Add up the costs and discover a range of funding options for Seattle School graduate programs
Graduate school is a commitment, but we think it should be one that’s accessible.
As an independent, non-denominational college, The Seattle School doesn’t receive any government or denominational support. Generous donor contributions cover 30% of our operating costs.
And thanks to our unusual trimester system, when it all adds up, the School is more affordable than any comparable programs in the state running on a quarterly calendar. We offset costs with scholarships, financial assistance, family fee waivers, and employment opportunities to make school feasible regardless of your situation.
Our Office of Student Financial Services is here to offer advising, support, and financial literacy education.
You’ll pay tuition each term. For full-time students, credits cost $635 each—total costs depend on the number of credits in which you’re enrolled per trimester. You can pay tuition with personal resources, scholarships, financial aid, and/or employer/veteran benefits.
Tuition Per Credit Hour
|Program||Total Credits||Total Tuition|
|Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology||66||$41,910|
|Master of Arts in Theology & Culture||48||$30,480|
|Master of Divinity||82||$52,070|
When considering your costs for the year, keep academic fees in mind. We work to keep these low. See a full table of fees in the Academic Catalog.
Fees Per Term
|Library (pro-rated based on credit enrollment)||$49–$150|
|Alumni Association Fee||$150|
In addition to tuition and fees, review additional expenses you’re likely to incur each trimester during your time at graduate school. The costs below are estimates based on full-time enrollment (22 credits per academic year). When doing your calculations, adjust the tuition figure according to the number of credits you’re planning to enroll in per term ($635 per credit).
|Direct Educational Costs||Fall||Spring||Summer|
|Books & Supplies||$500||$500||$500|
|Room & Board
(derived from Washington Financial Aid Association and Seattle Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Applying for Financial Aid and ScholarshipsStep 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
To qualify for financial aid, first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This determines your financial need. Regardless of age, income, relationship status and other contribution factors graduate students are eligible for $20,500 in financial aid per academic year (if part-time enrollment requirements are met and sustained). Financial aid covers, but cannot exceed, the cost of tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation, and some living expenses while enrolled at The Seattle School.
Some additional expenditures (i.e. child care, disability, medical costs) may qualify for an increase in your calculated cost of attendance with the proper documentation. Repayment of debt (i.e. car payments and credit card bills) cannot be included.
Begin your application for the coming school year after November 1, ideally after completing your taxes for the previous year. The Seattle School has a Financial Aid Application target date of May 15.
The Seattle School’s code for FAFSA is G34664.
Read more comprehensive information on the terms and conditions of the loan and of the borrower’s responsibilities.
We participate in the Direct Loan program, which allows you to qualify for Title IV funding (Federal Direct Loans and Direct Graduate PLUS Loans).
To qualify you must:
- Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Have a high-school diploma, GED, or home-schooled equivalent
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Be enrolled in a degree program with full-time or at least half-time student enrollment status
- Not owe a repayment on a grant or be in default on a student loan
- Have financial need as determined by your FAFSA
Types of Loans
Federal Direct Loans
Most students take advantage of the Direct Loan program. It allows you to borrow funds at a low interest rate while in school and offers a 6-month grace period for repayment after graduation. Graduate students enrolled in at least four credit hours per term are eligible for $20,500 in funding through Direct Loans each academic year.
Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
PLUS Loans are additional funding your Direct Loan. PLUS loans are credit-based. They have an additional origination fee and a slightly higher interest rate. Because we want to ensure you keep your borrowing to a minimum, advising is required prior to applying for a PLUS loan.
If you are receiving a Direct Loan or a Graduate PLUS Loan, you must complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) to get those funds. Sign your MPN online. Once this is completed, the Office Student Financial Services at The Seattle School will receive an electronic notification from Direct Loans.
Loan Entrance Counseling is an online tutorial that orients you to the financial aid process. Before you can receive any financial aid funds you must complete the process online. Once this is completed, Student Financial Services at The Seattle School will receive an electronic notification from Direct Loans.
To keep your costs low, we earmark funds for student scholarships. You must complete a FAFSA in order to receive any of our internal scholarships.
We have four scholarship funds. Each fund is stewarded by a Review Committee that thoughtfully reviews each application and makes award decisions.
Scholarship Application Process & Dates
- Complete essay (or video) requirement for each scholarship are are applying for
- Essays should be typed, double-spaced, and between 750 and 1,000 words
- Submit essay(s) as a PDF to email@example.com
- All scholarship applications are due June 1, 2018
- Notifications will be made by June 30, 2018
If you have questions about our scholarships, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Clarke Kenzler Scholarship
Molly Clarke Kenzler was a consistent presence at The Seattle School from 2002 to 2014. As an “uncommon pastor”, Molly’s leadership transcended traditional understanding and practice within our organization, allowing her to shape the classroom experience in meaningful ways. This is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional and “uncommon” leadership in a church or community context. It is awarded based on the applicant’s embodiment of relational maturity, integrity and innovative vision through leadership.
- Awarded by: Alumni Quad and Molly Clarke Kenzler
- Eligibility: First year, full-time MATC, MACP, or MDiv
- Essay Prompt: Describe the intersection of your sense of vocational calling and a need within our culture. What do you believe innovative and authentic leadership would look like in that intersection? In light of your response to these questions, provide context to how you wish to develop as a leader by studying at The Seattle School.
