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Come & See | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Come & See

Feb. 18–20, 2016

Be our Guest for Come & See 2016

If you’re in the discernment process as a postulant or exploring your faith and ministry as a lay leader, a visit to The School of Theology at the University of the South is your best way to experience Episcopal seminary education in Sewanee, Tenn. Student-organized and student-led, Come & See 2016 will introduce you to community life and theological formation in one of the most beautiful settings in the nation. Once on the Mountain for Come & See, your expenses—food and campus lodging—are covered by The School of Theology.

The Come & See Weekend Includes:

  • worshiping with us in the seminary’s Chapel of the Apostles and the University’s All Saints’ Chapel;
  • attending classes in an intimate setting taught by our highly credentialed faculty;
  • engaging with faculty and students as they discuss a variety of issues regarding formation for ordained ministry, theological education, preaching excellence, and seminary life and work;
  • exploring our 13,000 acre campus and discovering why our campus is in one of the most beautiful environments for education in America;
  • and allowing our financial aid professionals to detail the ways we can support you as you pursue your education.

Is Sewanee for You?

  • if you’re in the discernment process as a postulant or exploring your faith and ministry as a lay leader;
  • if living in a faithful, diverse, and welcoming community appeals to you;
  • if the daily practice of the baptismal covenant, stewardship of the Earth, and social justice is compelling to you;
  • if forming a lifelong discipline of worship, prayer, and spiritual growth grounded in the Anglican tradition is essential to you;
  • if the idea of daily discourse with a quality faculty who is intellectually challenging, academically engaging, and well-published is exciting to you;
  • and if affiliation with, and proximity to, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges located on a 13,000 acre sustainable campus, with a wide range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities, is attractive to you—please visit Sewanee and see for yourself if The School of Theology is right for you!

Where is Sewanee?

Sewanee is a “thin” place, a place charged with God’s presence, a place where the corporal and the spiritual meet. Located in Middle Tennessee, up on the Cumberland Plateau, its natural beauty is unparalled. Learn more about Sewanee.

A Year's Journey

"A Year's Journey" documents the experiences and formation that await those who enroll in The School of Theology's full time residential program. From matriculation to commencement, and all that lies in between, this video gives a visual witness to what life, study, and worship is like for our students.

Frequently Asked Questions

The School of Theology is one of the 10 recognized seminaries of The Episcopal Church. What distinguishes our seminary from the others? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from people interested in a seminary education in Sewanee.

What are the benchmarks of our academic year?

How do we engage with the Anglican Communion?

What is our prayer life like?

Are we high church or low church?

How does Spanish liturgy fit into our offerings and mission?

What are my prospects after graduation?


Scholarships, Grants, and Loans | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

These scholarships are available through the School of Theology:

Chancellor's Scholarships

The School of Theology annually awards a small number of Chancellor's Scholarships to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in The Episcopal Church, showing exceptional academic merit, enhancing diversity among the student body, or occasionally (as determined by the dean) to meet certain goals related to strategic initiatives that serve the School's mission. These grants are not based on an applicant's demonstrated financial need. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application as outlined in the "Guidelines for Financial Aid."

William A. Griffin Holy Land Theological Scholarship

This scholarship was established as a memorial by his wife, Anne Griffin, and daughter, Shore Griffin. William A. Griffin taught Old Testament at The School of Theology from 1959 until his untimely death in 1988. Recipients are selected to participate in a summer study abroad program conducted in the Holy Land. Griffin believed that travel and study in the Holy Land should be a part of every seminarian's experience to give a sense of authenticity in Biblical studies that is hard to come by otherwise.

Other possible sources for scholarships and grants:

DuBose Scholarship

DuBose Scholarships are based on need. You must be at least 32 years old by May 1; be a postulant or candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church; and be enrolled in an approved seminary to be considered for a scholarship. Click here for application and instructions. Deadline for submitting an application is April 30.

Evangelical Education Society

The Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church makes Evangelism for the 21st Century grants of up to $5,000 for special initiatives to Episcopalians at ATS-accredited schools. For further information, visit their Web site at or contact Note: This is a grant for actual ministry initiatives, not for tuition, books, or living expenses at school.

