Complete and submit the JST-SCU Scholarship Application (SA) to the JST Admissions Office.
- Required: Domestic applicants must also submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and provide JST’s institutional code, G10333. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov and you can find additional details on completing the FAFSA on the Graduate Theological Union Financial Aid Office website.
To ensure the timely processing of your application and to ensure the best possible award, please apply by the priority deadline. However, applications will be accepted after the priority deadline and we encourage all interested applicants to apply for scholarship, regardless of the date of application.
If you anticipate any change in enrollment, you must contact Laura Nieto or Jim Oberhausen to determine how this impacts your scholarship aid.
Priority Deadline: February 1 (suggested submission date)
Firm Deadline: March 1 (applications received after this date will not be considered)
Each year, JST awards a number of Arrupe Scholarships to full-time lay students accepted into the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. Arrupe Scholars are awarded full tuition for three years, which is the duration of the 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. We have a total of 10 Arrupe Merit Scholarships to be distributed over all three years of MDiv students. The number available will be either 3 or 4, depending on how many will be freed up by graduating students. Arrupe Scholarships are awarded based on merit. The deadline for this application will be March 1 for fall enrollment. Decisions will be sent on March 15.
To apply for a Arrupe Scholarship:
- Required: Complete and submit the program application for the Master of Divinity program by the firm deadline of March 1.
- Required: Download, complete and submit the Arrupe Scholarship Application
- Suggested: Complete and submit the JST Scholarship Application and FAFSA. Doing so will allow for immediate consideration of scholarship if you are not selected as a Presidential Scholar.
Priority Deadline: March 1*
Firm Deadline: n/a
Many graduate students use federal loans to offset the cost of tuition and living expenses during their studies. Federal loan awards and disbursements are managed by the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Consortial Financial Aid Office.
All domestic lay (U.S. citizen/legal resident, non-religious) applicants should refer to the GTU Consortial Financial Aid Office website for further instruction: http://gtu.edu/admissions/financial-aid
Interested students must:
- Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and provide JST’s institutional code, The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov and you can find additional details on completing the FAFSA on the Graduate Theological Union Financial Aid Office website at http://gtu.edu/admissions/financial-aid/financial-aid-how-to-apply
- Complete the GTU Financial Aid Application for Domestic Students available on the GTU Financial Aid Office website: http://gtu.edu/admissions/financial-aid
Questions about federal loans and aid should be directed to:
Graduate Theological Union Consortial Financial Aid Office
2400 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709
* To ensure the timely processing of your application, please apply by the priority deadline. However, applications will be accepted after the priority deadline and we encourage all interested applicants to apply for federal loans, regardless of the date of application.
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.
Current students who plan to return for the following academic year must also complete the Scholarship Application.
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, particularly students enrolled in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. Graduate Theological Union Common M.A. and M.A.B.L. 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. Students who are interested in a part-time job at the school should apply for scholarship and answer "yes" to the Graduate Student Assistant question. We will send information about available positions to those who express interest before the start of the school year.