Master of Divinity Scholarship
The Master of Divinity Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to first-year students pursuing a vocation within the church. It is designated for students who embody the MDiv program’s commitment to academic excellence and relational integrity, while connecting it to their vocational calling.
- Awarded by: Scholarship Review Committee
- Eligibility: First year, full-time MDiv
- Essay Prompt: The Master of Divinity is committed to academic excellence, relational integrity and innovative leaders that seek to be a healing presence within the global community, serving the body of Christ. Describe how these program goals intersect with your own sense of calling.
The Multicultural Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to students from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities. It is awarded based on the applicant’s ability to articulate the impact their racial, cultural, and/or ethnic identity has had on their desire to pursue graduate studies. Applicants should be enrolled full-time as first-year or returning degree seeking students.
- Awarded by: Intercultural Credibility Resource Team
- Eligibility: Full-time, first year and returning students
- Essay Prompt: Describe the impact your racial, cultural and/or ethnic background has had on your sense of calling and desire to pursue graduate studies in your field of interest. In light of that, provide context for how you wish to develop personally and professionally by studying at The Seattle School.
Brave Bauman Scholarship
The Brave Bauman Scholarship is a $750 scholarship awarded to first-year MACP students to assist in covering the cost of the 40-hour personal counseling requirement. This scholarship is evaluated and awarded based on the applicant’s ability to articulate how tragedy has shaped their sense of identity, calling, and relationship to God.
“On December 8, 2011, we witnessed the birth and death of our beautiful son, Brave Bauman. His story is my story, his story is our story. As students and sojourners we all must learn to live into Brave’s name. We long for his legacy and his name to live on through brave students at The Seattle School. This scholarship exists to honor both our son’s bravery and your bravery for fighting for resurrection in a life full of death.” — Andrew and Christy Bauman
- Awarded by: Scholarship Review Committee with Andrew & Christy Bauman
- Eligibility: First-year MACP students
- Essay Prompt: How have you been and how are you brave? Describe the impact tragedy has had on your sense of identity, calling, and relationship to God. In light this, please provide context for how you wish to develop personally and professionally at The Seattle School. Please use discretion when writing about your personal tragedies.
Video Prompt: Submit a video (5 minutes max) of yourself that includes the following: an introduction, an explanation of why you are applying for this scholarship and why you think you would be a good fit.
MyCampus is your portal to financial aid documents and your student account. You must be an enrolled student to create an account. Check your enrollment confirmation email from our Registrar for your invitation.
Beyond loans and scholarships, there are additional sources of funds, both internal and external.
Family Fee Waiver
The Family Fee Waiver assists students who are single parents or spouses/partners who are both enrolled at The Seattle School concurrently. It covers student fees only and is awarded based on the applicant’s commitment to both vocation and family and their ability to articulate the need for and benefit of the waiver.
- Awarded by: Student Services Team
- Application deadline: June 1, 2018
- Eligibility: New or returning students in good academic standing intending to enroll full-time (at least 8 credits in the fall and spring terms and 6 credits in the summer term, not including audit or enrichment). Spouses/partners may complete and submit a joint application.
- Notification date: June 30, 2018
Federal Work Study
The Seattle School participates in the Federal Work Study Program, which funds at total of 4,242 hours of work each year for various students in positions on campus and at our community outreach site. These are paid positions that help cover the cost of tuition and living expenses while gaining robust work experience. Eligibility for the Federal Work Study Program is determined by your FAFSA. Open positions are announced in the spring and summer of each academic year and as they become available.
The Seattle School is an Americorps partner. Americorps offers an opportunity to serve in the community while earning funding to assist with education costs. Learn more
The Seattle School is approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) program. Your eligibility for VA educational benefit programs by your date of enlistment and your status as a degree-seeking student.
Awarded by: The Department of Veterans Affairs
- Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty and Veterans
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program
- Montgomery GI Bill for National Guard and Selected Reserves
The Office of Student Financial Services can answer questions related to eligibility, benefits and take responsibility for certifying veteran enrollment. For additional information and support, contact the Department of Veteran Affairs:
Step 7: Review and Accept Your Financial Aid Package
We will notify you after June 15 when your Award Letter is available on MyCampus. You must accept your awards within MyCampus before funds will be disbursed.
The Seattle School operates on a trimester system—one third of your financial aid award is disbursed at the beginning of each trimester. Loan funds are applied to your student account to cover tuition and fees. Any unused portion will be made available in the form of a stipend. If your financial aid was completed on time and there are no holds on your student account your stipend check will be available at the front desk the first week of the academic term.
If you still have a tuition balance, or have chosen not to receive financial aid, The Seattle School offers a payment plan. The plan divides your total education costs for the term into three equal payments due on the first Friday of each month. Enrolling in the program costs $50. Late fees are assessed at 1% per month on the remainder of the balance.
When you complete your program, you have various options for loan repayment and, you may later qualify for loan forgiveness.
Income-driven Repayment Plans
An income-driven repayment plan sets your monthly student loan payment at an amount that is intended to be affordable based on your income and family size
Standard Repayment Plan with a 10-year Repayment Period
A standard repayment plan is designed to pay down your entire balance (including interest) in 120 monthly payments.
If you are interested in Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), enroll in an income-based repayment plan—these plans are most likely to leave an outstanding balance to forgive after 120 payments.
FedLoan Servicing & Public Service Loan Forgiveness
FedLoan Servicing serves eligible borrowers for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). They provide customer support, process applications and forms related to PSLF eligibility, and track qualifying payments.