Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. You can designate 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 LTS, so it would not be tax deductible. 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's 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 student in the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Relgion degree program is $13,250 for the 2010-2011 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 one-third of our revenue comes from tuition and housing, fifty percent from charitable gifts and foundation grants, and the remaining from scholarship and program endowment income.
Why does Lancaster Seminary need my support?
Tuition covers approximately one-third of the cost of educating a student. Two-thirds of the cost of educating future leaders is subsidized by the seminary. Without the generosity of individuals, churches and foundations, the seminary would be unable to provide the quality education 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. 125, or e-mail your questions to email@example.com.