How much will seminary cost me?

The total cost of educational and living expenses for nine months ranges from around $23,000 for single students to approximately $33,000 for married students. Distance learning students can expect educational, traveling, and living expenses around $18,000 per year (single) or $28,500 (married).

2013 - 14 Tuition and Fee Schedule

  • IR Master of Divinity, Dual Track M.Div.-M.S.W., Master of Theology

    $390 per credit hour (approx $12,900/yr)

    $100 per credit hour to audit*

    * Free audits for certain courses are permitted to spouses of full-time degree students by applying to the academic dean.


    $50 Application Fee

    $250 Acceptance Confirmation (applied toward tuition)

    $60 Activities fee (yearly)

    $20 Noon luncheon fee (each semester)

    $350 January-term retreat (junior year)

    $600-$1,000 Intercultural Immersion Trip (middler year)

    $60 Graduation fee

  • Distance Learning/WTS-Newbigin Master of Divinity, Master of Arts

    $423 per credit hour ($7,775-$9,500/yr depending on 5 or 4 yr program)

    $100 per credit to audit a course (available on a limited basis)


    $50 Application Fee

    $250 Acceptance Confirmation (applied toward tuition)

    $600-$1,000 Intercultural Immersion Trip (middler year)

    $60 Graduation fee

    $50 per semester intensive fee

    The cost of transporation, meals, and lodging for the intensive courses are the responsibility of the student.

  • Doctor of Ministry

    $13,200 total tuition for the three-year program, for candidates beginning in 2013

            $13,500 total tuition for the three-year program for candidates beginning in 2014


    $50 Application Fee

    $250 Acceptance Confirmation (applied toward tuition)

    $60 Graduation fee

    A continuation fee of $750 is charged for each additional year beyond the first three years in the program.

  • Graduate Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry

    $390 per credit hour

    $100 per credit hour to audit


    $50 Application Fee

    $60 Graduation fee

Payment in full is expected by the due date of each semester. Payment plans are available: a $25 administrative fee will be charged for each semester the student is on the plan, and the outstanding balance will be assessed a 1% finance charge each month until it is paid off, which must be in 4 or less monthly payments.

Students cannot begin a new semester with balances still due on the previous semester.

  • Billing Policy
    • Drop Dates: Each semester the dean's office publishes a drop date for courses. A student will bear no academic penalty for any course discontinued prior to that date. Full tuition will be refunded if a course is dropped prior to the drop date. Tuition refunds will be prorated after the drop date.

    • Seminary billing policy for degree seeking candidates: Students will receive a statement of their tuition before the start of the semester. This statement will include pending scholarships (changes to your class schedule could affect your scholarship). Student billing accounts can be checked through the student portal.Adjusted student bills will be distributed the week after the drop/add period for the semester, and payment is due 21 days after the first day of class by one of the three ways listed below.Payment can be made by: 1)Cash, check, credit card, or 2)Students can apply for a Direct Loan by contacting Pat Dykhuis, or 3)a payment plan is available for a fee (see below)Contact Kerry Eshenaur to set up a payment plan. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for each semester the student is on the plan, and the outstanding balance will be assessed a 1% finance charge each month until it is paid off, which must be in 4 or less monthly payments. Click here for the Payment Plan form.Students cannot begin a new semester with balances still due on the previous semester.

    • Seminary billing policy for non-degree seeking candidates: Students will receive a statement at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. Payment is due before the first day of class.

     

Other Costs

  • Junior Retreat and Intercultural Immersion trip

    In-Residence students pay an additional fee for the January-Term Retreat for Juniors ($350) and Intercultural Immersion trips for Middlers (range: $600-$1,000). The costs of the intercultural immersion trips depend on trip destination and the actual cost of travel. These J-Term learning opportunities are part of the curriculum and as such also cost the normal tuition rate of 1.5 credits each.  Distance Learning students participate in an intercultural immersion trip in the summer between the 4th and 5th year of the program.  Costs for these trips vary, but will range from $600-$1000.

  • Audits for Spouses

    The policy of allowing one free audit per semester to spouses of on-campus seminary candidates will be continued.

  • Distance Learning M.Div. / M.A. Intensives

    The cost of transportation, meals, and lodging for the intensives courses held on campus in Holland, MI are the responsibility of the student. Students will be charged $50 per intensive to cover part of the cost of meals and other expenses on campus.

  • Intern Supervision Fee

    The intern supervision fee of $200 is the responsibility of the churches, and is therefore not listed in the student fee schedule.

  • Summer Internships (FR125)

    Students often spend their summer internships in other states. Their actual expenses traveling to and from their internship site are paid for by the site. Housing is also provided. Students incur no expenses other than groceries (and rent for their housing back at the seminary). In addition, students receive a stipend from their internship site.

  • Insurance

    Students are required to carry medical insurance.  Coverage must be provided by a parent or spouse's policy or by the WTS sponsored program.  Details are available from Student Services.

  • Housing

    In 2012-13 townhouse, apartment, and house rentals range from $330 to $815 per month, depending upon the location and number of bedrooms. Click here for more information about housing or read the Housing Policy.

Questions on tuition, fees, or housing payments? Contact Kerry Eshenaur or Norm Donkersloot.

Kerry Eshenaur

Kerry Eshenaur

Bookkeeper, Student Billing, Payroll
616.392.8555 x106
Norman Donkersloot

Norman Donkersloot

Vice President of Finance
616.392.8555 x107

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