We encourage students to apply for scholarships in order to help make their time at Westminster as affordable and burden-free as possible. To understand the ins and outs of the scholarship award process, read the information presented below.
Awarding of Scholarships
Awards for the following academic year will be made after the receipt of the financial aid application and the necessary materials for the scholarship.
New student applicants will be notified by letter and email whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship. Returning applicants will be notified electronically (unless they have chosen not to receive electronic communications).
Recipients of all scholarships will be required to accept the award by the date indicated on the award letter and, given the sensitive nature of scholarship availability and funding, they will also be required to abide by an agreement of confidentiality. Before any funds are disbursed to returning students, scholarship recipients are required to evidence that they are matriculated as students in an appropriate program of study.
Scholarships will only be applied to cover the cost of courses required for the degree program in which the financial aid recipient is currently enrolled.
Need-Based Scholarship Award Process
Unless otherwise noted, the awarding of scholarships is based on actual financial need. In determining a student’s need, items that will not be considered allowable expenses include maternity costs, support of relatives other than the spouse and children of the applicant, and school tuition or other school expenses for spouse or other dependents of the applicant.
For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results are considered when determining a student’s need factor. For some special-named scholarships, merit and academic standing are also taken under consideration.
Students who are awarded a scholarship and subsequently had tuition covered through other means will have their Westminster scholarship removed or the awarded amount adjusted. However, financial aid received by the finance office on behalf of a student and designated solely for non-tuition expenses will not influence the amount of any scholarship awarded by Westminster.
Solo Scholarship Policy
Except for rare cases, each recipient is awarded only one scholarship, regardless of the number of scholarships for which he or she applied. The scholarship is awarded once per year for a one-year period only (except for “Spring Semester Only” awards, which are the General Masters and MDiv Ministry Scholarships).
Students who have been awarded scholarships for a given academic year must reapply for this financial aid each successive academic year that they plan to be enrolled. The academic year extends from the summer term beginning in June through the spring semester ending the following May. The summer term, which is comprised of three modules, is considered as a whole in terms of aid. The winter term (as Module 1) and the spring semester (as Module 2) are considered together as the spring semester. Any reference to the spring semester assumes that the winter term is included as well.
Please note that most scholarships are only awarded for the fall and spring semesters. In contrast, full tuition scholarships will cover summer tuition, should the summer course(s) be a part of the student’s degree program.