Scholarship and Financial Aid Overview

At Catholic Theological Union, we work closely with accepted graduate students to assess the availability of need and merit-based aid to lower the cost of their CTU education. Through government loans, scholarship money, and student worker stipends, we are able to assist students with their financial and vocational needs. Approximately 65-70% of our lay students receive financial aid.

Full-Tuition Scholarships

The Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program provides lay men and women full-tuition scholarships for graduate theological study to practicing Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Bernardin Scholarship provides graduate theological education to those inspired by and drawn to the vision of Cardinal Bernardin.

The Oscar Romero Scholars Program offers Hispanic lay men and women a full tuition scholarship for a professional graduate degree that prepares them to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Diocese of Joliet has joined CTU in offering the scholarship program to Hispanic lay men and women within its diocese. The student is responsible for 1/3 of tuition expenses.

The International Women’s Scholarship is available to lay women from developing countries who are seeking credentials for Roman Catholic ministries in their countries.

Partial-Tuition Scholarships

Leadership in Ministry Scholarships are designed to support lay women and men who are seeking master’s level degrees in theology and ministry and are committed to serving in a leadership position.

Diocesan Scholars Program offers partial tuition scholarship awards to lay men and women and women religious whose diocese commits to financing 1/3 of tuition. CTU will cover an additional 1/3 leave the student responsible for 1/3.

General Scholarship Fund offers substantial tuition scholarship awards to lay men and women and women religious and diocesan priests.

The Seeds Scholarship was established to provide scholarship support to a student(s) in financial need who desires to study in the Holy Land but is unable to do so because of financial constraints.

Finding Federal Aid

As a part of the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, Catholic Theological Union is now a participant in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan (Direct Loan) Program.


CTU’s financial aid and loan policy reflects its commitment to helping you follow your call to service. Although it may be necessary to borrow money to pursue your education, CTU urges students to do so with great care and only apply for loans that meet your needs. Salaries of ministry graduates are generally not substantial enough to support a large loan repayment program.

Should you have further questions or concerns contact us at or 773.371.5451.