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Hartford Seminary

Financial Aid

2013-14

Hartford Seminary currently offers financial assistance to students based on either need or merit. Hartford Seminary also distributes federal student loans to those students who qualify. Please read below for detailed information about each type of aid we offer.

Hartford Seminary Financial Aid Options

Federal Stafford Loans and Other Loan Options

1) Need-based Aid:

Limited financial aid in the form of grants is available to matriculated students enrolled in Hartford Seminary’s Master of Arts, Cooperative Master of Divinity, Islamic Chaplaincy (full combined Master of Arts/Graduate Certificate program and Graduate Certificate only program), and Doctor of Ministry programs. Eligible students may receive tuition aid up to 50% of annual course tuition. Eligible students (typically, U.S. citizens) applying for need-based grants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. The Hartford Seminary school code is G01387.

The deadlines for first round consideration for need-based aid for the academic year, which begins with the fall semester, are:

April 1 - Master of Arts, Cooperative Master of Divinity and Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy Students (New and Continuing)

June 1 – Doctor of Ministry Students (New and Continuing)

After June 1 – All funds awarded on an as available basis

(Students applying for both merit and need-based aid must follow the deadlines for merit scholarships listed below.)

Financial aid applications received after June 1 will be considered if funds are available. Students who are admitted to eligible programs mid-year may also apply for funds.

Students are required to reapply for financial aid each year. Students are not guaranteed financial aid even if they received aid the previous year, and must maintain better than a B- grade point average to maintain eligibility.

To apply for need-based financial aid from Hartford Seminary, visit www.hartsem.edu to read the instructions and access the application form.

Students with special financial concerns or with a change in financial circumstances are encouraged to contact the Executive Assistant to the Dean at 860-509-9553 for more information about applying for financial aid.

To apply for need-based financial aid from Hartford Seminary, read these instructions and fill out the form at the links here:

Instructions:

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Application:

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Students with special financial concerns or with a change in financial circumstances are encouraged to contact the Executive Assistant to the Dean at 860-509-9553 for more information about applying for financial aid.

2) Merit scholarships:

Students applying for admission to the Master of Arts degree, including the full Islamic Chaplaincy program (combined M.A./G.C.), and the Doctor of Ministry program, may submit an application for a merit-based award. Merit scholarships recognize a student’s academic aptitude and potential. Extracurricular activities, publications and other awards/honors also will be considered when determining a student’s eligibility for a merit award.

Only incoming Master of Arts (M.A.) program students who have a 3.5 grade point average (or above) or its equivalent at previous academic institutions are eligible for M.A. merit awards. M.A. awards are intended to cover the duration of a student’s study, but will not exceed three years or 48 credit hours (whichever comes first). In order to keep scholarships, students must maintain better than a 3.5 grade point average.

Only incoming Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program students who have a B+ grade point average (or above) or its equivalent in all prior Master’s level academic work, and who have five years of ministerial experience after the awarding of their M.Div. degree (or its equivalent) are eligible.

Merit awards are only applicable to for-credit courses.

To apply for a Merit Scholarship, visit www.hartsem.edu to read the instructions and access the application forms.

The deadlines for consideration for merit scholarships are:

February 15 – All Merit Applicants, other than Doctor of Ministry applicants, (see description and eligibility requirements below), also include your need-based application at this time

May 1 – Doctor of Ministry Merit Applicants, also include your need-based application at this time

Ph.D. students, Cooperative Master of Divinity students, Graduate Certificate students, Special Students, and Auditors are not eligible for merit scholarships.

To apply for a Merit Scholarship read the guidelines and fill out the appropriate application at these links:

Guidelines for Master of Arts applicants:

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Application for Master of Arts applicants:

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Guidelines for Doctor of Ministry applicants:

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Application for Doctor of Ministry applicants:

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If any of your questions about Hartford Seminary financial aid have not been addressed by the information presented, please contact the Executive Assistant to the Dean at lbrowne@hartsem.edu or 860-509-9553.

 

Domestic students who are matriculated in a degree program may apply for Federal Stafford Loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Students in the following programs may qualify for federal financial aid: Master of Arts, Islamic Chaplaincy Program (full combined Master of Arts/Graduate Certificate program and Graduate Certificate only program), Cooperative Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry. Students must be registered for at least 6 credits per semester in order to qualify for federal loans.

Due to pending Federal regulations, please check in with the Seminary’s Federal Financial Aid Office (860-509-9545) concerning updated student loan information for the International PhD program.

Graduate Certificate students (other than those in Islamic Chaplaincy), Special Students and Auditors are not eligible for Federal Loans.

Hartford Seminary is authorized to certify student eligibility for loans under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. These loans are often called “Stafford” loans. Eligibility depends on the student’s/applicant’s program, its length, their personal financial circumstances and their previous educational borrowing. Federal Direct loans are subsidized by the US Government and are subject to strict regulation.

Hartford Seminary’s Federal School Code School Code (also known as the OPE id) is G01387.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

The Federal Direct Stafford Loans that Hartford Seminary can originate fall into different categories:

Unsubsidized Stafford: available to eligible graduate students and on which interest is charged from the moment the loan is made. This loan is not based on financial need.

Effective from 1st July 2012 the Federal Stafford loan limits for graduate students are as follows:

Unsubsidized Stafford: $20,500 Annual

Total Annual: $20,500

The loan limits listed above are not indicative of the financial aid award that students will receive. As mentioned previously, eligibility is based on a variety of factors as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.

To apply for federal financial aid, visit www.hartsem.edu to read the instructions.

If any of your questions about Federal loans have not been addressed by the information presented, please contact Pat Hickey at phickey@hartsem.edu  or 860-509-9545.

Other Types of Loans

Graduate PLUS Loans: available to eligible students to cover any shortfalls in the cost of tuition fees alone (i.e. not for living expenses). In order to be eligible for the Federal PLUS Loan, you must first apply for the maximum Federal Stafford Loan following the application process outlined below. These loans are available through Hartford Seminary.

Private/Commercial Loans: available through U.S. lenders not funded by the U.S. Government. These loans can supplement your Stafford Loan up to the cost of attendance at Hartford Seminary. These loans are the applicant’s/student’s responsibility to research and obtain.

If any of your questions about Federal Financial Aid have not been addressed by the information presented, please contact the federal financial aid administrator, at 860-509-9545.

How to Apply for Federal Aid

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