• Commencement Information

    Happy graduation week! If you still need your rain tickets or honor cords, they will be available for you at check-in on Friday (Hickory campus).

    Student check-in is Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Shuford Arena. Guests are asked to be in their seats by 5:30 p.m.

    Any changes to the commencement schedule will be posted here. 

    Commencement Information

Accessible & Affordable

Seminary Cost & Financial Aid

Every seminarian deserves access to an affordable education. We have the resources to make it happen.

A top-quality seminary education is both accessible and affordable at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. We believe financial obstacles should never stand in the way of your learning or your call to ministry.

Amanda Burke

Each of the programs on the Columbia campus shares a beautiful piece in common, serving others. These programs all nurture students that are called to serve others...

Amanda Burke, M.Div'21

Cost of Attendance

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You want to serve and to lead, and we want to help. At LTSS, our mission is to glorify God by preparing seminarians to be equipped to serve as transformational leaders for church and society. In our view, affordability should not be a barrier to earn your master’s degree.

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Types of Financial Aid

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Learn what we offer in types of financial aid options to support your calling.

LTSS students who are eligible can receive federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans, veterans benefits and partial to full-tuition scholarships. 

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We are committed to offering generous scholarships and grants to students of all denominations. ELCA students who receive a Fund for Leaders tuition grant receive an LTSS grant which covers up to the full cost of on-campus housing.

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Paying Your Bill

You will be responsible for paying your tuition, fees and other charges each semester, and we provide several methods to pay.

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Financial Aid Staff

We are here to help answer your financial aid questions and help you achieve your educational goals.

Associate Director of Financial Aid
625 7th Ave NE, LRU 7227
Hickory, NC 28601
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Financial Aid Counselor
625 7th Ave NE, LRU 7227
Hickory, NC 28601
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Pastor Kermit Moss

Moss is nearing completion of his doctoral degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and he will teach courses on practical theology, Black church studies and hip hop culture.

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Kerry Thompson

Thompson brings comprehensive experience, high professional esteem and leadership excellence to guide all healthcare programs at LR.

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