Scholarship Weekend

 Faith's annual Scholarship Weekend is a great opportunity for high school seniors to come to campus to interview for thousands of dollars of institutional scholarships. The students

  • visit classes and chapel
  • enjoy a catered meal
  • get answers to their questions about Faith
  • meet their future classmates
  • have fun with other high schoolers and Faith students

This school year's second Scholarship Weekend will be April 6-8, 2017. You are eligible to come to the weekend if you . . .

  • are a high school senior in the 2016-2017 school year or a transfer student,
  • plan to enroll as a full-time college student in fall 2017,
  • submit your application to Faith between August 1 and March 24, 2016.

Register by emailing Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Before coming you must complete your FAFSA using Faith's school code 007121. To complete your FAFSA online go to Click here to learn more about the financial aid process.

We encourage parents to join us for the weekend, but students may also come alone. We will provide informative sessions on Friday, especially dealing with financial issues.

For more information about Scholarship Weekend, contact Admisisons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 1.888.324.8448.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday April 6, 2017
   Registration 6:30-7:30 p.m.
   Welcome 8:00 p.m.
   Dorm Devotions 10:30 p.m.
Friday April 7, 2017
   Breakfast 6:30-8:00 a.m.
   Classes 7:00-8:50 a.m.
   Chapel 9:00-9:40 a.m.
   College Finances 101 10:00-10:50 a.m.
   Class 11:00-11:50 a.m.
   Lunch 12:00 p.m.
   Interviews and Activities 1:00-5:00 p.m.
   Banquet 5:30-6:45 p.m.
   Evening Activities 9:00 p.m.
Saturday April 8, 2017
   Interviews 9:30-11:30 a.m.
   Brunch 10:00-11:30  a.m.

Please note that you do not need to have your ACT/SAT done in order to attend the weekend. However, it is required in order to be awarded a scholarship process.  The three steps required for a Fall 2017 applicant to be awarded a scholarship package would be as follows:

  • Interview for scholarships
  • Send in ACT or SAT scores
  • Email Admissions your EFC (6 digit Expected Family Contribution number from FAFSA confirmation email) 

To find out what an estimated award package would look like, click here.  

Seminary Fees and Financial Aid


Regular Charges     2016-2017 
1-8 credit hours (regular, online, module)     $340 per credit hour
9-13 hours     $315 per credit hour
14-18 hours     $4,410 per semester
Technology Fee      $25 per credit hour
Conference Audit     $100
Student Benefit Fee (6 hours or more)     $246 per semester
Student Benefit Fee (fewer than 6 hours)     $119 per semester

Check the seminary catalog for costs for additional items such as music lessons, vehicle fees, and health insurance.


Click here to access the financial aid application form.



  Information/Requirements   When
to Apply

Church Partnership Scholarship


M.A. Students—Up to $1,000/year 
M.Div. Students—Up to $2,000/year



Available to full- and part-time students with a 2.0 GPA who plan to enter full-time ministry. If a church gives $500, FBTS will match the amount, making a total of $1,000. Students can get the scholarships for up to three years.



Anytime during the year

Dean's Scholarship






Awarded to full-time students in any program who show exceptional academic and ministerial potential.
Financial need is also considered.



When applying for admission to FBTS

Faithful Servant Scholarship




50% tuition discount on first three two-credit hour courses



For pastors, assistant pastors, and missionaries who are new students. A new student is one who has never taken a class at FBTS or has not taken a seminary class for credit in the three years prior to applying for this scholarship. Available to full- and part-time students.



When applying for admission to FBTS


Institutional         Scholarships            



  Full-time students enrolled in any program. See the seminary catalog and the Financial Aid Handbook.  

February 15



Bellevue Heights Church

Available to Master of Divinity students taking
at least 9 credit hours a semester with a 2.3 GPA.
Contact the seminary office for an application form.


  April 15     
Elmer O. and Ida Preston
Trust Fund

Available to full-time students who have been Iowa residents for 6 months and preparing for Christian
ministry. Contact the seminary office for an
application form. Usually a combination of grants
and loans.


  July 30
Federal Stafford Loan   Varies  

A federally-insured unsubsidized loan. Student is responsible for the interest while in school and
during the grace period. Payment on principal may
be deferred.




