Missions Grant for Current Missionaries

Missionaries who are currently serving full-time or emeritus with IMB or NAMB (Career, Limited Term, Journeyman, ISC, MATSIL, GC2, MSC, NAMB-endorsed Chaplains) may be eligible for a tuition grant from Southern Seminary. Master’s-level students may be eligible for a grant of 50% of tuition and 100% of Internet fees. Research doctoral students may be eligible for a grant of 30% of tuition and professional doctoral students may be eligible for a grant of 20% of tuition. Missions Grants are separate from and in addition to the SBC tuition reduction for Southern Baptist church members. Students must remain in good academic standing with the institution. The Missions Grant may not be combined with other SBTS Scholarships. Should the student resign from IMB or NAMB, the grant will be discontinued. Learn more about deadlines and stipulations on the Missions Grant Policies page.

Eligible students should complete the Missions Verification Form by clicking here.

Returning Journeyman/ISC Missions Grant

The Returning Journeymen/ISC Grant is available to students who have returned from serving with the IMB within the past two years, having completed the Journeyman or ISC programs. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in a master’s-level degree program on the Louisville campus or at an extension center. Part-time education and online education is not included. Students must remain in good academic standing with the institution. Returning Journeyman/ISC are eligible for a 75% tuition grant for their first calendar year of study and a 50% tuition grant during years 2-4 of study. The Missions Grant may not be combined with other SBTS Scholarships. Learn more about deadlines and stipulations on the Missions Grant Policies page.

Eligible students should complete the Missions Verification Form by clicking here.

MK Grant

Children of currently serving, full-time or emeritus IMB or NAMB missionaries may be eligible for a 100% tuition grant for their first four years of study. Applicants must be under 30 years of age upon enrollment and must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or master’s-level degree program at the Louisville campus or at an extension center. Part-time education and online education is not included in the grant. Students must remain in good academic standing with the institution. Should the student’s parents resign from IMB or NAMB, the grant will be discontinued. Learn more about deadlines and stipulations on the Missions Grant Policies page.

Eligible students should complete the Missions Verification Form by clicking here.

2+ Missions Grant

Students enrolled in the 2+ program are eligible for a 75% tuition grant and 50% Internet fee grant during the field portion of their program. Students are not eligible for the grant during their first two to three years of on-campus study. Learn more about deadlines and stipulations on the Missions Grant Policies page.

Eligible students should complete the Missions Verification Form by clicking here.

Reverse 2+2 Missions Grant

Students enrolled in the Reverse 2+2 program are eligible for a 50% tuition and Internet fee grant during the field portion of their study. Students receive the tuition grant for both field and campus portions of their program. However, the Internet fee grant is available only during the field portion of program. Students must be enrolled full-time at SBTS during the campus portion of their program and studies must be completed at the Louisville campus or at an extension center. Residency policies apply. Learn more about deadlines and stipulations on the Missions Grant Policies page.

Eligible students should complete the Missions Verification Form by clicking here.

Spouses of Missions Grant Recipients

Spouses of full-time students receiving the Currently Serving Missions Grant or the Returning Journeyman Missions Grant are eligible to apply for the Spouse Grant. The Spouse Grant is not available when both spouses are Missions Grant recipients or if the spouse receiving the Missions Grant is not a full-time student.

Missions Grants for VRI Recipients

Southern Seminary policies for awarding Missions Grants to IMB missionaries who opted for the Voluntary Retirement Incentive can be viewed here.

NAMB Iron Men Educational Reimbursement

The North American Mission Board offers a tuition reimbursement program for lead bivocational pastors and SBC church planters in the Send Network that have already completed a  bachelor’s degree. Each qualified planter in the Send Network or bivocational pastor is eligible to receive a maximum of $2,400 per year towards a fully online master’s degree. This reimbursement will be made after completing a semester and receiving a grade of B or higher. Individuals will submit their grades and proof of payment at the end of a semester for reimbursement.

Eligible students should complete the application form by clicking here prior to registering at Southern Seminary. Please submit the application to ironmen@namb.net.

Missions Grants Chart

These discounts and scholarships provide tuition assistance for full-time IMB and NAMB missionaries and their legally dependent children. Qualifications for these discounts are outlined below: 1

Name Stipulations Tuition2 Internet Fee3
Missions Grant4 Returning IMB missionaries (Journeyman, ISC) enrolled full-time in a masters degree program within two years of returning from the field.5 75% first year,
50% years 2-4
N/A
Current IMB or NAMB missionaries (Career, Journeyman, ISC, US2, MATSIL6) enrolled in a masters degree program 50% 50%
Current IMB or NAMB full-time missionaries enrolled full-time in a research doctoral program 30% N/A
Current IMB or NAMB full-time missionaries enrolled full-time in a professional doctoral program 20% N/A
MK Grant Children of currently serving full-time IMB or NAMB missionaries enrolled in an undergraduate or masters degree program prior to the age of 30.7 100% N/A
2 + 2(3) Program Discount Available to students during the field portion of their program 75% 50%
Reverse 2 + 2 Program Available to students completing the field portion of their program prior to taking classes on campus. Students receive tuition grant for both field and campus portions of their program. Internet fee grant is available only during the field portion of program. 50% 50%
5 / 12 Program Discount Approval from IMB and Graham School Dean required. Course Pre-requisites:

  1. Personal Evangelism
  2. Intro to Missiology or Intercultural Communication
100%                    N/A Up to 12 hours
Mission Trip Scholarship8 Course tuition scholarship for one-time mission trip with SBTS Application and missions trip information must be submitted. Students with Missions Grant do not qualify. $100/ credit hr., $500 max. N/A
Spouse of Full-time Missions Student Spouses of full-time missions students qualify for the spousal discount. Spouses of part-time missions students or students receiving the MK Grant do not qualify. Spouses already receiving the Missions Grant cannot receive the spousal discount. 50% N/A

1 Each student is permitted only one SBTS discount or scholarship. If eligible for more than one, the greater scholarship will be awarded.
2 Tuition discount based upon the yearly completion of application for financial aid, including verification of dates of service. Student must remain in good standing with the institution.
4 Service with the IMB or NAMB must be verified in writing. Should an IMB or NAMB missionary no longer be employed by the agency, the discount will be discontinued.
5 Student must be enrolled full-time on-campus or at an extension center and must be in good academic standing. Discount applies only to tuition costs.
7 Parental service with IMB or NAMB must be verified in writing. Should parents no longer be employed with IMB or NAMB, the discount will be discontinued. Online education is not included in the discount.
8 General Scholarship recipients may receive an additional Mission Trip Scholarship.