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Student Financial Hardship Fund

During graduate school, unexpected events and circumstances arise for students that were unforeseeable and unpredictable when they first began their seminary journey. This fund is established to support current students through financial hardships that unexpectedly arise and have a potential impact on their continuance.


Recipient(s) can be a full-time student or part-time student (as established by the Seminary catalog) at Denver Seminary, enrolled in a Masters, Doctorate or PHD program, pursuing their degree residentially or online.


This fund is intended to provide a one-time gift and could be up to a maximum of $1000. However, both of these criteria can be adjusted if the committee determines that exceptions need to be made for this student. This gift can be provided in a check directly addressed to the student.

The distribution from this Fund will be made by the Student Financial Hardship Fund committee of the Seminary which will be led by the Dean of Students and Student Care Specialist and include the Director of Financial Aid.


Though a variety of financial needs might arise, here are some examples of what would be considered:

  • Grocery money

  • Rent/mortgage assistance

  • Medical treatment costs

  • Transportation needs

  • Monthly bills (utilities, car insurance, health insurance, etc.)

  • Short term counseling sessions

  • Funeral expenses

  • Credit card minimums when used in cases of emergency

Needs that may not be met by the Hardship Fund:

  • Tuition assistance as this is a different category of income

  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel

  • Student conferences

  • Expenditures resulting from poor financial management such as credit card bills unrelated to emergency or crisis expenses

  • Alcohol and drug related offenses, fines and court fees/penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees or jail bonds.

  • Penalties related to late payments or irresponsible actions (library fines, parking tickets, late payment fees, other preventable expenses)

  • Private school fees or tuition

  • Business ventures or investments that bring financial profit to the person or family


The recipient will provide the information in writing (email or paper copy) to the Student Care Specialist and include the following:


  • Basic overview of the unexpected circumstances that have arisen

  • The particular unexpected financial needs and the other means of financial support that have been exhausted

  • The approximate cost to be considered for funding

  • Permission to inform donors of situation for which funding was used (party kept anonymous)

*This is entirely voluntary on the part of the recipient. Our goal is mainly to share the stories of how this fund positively impacted the student in a time of need.

  • The student’s address to be included on the check.

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