Financial Aid- FAQ

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students:

Does St. Bernard’s offer financial assistance? 

Yes, financial assistance is available for graduate students attending St. Bernard’s. Financial assistance may include grants, scholarships, Veterans Benefits, and government loans. For more information on these opportunities, please click here.
When can I apply for financial aid?

Current students: Students already receiving aid must renew their aid application during the yearly application process. Current students may apply for aid for the following academic year starting in early October of the current academic year.  The priority deadline for applications is April 1st.  Current students can pick up Applications for Financial Aid in the Financial Aid Office as well as obtained on-line. 

New Students: New students may apply for aid for the semester in which they enroll. Application deadlines are August 1st (for fall enrollment), December 1st (for spring enrollment), and April 1st (for summer enrollment).

New and current students can click here for the Tuition Assistance & Scholarship Application.

Does the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid) need to be completed in order to be considered for financial assistance?

Yes. In order to be considered for St. Bernard’s Scholarships, Tuition Assistance or Federal Student Loan Programs, students must complete the FAFSA application and have results sent electronically to St. Bernard’s. It is recommended that you complete the FAFSA on-line at and keep a copy for your records before submitting to St. Bernards.

What is the Federal School Code for St. Bernard’s?
The Federal School Code for St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is 002815. Students need to provide this code when completing the FAFSA form to insure that the information provided will be sent to St. Bernard’s.

What does the EFC number on my Student Aid Report (SAR) mean?

The data reported on your FAFSA is used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) value. This value is used to determine your federal aid eligibility. Eligibility is based on the difference between the estimated costs of attendance and what a student can reasonably be expected to contribute (Expected Family Contribution or EFC). 

How will I be notified of my financial aid award?

Once all requested documentation has been received/processed by the Director of Recruitment & Financial Aid, you will be notified via email regarding your financial aid award.

How will my aid be disbursed to me?

Once all requested documentation has been received/processed by the Director of Recruitment & Financial Aid, your award will be disbursed and applied to your student account.  All student accounts are viewable on our student information system, Populi.  Any credit on your student account will be also be disbursed and applied to your student account on Populi.

Do I have to be a full-time student to receive financial aid?

No. Students requesting financial aid must be taking courses for credit and working towards a degree within the graduate school. Students who are matriculated receive preference for financial aid.  

More questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office, 585-271-3657, ext. 227 or email