Fund for Theological Education, Inc.
  • The Benjamin E. Mays Fellowships for Ministry are for black North American persons who are at least graduating seniors from a college or university, official candidates for ministerial ordination within their communion, and are either enrolled in a theological school or are prepared to enroll in the autumn following receipt of an award.
  • Fellowships for Hispanic Americans Preparing for Christian Ministries are for Hispanics who at the time of nomination are citizens of the United States, at least juniors in an accredited college or university, and are either enrolled in a theological school or prepared to enroll in the autumn following receipt of an award. 
Knights Templar Educational Foundation

Awards have been granted from time to time to seminarians from Georgia as an expression of the interest and high regard of Masons for young people who devote their lives to the service of God and humanity. These awards are made only on the nomination of the dean upon request of the Knights Templar Educational Foundation. Application forms are available from the office of the Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of each Division or Division Chairman.

Order of the Daughters of the King

This grant is for female applicants seeking training in any recognized church-related college, seminary, or training school in the United States or abroad. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have at least two years of college education or its equivalent. For more information, visit their Web site at To apply, write to Attention: Master Fund Chair, 101 Weatherstone Dr., Suite 870, Woodstock, GA 30188.

Order of the Eastern Star Religious Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships aid students preparing for the ministry or for any form of religious leadership. Applicants should write to the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in their home state. Address of state chapter can be obtained from any local chapter.

William–Rhodes Scholarship

This scholarship is for seminarians from the Diocese of Atlanta and available to new and continuing students. For more information visit their Web site at Apply through Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 498 Prince Ave., Athens, GA, 30601.

Roothbert Fund, Inc.

Qualified students from high school to postgraduate levels who can satisfy fairly high scholastic requirements and who are considering teaching as their vocation are eligible for this grant. For more information, visit their Web site at Interview required with the New York–based committee. Address: The Roothbert Fund, Inc., 475 Riverside Dr., Room 252, New York, NY 10115.

Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM)

Since 1857, SIM has been awarding grants and scholarships to postulants and candidates attending seminary in preparation for ordination in the Episcopal Church. Application forms may be obtained from SIM, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105; email:; or download an application and guidelines from


Knights Templar

Loans are made by one of 50 state divisions. For address of a given state's educational foundation, contact Charles R. Neumann, 5097 N. Elston Ave., Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60630.

Honorable and Mrs. Nelson P. Sanford Endowment Fund

This is a revolving emergency loan fund available for the training of Episcopal priests available only once in a seminary career in the amount of $1,000.  Apply through the Office of Financial Aid.

Hattie M. Strong Foundation

Loans are made to American students with no restriction as to race, sex, or religion, who are within two years of their final degree from college or graduate school with a maximum of $4,000 to any one student over a period of two years, without interest. Address: 1620 Eye St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20006, or email:


Here is a more extensive list of outside grants and scholarships compiled from student research. 

Admission | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South


Educating men and women since 1878, The School of Theology at the University of the South is an intellectual center grounded in faith, Anglican heritage, and rigorous sholarship. You are invited to explore the admission process.

Financial Aid | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Financial Aid

Policy on Financial Aid for Academic Year Students

The School of Theology of the University of the South offers generous financial aid to supplement seminary students’ own resources and the financial support of the parishes and dioceses that send them. Financial aid is meant to serve the church’s mission by opening the way to excellent theological education to those who otherwise could not afford it, and to minimize the burden of additional educational debt carried into parish ministry. Thanks to the gifts of many generations, Sewanee has substantial resources for these purposes, and is glad to be able to meet as much as possible of students’ demonstrated financial need.

To ensure that grant aid goes where it is needed most, applicants for financial aid are required to demonstrate financial need. Awards are calculated on the basis of income from all sources in relation to allowable expenses, up to a maximum grant level set annually.

School of Theology students should return financial aid materials to the Seminary Office of Financial Aid, 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee, 37383-0001. Questions regarding the financial aid application should be directed to Connie Patton, 931.598.1340, or email

If you anticipate the need for a federal loan, submit your FAFSA to the University Office of Financial Aid, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee, 37383-1000, and questions regarding federal loans and federal loan eligibility should be directed to that office at 931.598.1312, or by email

Financial Aid Policy for Summer Term (Advanced Degrees Program) Students

Some scholarship monies are available for tuition to students enrolled in the Advanced Degrees Program. A financial aid request form is available via email request. It must be returned by April 9 in order to be considered for the coming summer. Scholarship money is available only for tuition assistance. The student is responsible for all other costs, such as travel, housing, board, etc. Financial aid is not available to special students.

Guidelines for Financial Aid

The School of Theology annually awards a small number of Chancellor's Scholarships to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in the Episcopal Church, showing exceptional academic merit, enhancing diversity among the student body, or occasionally (as determined by the dean) to meet certain goals related to strategic initiatives that serve the School's mission. These grants are not based on an applicant's demonstrated financial need. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application, describing their plans for ministry and mission and indicating their qualifications. Recipients are selected prior to entering seminary, and must provide the financial documentation described below even if they are not applying for need--based financial aid. Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients will continue to receive their award for the normal period of the degree program if their performance is deemed adequate by the faculty.

