Disciples Scholarships and Admissions

TCU is committed to supporting Disciples of Christ students financially during their time as a student.

Disciples Related Financial Aid
Over 1.5 million dollars in church-related aid is granted to students annually here at the university. For more information about or applications for any of the grants listed below, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid page here.

Beasley Foundation Grant
These grants are for members of the Disciples of Christ affiliation and are made available through the Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc. They are based on the results of the FAFSA, academic achievement and leadership potential. The amount of assistance depends on the results of the FAFSA and availability of other aid. Most awards range from $1,000 to $4,000. Consideration for renewal is based up on successful completion of at least 24 hours and a minimum TCU cumulative GPA of 2.5. The FAFSA must be received by May 1 for priority funding.

Minister and Minister’s Dependent Grant
Through funds provided by the Christian churches of Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana, partial-tuition grants are available to certain categories of students attending TCU. Included are:

  • Spouses of full-time Christian church (Disciples of Christ) ministers or full-time students of Brite Divinity School;
  • Unmarried youths under 23 years of age who are dependent children of Christian church (Disciples of Christ) ministers in full-time active service (including missionaries) and youths of Juliette Fowler Home (including employees of the home);
  • Full-time Christian church (Disciples of Christ) ministers who wish to continue their education on a part-time basis in the undergraduate program.

Awards will be in an amount not to exceed one-half tuition for up to 18 hours per semester and is renewable for up to eight semesters. Renewal requires the student is meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. Applications must be received by May 1 each year.

Christian Youth Fellowship Grant
Through the cooperation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), TCU is able to offer assistance to regional officers of the Christian Youth Fellowship. These awards will be in an amount not to exceed one-half of tuition for up to 18 hours per semester and are renewal for up to eight semesters. Minimum renewal requirements are a 2.5 TCU cumulative GPA and successful completion of 24 hours during the academic year.

Church Vocation Grant
Through the cooperation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), TCU is able to award financial assistance, regardless of denomination, to students preparing to become ordained clergy, church musicians or directors of religious education in a full-time church congregation vocation. The minister and the board (or governing body) of the applicant’s home congregation must certify the applicant as a member in good standing and as a candidate for full-time church congregation ministry. In addition, an essay from the candidate reflecting on the individual’s theological development and commitment to devote his/her life to the ministry of the Gospel of Christ as a full-time vocation is required. This certification should be received by TCU prior to May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Recipients of a Church Vocation Grant must enroll in an undergraduate program leading to a baccalaureate degree from TCU. They are required to major in religion or church music.

Prior to May 1 each year, all recipients must recertify their commitment to enter a full-time church vocation and present evidence of their progress toward that goal. The home congregation, the TCU Scholarship Committee and the Department of Religion reviews the recertification. The student must also schedule an interview with the Chair of the Department of Religion or Coordinator of Advisement to re-affirm their goal of entering into congregational ministry and articulate that goal in their renewal essay. Award decisions are based on several factors, including academic record, applicant’s essay and letter of recommendation.

Students must file a FAFSA each year. Although financial eligibility is considered, it is not a prerequisite for receiving the award.

Awards will be in an amount not to exceed one-half tuition for up to 18 hours per semester and is renewable for up to eight semesters. Minimum renewal requirements are a 2.5 TCU cumulative GPA and successful completion of at least 24 hours during the academic year. Applications must be received by May 1 each.