ADMISSIONS: TUITION

ADMISSIONS: TUITION

Tuition paid by students covers only a fraction of the actual cost of a seminary education. On average, Redeemer Seminary student tuition covers only one-fourth of the cost of providing the education. The primary funding for the seminary is provided by kingdom donors who desire to advance the mission of the seminary in “extending the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ until that knowledge covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.”

Redeemer Seminary is committed to keeping a student’s tuition expense as low as possible and encourages students to “pay as you go” rather than accumulating debt. Redeemer Seminary does not participate in the Federal Stafford Loan program. For an analysis of the problem of student loan debt, please see the published research study, “The Gathering Storm – The Educational Debt of Theological Students”

Tuition in 2010-2011 is $400 per semester hour, beginning June 1, 2010. This rate was not increased from 2009-2010.

REDEEMER SEMINARY SCHOLARSHIPS

50% and 25% Scholarships

Redeemer Seminary awards scholarships for qualified students in the M.Div., M.A.R., or M.A. programs of study. The scholarships provides 50% for full time students or 25% for part time students in all courses taken in any term: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Applications can be received at any time prior to the entering term. For more information, please see the 50% Scholarship Application.

Spouse Scholarships (2 for the price of 1)

The spouse of any tuition-paying full-time student who, upon admission, enrolls in any program at the M.Div. level or lower may apply for a spouse scholarship for up to the number of credits for which the tuition-paying full-time student is registered in a given semester (Fall/Spring) or term (Winter/Summer). This spouse scholarship is available to a student couple in addition to the 50%/25% scholarship awarded to a student. The credits awarded must be applied only to classes necessary for the program in which the spouse is enrolled and only for classes offered solely by Redeemer Seminary on the Redeemer campus. Classes offered in cooperation with external institutions are not eligible for this scholarship.

For more information, please contact the Redeemer Director of Recruitment.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

Applications for Admission are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted prior to the term in which a student desires to register for classes.

Students who have already been admitted to Westminster Theological Seminary do not need to complete a new application. If you have been admitted to Westminster, please contact Redeemer’s Director of Recruitment to discuss the process for enrollment at Redeemer.

To complete the application process for admission as a Redeemer Seminary student, please submit to the Admissions Office all of the following materials at the same time if possible, though separate submissions are accepted.

1. A signed, completed application form with all relevant personal statements

• statement of Christian experience
• statement of desire to attend Redeemer
• spouse’s statement (if married)

2. $40 application fee (check or money order) or $25 special student application fee

3. Completed academic reference form in sealed envelope

4. Completed church reference form in sealed envelope

5. Official transcript(s) in sealed envelopes from all schools attended (12 semester hours or more)

Application Forms in PDF for Printing and Submission

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Redeemer admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the Seminary. The Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or scholarship and loan programs. While the Seminary believes that the Scriptures restrict the ordained ruling and teaching offices of the church to men, all degree programs of the Seminary are open to both women and men. The Seminary also believes that the Lord has given a variety of gifts to women and men not called to the ordained offices of the church and we are committed to training those students for positions of service in the church which do not require ordination. All men and women students in the degree programs are considered eligible for financial aid and for other services provided by the Seminary for its students.

General Requirements for Admission to All Programs

Credentials

In order to be admitted to registration as a regular student in the Seminary (for all locations and programs), the applicant must present ordinarily the following credentials to the Director of Recruitment, Redeemer Theological Seminary, 3838 Oak Lawn Ave, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75219

1. A completed application on a form supplied by the Office of Admissions (available online at www.redeemerseminary.org) including personal statements and a spouse statement, if applicable.

2. A non-refundable application fee of $40.

3. A church reference on a form supplied by the Office of Admissions from the minister or session of the church of which the applicant is a member, or from another source approved by the Director of Recruitment.

4. An academic reference on a form supplied by the Office of Admissions a college professor under whose guidance the applicant has pursued studies, or from another source approved by the Director of Recruitment.

5. A full official transcript(s) of the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate level work. If more than one institution was attended, there should be a transcript from each. (An official transcript is one that is sent directly from the institution in a sealed envelope. If it is opened before it reaches the Office of Admissions, it then becomes unofficial.) If the transcript does not show the completion of a baccalaureate degree at the time of application, a final transcript must be submitted before final admission can be granted. An applicant previously registered at Redeemer may use the official transcripts provided in his or her previous application, as long as the applicant graduated within the last five years.

The transcript must show the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. The grades attained shall give promise that the applicant can pursue courses in the Seminary satisfactorily. The transcript should show the broad and comprehensive education essential to theological studies. While it is not possible to prescribe one pattern as normative for all pre-seminary education, a degree of mastery is recommended in the following areas: English; history; philosophy; natural sciences; social sciences; ancient, classical, and modern foreign languages; and Bible.

6. All applicants whose native language is not English, or for whom English was not the language of instruction from the primary grades (regardless of U.S. citizenship or residency), must take the TOEFL and TWE. See the TOEFL and TWE section.

Additional requirements

The Seminary will examine the credentials with a view to ascertain whether the applicant is of good moral character and is of serious purpose.

