Need-Based Grants

Need-Based Grants

Students who are not selected to receive a fellowship or scholarship may apply for a need-based Perkins Tuition Grant.  The majority of our students qualify for this type of financial aid. The grant is $6,000 for full-time students and $2,100-$2,500 for part-time students. In order to be considered, applicants must be admitted to a degree program prior to March 1 and have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please enter our school code (003613) when completing this on-line form. Remember, we must receive your FAFSA results as soon as possible after January 1st but no later than March 1st. Awards are given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Perkins Tuition Grants
Need-based Perkins Tuition Grants are awarded to part-time or full-time students in the following masters level programs:  Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.), Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.), and Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.). These awards require enrollment of at least 6 hours per regular term. Application is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov using the SMU school code 003613. Grants will be awarded annually on a "first come, first serve" basis after review of your new FAFSA results beginning January 1 and continuing through March 1 as funds remain available. Applicants must be admitted to the specified degree program no later than March 1.

Full Tuition Grants for Students Committed to Ministry with Latino/a and/or Hispanic Communities
Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University has, for many years, offered full tuition grants to students who had been certified as candidates for the ordained ministry in the Rio Grande Annual Conference. With the transitions that have occurred in the past year, Perkins is moving forward with a new commitment to provide support for students who intend to serve in ministry with Latino/a or Hispanic communities. Perkins will offer two full tuition grants annually to incoming students in any first level Master’s degree program at the school. (This excludes the Master of Theology, or Th.M., which is a second-level Master’s degree.) Recipients are normally required to complete a minimum of twenty-four hours each academic year (twelve hours each regular fall and spring term). Offered by Perkins School of Theology, these awards are given to certified candidates for ordained ministry (deacon or elder) who are members of local churches in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Preference is given to certified candidates from local churches previously affiliated with the former Rio Grande Conference.  Students with a 3.2 cumulative G.P.A. or higher may be considered and must additionally demonstrate need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov each year of the award.  Strong applications must clearly identify an intention for future service in a Latino/a and/or Hispanic faith community and must enroll in the Concentration in Hispanic Studies within her or his degree program at Perkins.  Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible for most complete consideration. 

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Grants
A limited number of full-tuition grants are available to full-time students in the following masters level programs:  Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.), Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.), and Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.). Recipients are normally required to complete a minimum of twenty-four hours each academic year (twelve hours each regular Fall and Spring term). Exceptions to the full-time status requirement are handled on an individual basis. These conference grants offered by Perkins are for certified candidates for ordained ministry in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference who have demonstrated need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants will be awarded annually on a "first come, first serve" basis after review of your new FAFSA results beginning January 1 and continuing through March 1 as funds remain available.

Perkins Annual Conference Endowment Grants (P.A.C.E.) 
Perkins Annual Conference Endowment Grants (P.A.C.E.) Additional grants are available from Perkins for students from the following Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church:  Texas, North Texas, Central Texas, Southwest Texas, Northwest Texas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.  Amounts vary per conference endowment. Grants will be awarded annually on a "first come, first serve" basis after review of your new FAFSA results beginning January 1 and continuing through March 1 as funds remain available. Applicants must be admitted to the specified degree program no later than March 1.

Dean's Honor Scholarship recipients will also be considered for P.A.C.E. Grants.