Scholarships & Financial Aid

St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is committed to helping our students identify the resources needed to finance their graduate education.

Full and part-time matriculated students in our graduate program can apply for tuition assistance in the form of scholarships and grants sponsored by St. Bernard’s and the Dioceses of Rochester, Albany, and Syracuse. St. Bernard’s participates in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program, and veterans and their families may be eligible for Veteran’s Administration benefits in the form of educational grants. We also offer extended payment plans.

Benefactor Scholarships– In support of our strong commitment to excellence in preparing men and woman for leadership within the Church, endowed scholarships have been established by support of wonderful individuals to assist St. Bernard students through the following Benefactor Scholarships. These scholarships can cover up to 75% of the tuition cost for one or more classes taken during an academic year.

External Scholarships– These scholarships are offered by benefactors not associated with St. Bernard’s.  Applications, procedures, requirements, and deadlines for external scholarships are unique to the individual scholarship.  External scholarships can be found through a number of search engines including:

Fast Web Scholarship Search
CollegeNet Scholarship Search
Peterson’s Graduate Scholarship Search
Open Education Scholarship Database

Diocesan Tuition Assistance– Roman Catholic students who reside and are active in the Dioceses of Albany, Rochester, or Syracuse are eligible for tuition assistance from their respective Diocese.  The amount of aid that a student can receive from diocesan tuition assistance is specific to each individual diocese.

Parish Sponsorship– Some pastors/pastoral administrators will contribute to the education of their staff and/or volunteers.  Use the Sponsorship Tuition Assistance Application to inquire about their financial support.

Other Financial Aid Options

Veteran’s Benefits– Educational benefits in the form of grants are available for full-or-part-time study for veteran’s studying here at St. Bernard’s. Benefits may also be available to spouses and or children of disabled/deceased veterans as well as those in the National Guard/Reserve. More information on Veteran’s Educational Benefits please visit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Student Loan Program– Students who are enrolled in part-time study or more may apply for long-term, low-interest loans through the Federal Stafford and Federal Graduate Plus Loans. To learn more about the Federal Stafford and Graduate Plus Loan Programs and to apply to these programs please click on Student Loans.

NY State Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Tuition Benefits Program– St. Bernard’s also participates in the CSEA benefits program whereby eligible state employees receive $285.00 per credit of graduate work up to a maximum of 4 credits per semester. Educational Advisement Services are available to CSEA-represented NYS employees by calling (518) 486-7814 or (800) 253-4332.

Capital Campaign Leadership Grants– This scholarship for Leadership Development in the Diocese of Albany supports the initial and on-going formation of leaders in the Diocese of Albany.  For more information about grant applications contact Ms. Dorothy Sokol by calling (518) 434-4028.

Extended Payment Plan– Students can work with our controller to pay their tuition balance over a predetermined amount of payments during the semester.  This process can be started by completing the Extended Payment Plan Form [PDF].

To learn more about financial aid options at St. Bernard’s and to start the financial aid application process, please click on the 2019-2020 Tuition Assistance and Scholarship Application [PDF].  If you are an international student, you must provide proof of financial support.  For more information on proof of financial support, please click on Guidelines for Submitting Proof of Financial Support [PDF].