Spouse Tuition Grant


Type of Award: Need based, full-tuition grant*

Eligibility requirements: Spouses of full-time students in the MDiv program; spouses of full-time students in other non-advanced degree programs may be considered. Spouse grant applicants must be enrolled in the following programs: MDiv, MAR, MAC & Certificate.

Award period: One academic year. Award recipients must reapply each academic year.

Award requirements: The full-time student must maintain full-time status. Spouse must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout award period.

*Note: those applicants with less need may be awarded a 50% matching grant, covering 50% of the credits taken by the spouse which match the full-time paying spouse credit load.

(For more information please see our Catalog.)



Step-by-Step Instructions

Attention Prospective Students! Please submit your application for admission to Westminster to the Admissions Office prior to or at the same time as your application for financial aid. (Please note: Grant applications are only considered from those applicants who are accepted as a student by the grant deadline.)

Step 1

Complete FAFSA (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents): Complete the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) available on the FAFSA website. The FAFSA submission deadline is the same as for the spouse grant application. Westminster's ID for reporting purposes is G03393.

Note: The FAFSA takes two days to process and be sent to Westminster.  It is used to create your record in the 2016-17 year, so that access to the online application may be granted to you.

Step 2

Submit tax information (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents who filed taxes):
          1. Electronically transfer your current year federal tax return information to FAFSA, 
              using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, OR
          2. Submit a Tax Transcript (from the Internal Revenue Service)

Note to tax-filers: If you file taxes online, it takes two (2) weeks for your information to be made available to FAFSA. If you file taxes by mail, it takes four (4) to six (6) weeks for your information to be made available to FAFSA. Please plan accordingly in advance so that your tax information and FAFSA are submitted by the scholarship deadline.

Step 3

Spouse Grant Application: Complete Part 1 on the WTS Financial Aid Portal

Submit Part 2 (Questionnaire) 

International students - please email the Financial Aid Office to gain acccess to the Portal.

Step 4

Provide a copy of your proof of marriage (i.e. marriage certificate, joint tax return, affidavit, or other proof of marriage).

Note: If you are planning to get married after the submission deadline date but before the start of the semester, you may still apply for the grant.  Please submit proof of marriage before the start of the semester; you will then be considered for the grant.

Step 5

Submit Part 2 and proof of marriage as PDFs via email or mail to the address below:

Financial Aid Office 
Westminster Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 27009
Philadelphia, PA 19118

*For FedEx or UPS packages please send to:
Financial Aid Office
Westminster Theological Seminary
2960 W. Church Road
Glenside, PA 19038