Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Financial Aid

There are a variety of options for funding your studies at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to traditional need-based financial aid packages, the Graduate School awards a variety of merit-based awards.

University Assistantships, which provide a stipend and tuition scholarship, are available from the Graduate School on a competitive basis to new and continuing full-time students.

Assistantships normally include an annual stipend and full tuition for course work in fulfillment of program requirements, up to a maximum of 24 semester hours per academic year, including summer sessions. In the Department of Theology students in good standing can normally renew these assistantships for up to four years (or three years for those entering the program with an MA) Those students awarded assistantships are assigned as research assistants and perform research tasks for supervising professors for approximately fifteen hours per week.

Fifth year PhD students may apply to the Teaching Fellowship program of Loyola University or to the Teaching Fellowship program in the Department of Theology.

Additional fellowships are also available to qualified students upon recommendation by the Department. An especially promising applicant for the PhD may be recommended for a Crown Fellowship which provides an annual stipend and full tuition for four years. No duties are attached to the Crown Fellowships beyond the continuation of good academic work.

The Graduate School also awards Dissertation Fellowships, which support students working on their PhD dissertations. Among these are fellowships available to PhD candidates to live as Fellows at the Rome Center.

Deadlines for complete applications (including the Application for Assistantships and Fellowships, the Application for Admission, the Merit Award Application, three letters of recommendation, all transcripts, and Graduate Record Examination scores) and notification dates can be found by contacting the Graduate School. Applicants for merit-based awards should request Merit Award Application forms from the Graduate School Admissions Office.

For information on merit-based awards, consult The Graduate School web page, The Graduate School Catalog, or contact:

The Graduate School
450 Granada Center
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

For information on financial aid programs and guaranteed student loans, consult the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.