Funding Your Education

The Wartburg Theological Seminary Financial Aid Office is dedicated to assisting you in funding your seminary education. We are committed to assisting, advocating for, and accompanying students as you steward financial resources and support throughout seminary. Education is an investment and more so, you are considering a call to serve the church. At Wartburg Theological Seminary, the funding of your seminary education is a collaborative effort where you, the student, partner with the Financial Aid office, Mission Support, Admissions, and a variety of other partners (congregations, synods, scholarships, and the ELCA) to steward your seminary journey.

Eligibility and Application

All students enrolled in a degree program, in good academic standing, and who meet the minimum course requirements are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. Annually, students complete the FAFSA.

Sources of Funding

Wartburg Theological Seminary:

Through generous gifts from our supporters, Wartburg Theological Seminary awards renewable scholarships to 100% of eligible students. Annually, our Office of Mission Support raises over $800,000 to offset the cost of tuition for our students.

Congregational and Church wide:

Many students receive assistance from their congregations, synods, and the ELCA. We invite students to explore the possibility of funding through these organizations throughout their seminary career. Our office of Mission Support can be of assistance to you throughout this process.


It is important that you, the student, seek out additional funding sources. Many students find success in applying for outside scholarships annually. The financial aid office maintains a list of outside scholarship opportunities.

Many students choose to find or continue employment throughout seminary. Additionally, Wartburg Theological Seminary participates in the federal work study program and offers a variety of employment opportunities for students. Eligibility for the program is determined by the FAFSA and interest in employment can be indicated on the Wartburg Theological Seminary Financial Aid Application.

Wartburg Seminary prides itself on graduating students with one of the lowest average debt amounts among the ELCA seminaries. That said, student loans are likely a portion of the financial aid packages for many students. Students may be eligible for William D. Ford Direct Stafford Loans, Graduate PLUS loans, and ANB Institutional loans.

Wartburg Theological Seminary also participates in the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs VA Education Benefits programs. Specific questions regarding benefits and eligibility can be directed to the Registrar’s office and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

The Cost of Seminary

The cost of attendance is based upon tuition, books, housing, health insurance, and your own miscellaneous expenses that you may incur throughout your degree program.

Tuition and Fees

The cost of seminary education is primarily covered by seminary gifts, church support, and endowment funds. Tuition covers only 40% of the cost to educate a Wartburg Theological Seminary student. 97% of eligible students receive grants and scholarships from Wartburg Seminary to assist with tuition costs. Students also receive support through congregational and synodical support, various scholarship organizations and individuals. Students may also choose to steward their seminary education with federal student loans and/or work study.

Please click on the links below to access tuition and fees for the current and upcoming academic years. You will find tuition and fees listed for Wartburg’s degree and certificate programs.

Tuition and Fees 2017-2018

Residential Program Tuition, Fees, and Expenses 2017-2018

Distributed Learning Program Tuition, Fees, and Expenses 2017-2018 – DL and CL

Distributed Learning Program Tuition, Fees, and Expenses 2017-2018 – Year C