Affording Graduate School

At Aquinas Institute of Theology, we work closely with accepted graduate students to assess the availability of merit- and need-based scholarships to fund their studies.

Tuition at Aquinas Institute of Theology is affordable and covers only a portion of actual instructional costs. The generosity of our benefactors, including religious orders, trustees, alumni, friends and foundations, bridges the gap between tuition and actual instructional costs.

We are aware of the differing financial situations of our students and offer various plans to complete your individual financial aid package. You may be eligible for Aquinas Institute Scholarships, board grants, and Federal Stafford Loans.

Full Tuition Scholarships: The Aquinas Scholars Program

In the spirit of our patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Dominican saint and doctor of the Church, Aquinas Institute of Theology is proud to offer The Aquinas Scholars program.

This program provides multiple full-tuition, merit-based scholarships for full-time, residential students. 

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Partial-Tuition Scholarships and Grants: Merit & Need-Based

Merit-Based

Aquinas offers limited merit-based, partial-tuition scholarships to new applicants in the Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, and Master of Divinity degrees who apply by January 28. 2020.  

Need-Based

Aquinas offers several need-based, partial-tuition grants to both new applicants and current students in degree or certificate programs.

New applicants will be provided with information on how to apply for need-based aid once admitted to their degree or certificate program.

Current students should review the Financial Resources page for information. 

Federal Stafford Loans

Aquinas Institute of Theology’s financial aid and loan policy reflects our commitment to helping students pursue graduate theological study and careers of ministry and service to the Church. Although it may be necessary to borrow money, Aquinas urges students to do so with great care and only apply for loans that are financially necessary. Students may be eligible to apply for and receive Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. 

New applicants will be provided with information on how to apply for federal financial aid once admitted to their degree or certificate program.

Current students should review the Financial Resources page for information. 

Cost of Attendance

In addition to tuition, students should budget additional costs, such as fees, books, and living expenses.

How much will it cost?

To help you budget the cost of your graduate program, an estimated breakdown of expenses is available on each degree program page. These are only estimates.

The Student Enrollment Coordinator has resources to help you calculate an approximate cost of attendance, which includes both tuition and living expenses. Contact them at finaid@ai.edu

2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

The full list of tuition and fees is available here

Tuition Per Hour Value
Regular tuition (excluding MAHCM and Dmin) $780
EMAHCM $860
DMin $836
Human and Spiritual Formation $780
Spiritual Formation for EMAHCM $860
Pastoral Year $390
Graduate Return Rate* $260
Audit  $498

*Graduate Return Rate is available for graduates of Aquinas Institute of Theology who are taking classes as a non-degree seeking audit student. Students taking classes as a non-degree for-credit student or those enrolled in a degree or certificate program are ineligible for this rate. 

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