St Louis Theological Seminary

Rightly dividing the word of truth.

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee $50.00 per person for all students
(including spouses and students auditing courses)
Outgoing Transcript $5.00 per address
Ministerial Life Experience Credit $25.00 per credit hour
Auditing (without credit) No Charge
Seminary Course Tuition $75.00 per credit hour
(includes spouse at no additional charge)
Proficiency Exam in lieu of take a Seminary Course $75.00 per credit hour
Books and Class Materials Purchase at cost from SLTS, when available or
via the following organizations:

Note: All prices are subject to change without notice. The prices shown in this online Tuition and Fees supersede all previous prices shown at any time.  


To receive a refund, the student must submit a written request to the Vice President of Business Affairs with a copy to the Director of Admissions. The ordinary refund policy is:
  • Application fees are not refundable.
  • Books and class materials are not refundable.
  • When students drop courses, switch to audit, or withdraw from STLTS within the first half of a course of study (three and half weeks), half of the tuition will be refunded.  When students drop courses, switch to audit, or withdraw from STLTS after one-half or more of the course of study (after three and half weeks), tuition is not refundable.
  • Refunds for payments made as a sponsorship will be refunded to the sponsor.
Requests for an exception to the refund policy due to extraordinary hardship must be made to the Director of Business Affairs in writing.  The request will be forwarded to the Executive Committee for a decision.

Charitable Contributions

St. Louis Theological Seminary is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Missouri. STLTS has applied for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. When granted, STLTS will be able to receive tax-deductible contributions to help provide quality education to our students. When 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is granted, unrestricted donations of funds to STLTS will be tax deductible as charitable contributions to the extent the law allows. STLTS recommends the advice of a tax professional in these matters. The following rulings may be applicable:
  • Payment for tuition is usually not considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution.
  • When an individual sponsers a student's education by paying all or some tuition or fees, funds are usually not deductible as charitable contributions.

Scholarships and Tuition Reductions

A limited number of scholarships are available.  Students seeking scholarships submit requests to the Director of Business Affairs. Requests are viewed by the President, and scholarships are recommended by the Executive Committee and approved Board of Regents.

Students who receive scholarships and students employed by STLTS who receive free tuition or a reduction in tuition are encouraged to seek the advice of a tax professional. The following rules may be applicable:

  • Scholarships funds used for tuition payments for degree programs may be tax free for the student.
  • Scholarship funds used for tuition payments for non-degree programs may be taxable for the student as income.
  • Free tuition or tuition reduction received by a student who is employed by STLTS in lieu of payment for services may be taxed as income.

Payment and Student Loans

Application fees must accompany all applications submitted to the Registrar.

After registration forms are received by the Registrar, invoices will be sent to students for tuition and class material, along with a Book Order form for books available for purchase from STLTS.  Payment for tuition and is due before course syllabi and class material will be distributed. Payment for books must be separate from payment for tuition; payment for books is due upon receipt by the student.

Students are discouraged from accumulating unsecured debt.  Students may request other financial arrangements for tuition in writing to the Director of Business Affairs.

Students must obtain written acknowledgement of any cash payment from the Director of Business Affairs at the time payment is made.  Canceled checks serve as acknowledgements of payments made by check.  It is the responsibility of students to provide these acknowledgements as proof of payment in matters of dispute.

Academic Dishonesty

Any student proven to have committed academic dishonesty will receive an "F" grade for the course. Other disciplinary action is at the discretion of the Advisory Council. Forms of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:
  • plagiarism (using as one's own the writings or ideas of another), including failure to use quotation marks or other conventional markings around material quoted from another source or paraphrasing a specific passage without indicating its source;
  • falsifying information, including submitting another's work as one's own; and
  • dishonesty during examinations, including receiving written or oral information from a fellow student, as well as referring to written materials not authorized by the proctor.