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

By God’s grace and the generosity of commissioning churches within the Southern Baptist Convention (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.

Government Student Aid

Southeastern accepts both the Federal Pell Grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid, and the Need-Based Scholarship from the North Carolina Department of Education. If you’re interested in applying for these financial aids, here’s how you do it:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and select Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as your chosen institution (School Code: G02963).
  2. After submitting the FAFSA®, the Federal and State Governments will evaluate your eligibility and inform Southeastern directly.

To retain these financial aids, you need to:

  1. Maintain satisfactory academic progress, ensuring your eligibility status.
  2. Submit all requested documents for government verification. If you don’t provide the required documents, you may lose your financial aid.

The FAFSA® application opens each year on October 1 for the next academic year. To increase your chances of getting financial aid, it’s a good idea to submit your FAFSA® as soon as possible.

Additionally, if you’re seeking institutional aid, you must:

  • Complete both the FAFSA® and Southeastern’s Standard Financial Aid Application.
  • Make sure to submit both applications by October 18th, 2023 for priority consideration for the Spring 2024 Semester.

Please note: Southeastern does not participate in any federally subsidized student loan programs.

Institutional Financial 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 Institutional 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. March 29th, 2022 for priority consideration for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
    2. October 18th, 2023 for priority consideration for the Spring 2024 Semester.
  4. The Standard Financial Aid Application automatically applies the student for the majority of Southeastern’s scholarships that they are eligible for.
  5. Southeastern also processes a number of Missions-Related Scholarships. These are available to students involved in local and international missions.

External Scholarships

There are a variety of external scholarships that students at Southeastern may be eligible for:

  • State-Specific scholarships are designed for students from certain states.
  • Additional scholarships have a broader reach and are not limited to a student’s state of residence.

We urge students to thoroughly review the requirements for each scholarship and keep track of the deadlines, as they can differ.

Please remember, our scholarship lists may not cover every available opportunity – they represent the scholarships that we’re currently aware of. We encourage students to seek out other scholarship opportunities they might be eligible for.

If you have questions or need more information about any of these scholarships, the awarding organization will be your best resource.

To explore both State-Specific and Additional scholarships, visit our External Scholarships page.


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