Financial aid is available to full-time students for the normal period to complete a degree or program (three years for the M.Div., two years for the M.A., and one year for the diploma in Anglican studies). Part-time, degree-seeking students may apply for financial aid in the same manner as full-time students. If aid for a part-time student is approved, it will be on a pro-rated basis, according to the number of credit hours the student is taking in the semester in question. The maximum financial aid granted during the student’s program cannot exceed the total of what would have been awarded if completed on a full-time basis. Part-time students who are not in a degree program are not eligible for financial aid. Financial need is calculated for a 12-month period except for the final year when it is calculated for a 10-month period.

Financial aid may not be used for study at other institutions. Students may apply for grants for cross-cultural study from other sources and from special funds at the School of Theology.

Application Instructions/Requirements

1. Need-based University grants are awarded after all sources of income and estimated expenses are identified. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the required information, including:  financial aid application, Form 1040 federal income tax return from the last completed filing year, letters of diocesan and parish support, copies of applications for outside scholarships, documentation of student’s income, documentation of spouse’s current and anticipated income, documentation of child support, documentation of uninsured medical expenses, documentation of assets, and cost of health insurance. The current and anticipated income of a spouse must be included even if the spouse is not living in Sewanee. Each year, the University determines a maximum amount of need-based aid for applicants. The maximum amount takes into account the size of the household. Need-based awards will not exceed that amount.

2. Letters from the sponsoring parish and the sponsoring diocese, indicating all local sources of support, are required as part of the need-based financial aid application (except in the M.A. program, in which church sponsorship is not required.) A list of potential resources for outside scholarship assistance is provided under Other Sources of Grants, published in the Catalog and on the website. Many students find other potential resources on the Internet. It is the responsibility of all applicants for need-based financial aid to show evidence of submitting applications for scholarships from at least three outside sources in addition to diocese and parish, before the University will award additional financial aid. To offer an additional incentive to seek outside scholarships, students who win outside scholarships, not including diocesan, parish, or family grants, will have only fifty percent (50%) of that additional aid counted as income in calculating their financial need.

3. Information about all assets must be provided as part of the need-based financial aid application. A percentage of all assets held by the student and the student’s spouse (if applicable) is considered as available annually to help meet the costs while in seminary. For the current year, that percentage is ten percent (10%) for all assets. There are special provisions for retirement accounts to which the student does not have access without penalty.  Twenty-five percent (25%) of such retirement accounts are exempt, and an additional ten percent (10%) for students under 59.5 years of age. For students with dependents who are attending college full-time, the University will exempt up to $10,000 per dependent college student. Debt and debt service cannot be considered as part of a student’s financial need, although in some cases liabilities may be set against assets (e.g. house mortgages).

4. There is a minimum amount, annually set, which a student and (if applicable) a student’s spouse must contribute toward their own support, irrespective of need or employment.  For the current year, the contribution is $1,500 for a student and $2,000 for a spouse. That contribution is waived in the case of a spouse caring for children too young to be eligible for Sewanee childcare. To encourage spousal employment, the University will exclude one half of spouses’ gross earnings from consideration as revenue.

5. The School of Theology Student Employment Program (work-study) is available to eligible seminary students through positions created in various departments of the University and The School of Theology. Students receiving need-based financial aid must have Student Employment Program or other jobs if positions are available. A full-time seminary student may work up to a maximum of 12 hours per week, depending on availability of jobs. Spouses may seek temporary employment (up to 12 hours per week) through The School of Theology when positions are available.

6. Cost of attendance is based on a budget set by the institution.  This budget is based on tuition and fees and a modest cost of living allowance for housing, food, utilities, books, transportation, and other incidental personal expenses.  In addition, students may submit documented health insurance premiums, out-of-pocket medial expenses, and certain childcare expenses, which will be added to the cost of attendance within predetermined limits.
 First year students may estimate healthcare and childcare expenses until final plans are made and documentation of actual expenses can be obtained.  If the documentation of actual expenses varies from the original report, this will result in an award adjustment.

7. Students who purchase a house in the Sewanee area and apply for financial aid must declare the house as an asset.

8. Normally, the University considers only the expense of one household for purposes of financial aid; the expense of a second household, away from Sewanee, is in general not included. In special cases, when a student can demonstrate the necessity of maintaining two households, a limited proportion of the extra household expense may be allowable.

