Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. You may designate a gift to a specific student with a check payable to "Lancaster Theological Seminary." However, the amount would be considered a gift to the student, not a charitable gift to the seminary, so no tax deduction would be permitted. Giving to Lancaster Seminary's general scholarship fund or a specific endowed scholarship fund allows you to help fund students' education and receive tax benefits.
What is the average cost for a student attending seminary?
It is difficult to give a specific dollar amount because it depends on the size of one's family, type of housing, and incidentals. Tuition for a full-time student in the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Religion degree program is $13,900 for the 2011-2012 school year. The cost of living expenses and books is approximately $25,000 to $30,000 annually.
What are the major streams of revenue supporting the seminary?
Approximately 30% of our revenue comes from tuition and housing; the remainder comes from charitable resources such as outright gifts, foundation grants, and income from endowment funds.
Why does Lancaster Seminary need my support?
Without the generosity of individuals, churches and foundations, the seminary would be unable to provide the quality experience that has been the hallmark of a Lancaster Seminary education for generations.
If you have additional questions or desire further information, please contact the advancement office at (717) 290-8725, (800) 393-0654, Ext. 8725, or e-mail your questions to email@example.com.