Church Partnership Program FAQ
We're pleased to enable our students to partner with their local church or ministry in an effort to reduce their total tuition cost through a matching scholarship called the Church Partnership Program (CPP). The CPP partners with churches and ministries who are able and willing to support their staff or members with tuition assistance by matching their contribution, dollar for dollar, up to 1/3 of the student's total tuition. Most commonly, this means the church or ministry contributes 1/3 toward the student's tuition, RTS contributes 1/3 toward the student's tuition, and the student contributes 1/3 toward his or her tuition.
As this is such a popular scholarship option (up to a 2/3 scholarship between church support and RTS) and involves different parties, students and their churches or ministries often have specific questions about how the partnership works. We've addressed many of the most common questions below, but if you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office or download the CPP brochure here. You are also welcome to download the Financial Aid application for more information here.
The Church Partnership Program: Please include a letter from the supporting church, signed by an authorized representative of the church, specifying the amount of support as well as the date(s) the church will send the funds to RTS. The church should also indicate that they have been supplied with a copy of the Financial Aid FAQ’s listed in the Financial Aid application.
Will you send my church or ministry an invoice? It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their balance is paid. Students may access their account information on Self-Service. It is entirely the responsibility of the student to arrange for their church to send in their support.
How much of the funds from my church will be matched by RTS in the Church Partnership Program? RTS will match dollar for dollar the funds from a church in this program up to one-third of a student’s tuition. For instance, if a student incurred $3000 in tuition and his or her church sent in $1000, then RTS will match with a $1000 scholarship. If a church were to send in $1500, then RTS would still match with $1000, in which case the student would then only be responsible for $500.
How is the Church Partnership scholarship applied? The Church Partnership scholarship is applied automatically at a rate of one-third every time tuition is charged.
How are Church checks and tuition matched? This is done on the basis of the RTS fiscal year that runs from June until May. At the end of each May, a Church Partnership audit is conducted. If a student has not had sufficient church checks arrive to match the amount of Church Partnership scholarship given, then the difference in scholarship is reversed.
When should my church send a check into RTS? The church should plan to send in a check by the beginning of each term a student will be enrolled so that the student does not incur any finance charges. A church may also send in one annual check before the beginning of the first term that a student will be enrolled for that fiscal year.
How will RTS know that a check is for me? The church should always include the student's name and student ID number either in the memo line or on the check stub.