Financial Assistance

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) offers assistance to students to help finance their education. Scholarships and grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and merit. All students presenting some financial need receive financial assistance from the school. Financial aid comes in the form of institutional scholarships, outside grants, federal loans or work study jobs.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

If you are interested in applying to the school and would like to receive financial aid, whether it is grant(s) or/and loans, please complete the following financial aid documents. No aid will be awarded unless the following two steps are completed:

  1. Filing of a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school code is G02149.
  2. Submission of the Episcopal Divinity School Financial Aid Application.

A signed copy of your Federal Income Tax Return (and spouse’s, if filing separately) from the last calendar year may be requested in case your record is randomly selected for income verification.

International students must complete the Episcopal Divinity School Financial Aid Application but do not need to fill out the FAFSA. 

Application Deadline

Applications for financial aid are available in January for a September session start. Since grant and scholarship funds are awarded on a first-­come, first­-served basis, it is important to file by April 15th in order to receive primary consideration. Newly accepted students are encouraged to apply immediately after they receive their acceptance letter. No financial aid application will be treated after July 1st for returning students.

Financial Aid Estimate for Prospective Students

Prospective students interested in applying to one of the school programs may receive an Institutional Grant Award Estimate from the financial aid office for the next enrollment period.

The Institutional Grant Award Estimate can differ slightly from the final grant awarded because of budget constraints. It will be based on full time or half-time enrollment in the chosen program of study.  The final grant will be recalculated based on the number of credits the student will register to.

In order to receive your estimate please send an email to Valerie Paterson in the financial aid office, at, then proceed with the steps indicated on the website under admissions, financial assistance, how to apply for financial aid.

Financial Grants for Hotel Housing for Distributive Learning Students During June and January Sessions

Beginning in January 2014, EDS has offered more flexibility to off-campus students regarding housing for the intensive sessions of January and June. Students have the choice to stay at a EDS selected hotel close to the school or choose their own housing. This flexibility allows students to have more control over their cost of housing and over their housing choice.

EDS wants to make the hotel choice affordable for all. To this end, students who are looking for a grant to help pay for the hotel must submit a financial aid application and complete a FAFSA form (see "How to Apply for Financial Aid" above). All students are welcome to apply for this grant.

The grant can be up to $1,250 per intensive session. 

Award letter

Students who are admitted to EDS will receive a financial aid award letter following their formal admission to the school. They will need to respond with their acceptance or refusal of potential financial aid after receiving .

Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling Interview

If loans are taken, the student will have to complete an online Master Promissory Note and an Entrance Counseling Interview on the ( website.

There is one specific Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note for Graduate Plus loans.

If you have additional questions and would like to contact the financial aid office, please call Valerie Paterson at (617) 682-1593 or send an email to