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CTU Scholarship Assistance

CTU is committed to working with qualified graduate students to assess need and merit-based financial aid in order to make theological and ministerial education accessible. Financial assistance in this category is facilitated by the Office of Recruitment. Please contact Nan Onest, Director of Recruitment, Ph: 773.371.5450,

For information on applying to CTU, please visit our admissions procedures page here. Only individuals who have been admitted as a CTU graduate student are eligible for scholarship awards.


Full Scholarships

Leadership in Ministry Scholarship Programs
Leadership in Ministry Scholarships are designed to support lay women and men who are seeking master's level degrees in theology and ministry and are committed to serving in a leadership position. The goal is to make theological education and formation accessible to those who demonstrate a capacity for leadership. These full-tuition scholarships are made available through generous grants and gifts made to CTU in support of lay education.

The application deadline was Monday, March 2, 2015. For more information, click here.  

Augustus Tolton Scholars Program 
The Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program provides lay men and women full-tuition scholarships for graduate theological study to practicing Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The application deadline is April 30, 2015For more information, click here.

Bernardin Scholarship Program
The Bernardin Scholarship provides graduate theological education to those inspired by and drawn to the vision of Cardinal Bernardin. The full tuition scholarships are available to top students from around the world who are committed to preparing for ministry and leadership in service to the Church and the worldThe application deadline was Monday, March 2, 2015For more information, click here.         

Oscar Romero Scholars Program
The Oscar Romero Scholars Program offers Hispanic lay men and women a full tuition scholarship for a professional graduate degree that prepares them to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago and CTU, the Romero Program aims to meet the need for pastoral ministers in the Hispanic/Latino/a community in Chicago. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2015 For more information, click here.

International Women's Scholarship Fund
The International Women's Scholarship is available to lay women from developing countries who are seeking credentials for Roman Catholic ministries in their countries. The recipients agree to work in their country after the completion of their program. The application deadline is Monday, April 6, 2015.   For more information, click here.

Distant Neighbors Scholarship Program
The Distant Neighbors Scholarship is a full-tuition award available to those entering our online degree programs. All who have been newly admitted to either the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies-Online or the Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry-Online programs and who apply to the General Scholarship Fund by April 1, 2015 will be considered for this award for  the 2015-16 academic year.

General Scholarship Fund
CTU offers substantial tuition scholarship awards to lay men and women,  women religious,  and diocesan priests through the General Scholarship Fund. A variety of scholarships are available for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees and certificates. In order to be considered for a CTU scholarship, applicants must complete and submit the Application for Financial Aid - General Scholarship Fund to the Office of Recruitment. Only individuals who have been admitted as a CTU graduate student are eligible for scholarship awards.  

The general scholarship application deadline for new students entering during the 2015 spring semester has been extended to December 1, 2014. The general scholarship application deadline for new students entering during the 2015 fall semester is April 1, 2015. Applications for general scholarships will be accepted after those dates, but priority is given to those who meet these deadlines.

Download the application for the General Scholarship Fund [PDF]

Volunteer Scholarships
For new, full-time degree seeking lay students who have worked for one year or more as a full-time volunteer in a recognized volunteer program, the first course taken at CTU is free. These students are also welcome to apply for other CTU scholarship opportunities. Please contact for questions.

Matching Grants
CTU offers matching grants to those students who secure a portion of their tuition funds from a qualifying program or institution—Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Chicago Archdiocesan Critical Needs Scholarship, parish, school, diocese, hospital, agency, etc. For more information, click here.

Students wishing to receive financial assistance must first apply and be accepted into a CTU program. Only admitted students are able to receive financial aid awards from CTU. Students applying to a scholarship program are encouraged to apply for admission at least two (2) weeks before the scholarship application deadline.

For questions regarding CTU financial assistance options contact: 

Nan Onest
Director of Recruitment
Ph: 773.371.5450