Seattle Pacific Seminary scholarships

Scholarship and other financial aid is offered to newly admitted and continuing students of SPS. For eligibility requirements, download the SPS Scholarship application. To apply for a scholarship, you should complete the following steps prior to the application deadline of March 31. Please note: Scholarships will be distributed evenly across the autumn, winter, and spring quarters of the academic year for a scholarship is awarded.

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • The FAFSA provides the Seminary with an assessment of your financial need, and can be completed online. (Seattle Pacific University’s school code is: 003788).

Complete the online Seminary Scholarship Application

  • The scholarship application provides the Seminary with a detailed assessment of your financial circumstance, and allows us to understand any additional information that may not have been captured by your FAFSA.
  • In your application, please provide a concise statement about your monthly expenses, monthly income, and any additional information about your financial plans (e.g. additional scholarships a student is applying for, etc.). Students are evaluated for scholarship aid based on financial need, merit (e.g., GPA, vocational preparedness), and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Seattle Pacific Seminary awards over $300,000 in endowed and budgeted scholarships to our students every year. These scholarships are offered based on the availability of these funds, which means, in some cases, there may be funding available to newly admitted students after our application deadline. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us at

Graduate assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantship funds (part-time on-campus employment) are available each school year. In general, graduate assistantships are for students who have completed at least one year of graduate work with Seattle Pacific Seminary.

Graduate assistants can expect to work 10 hours per week, for 10 weeks each academic quarter, earning $16 per hour.

To be eligible, you must take at least six credits a quarter, and must be making satisfactory progress toward degree completion. To apply, download the Graduate Assistantship application, and email your completed application to

Church-matching grant

Administered by SPU’s Student Financial Services, the University currently matches scholarships up to $500 provided by Christian churches for SPU students. This means, that if your church were to provide a $500 scholarship toward your seminary tuition costs, SPU would match it up to $500 for the academic year.

The grant is offered independently, over and above any scholarship you may be awarded by Seattle Pacific Seminary. To take advantage of this scholarship, your church will simply need to send a letter and check to Student Financial Services indicating they would like to provide a scholarship for you and take advantage of the “SPU Church Matching Grant.” In the letter, your church should note your student ID number.

SPU employee discount

Administered by Human Resources, and as an encouragement to long-term employment service, the University provides tuition discount benefits to assist eligible employees and their spouses in earning their first undergraduate, master’s, and/or doctoral degree(s), and eligible dependent children in earning their first undergraduate degree. Find more information about this discount in the Employees’ Benefits Handbook.

SPS Student Scholarships for Conferences

SPS students can request funding to assist them in attending theologically-related conferences or academic meetings, drawn from the Seminary Advancement and Dean’s Vision Fund. Find more information here.

John Wesley Seminary Foundation Grant/Loan

If you are pursuing full-time ministry in the Free Methodist Church, you may qualify for the John Wesley Foundation Seminary grant/loan opportunity. Qualified applicants must be a conference ministerial candidate in the Free Methodist Church. For more information and to begin the application process, visit the Free Methodist Church Department of Leadership Development website.

discernment weekend

Come Explore Your Calling With Us

Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation in the company of Seminary faculty, students, and others considering seminary.  

Check out this video and learn more about Discernment Weekend.