Costs & Financial Aid
For the 2013-2014 academic year, tuition at the Graduate School of Theology is $400 per credit hour. (See below for information on scholarship opportunities.)
The fee for auditing a Graduate School of Theology course is $165 per course.
Books and other fees
Student should realize that the academic books required in graduate school are often quite expensive. A helpful estimate is that students may expect to spend $150 per class on books.
|Other Fees:||Besides a $25 application fee, no other fees (such as for parking, library, student services or activities, graduation, or general semester fees) will be assessed for the 2013-2014 academic year as part of Oklahoma Christian's "Eagles Fly Fee Free" campaign.|
University financial policies are available online. The web page also provides contact information for Financial Services.
Financial Aid: The Institutional Scholarship, Employment Opportunities, and Department Scholarships
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 funds and loans. For additional information contact Financial Services at 405-425-5190.
OC Graduate School of Theology offers you a guaranteed tuition scholarship of $135 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 new students entering the graduate program having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater from previous academic work. This award is given through the Financial Services department and no application is required.
Endowed Departmental Scholarships:
An award from an endowed departmental scholarship is also available to new and returning students. Students should apply for scholarships when they apply to to the Graduate School of Theology and prior to the fall semester of each academic year in which they are studying. The Scholarship committee reevaluates the needs of students each year.
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.
Students will receive awards at the beginning of the semester based on the hours in which they enroll. Full-time students are those who enroll in 9 or more hours in a fall or spring semester (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).
Applicants must meet published guidelines to receive awards.
*Awards for students will be pro-rated if enrollment levels change from semester to semester.
Federal Financial Aid: FAFSA
To apply for federal financial aid, students should follow these steps:
1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.gov. Once the FAFSA has been submitted, the student's information will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Services at Oklahoma Christian University.
2. Students must then complete the Graduate School of Theology Student Data Form.
3. Once OC has received your FAFSA information, they may need additional paperwork, such as an Independent Verification Worksheet, your signed federal tax return, or an Asset Information Worksheet. They will contact you if additional paperwork is needed.
4. After all of your paperwork is completed, the Office of Financial Services 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.
If you have questions, please contact Linda Orr at 405-425-5194. You can also fax your documents to 405-425-5197.
Financial Services Policy
All charges for Graduate School of Theology classes are applied to accounts at enrollment. Payment is due from a College of Biblical Studies graduate student when classes begin for that student in any 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 classes begin for a student.
Students wishing to delay payment based on an employer reimbursement financial arrangement must first submit the Employer Reimbursement Form. Failure to complete the Employer Reimbursement Form by the first day of classes will result in the student’s 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 loans. Also, monthly payment plans are available to graduate students as for undergraduate students.