ADMISSIONS

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Student Charges

Tuition charges paid by students cover slightly more than one-half the cost of the normal operating expenses. The continuing support of individuals and churches is necessary for the ongoing ministry of the seminary.

The charges listed here are those anticipated for the next two academic years. The seminary reserves the right to change these charges and it is possible that some increases will be necessary in succeeding years.

Basic Fees

  1. Application fee (not refundable) $25
  2. Late application fee; within two months of desired enrollment (not refundable) $50
  3. Advance tuition deposit (not refundable after June 1 for fall, November 1 for spring, April 1 for summer) $250

M.Div., B.Th., Dip.Th. Programs

  1. Tuition per credit hour for full-time students (11.5 credit hours or more) $305
  2. Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (under 11.5 credit hours) $345
  3. Tuition per credit hour for required classes taken by arrangement $345
  4. Tuition per credit hour in winterim $280
  5. Tuition per credit hour in summer $300
  6. Tuition per credit hour in summer for beginning Greek $150
  7. Continuing registration/Thesis non-resident fee $50

Th.M. Program

  1. Tuition per semester in fall or spring $2100
  2. Tuition per credit hour in summer $345
  3. Tuition per credit hour in winterim $280
  4. Continuing registration/Thesis non-resident fee $50

Th.D. Program

  1. Application fee (non-refundable) $50
  2. Exams fee (per semester until complete) $350
  3. Language Class fee (per unit) $345
  4. Tuition fee (per semester of residency) $2300
  5. Library fee (per semester of residency) $100
  6. Carrel rental fee (optional, per semester of residency, payable at the Library) $75
  7. Dissertation topic confirmation fee (due upon initial matriculation) $150
  8. Dissertation fee (due upon submission of first draft) $1000
  9. Shepherds' Conference fee (spring semester only) $100
  10. Student service fee (per semester of residency) $115
  11. Graduation fee: cost of diploma, cap and gown, and related expenses $200
  12. Dissertation binding & filming (original plus three copies) $50
  13. Additional personal copies (each) $25

D.Min. Program

  1. Application fee (non-refundable) $50
  2. Tuition fee (per semester hour) $425
  3. Project (DM 937) confirmation fee (due at time of topic confirmation) $1600
  4. Project (DM 938 & DM 920) submission fee (due upon submission of final draft) $2025
  5. Project binding & filming (original plus three copies) $75
  6. Additional personal copies, each $25
  7. Graduation fee: cost of diploma, cap, gown, and related expenses $200

General Fees (M.Div., B.Th., Dip.Th.)

  1. Audit fees same as tuition charges
  2. Registration/Materials fee; for each fall, spring, winterim, and summer $35
  3. Late registration/Materials fee; after open registration $85
  4. Library fee (fall and spring semesters only) $80
  5. Student Services fee (fall and spring semesters only) $115
  6. Shepherds' Conference fee (spring semester only) $100
  7. Extended payment plan (5-month plan)
    1. Semester set-up fee $75
    2. Late payment fee $25
  8. Thesis (M.Div., Th.M.) binding & filming (original plus 2 copies) $50
  9. Additional personal copies (each) $25
  10. Graduation fee: cost of diploma, cap and gown, and related expenses $185
  11. Transcript fee $3

Computer

Within six weeks after enrollment all regular students are required to own a personal computer with approved word processing and record-keeping software. Information and recommendations on approved systems and software programs are available from the Administration Office. Estimated cost: $1000 to $1500.

Housing and Other Costs

The seminary does not provide housing for either married or single students; students are responsible for making their own living arrangements (cf. Student Life section).

With the exception of housing and automobile insurance, which are somewhat higher than the national average, other living expenses are comparable with costs elsewhere in the nation. The following estimates of typical annual costs may be of help in budget planning.

Typical Annual Budget

Item

Single Student

Married Student

Tuition (32 hours)$9,760$9,760
Fees$560$560
Books and Supplies$500 $500
Housing and Food$10,000$18,000
Computer Costs(3yr avg)$350$350
Transportation w/insurance$3,000$4,000
Personal Expenses$2,000$4,000
Minimum Medical Insurance$1,300$1,300

Medical insurance is required for all students. Those who do not have coverage through employment or other means are required to purchase minimum coverage at the approximate cost of $1,100 per year (Information on medical insurance coverage is available from tms.edu). Insurance for spouse and/or children would be an additional cost.

With careful budgeting or special management, many students are able to reduce these budget figures. Married students who have children should anticipate the additional expenses involved.

