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Financial Aid

Undergraduate Students

The seminary’s undergraduate students are eligible for the same financial aid opportunities as Faculty of Arts students at Laurier. To be considered for financial aid from Laurier or from the seminary (the seminary has different aid programs available), please fill out the General Profile in the Student Awards tab on LORIS each year between Aug. 4 and Sept. 29. Visit Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries for more information about the General Profile.

In addition to being eligible for financial aid from Laurier, students in the Christian Studies and Global Citizenship program are eligible for the following awards.

Christian Studies and Global Citizenship Entrance Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is available to incoming students. If you receive this scholarship and maintain an exceptional grade-point average during your first term of full-time study, you may be eligible to receive it again for a second term. There’s no need to apply for this scholarship; recipients will be contacted by the program director. There’s a limited number of entrance scholarships issued each year.

ELCIC Grant

This grant is available to BA students in Waterloo Lutheran Seminary programs who are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The grant is worth $500 per term of full-time study, up to a maximum of $1,000 per year and $4,000 throughout your program. If you attend a congregation that is an ELCIC-partner, contact Allen Jorgenson to see if you are eligible. To receive this grant, have your pastor write a letter to the student advisor to confirm your active participation at your home congregation.

ELCIC Women of Faith Fund

Women enrolled in a seminary undergraduate program are eligible to receive this award. In addition to academic acheivement, the criteria for this award includes volunteer work and other extracurricular involvement that demonstrate well-rounded leadership potential. There is no need to apply for this scholarship; if you have questions, contact Allen Jorgenson.

FaithLife Financial Scholarship

The FaithLife Financial Scholarship program is available to members of FaithLife Financial. One-time scholarships are awarded each year to a limited number of members pursuing a full-time undergraduate or graduate university degree, or college diploma at any accredited institution in, or outside of, Canada.

Eastern Synod of the ELCIC

Funds may be available through the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Such funds intend to encourage, through financial support, young Christians enrolling in post-secondary schools. This support is especially designed to enable them to pursue a vocation in society as men and women. Scholarship opportunities may vary from year to year.

Seminary Graduate Students

The Student Awards General Profile

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is a federated college of Wilfrid Laurier University. Seminary graduate students are eligible for some Laurier bursaries and awards. To be considered, fill out the General Profile on the Student Awards tab on LORIS between Aug. 4 and Sept 29. (Visit Student Awards for more information about the General Profile.)

To apply for the annual financial-aid bursaries, you must have completed the General Profile in the Student Awards tab on LORIS. Please see below for more infomration.

Full-Time Bursary

If you are a graduate student taking a full-time course load, you will automatically receive a bursary of about $600 per term (or $150 per term for students receiving the senior’s tuition rate). The exact amount varies slightly from year to year. There’s no need to apply for this bursary. We award it based on your registration after the last day to add courses for the term. It may take several weeks to appear on your student account, so don’t worry if you don’t see it right away.

Annual Financial-Aid Bursaries

Over the years, we’ve collected several bursaries in the form of financial endowments. (Please consider contributing when you able.) Annual financial-aid bursaries are issued on the basis of financial need.

We issue these bursaries only once per year. Applications can be submitted between Aug. 4 and Sept. 29. Your application is not complete unless you have followed all three of the following steps by the deadline:

We follow our donors’ stipulations. In some cases, that means asking you about your faith tradition. If you are successful in receiving an annual financial-aid bursary, we may ask you to write a note of thanks to your benefactor.

Late applications will not be considered.

Supervised Pastoral Education Bursary

Students in the Master of Divinity program are required to complete one unit of Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE). We are especially grateful for the generosity of the seminary's Women's Auxiliary for providing bursaries to MDiv students completing the SPE portion of their degree program.

You may apply for this bursary once you have received your acceptance letter from the SPE site.

FaithLife Financial Scholarship

The FaithLife Financial Scholarship program is available to members of FaithLife Financial. One-time scholarships are awarded each year to a limited number of members pursuing a full-time undergraduate or graduate university degree, or college diploma at any accredited institution in, or outside of, Canada.

Graduate Students' Association

Seminary graduate students are members of the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). The GSA provides a slate of services to graduate students including an extended health and dental insurance plan, career counselling, and discounts through a variety of resources. It also administers a number of different funds, including funds that can help you pay for attending professional development workshops, new technology, or many other grad-student expenses. You should definitely check them out!

External Opportunities Listed by the FGPS

External scholarship competitions awarded on the basis of academic merit are listed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS). Normally seminary students are eligible for social science competitions. Students with a psychotherapy focus could also consider applying under health categories.

Contact Grad Studies and the Student Advisor for more information.