Federal Aid
Complete your FAFSA online at The FAFSA will tell you what state and federal loans you qualify for. Have your FASFA information sent to Faith by entering Faith's code 007121 on your FAFSA form.


Further Information
Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 515.964.0601, ext. 206, or the seminary office at 1.877.532.8748 for more detailed information about seminary scholarships.

Financial Aid Timeline

Our Financial Aid Timeline will guide you through the steps in the applying for financial aid. If you have any questions, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 515.964.0601, ext. 202.


Step 1—Apply

Whether you are a new college student or you are transferring to Faith from another school, your first step is to complete the online application. You can pay the $50 application fee online or you can mail it to our Admissions Department. 


Step 2—FAFSA

The financial aid process begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must complete the FAFSA in order to qualify for any financial aid, including institutional, federal, or state. Complete the FAFSA online at as soon as possible after January 1, using the previous year's tax information. Both student and parent will need to apply for a PIN at


Enter school code 007121 in step 6 to have your information sent to Faith. Be sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload your tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. This step simplifies the process if your FAFSA is selected for verification. Remember to respond promptly to any requests for documentation from the Faith Financial Aid Department. 


The FAFSA will calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is used to determine your state and federal grant eligibility as well as your federal loan eligibility.


All federal aid will be disbursed directly into the student's account each semester. If a credit balance is created by your financial aid, you can choose to have the amount refunded to you or leave it on your account for the next semester.


Step 3—Scholarship Weekend

Every year in March we hold a weekend just for those who have applied for the upcoming fall semester. Through this event we award thousands of dollars of scholarships, some renewable for up to four years.


Students and their parents come to campus, interact with faculty, staff, and students, and attend classes and chapel. You will stay in the dorms, eat with our students, and meet your future classmates! And the whole weekend is free to you.


Scholarship Weekend is a Do-Not-Miss event since all institutional scholarships for new students are awarded through this eventSo mark March 21-23, 2013 on your calendars. 


Step 4—Deposit

Once we have accepted your application, you can turn in a Housing Request Form with a $200 deposit. This deposit is not an additional fee but will be deducted from your total bill. When you send in this deposit, our Registrar's Office will confirm your enrollment and send you a tentative class schedule. This deposit is due by May 15.


Step 5—Down Payment

A $1,500 down payment is due on July 15 for all new students. This down payment is not an additional charge but will be deducted from your total bill.  


Step 6—Payment of Balance Due

You have two options for paying your account:

• Pay the balance due by the first day of class each semester. 

• Use an automatic monthly payment plan.


The staff in our Financial Aid Office will explain these options to you. Contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 515.964.0601, ext. 202.


Financial Aid Links

The Student Guide

Published by the Department of Education, the Student Guide is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid.

FAFSA on the Web
Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.StudentCenterGroup was designed by students for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges to going to college such as peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers. It provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs.

College Board
From the creators of the SAT, PSAT and ACT, is the "inside source" to all that is involved with preparing for, choosing and financing college.

Iowa Student Loan College Access Network
Valuable information for students and parents on financing a college education.

An easy to use, comprehensive scholarship search engine to help you find a variety of scholarships and loans that best fit your needs.

Higher Education Tax Benefits
This fact sheet will help educate students and parents about the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits, as well as the Student Loan Interest and Tuition and Fees Tax Deductions that are available to taxpayers.


A wide variety of on-campus employment opportunities are available to students in the bookstore, dining hall, library, maintenance, security, and gym. You may obtain a Student Employment Application from the Human Resources Office or you may download a copy by clicking here.

Off Campus
Several employers in the Ankeny and Greater Des Moines area come to Faith first when hiring because our students have a reputation as hard-working, dependable employees. Off-campus employment opportunities include clerical and data entry positions, package handling, retail, sales, warehousing, and many more. Click here for a list of employers in the area.


Seminary Building Renovation Update

Read about the latest updates about our new seminary building from one of our student writers. Read More

Kimberly Tanner Joins Faith Faculty

Faith is pleased to welcome Miss Kim Tanner back to our faculty.  Read More

Faith Welcomes Jordan Sauser

Jordan Sauser has joined the Faith Family as the director of financial aid and coach of the men's soccer and track and field teams. Read More

Major Renovation Project

We invite church work teams to help us renovate the former music building into our seminary building.  Read More