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Affording Your Rabbinical Education


Affording Your Rabbinical Education

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Affording Your Rabbinical Education

We understand that attending rabbinical school can be financially daunting. We are committed to helping students afford a rabbinical education. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships and loans. Both merit- and need-based scholarships are available.



The 2018-2019 tuition for incoming students is $26,000 per academic year. Our tuition rates are very competitive. The published 2017-2018 tuition rates at other accredited rabbinical schools range from $25,000-$32,400.


Need-Based Scholarships

Students with demonstrated financial need are eligible for scholarships to help defray educational costs.

Admitted students who wish to be considered for scholarships must fill out a financial-aid application form provided by the College. Application forms and supplementary materials must be completed and submitted by April 15. Students admitted after April 1 will be given an extension to the April 15 deadline. Please note, late applications will be accepted, but may be at a disadvantage. We encourage all students to apply for financial aid by April 15 if possible.


Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit scholarships that can be used toward tuition are available for incoming students. Each year, up to two Marjorie and Aaron Ziegelman Scholarships are given to especially promising incoming rabbinical students. In addition, one Judith and Ira Eisenstein Scholarship may be offered each year. All admitted students will automatically be considered for these prestigious merit scholarships; there is no separate application process.

Merit-based scholarships are also available each year for returning students who demonstrate overall excellence, as nominated by the faculty. Although there is no separate application form, students wishing to be considered for merit-based scholarships should fill out the regular financial-aid form. 


Wexner Graduate Fellowship for Jewish Professionals

We strongly recommend that all applicants consider applying for the Wexner Graduate Fellowship for Jewish Professionals, sponsored by the Wexner Foundation.

Participating in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for leadership growth. In addition to financial assistance for graduate study, fellows become part of a diverse professional community that encourages learning about one’s self as a leader though interaction with others with different points of view.

Fellows engage with expert faculty members in the field of leadership education and scholars in Jewish studies. Well beyond the four-year leadership program, the extensive alumni network serves as a professional community throughout fellows’ careers. Learn more about the Wexner Fellowship, including eligibility requirements and application procedures.


Student Loans

We participate in the Federal Direct Loan program. This includes the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Grad Plus Loan.


Student Employment and Field Experience

The Director of Rabbinic Formation will work with you to obtain student employment and paid field experiences. Students receive placements in social justice organizations, chaplaincy, congregations and Hillels, among other situations. In addition to formal internships, many students work part-time as religious-school teachers, adult education instructors and youth directors to gain experience and to help meet their expenses.


Tuition Schedule 2019-20

Note: These rates below apply to students who have begun matriculating on or after 2017. See details below these charts.

Full-Time Student  
Tuition $26,000/annual
Student Association Dues $36
IT Fee $100/semester (includes Office365 account and use of printer)
Deposit $500 (goes toward tuition)


Part-Time Student  
Tuition per credit $1,250
Registration $300/semester
Student Association Dues $36
Course Audit $325
Workshop Audit $180
Spiritual Direction Elective $60/session plus $50/semester


Tuition and Fees Details 2019-20 (PDFs)