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Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, students must complete the following steps:

  • Download and complete the ETS Financial Aid Application(s)
    • ETS Scholarship Application
    • ETS Federal Direct Loan Application

Applications are located on this page (please look to your left) under the heading “Forms and Links”.

If this is your first-time completing an application(s) for financial assistance you must mail or bring your application(s) to the Student Services Office-Due West, SC.  Reason – your original signature must be on file for audit purposes.

If this is not your first-time applying for assistance you may scan, email, or fax your application(s) to our office at 864.379.3171

  • Financial aid awards are not renewed automatically and may vary from year to year due to changes in a student’s resources or expenses, increased overall demands on the financial aid budget, or changes in institutional or federal financial aid policy.  Therefore, the deadline to apply each year for returning students is April 15.
  • Student’s applying for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our federal school code is E00177. Students must include our federal school code (E00177) for our office to receive your FAFSA.
  • Beginning 2013-14, graduate or professional students are no longer eligible to receive federal subsidized loans.
  • When completing the FAFSA for the ETS Need-based Grant only, please use the new IRS Data Retrieval function.  By doing so, students arenot required to mail your Federal Tax documentation or W2’s to our office for Verification.  The Department of Education will now link this information to your FAFSA.
  • Students not in a degree program are not eligible for federal or institutional aid.

Student Employment

Erskine Theological Seminary offers student employment positions during the academic year to qualified applicants until all positions are filled. Any student enrolled half-time in a given semester is eligible to apply. Applications may be secured from, and should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office, Belk Hall 203. Retention of a student associate position is contingent upon the successful performance of assigned duties, satisfactory academic progress, and the needs of the Seminary.

Institutional Scholarships

Scholarship awards are made possible through the generosity of loyal contributors to the seminary. Erskine reserves the right to change a student’s award letter depending upon the receipt of additional institutional or outside scholarships, grants, and awards with specific endowment funds as needed. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for the academic year to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Students must complete and submit an ETS Scholarship application each academic year by the April 15 deadline
  • Students must submit a “Letter of Good Standing”
  • Students must submit all documentation required to become eligible (see application for instructions)
  • Students must be enrolled in a degree program at least half-time (6 hours per term for master level students, and 3 hours per term for D.Min and Th.M students).
  • Students must register for courses by the official registration deadline each semester or term
  • Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, as defined by their degree requirements
  • All other requirements please read the “Institutional Scholarship Policy” located on the left under the heading “Forms and Links

Students who drop a course(s) (prior to the drop/add deadline) or withdraw from a course(s) (after the drop/add deadline, but prior to the end of the semester) will lose their institutional scholarship for that course(s). The awards will be revoked and the students may be required to repay all or a portion of their institutional scholarship.

Associate Reformed Presbyterian students 
who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program must submit an ETS Scholarship Application and a Letter of “Good Standing” from your local church session or your presbytery stating you are a member in good standing to apply for this tuition scholarship. Please read the application and the “Institutional Scholarship Policy” for further requirements.  The application form is located on the left under the heading“Forms and Links”.

Presbyterian Church of America students 
who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program must submit an ETS Scholarship Application and a Letter of “Good Standing” from your local church session or your presbytery stating you are a member in good standing to be eligible to apply for the scholarship. Please read the application and the “Institutional Scholarship Policy” for further requirements.  The application form is located on the left under the heading “Forms and Links”.

International Students 
International students are eligible for institutional scholarships. Students admitted to the seminary on an F-1 Student Visa are not eligible for federal loans, and work opportunities are limited by the terms of their visa. International students may be eligible to apply for student employment if they qualify for the position and have a social security number.

Military Tuition Assistance 

Students serving on active duty orders in the military may be eligible for tuition assistance. To determine eligibility requirements, contact your local Education Center. Tuition assistance forms must be submitted to the College Business Office ATTN: Christian Habeger (Habeger@erskine.edu) each semester prior to enrollment.

Veteran’s Benefits

If you are an eligible veteran, you are encouraged to apply for Veteran’s Education Benefits. You should contact your local VA representative or visit www.gibill.va.gov/ for information and applications.

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