Admissions and Tuition Information
The admissions policies for various SVMC academic programs are outlined here. Tuition and financial assistance information is also provided.
Admission Procedures for ACTS
Licensed ministry candidates and laypersons seeking admission to the certificate program should contact Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center after the licensing interview with the District Ministry Commission. The student must then complete an application (available here), along with an essay of 2-3 pages describing his or her call to ministry, to begin taking classes.
Admission Procedures for TRIM
Interest in the TRIM Program through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership can be explored through your district. Carrie Eikler coordinates TRIM at the national level, while each partnering district of SVMC has its own TRIM coordinator.
Admission Procedures for Lay Persons
Lay persons wishing to enroll in certificate courses should contact SVMC.
Admission Procedures for Continuing Education
Ministers seeking units for Continuing Education should contact SVMC and register to audit the course (one-third cost) for CEUs.
Graduate Level Admission Procedures
To receive credit for graduate courses, a person must be enrolled as a Bethany Theological Seminary student. Application forms may be secured through Bethany Theological Seminary’s website (www.bethanyseminary.edu). There is a $50.00 application fee.
Enrollment for graduate courses is processed through Bethany Theological Seminary.
Each graduate course taught at SVMC carries three semester hours credit. For the refund policy and other information related to graduate courses, see the Student Handbook on the Bethany Theological Seminary website.
There are a limited number of “sit-in” spaces offered through Brethren Academy. These spaces allow students to participate in a graduate level course without meeting some of the graduate admission requirements. Sit-in spaces are assigned according to the following priority: TRIM students, persons enrolled in district training programs, alumni/ae, Brethren pastors taking courses for continuing education, other members of the Church of the Brethren, all others.
Tuition for ACTS courses is $210.00 for students enrolled in the certificate program. Audit fees will be $70.00 per course. Each district has its own financial assistance plan for its ministry training program. Beginning in Fall 2016, ACTS course tuition will be $225.00; auditing cost will be $75.00.
Tuition for TRIM courses is $285.00. Each district has its own financial assistance plan. Please be in touch with your District Executive.
Each graduate course taught at SVMC carries three semester hours credit. For fees and the refund policy and other information related to graduate courses, see the Bethany Student Handbook or the current SVMC Catalog.
District Financial Assistance**Financial assistance information can also be found in the SVMC Catalog.
Atlantic Northeast District
Seminary courses—Funding for licensed ministers enrolled in the M.Div. and Occasional Student graduate program will receive $300.00 per 3-credit-hour course with a maximum of $1200.00 per academic year. Students wishing to receive district financial assistance for graduate level courses should contact the District Office in writing. A copy of registration information and an invoice from the billing institution should accompany the request. Additional information should include whether payment is to be made to the institution or reimbursed to the student directly.
TRIM courses—The district will cover $150 of the student enrollment fee. It pays $220 per year of the program participation fee (students pay $200 per year), for up to six years. After the sixth year, the full participation fee becomes the student's responsibility. Additional assistance is available for course tuition upon request. For more information, please contact the district office and request a copy of the Financial Aid Plan for Licensed Ministers.
ACTS courses—Course work through SVMC is underwritten as follows: $70.00 per course will be paid by the district for all licensed ministers in good standing. The home congregation is encouraged to pay half of the remaining amount, and the licensed minister the other half ($70.00 each). The student will pay $140.00 if congregational support is not forthcoming. Any questions concerning ANE’s Financial Aid Plan for Licensed Ministers should be directed to the District Executive.
Financial assistance for licensed ministers enrolled in the M.Div., TRIM, ACTS, and EFSM programs will be based on the guidelines of the Don Rowe Student Endowment Fund administered by the Calling and Credentialing Ministry Team. Assistance may vary in amount, depending on the number of classes in which a student is enrolled and the amount of funds available for a given year. Any questions concerning Mid-Atlantic's Financial Assistance Plan for Licensed Ministers should be directed to the District Executive Minister. Exceptions to this policy will be approved by the District’s Calling and Credentialing Ministry Team.
Middle Pennsylvania District
Seminary & TRIM courses—financial assistance is given to students based on need and available funds. Students should be in contact with the Ministers’ Education and Support Team to share educational plans and financial needs.
ACTS courses—Grants of 1/3 the cost of tuition for ACTS students ($70.00) are paid through the Middle PA District budget.
Southern Pennsylvania District
Seminary courses—A loan/grant for up to $500.00 per semester for students attending an accredited seminary can be obtained by applying to the District Ministry Commission. SVMC students should contact the SoPA District Office to apply.
ACTS courses—Course work through SVMC is underwritten as follows: $60.00 per course will be paid by the district for all licensed ministers in good standing.
Western Pennsylvania District
Seminary courses—A loan/grant for licensed ministers enrolled in Bethany Theological Seminary courses can be obtained by applying to the District Ministry Commission. Grants are given based on need and available funds.
ACTS courses—A loan/grant for licensed ministers enrolled in SVMC course work is available by application to the Pastor and Parish Ministry Team. The goal is to help cover tuition costs for licensed ministers in ACTS work.