Scholarships and Financial Aid

(Academic Year 2020-2021)

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants

COVID-19 has affected many of us financially. If you are a current student and meet certain federal requirements, you may be eligible to receive aid. More information is available here.

The steps for financial aid at St. Bernard’s are simple!

  1. Apply to St. Bernard’s
  2. Fill Out your FAFSA
    This will tell us what need-based financial aid you may be eligible for (here is a helpful guide for navigating the FAFSA application).
    St. Bernard’s FAFSA code: 002815
  3. Fill out your Tuition Assistance & Financial Aid Packet
  4. Acceptance Decision
    Once we receive all of the required admissions materials, our team will review your application. We will contact you if we need more information!
  5. Financial Aid Award Letter
    More than 90% of students at St. Bernard’s receive financial aid and scholarships!
  6. Make your Decision!

Types of Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships

In support of our strong commitment to excellence in preparing men and women for leadership within the Church, endowed scholarships have been established by support of wonderful individuals to assist St. Bernard’s students through the Benefactor Scholarships. We offer various types of endowed scholarships, including:

  • Basilian Scholarship
  • G. Marion Kinget Memorial Scholarship
  • O’Neil-Hennessey Scholarship
  • Joan Pearson Scholarship
  • Bishop Matthew Clark Scholarship
  • Bishop Howard Hubbard Scholarship
  • James and Carolyn Russell Endowed Scholarship
  • Grace Carnes Scholarship

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.

External Scholarships

These scholarships are offered by benefactors not associated with St. Bernard’s. External scholarships can be found through a number of search engines including:

Other Financial Aid Options:

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

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. More information on Veteran’s Educational Benefits please visit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.


  • Does St. Bernard’s offer financial assistance?
    Yes, financial assistance is available for graduate students attending St. Bernard’s Rochester. Financial assistance may include grants, scholarships, Veterans Benefits, and government loans.
  • 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 during early spring semester and are notified of awards late spring semester for the upcoming school year. Financial aid applications are due by April 1st. Applications for Financial Aid renewal may be picked up in the Financial Aid Office as well as obtained online.

    New Students: New students may apply for aid for the semester in which they enroll. Application deadlines for Fall enrollment should be submitted by August 1st, Spring enrollment December 1st, Summer enrollment April 1st.
  • 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 online at and keep a copy for your records before submitting to St. Bernard’s.
  • 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 my aid be disbursed to me?
    Once all requested documentation has been received and processed by the Financial Aid Office, your awards will be disbursed to St. Bernard’s Finance Office to be applied towards any outstanding balance. Any credit balance will be disbursed to you by the Finance Office.
  • Do I have to be a full-time student to receive financial aid?
    No. Students requesting financial aid from St. Bernard’s and the Diocese of Rochester 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?
    You can find more information by clicking Scholarships & Financial Aid.