How to Finance Your Rabbinic Education

The Jewish Theological Seminary is committed to providing comprehensive financial assistance packages, and making it possible for qualified students to attend The Rabbinical School. Drawing on multiple resources for support, JTS's generous aid packages combine grants, loans, and fellowships.

This page gathers important information about financing your rabbinic education at JTS. To get started, here are some helpful links:

Tuition and Fees 2014–2015

Financial Aid Application Process

Did You Know...

  • the average financial aid award for fall 2014 to students at The Rabbinical School was $24,321?
  • 47% of 2014 graduates of The Rabbinical School took no loans and graduated with no Rabbinical School debt.

Merit Fellowships
In addition to financial aid, for which all students may apply, The Rabbinical School's Office of the Dean, in conjunction with its fellowship/interview committee, awards individual students merit fellowships based on recipients' academic promise and achievement. These fellowships provide additional support for tuition, fees, and living expenses so that students may devote their best energies toward their studies.

Did You Know

  • approximately 77 percent of incoming Rabbinical School students receive either merit- or need-based aid?
  • approximately one-third of incoming Rabbinical School students receive merit fellowships?

Some merit fellowships provide additional financial support toward rabbinical studies, and others secure a student's place in a specific training program with distinct internships and mentoring. For example:

  • The Crown Fellowship supports two entering students each year, and all entering students are automatically considered for this fellowship.
  • The Gladstein Fellowship and Legacy Heritage Fellowship each train students for service in small Jewish communities.
  • The Resnick Internship Fellowship provides a stipend for student internships.
  • The Paul Kaplan Fellowship supports students during their training in Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • The Shapiro Fellowship augments the pay of students working at Camp Ramah.
  • The new David and Inez Myers Foundation grants to The Rabbinical School provide support for entrepreneurial work by our students.

We encourage students to apply for the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.  NOTE: The deadline for applications for the 2015–2016 school year is Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

JTS has a limited number of fellowships for international students. Some fellowships are available to international students on a highly competitive basis through the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 15 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010; (212) 679-4074.

For more information about these opportunities, please contact Rabbi Joel Alter at joalter@jtsa.edu, director of Admissions, or (212) 678-8817.

Need-Based Aid
JTS provides generous need-based financial aid. Students must be citizens of either the United States or Canada, although certain categories of noncitizens of the United States may be eligible. Learn more about the details of eligibility for need-based financial aid.

To continue to receive Title IV student financial assistance or student loans, students must complete at least one-fifth of the required curriculum each year to meet the requirement of maintaining satisfactory progress.

Need-based aid is determined by your and your family's demonstrated financial need. Demonstrated financial need is the difference between the costs involved in attending The Rabbinical School and the amount you and your family can contribute to those costs. Awards are made on the basis of financial need as determined by needs-analysis documents and the FAFSA. All students interested in financial assistance should complete the FAFSA by March 1.

Loans
In addition to grants and scholarships from JTS, federal student loans are available to cover all related educational and living expenses. The JTS Financial Aid Office will help you determine your appropriate debt level, and will facilitate all loan applications for you. View information about federal loans.

Additional Resources
JTS maintains a student-placement service that helps rabbinical and cantorial students find annual and seasonal work as service leaders, teachers, and tutors at congregations, schools, and other institutions and agencies.

For more information about these opportunities, please contact Rabbi Joel Alter, director of Admissions, at joalter@jtsa.edu or Linda Levine, director of Financial Aid, at financialaid@jtsa.edu.