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Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog 2023-24

Typically, one course equals three units of credit, unless noted otherwise. A full course of study averages out to ten academic courses or thirty (30) units of credit per year. Students may meet this full-time equivalent through intensive courses, through semester-based courses, or, more likely, through a combination of the two.

Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion), Doctor of Ministry, and Certificate Programs


Tuition for students in degree programs or the Certificate program is $948 per credit unit. We offer generous tuition reduction programs to students matriculated into our masters degree programs.


Matriculation Fee

$100.00 (one-time fee for new students)

Comprehensive Fee

$75.00 per semester

Student Activity Fee

$35.00 per semester

Registration Fee

$75.00 per course per semester

Leave of Absence/Continuing Enrollment Fee

$75.00 per semester

CPE Registration Fee


Graduation Fee


Health Insurance


Students are expected to maintain health insurance that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. If you do not have insurance, please contact the Registrar's office for information on policies that may be available to you.

Student at Large

Students who have applied to take a single course at Meadville Lombard without matriculating into a degree or certificate program are considered "students at large." These are students considering application to a Meadville program but who would like to try a class at first; people not interested in obtaining a degree at all but who are interested in the content; and students from another seminary who will be seeking credit toward their degrees in another program. These students still need to register as students at large and the tuition they pay depends upon whether they are taking the course for credit or are auditing it. Students at large can expect the following:


$948.00 per credit unit ($474.00 if auditing)


Application Fee


Registration Fee

$75.00 per course

Technology Fee

$50.00 per term

Net Price Calculator

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a member of the Student Affairs Office to discuss their academic plans. As part of that conversation, on our website, we provide a Net Price Calculator as a resource for students to estimate their tuition and fees given their specific academic plans. For more information please visit the Net Price Calculator on our website at

Refund Policies

The Registration Periods for the Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters are designated on the Academic Calendar, as published on our website each academic year. Students will receive a full refund of tuition and fees for courses dropped prior to the Drop/Add deadline. After the Drop/Add deadline, a refund will only be granted in cases of a medical or personal emergency, subject to approval by the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

Students must contact the Registrar to withdraw from a course after the Drop/Add deadline. The student will complete a Course Withdrawal Form (see Student Handbook) and submit this to their Academic Advisor. If the course change results in a tuition/fee adjustment, the adjustment will be made at that time. Withdrawal from a course or courses after the drop/add deadline may impact a student’s financial aid eligibility. For more information about withdrawal and financial aid, see Section 4 of the Student Handbook.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in degree programs at Meadville Lombard Theological School may be eligible for financial aid through Federal Student Aid (FSA) and/or institutional aid (including scholarships and tuition reduction awards).

Our full Financial Aid Policies can be found in our Student Handbook, available on our website at

All Financial Aid forms can be found on our website at

Veteran Benefits

Meadville Lombard participates the GI Bill® and other education benefits available through the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA students can direct all questions regarding veteran benefits to the School Certifying Official (SCO). Jon Coffee, Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Student Services, is the SCO Meadville Lombard.

VA students can submit applications online at If students don’t have access to apply online, they can call 1-888-442-4551 and ask that an application be mailed to them.

All VA students must file an application when they first start school before they can receive benefits. Students who have never received VA benefits must file an original application. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

As of October 16, 2012, ‘‘GI Bill’’ is a federally registered trademark owned by VA.

VA Pending Payment Compliance

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(c), Meadville Lombard Theological School (MLTS) adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch.33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA.

MLTS will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment.
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student.
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding.
  • Deny the student access to any resource (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.              

However, to qualify for this provision, students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certification of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class.
  • Provide a written request to be certified.
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

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