University description (as per official university website)
Mission and Goals
Church Divinity School of the Pacific is a graduate theological seminary and center of theological study of the Episcopal church, and is a founding member of the ecumenical Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Responding to the challenges of contemporary society with the Good News of Jesus Christ, CDSP, a seminary of the Episcopal Church, rooted in our Anglican identity and tradition, provides quality theological education that integrates scholarship, reflection, worship, spirituality, and the practice of ministry.
We fulfill our mission in dialogue with a changing church and world. Committed to an innovative vision of theological education, CDSP:
* Serves as a resource for the mission of the Church.
* Embraces diversity as a gift of the Spirit and an outcome of the Gospel.
* Understands social justice as a core expression of the Gospel.
* Trains the widest possible variety of effective lay and ordained ministers.
* Forms skillful and empowering leaders for mission.
* Engages in responsive and proactive partnerships in ministry development.
* Gathers and creates communities from across the church for learning, spiritual enrichment and mission.
* Calls the church to re-imagine its mission and ministry in light of conflicting cultural values.
* Cooperates and collaborates with the GTU and other partners worldwide.
Church Divinity School of the Pacific is the official seminary of the Province of the Pacific of the Episcopal Church.
Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership
Through the Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership (CALL), CDSP acknowledges its partnership with the wider Church in addressing issues that confront the Church today. CALL offers on-campus classes, forums, conferences, and online programs through the Internet.
# Financial Aid
The financial aid application deadline for the following academic year is:
New students are strongly encouraged to submit their financial aid applications by the above deadline. You can and are encouraged to apply for financial aid before being offered admission to CDSP. However, applications submitted by new students after this deadline will be considered. All students should submit financial aid applications as soon as possible.
Financial aid applications are available beginning in January of each year. Students seeking any type of financial aid, including grants, federal work study, or federal government loans, must apply each year for the following academic year. The financial aid application includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CDSP financial aid supplemental materials. Completed applications must be postmarked by the above dates for priority consideration. The financial aid office begins making awards in late April of each year for the following Fall semester.
The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages downloading applications. Please download an application here.
Applications are also available upon request from:
CDSP Financial Aid Office
2451 Ridge Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94709
In administering its financial assistance programs CDSP does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, ethnic origin, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or age.
Types of Financial Aid
Each student is responsible for his or her academic and living expenses. It is assumed that other sources of support, such as parish, diocese, foundations, part-time employment, family, and loans will be utilized to help offset educational costs. CDSP grants, federal government loans, and institutional employment are used to augment these other sources.
There are three categories of aid available to CDSP students. Students are encouraged to explore all of the options described below.
Grant-In-Aid (GIA), based on need, availability of funds, and satisfactory academic progress, is available through the CDSP Financial Aid Office. Students can expect to receive a similar financial aid package from CDSP each year of their program, barring any changes in their financial situation. However, students are required to reapply for assistance every year by the published deadlines.
2. Federal Work Study/Institutional Work Program
Eligible* students are encouraged to consider employment as a source of financial support. Two programs are available, Federal Work Study (FWS) and the Institutional Work Program (IWP). These programs allow students who are eligible for need-based aid to do part-time work, for which they are paid an hourly wage. The FWS program is jointly funded by the federal government and CDSP. The IWP is funded solely by CDSP. Jobs include assistance in administrative offices, maintenance work, gardening, and refectory services.
*Eligibility is determined by need and is indicated in the financial aid award letter.
3. Government Loan Programs
CDSP students may participate in two federal government loan programs. These funds are awarded annually based on need, available funds, and satisfactory academic progress. Applications for these loans are available through the Financial Aid Office.