Graduate School of Theology Cost & Financial Aid
Costs at a Glance
- Tuition: $550 per credit hour for the 2019-2020 academic year
- Books: About $150 per course
- Fees: $25 application fee, $10 per credit hour technology fee ($100 max per semester), $100 graduation fee
Tuition in Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology is only $550 per credit hour for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Academic books can be expensive, but they are a valuable resource during your studies and beyond. You may expect to spend roughly $150 per class on textbooks. Sometimes books will cost much less, and sometimes a bit more, but this provides an estimate for your budgeting purposes.
Oklahoma Christian University charges a $25 application fee and a $100 fee for graduation which covers the costs of your graduation cap and gown, diploma, diploma cover and other related items. In addition, there is a $10 per credit hour technology fee that goes toward the maintenance of BlackBoard and other technology infrastructure used by all students. This fee will not exceed a maximum of $100 per semester.
Scholarships and Employment Opportunities
Oklahoma Christian University offers you various programs if you seek financial aid to attend graduate school. Graduate students who establish financial need can receive federal loans. For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 405.425.5190.
- Institutional Scholarship: OC’s Graduate School of Theology offers a tuition scholarship if you are a degree-seeking student maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. This scholarship is also available to you as a new student entering the graduate program as long as you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater from previous academic work. This is a needs-based scholarship, with the average award being 30% of tuition. Your award may be higher or lower based on your financial need. To apply, contact Greg Gillham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.425.5478. Note: Only students who have been accepted into the Graduate School of Theology should apply for this scholarship. If you have not yet applied, please click here to begin your application.
- Church Match Scholarship: Each academic year, OC will match up to $500 of tuition paid by a church on behalf of any student. Students must be enrolled full-time and do not need to be employed by the church. To apply for this scholarship, please have a church representative complete this form and send in their tuition payment to Student Financial Services.
- Employment Opportunities: Work opportunities are available on campus and in the Oklahoma City metro area. Many OC graduate students work in area churches as preachers, youth ministers, interns and in other roles. In addition, on-campus jobs may be found by visiting oc.edu/campusjobs.
- Federal Financial Aid: The Graduate School of Theology welcomes federal financial aid.
Federal Financial Aid
Follow these steps to apply for federal financial aid:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.gov. Once you submit your FAFSA, your information will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Services at Oklahoma Christian University.
- After all of your paperwork is complete, the Office of Financial Services will determine your eligibility for financial aid. An award letter will be sent to your OC email address.
- If you are a first-time borrower at Oklahoma Christian University, you will also need to complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note for the unsubsidized Direct Loan at www.studentloans.gov.
- Please check your OC email periodically for any updates or changes to your financial aid.
If you have questions, please contact Josh Bailey in the Graduate Recruiting and Advanced Degree Services (GRADS) office at 405.425.5389. If you need to fax your documents, please send them to 405.425.5197.
Financial Services Policy
All charges for OC’s Graduate School of Theology classes are applied to your account when you enroll. Payment is due when classes begin that semester. While there is a four-week period before accounts are considered past due (and before students could be dropped for non-payment), payment is due on the first day that classes begin.
The Oklahoma Christian University Office of Financial Services publishes university financial policies each year online. Click this link to view these policies. You can visit the Office of Financial Services’ webpage here.
As a student, you will receive financial awards at the beginning of the semester based on the hours in which you enroll. You are considered a full-time student if you are enrolled in 9 or more hours in a fall or spring semester (or 6 hours in a summer semester). Half-time students are those enrolled in at least 5 hours in a fall or spring semester (3 hours in summer).
All applicants must meet published guidelines to receive awards.
Note: Awards for students will be prorated if enrollment levels change from semester to semester.
If your employer will be reimbursing you for tuition, and you wish to delay payment because of an arrangement you made with your employer, you must first submit the Employer Reimbursement Form. Failure to complete the Employer Reimbursement Form by the first day of classes will result in your account being considered delinquent and subject to finance charges and possible withdrawal from classes.
Payment may be made in cash, check, money order, major credit card or through a student loan. Also, monthly payment plans are available, which allow you to pay your balance out over the course of the semester. It is recommended that you start this process as early as possible. The Office of Financial Services can assist you in setting up a payment plan. Please note that half-time enrollment (a minimum of five hours in the fall/spring, 3 hours in the summer) is required in the Graduate School of Theology to be eligible for governmental loans.
Oklahoma Christian University is a proud supporter of our military and accepts all forms of veterans' benefits, including the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. Oklahoma Christian University is also a Yellow Ribbon School.
Auditing a class in OC’s Graduate School of Theology costs just $150 per course. Auditing a course means you may attend all of the class periods, but will not be responsible for completing assignments or exams. Although much knowledge can be gained from auditing courses, no credits will be given toward a degree.