Financial Assistance

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Board of Ordained Ministry Financial Assistance – Local Pastor’s Licensing School

The Board shall provide all but $350 for expenses for room and board for each student attending the Arkansas Conference Licensing School. Books are provided. All funds are subject to successfully completing and passing all the classes.

Course of Study

Financial assistant is based on need and the availability of funds.

  • 50% of tuition, normal fees, room and board for full or part-time students in the basic Course of Study.
  • 100% of tuition for courses taken in the Arkansas Course of Study School available for part-time local pastors.
  • 50% reimbursement of tuition for those who successfully complete correspondence courses (not to exceed 4 courses).
  • The Board provides assistance only once for each of the 20 courses required in the Basic Course of Study Program.

Seminary Financial Aid – Basic Seminary Degree Program

Financial assistance is in the form of a “service loan” to be reimbursed in service. To be eligible the student must be a certified candidate, enrolled in a seminary approved by the University Senate, and is not a recipient of the United Methodist Foundation Scholarship. Any course where the person does not receive a passing grade shall be refunded to the Board. Up to 40% of tuition may be provided per term.

United Methodist Foundation of AR Seminary Scholarship

Any certified candidate seeking Elders orders is eligible to apply for a United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas Seminary Scholarship. The scholarship amount is for up to $19,000. Recipients must be accepted in a United Methodist Seminary as a full-time student. Applications are due March 1.  A candidate selection committee shall conduct interviews and award these scholarships. Two years of service in the Arkansas Conference per year of scholarship received is required. Send the UMFA Seminary Scholarship application form to the Board of Ordained Ministry Secretary.

UMFA Scholarship Application

Graduate Theological Studies

Persons who have completed the basic course of study may desire to become provisional members by the alternate route (see ¶324.6). They must complete the 32 hours of graduate theological studies, but only if approved by the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry prior to enrollment. Up to 40% of tuition, not to exceed $10,000 annually will be provided. Deacon candidates on the professional certificate route toward ordinate (see ¶324.5) will also receive up to 40% of tuition not to exceed $10,000 annually.

Seminary students returning to Arkansas for interview with the Board will received up to 50% of actual cost of transportation.