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Program Fee - Includes:
12 module tuition ($1,200 per module)
Seminary fee (includes primer courses, assignment of an academic advisor, practicum and secondary faith tradition oversight, core competency assessment, and graduation)
Community fee - includes Interfaith ordination (vocational assessment, ordination retreat and ceremony)
$19,250 (or $18,287.50 if prepaid or from $493 a month - see below) *
Materials (Books, etc.)
Individual Spiritual Direction
$400 - $2,250 total (Rates vary from $40 to $150 per session - paid directly to provider by student. Minimum 15 sessions.)
* If you are a student in the Starr King Joint Program, this fee will vary (see below)
The Program Fee is an inclusive cost of your program. It includes Primer courses, attendance at 12 modules, assignment of an academic adviser, practicum and secondary faith tradition oversight, vocational and core competency assessments, ordination retreat and ceremony fees, and graduation and interfaith ordination as a minister, if you choose to follow that path.
If a student has already attended a module(s) as a single module student or has received a waiver from the Dean for equivalent education or life experience, the program fee will be adjusted less $1,200 per module that has already been taken or that has been waived.
Prepay your Program Fee by the 1st of the month of your first module, and earn a 5 percent discount, with a prepay fee of $18,288.
Initial payment due on the 1st of the month of the first module = $2,000
Remaining balance of $17,250 to be paid in equal monthly payments beginning the month following the first module attended and the remainder depending on the pace of your studies.
1 year student = $1,568 per month x 11
2 year student = $750 per month x 23
3 year student = $493 per month x 35
Application Fee: $65
Program Fee (paid to ChI directly from student)
The majority of the ChI Program Fee will be paid to ChI by Starr King from the fees students pay to SKSM for their studies toward a master’s degree, of which the program at ChI is a part. The balance of fees over and above what Starr King pays to ChI will be the responsibility of the student as follows:
Seminary Fee - $1,000
Community Fee - $2,800
Total - $3,800 (or $3,610 if prepaid or from $80 per month - see payment schedule below)
Other costs (paid by student):
books and spiritual direction, as above
Prepay your Program Fee by the 1st of the month of your first module, and earn a 5 percent discount, with a prepay fee of $3,610.
Initial payment due on the first of the month of the first module: $1,000
Remaining balance of $2,800 to be paid in equal monthly payments beginning the month following the first module attended and the remainder depending on the pace of your studies.
1 year students = $255 per month
2 year students = $122 per month
3 year students = $80 per month
If a student discerns that they will not follow the path to Interfaith ordination, the fee will be adjusted down by $2,800. This adjustment will take place within the monthly payment schedule. The initial first payment will remain the same.
See Other Fees and Policies including additional Payment and Attendance Policies, Policies and Fees for Leave of Absences or program withdrawals, a description of other fees associated with Cancellations, Late Payments, and Refunds, as well as additional costs for making up a class, if needed.
This program does not qualify for government financial aid, student loans, or student visas unless taking the Joint Program with Starr King where these could be available through Starr King.
A limited number of scholarships are available for those who financially qualify. Work Study programs are also available for those who have skills that are a match with our needs. Either (not both) of these programs are available to new students not yet enrolled only. Work study and scholarships at ChI are not offered to Joint Program students. See links below for more information.
Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs, including airfare and ground transportation. Suggested travel times and details will be sent to students in advance to assist in travel preparation. Overnight accommodations and meals are not provided. Arrangements can be made to stay overnight at nearby seminaries that rent rooms at reasonable costs. There are also several hotels and home-stay options in the area near public transportation. People coming by air do not need a car; public transportation is plentiful in Berkeley. More information is available here.
We are committed to making our interfaith education programs accessible to all qualified applicants. In this spirit, ChI is offering scholarships to eligible applicants. Scholarships:
The Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) is committed to making our courses accessible to all qualified applicants. In this spirit, ChI offers a limited number of work study positions to provide partial assistance with tuition fees to students who are enrolled in the full 12 module Interfaith Studies Certificate Program or in the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program. Work study opportunities are not available to students in other ChI programs. The most important factors that are considered when determining work study awards are a student’s financial need, matching of specific skill sets to organizational needs, and student’s ability and commitment to keeping a regular work schedule that we can count on and manage to. Work Study awards are applied to Program Fees only and should not be requested to offset expenses associated with other program costs.