Financial Aid at Southeastern

Southeastern’s institutional aid includes all of its various in-house funds. Private scholarships include funds that may be available to Southeastern students from external entities. Financial aid through the Government is available from state and federal programs. Students should also pursue and apply for as many other private scholarships, for which they may be eligible. See below for further information.

The Cooperative Program And SBC Scholarship

Due to the generosity of commissioning churches within the SBC, Southeastern is able to provide a substantial amount of financial aid funding to its students who are members of SBC churches. This amount is equivalent to 50% of what a student would normally pay for tuition and fees.

Applying For Government Aid

Southeastern accepts the Pell Grant from the Federal Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid, as well as the Need-Based Scholarship from the North Carolina Department of Education. For students to be considered for either Federal Pell Grants or the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship, they must complete the FAFSA® and select Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as their school of choice (School Code: G02963). Once the student has completed the FAFSA®, the Federal and State Governments will communicate the student’s eligibility directly to Southeastern. In order to keep this award, the student must maintain eligibility status based on making satisfactory academic progress. Furthermore, the student is required to submit all requested documentation for government mandated verification. Failure to submit the requested documentation will result in the student losing the award.

The FAFSA® opens each year on October 1 for the following academic year. Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA® as soon as possible.

Furthermore, as noted above, to be considered for institutional aid, the student must complete the FAFSA®, along with the institution’s Standard Financial Aid Application, by January 31st.

Applying For Institutional Aid

Institutional scholarship awards are committee-recommended and are based on a variety of parameters such as need, merit, donor specifications, consideration of other awarded aid, and the availability of funds. To see the requirements for financial aid, see our eligibility standards for Institutional aid.

  1. In order to be eligible for financial aid at Southeastern, all college students are required to complete both the Standard Financial Aid Application as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)
  2. Your SEBTS Financial Aid application will not be considered complete until we receive your FAFSA®. At the end of the FAFSA®, you will select Southeastern to receive a copy of your FAFSA®, and we will be sent this information. Our school code is G02963. You do not need to notify us that you have completed the FAFSA®
  3. Southeastern’s Standard Financial Aid Application is open to any prospective or current student in any degree program during the Application Periods listed below. Student’s do not need to be accepted to the institution prior to completing the application. To be eligible for institutional financial aid, both the student’s FAFSA® and Standard Financial Aid Application must be complete by the following deadline:
    1. December 1, 2021 – April 1, 2022 for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year.
  4. Incoming students who are accepted to Southeastern past the deadlines may still be able to apply. For any questions, please contact our office.
  5. The Standard Financial Aid Application automatically applies the student for Southeastern’s General and Designated Scholarships. In addition, it may provide additional opportunities to apply for Southeastern’s Specialized Scholarships, which may also require answers to additional application questions.
  6. Along with the General, Designated, and Specialized scholarships mentioned above, Southeastern also processes a number of Missions-Related Scholarships. These are available to students involved in local and international missions.

Applying For Private Scholarships

Private scholarships at Southeastern can be divided into two categories, State-Specific and Additional scholarships. Students should be sure to read the criteria and pay attention to deadlines since these will vary for each individual scholarship. Please note that these lists are not exhaustive; these are simply the scholarships of which Southeastern is currently aware. We encourage students to research other scholarship opportunities for which they may be eligible.  If you have any questions or concerns about any of the scholarships, please contact the awarding organization.

State-Specific scholarships are opportunities that are specific to the student’s state of residence. To see a list of these scholarships and their contact information, visit our External Scholarships page.

Additional scholarships are other private scholarship opportunities which are more general and not specific to a student’s state of residence. You can find a list of these scholarships by visiting our External Scholarships page.


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