9. If both spouses wish to enroll in seminary and seek financial aid at the same time, they must indicate this intention at the time of their applications. Financial aid will be awarded on the basis of the expenses of a combined household.

10. The University and St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School provide significant assistance for seminary children attending St. Andrew’s-Sewanee. No educational expenses for children are allowable with regard to financial aid.

11. Childcare expenses are not considered except for daycare for pre-school children of students who are single or geographically single or who have spouses employed outside The School of Theology employment programs.

12. Submit your application to: Seminary Office of Financial Aid, 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee  37383-0001

Extraordinary and Emergency Need

A Sanford Fund loan of $1,000 is available to School of Theology students for extraordinary circumstances. Students may borrow no more than this amount from the Sanford Fund during their seminary years. No justification is required for a Sanford Loan, as long as the student meets the loan requirements.

In the event of emergency need, students should first request a loan from the Sanford Fund. The Dean may designate funding from other sources if that fund has been used and the student presents evidence of need.

Reporting Changes

Students receiving financial aid must report significant changes that occur in their financial situation during the course of an academic year. In some cases the financial aid grant may be recalculated. Such recalculations will be made at the end of the semester, to apply to the following semester.  It is the responsibility of students to assess their financial outlook at the end of each semester.

Termination of Financial Aid

A student whose performance is evaluated by the faculty of the School of Theology as “inadequate” is not eligible to receive financial aid for the following year. Reinstatement of aid is dependent upon re-acceptance into the graduate program of the School of Theology and a new application for financial aid.

Appeals and Complaints

Appeals and complaints concerning financial aid should be directed to the director of operations, 931.598.1340.


Requirements | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South


Academic Year Basic Requirements

  • Students applying for admission to one of our graduate programs should hold a B.A. or B.S., or the equivalent, from an accredited college or university.
  • One must be a postulant for Holy Orders or have the permission of one's bishop, (or an equivalent ecclesiastical authority) in order to enroll in our Master of Divinity program.
  • The applicant for Anglican Studies should have a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from an accredited seminary and be a postulant for holy orders.
  • For admission to the S.T.M. degree, evidence of a first theological degree is required.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to complete the TOEFL or IELTS.  Students who do not have US citizenship or legal permanent residency in the United States are required to have or acquire a valid U.S. visa.

Other Attributes for the Academic-Year Programs

  • Applicants should have a mature Christian faith, a history of active participation in a church community, and have begun a disciplined spiritual life.
  • The applicant's vocational goals should have been examined and tested within a faith community. The program to which the applicant is applying should be appropriate to his or her vocational goals.
  • The applicant should have the intellectual ability and academic background to engage the curriculum in a satisfactory way and to fulfill successfully the requirements of the program to which he or she is applying.
  • We require transcripts of the applicant’s previous academic work, and examples of the applicant’s writing.
  • The applicant should demonstrate appropriate maturity and emotional stability.
  • The applicant should have what the admission committee considers a realistic plan of how the student intends to finance his or her seminary program including adequate medical insurance for self and if applicable, other family members. It is expected that the applicant will not be encumbered with significant consumer debt.

Summer Term Requirements

  • Evidence of the Master of Divinity degree, ordination, and a minimum of three years ministry experience are required for the D.Min. degree.
  • The completed application form
  • Official transcripts of all the student’s previous college, seminary, and graduate school work
  • Recommendations from two theological school professors and, for D.Min. applicants, one church official
  • An extended paper addressing the questions on the application form (some questions are directed toward a particular degree)
  • Records of non-academic continuing education experiences, such as C.P.E., career development counseling, workshops and conferences that the student considers to be relevant to his/her participation in the D.Min. program
  • The completed application must be received by May 1 to begin classes in June.

Other Attributes of the Summer Term Programs

  • A minimum grade average of B in post-baccalaureate work is generally required for admission.
  • For the S.T.M. degree, evidence of a first theological degree is required.
  • Applicants for the D.Min. program must possess an ATS Board of Commissioners-approved M.Div. In rare cases, for exceptional applicants, The School of Theology will accept an educationally equivalent degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a U.S. agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or approved by a Canadian provincial quality assurance agency. Degrees from institutions outside of North America may be accepted provided would-be applicants can demonstrate that they meet the standards of the Board-approved degrees for admission. M.Div. equivalency is defined as 72 graduate semester hours or comparable graduate credits in other systems that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry and that include a masters degree and significant ministerial leadership. Ministerial experience alone is not considered the equivalent of or a substitute for the master’s degree. Three years of post-degree, ordained, pastoral experience is in any case required of applicants. The determination of degree equivalence is made by the associate dean for academic affairs, whose decision is final. Applicants who wish to request that a degree be considered as equivalent to the M.Div. must submit a transcript and course syllabi, together with a cover letter outlining the request and the ways in which the degree satisfies the criteria listed above.