Payment of Accounts

All tuition, fees, and charges are due and payable at registration. Students who are unable to pay their entire semester charges may elect to use the Extended Payment Plan (5-month payment plan). This plan allows students to budget more easily, reducing the size of the tuition payments by spreading them over the semester. Actual monthly payments are automatically adjusted when courses are added or dropped, or when enrollment plans change.

For those who choose this plan, a student's semester tuition charges, based on his enrollment, are paid over a five-month period, beginning in July and ending in November for the fall semester, and beginning in December and ending in April for the spring semester. No interest is charged in this plan. There is a $75 per semester set-up fee and a charge of $25 for each payment received after the due date. Each payment is due on the tenth of each month. Any balance remaining after the final payment date will be charged interest at the rate of one percent per month.

Student tuition accounts must be paid in full by the following deadlines:

  1. November 10 for the fall semester
  2. April 10 for the spring semester
  3. June 10 for the first summer session
  4. August 10 for the second summer session

Winterim tuition costs can be rolled into your spring tuition payment plan. However, Summer tuition costs cannot be rolled into your fall tuition payment plan. Students with unpaid balances after these dates will be immediately suspended from classes, receive an "F" for those classes, and forfeit the opportunity to enroll in courses for the subsequent school term, participate in graduation or the seminary's annual Israel trip. Transcripts and diplomas may also be withheld. Note: If your tuition is being paid by another person or organization, it is your responsibility to make sure your tuition is paid on time to avoid the penalties listed above.

Questions regarding the payment of accounts should be addressed to the:

Student Finance Office
The Master's College and Seminary
21726 W. Placerita Canyon Road
Newhall, California 91321
661-362-2237

Refunds

A student who chooses to withdraw from a class or classes, or from all classes for which he has registered, whether he has attended them or not, must officially withdraw by completing the forms which are available from the Administration office. Failure to withdraw officially will result in a W, WP, or WF, on the student's transcript, as appropriate, even though the student may never have attended the class(es), and a student who does not withdraw officially will not be entitled to any refund.

Refunds of tuition payments are based upon the week that the official withdrawal form is signed by the Administration office, not on the time the student ceases to attend the class(es).

  1. Withdrawal during the first two weeks 100%
  2. During the third week 75%
  3. During the fourth week 60%
  4. During the fifth week 45%
  5. During the sixth week 30%
  6. During the seventh week 15%
  7. During the eighth week 5%
  8. During the ninth week or later 0%
  9. Lab fees, 100 percent refundable during the first two weeks, become non-refundable thereafter.
  10. The registration fee is non-refundable.

Summer school and Winterim refunds: 100 percent refund if dropped prior to or during the first two days of class. There is no refund if dropped after the first day of classes. The date used to establish the amount of refund will be the date that the drop slip is signed by the Administration office.

Students who receive federal or state loans will receive a refund of the amount remaining after tuition has been paid. The refund will be processed the week after the official add/drop period has ended.

On-Campus Student Employment

There are limited opportunities for student employment, often for work in The Master’s Grace Library or at Grace Community Church. Hourly wages are above the minimum wage but usually not competitive with common industry or commercial averages. The Admissions Office works with students in directing them to employment opportunities.

Home Church Assistance

Assistance from your home church does more than help meet the budget-it provides an accountability for the student and a prayer commitment by the church. Consequently, students are encouraged to discuss financial assistance possibilities with their pastor and church leaders. Applications are availiable at the reception desk.

Veterans Educational Assistance

The Master's Seminary has been approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provision of Title 38. Eligible persons should submit Form DD2-14, available from the Veterans Administration. An original or certified copy of release papers is needed.

Scholarships

Scholarships and tuition grants come through the endowment funds and sacrificial gifts provided by friends of TMS. As it is, tuition covers only slightly more than half of the costs, so each student automatically receives a 40 percent scholarship due to reduced tuition. Beyond that, a limited number of scholarships, based on merit and need, are available only for tuition expenses of full-time students, and only after the applicant has pursued assistance from his home church. To qualify, students must demonstrate that their home church has been approached for matching funds. Scholarship funding, reserved for those enr olled in a minimum of 11.5 units and maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or above, is rarely available for students in their first year at TMS.

Stafford Student Loans

This is a California state, long-term 8-10 percent interest guaranteed student loan. Applications must be filed with the Financial Aid Office by March 1 for the fall semester, and by November 1 for the spring semester.

Bachelor of Theology Program

Those students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology program may be eligible for additional Federal scholarships and grants. For further information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (661) 259-3540.