We're committed to helping students afford an excellent graduate education. Each year, generous funding is provided to students through several types of assistance—supporting candidates who have the strongest academic credentials, most devoted ministerial commitment, and greatest financial need.
of master's students receive financial aid
Tuition scholarships are awarded based on considerations of academic achievement, potential for ministry, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. They are awarded at the time of admission and are usually renewable at the same level in years following your initial award year, assuming your need and academic standing do not change markedly. In addition to the named awards below, STM offers many general tuition scholarships. Some awards have designated amounts; the rest range from 25% to 100%.
We seek to form faith-filled leaders committed to transformation in our Church and world. The Agent of Transformation Awards are for applicants committed to God’s vision for justice in each specific area. Though certainly not exhaustive, the following awards and fellowships celebrate the myriad ways our students work creatively toward a more just and inclusive Church and world. These awards cover 100% of the recipient's tuition costs.
STM has more than 20 graduate and research assistantship positions available, with offerings expanding nearly every year. In addition to the financial benefits of these positions, our students and alumni often report on the professional and ministerial skills gained from their time as graduate assistants. The majority of these positions last for one year and are reserved to support entering, first-year students.
The application process for these positions begins during the admissions process. If you are interested in being considered for the positions we have available, make sure to indicate that on your application form (there is a question that asks about assistantships).
In addition to positions through STM, there are many positions offered throughout the Boston College campus. Boston College's Office of Graduate Student Life maintains a listing of these positions, which are open to all BC graduate students. Recent positions held by STM students include working with the Church in the 21st Century Center, BC President's Office, Center for Teaching Excellence, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning, Information Technology Services, Center for Student Formation, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Provost's Office, and the Women's Center.
STM externships offer students administrative experience in positions throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, in parishes, schools, and other service offices. Both new and returning students are welcome to apply for these positions, which are for one year. A specific application for the externship program is made available (emailed to all eligible students) each spring for the following academic year.
The Office of Student Services at Boston College provides the option for students to apply for need-based loans and federal work-study. Students can borrow up to their total calculated cost of attendance (minus any scholarship/assistantship funding they are receiving from STM) through the Stafford Loan Program.
Graduate students are advised to complete the 2022–2023 BC Graduate and Law Supplemental Information Form or the 2022–2023 BC Graduate Student (Non Law) Enrollment Form.
Please note that Federal Stafford loans are only available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Federal loans are not available to S.T.L. or S.T.D. degree seeking students.
You should submit your application for federal financial aid as soon as possible. You do not have to wait to be admitted to a degree program to apply for federal financial aid, however notification of your loan package will occur after you receive an admissions decision from STM.
If you receive a scholarship or assistantship, this may affect your federal financial aid. If adjustments are needed your financial aid counselor will notify you.
The total financial aid awarded to you cannot exceed your cost of attendance, which includes assistantships, fellowships, grants, scholarships, non service stipends, tuition remission and your federal financial aid.
If you have questions about any adjustments you can contact your Financial Aid Counselor at the Office of Student Services 617-552-3300 or email them at email@example.com.
For AY 2023–2024 the tuition cost per credit at STM is $1,262.
To help you budget the cost of your graduate program, we've provided this breakdown of expenses. Additionally, the Office of Student Services has resources to help you calculate an approximate cost of attendance, which includes both tuition and living expenses.
The amounts shown here are estimates.
|Expense||Estimated Cost per Academic Year|
|Tuition and fees||$28,700 (24 credits)|
|Rent and utilities||$11,000|
|Books and supplies||$600|
of M.Div., M.A., & M.T.S. students found a placement within six months
(Class of 2022)
of all degree program graduates found a placement within six months
(Class of 2022)