Divinity Award Criteria
The School of Divinity has established five general criteria regarding the Divinity Financial Awards.
Academic Quality. Applicants must demonstrate a record of good academic standing and professional performance. Undergraduate and graduate grade point averages are considered in determining awards. Students on academic probation and provisionally accepted students are not eligible to receive Divinity Financial Awards.
Reasonable Need. To determine need, the financial aid committee considers cost of attending (tuition and living expenses) and the student's ability to contribute to his or her own education.
Ministry Potential. Documentation of ministry and professional experience, goals and community service assist the committee in the awards process.
Commitment to Completion. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to complete their selected Divinity degree within a suggested and reasonable period.
Financial Initiative & Responsibility. Applicants must demonstrate personal initiative in the areas of employment, personal financial planning and the development of outside financial support networks. Copies of replies from personal supporters, foundations and grants are examples of demonstrated initiative. Applicants who do not meet basic living expenses will not be considered as candidates for financial awards.
Financial Award Guidelines
The following general policies apply to the Divinity Financial Award Program.
- Based on the availability of funds, new students who apply and qualify will be allocated a Divinity Award upon acceptance into the School of Divinity.
- New students must apply for Divinity Awards by the posted deadline for their initial enrollment term.
- Divinity scholarships and grants cannot be combined, nor will any individual award exceed 100 percent of a student's tuition costs.
- The financial award is available for tuition only. The student is responsible for all living expenses, books and fees.
- Awards apply only to courses taken within the School of Divinity and not to courses taken in another school at Regent, even in the case of joint degree-seeking students.
- For the purposes of financial awards, full-time status is defined as nine credit hours of coursework in the fall and spring semesters, and six credit hours in the summer semester. If a student receiving financial awards drops a course and falls below the minimum required hours for the award, the award will be withdrawn and charged back to the student.
Note: Divinity students taking at least six credit hours (but less than nine) in the fall and spring semesters and at least three in the summer semester may apply for part-time financial award status.
- All awards are subject to availability of funds. Regent University reserves the right to adjust, revise or discontinue aid programs without prior notice.
- Financial awards are unavailable for professional development, non-degree and audit coursework.
- Regent University reserves the right to request additional financial information. This may include: IRS tax returns, past/current bank statements, and records of assets/liabilities, etc. Applicants failing to supply requested information may be denied award consideration.
- Truthful and accurate disclosure is expected of all Regent University students participating in award programs. Untruthful disclosure is considered an honor code violation. Violations may result in the termination of all awards, disciplinary action and dismissal from the university.
Ken Gosnell, M.Div. '06
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