The Director of Recruitment may ask the applicant to meet with a representative of the Seminary for a personal interview, or the Seminary may grant admission on the basis of the credentials submitted.

Unless otherwise requested, applications uncompleted by the date stated by the applicant as the date of enrollment in the Seminary will not be retained. No materials will be returned.

Special Needs

If an applicant has any disability requiring special attention, he or she must submit, following admission to the seminary, documentation of his or her disability, along with details on specific needs to be accommodated, 60 days (two months) prior to matriculation.

Non-Native English Speakers (TOEFL and TWE)

An applicant whose native language is other than English, or for whom English was not the language of instruction from the primary grades (regardless of U.S. citizenship or residency) must demonstrate proficiency in English. The minimum score for applicants on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is indicated on the chart below. An official record of the test must be sent to the Seminary by the Educational Testing Center. Photocopies of test results will not be accepted.

All applicants who are admitted to the Seminary with the minimum required score of 570 or 600 (230 or 250 computer-based [CBT] or 88-89 or 100 internet-based [iBT] respectively), but less than 640 (273 CBT or 111 iBT respectively), on the TOEFL must register for a course in Advanced Theological Writing (PT 031P) during their first semester on campus and during each subsequent semester until the course is passed. The course must be passed in order for the student to graduate. There is a tuition fee for this course (see course description for PT 031P). Only those students who submit a TOEFL score of 630 (267 computer) or higher and a TWE score of 5.5 (111 iBT) or higher will be exempt from PT 031P.

TOEFL and TWE Minimum Required Scores:

TOEFL

Internet-Based

Computer-Based

Paper-Based

TWE

M.A., M.A.R., M.Div.

88-89

230

570

4.5

The TOEFL and TWE exams are required for those whose native language is not English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, but he or she has been educated in English from the primary grades through undergraduate work, he or she will be exempt from taking the TOEFL and TWE exams.

To register for the TOEFL/TWE or TSE test, applicants should contact TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 085416151, USA (telephone: 609-882-6601; web address: www.toefl.org). Redeemer’s code number should be noted on materials sent to TOEFL/TSE Services.

Those applicants whose native language is not English but who have, with an academic average of B or better, completed a liberal arts degree program or its equivalent at an accredited postsecondary school in the U.S. or at a recognized postsecondary school in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, may be considered for exemption from all TOEFL, TWE, and TSE requirements. Such exemption will be considered by the Director of Recruitment only after 1) receiving a letter from one of the student’s university or seminary professors testifying to the student’s English-language ability and 2) after interviewing and testing the student in person. Under no circumstances will the TOEFL and TWE requirement be waived for non-native English speaking applicants.

Applicants who pass the TOEFL exemption test and are admitted to Redeemer must register for Advanced Theological Writing (PT 031P).

Notification of Admission

After reviewing the credentials submitted, the Seminary will notify the applicant of the decision about admission. Registration for course work is contingent upon receipt of a transcript showing completion of any prerequisite degree.

Deferment

An admitted student may defer matriculation for up to one year by notifying the Office of Admissions in writing.

FINANCIAL POLICIES

Payment of Tuition

Students pay tuition in full at the beginning each term, or they may pay fall and spring semesters in 25% monthly payment increments. The seminary accepts cash, money orders, checks, and Visa/Mastercard (students are encouraged to use credit cards only for payment convenience and not as a means of financing educational costs).

Refunds for Withdrawal or Leave of Absence

During any academic term, students must notify the Registrar in writing of their request for a leave of absence or of their withdrawal from courses or from the Seminary. They may receive a partial refund on tuition for that term. A refund will not be given if the student’s leave of absence is 60 days or less and is the only leave of absence taken in a twelve-month period.

Pro-Rata Refund Schedule

Students who withdraw or drop courses before 60 percent of a semester or term has elapsed will receive a pro-rata refund of tuition, fees, room, and other charges.

For example, students who withdraw after 10 percent of a semester has elapsed will receive a 90 percent refund, while students who withdraw after 22 percent of a semester has elapsed will receive a 78 percent refund. There will be no refunds after 60 percent of a course has elapsed.

If an individual is suspended from the Seminary, no refund will be given.

Refund Calculation

Please note that the first day of classes for the institution is the first day of classes specified in the Academic Calendar, without regard for the first day of individual courses. The following schedule is applicable to all terms:

%Enrollment Period Completed in Weeks ……Percent of Refund

On or before the first day of classes …………. 100%
1% to 10% …………………………………..90% to 99%
11% to 20% …………………………………80% to 89%
21% to 30% …………………………………70% to 79%
31% to 40% …………………………………60% to 69%
41% to 50% …………………………………50% to 59%
51% to 60% …………………………………40% to 49%
61% or more ………………………………………… none

Appeals

Students who believe that individual circumstances warrant exceptions from the published policies regarding the charges and refunds may appeal to the President.

Student Employment

To aid students in supplementing their financial resources, the Seminary provides limited opportunities for employment on campus. International students should note that a Social Security number, as well as permission to work, is a prerequisite for employment.

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