Tuition in Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology is only $420 per credit hour for the 2015-2016 academic year. (See below for information on our two scholarship opportunities.)
Books and Fees
Academic books required in graduate school are often quite expensive. You may expect to spend about $150 per class on books. Sometimes books will cost much less, and sometimes a bit more, but this provides an estimate for budgeting.
Besides the $25 application fee, no other fees will be assessed as part of OC’s commitment to keeping your costs as low as possible. There are no fees for parking, printing, library, student services, graduation, or other general semester fees.
Cost for Auditing Courses
If you'd like to audit a class in OC’s Graduate School of Theology, the cost is just $165 per course.
University financial policies are available online. The webpage also provides contact information for Financial Services.
Scholarships and Employment Opportunities
Oklahoma Christian University offers you various programs if you seek financial aid to attend graduate school. Graduate students who establish financial need can receive federal loans. For more information, contact Financial Services at 405.425.5190.
- Institutional Scholarship: OC’s Graduate School of Theology offers a tuition scholarship of $110 per credit hour if you are a degree-seeking student maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. This scholarship is also available to you as a new student entering the graduate program as long as you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater from previous academic work. This award is given through the Financial Services office and no application is required.
- Endowed Departmental Scholarships: An award from an endowed departmental scholarship is also available to new and returning students. You may apply for this tuition scholarship as soon as you are accepted into OC’s Graduate School of Theology, and will need to renew it each year by filling out a simple online application form. A scholarship committee reevaluates the needs of students each year. Click here for the endowed departmental scholarship application form.
- Employment Opportunities: Work opportunities are readily available in the Edmond/Oklahoma City area. Many OC graduate students work in area churches as preachers, youth ministers, interns, and in other roles. In addition, on-campus jobs may be found by visiting www.oc.edu/campusjobs.
You will receive financial awards at the beginning of the semester based on the hours in which you enroll. You are considered a full-time student if you are enrolled in 9 or more hours in a fall or spring semester (or 6 hours in a summer semester). Half-time students are those enrolled in at least 5 hours in a fall or spring semester (3 hours in summer).
All applicants must meet published guidelines to receive awards.
*Awards for students will be prorated if enrollment levels change from semester to semester.
Federal Financial Aid: FAFSA
To apply for federal financial aid, you should follow these steps:
1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.gov. Once the FAFSA has been submitted, your information will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Services at Oklahoma Christian University.
2. Next, complete the Graduate School of Theology Student Data Form.
3. Once Financial Services has received your FAFSA information, they may need additional paperwork from you, such as an Independent Verification Worksheet, your signed federal tax return, or an Asset Information Worksheet. Your personal financial counselor will contact you if additional paperwork is needed.
4. After all of your paperwork is completed, the Financial Services office will determine your eligibility for financial aid. They will then send you an award letter.
5. If you are a first-time borrower at Oklahoma Christian University, you will also need to complete a Loan Entrance Interview and Master Promissory Note before borrowing a Stafford Loan at www.studentloans.gov.
Financial Services Policy
All charges for OC’s Graduate School of Theology classes are applied to your account when you enroll. Payment is due from you when classes begin that semester. While there is a four-week period before accounts are considered past due (and before students could be dropped for non-payment), payment is due on the first day that classes begin.
If your employer will be reimbursing you for tuition and you wish to delay payment because of an arrangement you made with your employer, you must first submit the Employer Reimbursement Form. Failure to complete the Employer Reimbursement Form by the first day of classes will result in your account being considered delinquent and therefore subjected to finance charges and possible withdrawal from classes.
Payment may be made in cash, check, money order, major credit card or through a student loan. The Financial Services office is available to assist in the application process. It is recommended that students start this process as early as possible. Please note that half-time enrollment (a minimum of five hours) is required in graduate school to be eligible for governmental loans. Also, monthly payment plans are available, which allow you to pay your balance out over the course of the semester.