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Application

Application Information

The Seminary welcomes students from denominations and independent/non-denominational churches who meet the academic entrance requirements. No applicant shall be excluded from study at the Seminary on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, or gender, and all students shall be afforded equal dignity and respect as members of the student body. 

Application Procedure

1) Complete and submit application.

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Auditors (the online application is all that is required for auditors)

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2) Submit a brief 2-4 page typewritten autobiographical statement describing your major life influences, e.g., family, schools, friends, influential literature, activities, and personal relationship to Christ and to His church, vocational aspirations, and objectives in entering the Seminary.

3) Submit official academic transcripts for all college coursework, including all post-high school institutions.

4) Submit references:

DMin Applications (2 references): a reference from a pastor or other church officer, and a reference from another acquaintance of the student's choice.
All Other Credit Student Applications (3 references): a reference from a pastor or other church officer; a reference from an academic advisor or professor; and a reference from another acquaintance of the student's choice.

Reference Form

5) Submit a non-refundable application fee of $35.00 (not required for DMin applicants).

Qualified applicants from other countries are welcome to become part of the student body, as the Seminary is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students who desire to serve the Church worldwide. If you apply from abroad, you must provide evidence demonstrating that you have adequate means of support while attending the Seminary. Your resources must be sufficient for travel and living expenses, as well as for the cost of tuition and books. This can be demonstrated by a letter from your bank which states that you have sufficient funds currently within your account to cover the expenses listed earlier. If you are to be supported by a church or other benefactor, then that church or benefactor will need to send a letter to the Seminary describing their commitment to cover all or a portion of your expenses and outlining the schedule of payment. This letter would need to be accompanied by a letter from their bank, testifying to their having sufficient funds in place to honor their agreement to pay for your expenses. This information is essential for the securing of the proper visas and I-20 forms. Any further questions about this requirement should be made to our Registrar, Tom Reid, at treid@rpts.edu.

Housing

A limited number of furnished rooms for single men are provided in Rutherford Hall.  Several apartments are also available on campus for married students. There are other accommodations readily available in the community, since the Seminary is located near three major universities in a large metropolitan area. Please contact the Admissions Department for more details at 412-731-6000 or apply@rpts.edu.

Room and Board Information

Tuition

The Seminary maintains a policy of keeping the expense of theological education to a minimum.  Follow the link below for current tuition and fee information.

Tuition and Fees for 2017-2018

 

Financial Aid

 

Although the charges for tuition and fees reflect only a fraction of the cost of providing a seminar education, financial aid is available to help students avoid taking on any debt. The following options are available.  If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at 412-731-3000 or aid@rpts.edu.

Institutional Scholarships

We offer a variety of institutional scholarships which are detailed in our Academic Catalog. Students must apply for these using the Application for Financial Aid. Our most popular award is the Church Match Scholarship in which RPTS will match church contributions on a student’s behalf up to one third of the total tuition cost. If you are interested in applying for a loan, you should apply for an institutional scholarship as well.

Church Match Scholarship Form for 2017-2018

 Chaplain Candidate Scholarship Partnership

This is a joint venture between RPTS and the US Army for those sensing God’s call to serve in the military chaplaincy and have agreed to enter one of the components of the US Army’s Chaplain Candidate Program. Read more here.

Veterans’ Benefits

Military veterans are encouraged to contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs to determine benefit eligibility. They can be reached by phone at 1-888-442-4551 or at the VA benefits website.   If you are considering RPTS, please let us know, and we can make available to you a personalized Shopping Sheet which is part of the Principles of Excellence Program to help you to compare educational institutions.

Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans

While the Seminary encourages you to do all you can to minimize indebtedness, you should explore all areas of financial aid available. To read more about this federal loan program, click here. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information regarding Loans, Return of Title IV Fund Policy, and our Academic Progress Policy. Please note that you should complete the following steps only if you are interested in the Stafford Unsubsidized Loan.

1.  The FAFSA application must be completed each year.  Remember to safely store your FSA ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password.  This FSA ID replaces the former Federal Student Aid PIN.  Print a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).  The school code for RPTS is G03358.  (Beyond the FAFSA, no other application is required for the determination of a student's eligibility for Title IV assistance.)

2.  All loan students must complete a Master Promissory Note each year.  Use your FSA ID from Step 1.  You will need your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which you received after completing the FAFSA.

3.  New students must complete Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling their first year at RPTS.  Use PIN from Step 1.

4.  Students must annually complete a Loan Request Form and forward it to the Financial Aid Office. 

5.  Students must also complete Exit Counseling upon graduation, termination of studies at RPTS, or if they drop below 6 credits.  

If you are seeking financial assistance through scholarships, loans, or veterans' benefits, you need to have been accepted into a program of study before aid can be processed.