Requirements for Special Students

Non-degree-seeking students may enroll in courses in the Advanced Degree Program with some limitations. Special students must be able to do graduate level work, and the Advanced Degrees Committee reserves the right to determine who will be admitted as a special student. Special students are limited to nine credit hours.

Special student applications must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and include:

  • The Special Student Application form
  • Transcripts of all previous college, seminary, and graduate work
Tuition & Fees | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Tuition & Fees

2015-16 Tuition and Fees for Degree Programs

Pre-registration deposit: $100
Paid when applicant accepts admission; nonrefundable but credited at registration to the tuition charge when the admitted applicant registers.

All regular students (full-time) and non-degree-seeking students (full-time)*
Tuition: $16,106
One-half payable by due date each semester.
*A person taking 12 credit hours per semester is considered a full-time student and will be charged full tuition and fees.

Academic Year Fees
Activities fee: $264
Wednesday lunch fee: $278
Vehicle registration fee: $100

Medical insurance: The student must provide a copy of his or her health insurance card to the registrar at registration.

University housing: $456-1,298 per month

Estimated cost for books: $1,700 per year.

Part-time students:
Fee per credit hour at the seminary: $672
AUDIT fee per credit hour at the seminary: $231

Summer Term (June 2016 Program) Fees

Tuition and fees are payable no later than June 10, 2016.

Registration deposit: $100 (paid when applicant accepts admission and with each summer’s registration; nonrefundable but credited to the tuition charge at registration.)

Fees: 2016 fees to be determined (approx. $65)

University housing: 2016 rate to be determined (approx. $540)

Board: 2016 Rate to be determined (approx. $450)

Tuition per course: $1,485 (Courses are three-credit hours)

Tuition per credit hour: $495

Audit fee per course: $285

There is a $150 continuance fee to stay in the program for those missing a summer.

Explanation of Tuition and Fees

  • All regular course work at The School of Theology
  • Up to two courses any semester in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Limited services of the health and counseling offices while school is in session. (Health office services are available to students only.) The Associate Dean for Community Life can provide additional information about counseling services.
  • Use of the facilities of the student union (Bishop's Common).
  • Limited support for student organizations as determined by the student executive committee
  • Vehicle registration fee is required and covers one or more vehicles belonging to the same owner.
  • Penalty fees may be charged for late or incomplete registration, re-examinations, make-up examinations, or for removal at the end of a grading period of a mark of “Incomplete.”
  • In addition to general expenses, students will have other living expenses that will vary in accordance with their individual circumstances and household size.

Payment of Fees

Full-time, academic-year tuition is billed each semester as one-half of the total annual amount and is due in August and January, 10 days before each semester starts. Part-time, academic-year tuition is billed in full for each semester and due in August and January, 10 days before each semester starts. Academic-year fees are billed in full at the start of the first semester and are due 10 days before the semester starts. Summer term tuition, fees and expenses are billed in April and payable by June 1 each summer.

For many academic-year students with sufficient financial need, the actual amount of financial aid is more than the fees payable. The difference will be refunded to the student, subject to holdback for rental housing commitments or outstanding debt. Students who prefer to pay educational expenses in installments may want to consider one of the deferred payment plans offered by commercial lending organizations. Information about such plans is available from the Office of Financial Aid. The university accepts installment payments of semester charges only by means of one of these plans.

Any balance remaining on the student bill, after credit for financial aid, must be paid in full by the due date; the University accepts monthly payment only by means of the plans mentioned above. No student who has any past due balance on his or her account will be permitted to register for classes or obtain a transcript of grades.

Spouses/Partners of Seminary Students

Seminary student spouses/partners may audit one course each semester, for no fee, at The School of Theology with permission of the instructor.  They may also, with the approval of the dean, take one course each semester for credit at The School of Theology for a fee of $50.  Spouses may also, with the approval of the dean, audit one course per semester at the College of Arts and Sciences for a fee of $100.  Additional courses for audit or credit may be taken for the full appropriate tuition.

For more information about the 2014–15 academic year tuition and fees, please see the catalog.


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Financial aid forms, along with the policy and procedure, are available online.

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