Capital Seminary & Graduate School

Understanding Tuition & Financial Aid

for all masters and doctoral programs

If you’re like most of our students, you’ll have to seek financial aid to cover your tuition and other educational expenses. This page has key information you will need to understand tuition costs along with funding sources (grants, scholarships or loans) that match your eligibility and need. We’re here to put your financial worries to rest.

You should know LBC is a great value compared to many other accredited Christian and secular independent colleges. We keep tuition costs below the national average, while delivering a purposeful, Bible-centered education. Above all, have faith. You can afford it!

Contact Financial Aid Office:  |  717.560.8254

Tuition Costs & Scholarships

Tuition costs and scholarships are unique to each masters or doctoral program regardless if taken in an online or hybrid format. Choice the link for the degree you are pursuing. After you have reviewed the costs and scholarships, you will want to return to this page to continue review the details on student loan and military benefits.

Masters Costs & Scholarships

This tuition and scholarship information is only for Seminary and Graduate Master's students.

Doctoral Costs & Scholarships

This tuition and scholarship information is only for students enrolling in a doctoral program.

Student Loan Options for Masters or Doctoral Student

Because grants and scholarships are limited, many students must rely on loans to cover at least some portion of college costs. Graduate students may borrow money for education. In fact, approximately 80% of Capital’s aid recipients borrow educational loans.

The following steps represent borrowing options, beginning with the best value and proceeding to other, less favorable loan options based on interest rates, loan terms and conditions, and repayment options. These loan options may be used alone or in combination with each other.

We are committed to providing students and their families with the best information regarding student borrowing.  For that reason, we have adopted a Student Lending Code of Conduct.

Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct Loans are available to eligible students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This federal student aid is made available  through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program to help pay for educational expenses.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Graduate Loans

The interest rate for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022 is fixed at 5.28%. You are not required to pay the interest on this loan while in school, but we recommend that you do. You will be charged interest, starting at disbursement until the loan is paid in full. If the interest accumulates, it will be added to the principal amount of the loan and increase the amount to be repaid.

Loan Limits

  • Annual Unsubsidized Limit for Graduate students is $20,500
  • Aggregate Limit for Graduate students is $138,500 (up to $65,500 may be subsidized)

Steps to Apply

  • You must complete the FAFSA each year.
    To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a degree major for at least six credits per semester and maintain LBC’s satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • E-sign Your Federal Direct (Subsidized or Unsubsidized) Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN).
    If you are a first-time borrower of the Graduate Federal Direct loan, you will be required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before the loan funds can be disbursed. In most cases, you will only need to complete one MPN during your college career. E-sign your federal Direct loan MPN at gov by logging in with  your FSA ID (username or email and your password).
  • Complete Loan Entrance Counseling
    If you are a first-time borrower of the Federal Direct Loan, you are required to complete Loan Entrance Counseling before the loan funds can be disburse. To take the counseling, select Entrance Loan Counseling on the gov website. This counseling session provides you with information that will help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a loan borrower, as well as other tools to assist you with managing your loans.

*Please note that this requirement is separate from e-signing the loan MPN.*


An origination fee of 1.057% will be deducted from the gross amount of the loan borrowed, so you need to take that into consideration when determining the amount you need to borrow.

Receiving Federal Direct Loan Funds

It’s important to know that loan funds will automatically credit to your student account if the Direct Loan Processor has a valid MPN on file for you, and you have completed loan entrance counseling. After you have completed your registration and semester classes begin, your student financial aid will begin to disburse into your student account.

Reduce or Decline a Loan

If you wish to reduce or cancel your loan(s), please go to the LBC Student Portal and choose Financial Aid Awards where you can reduce or cancel your loan.

Student Loan Repayment and Disputes

Students and parents who borrow Federal Direct Loans will repay their loans to a Federal Loan Servicer. Students are required to participate in Entrance Loan Counseling prior to their first disbursement of a federal student loan, and will be notified of the requirement to complete Exit Loan Counseling at the time of withdrawal or graduation. Exit Loan Counseling will inform students of their Federal Loan Servicer. This information is also available to students and parents at any point during their education on the studentaid/gov site. Detailed information about federal student loans, repayment and deferment can be found on the same website and students are also encouraged to contact their LBC Financial Aid Advisor with any questions.

If issues arise during student loan repayment that cannot be resolved with the Federal Loan Servicer, students or parents may contact the FSA Student Loan Ombudsman Group. The Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group of the U.S. Department of Education is dedicated to helping resolve disputes related to Direct Loans, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans, Guaranteed Student Loans, and Perkins Loans. The Ombudsman Group is a neutral, informal, and confidential resource to help resolve disputes about your federal student loans.

FSA Student Loan Ombudsman Group Contact Information: 

FSA website   |    Phone: 877.557.2575   |    Fax: 606.396.4821

Mail: FSA Ombudsman Group
PO Box 1843, Monticello, KY 42633

Federal Direct Loans are available to eligible students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This federal student aid is made available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program to help pay for educational expenses.

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan

When graduate students need funding beyond the Direct Unsubsidized Graduate Loans, they may need to consider the Grad PLUS Loan. LBC participates in the Direct Lending Program with the U.S. Department of Education. This program graduate students to borrow a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan to help pay for educational expenses.

  • Borrow up to the total cost of attendance, minus all other sources of financial aid
  • 6.28% fixed interest rate on loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022
  • Required net fees of 4.228% deducted from each loan disbursement
  • Option to defer repayment while student is enrolled in school


A student must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree major and meet all other eligibility requirements, which includes maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

  • Borrower consents to a credit check by the U.S. Department of Education by submitting the Grad PLUS Loan Instructions & Request Form.
  • Adverse credit typically results in a denied credit check.

Borrowing Limits

Yearly borrowing limits are equal to a student’s estimated cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and meals, books, transportation and supplies), minus other financial aid. Students can view their estimated cost of attendance through the Student Portal by choosing Financial Aid Awards.

Applying for Grad PLUS Loan

Students can apply on the website gov Grad Plus and will also need to sign the Grad Plus Master Promissory Note (Loan Agreement) on the same website.

Credit Decisions

The U.S. Department of Education will mail the credit check results to the borrower and electronically transmit the results to LBC.

  • Approved Grad PLUS Loans with a signed MPN appear in the student’s financial aid report on My Community

Processing and Receipt of Funds

  • Once the credit check is approved and a valid MPN is on file, the Grad PLUS loan funds will be applied toward payment of tuition, fees and other LBC charges on the student’s tuition bill.
  • Borrowers that apply for a fall/spring combined loan period can expect the loan to be split in two equal installments.
  • Loan decreases can be requested by contacting the LBC financial aid office at or by calling 717.560.8254.


If a credit balance remains after all charges are paid in full on the tuition bill, the credit will be refunded to the parent borrower.

Repayment and Deferment

  • Repayment begins 60 days after the final loan disbursement during the academic year and students have up to 10 years to repay the loan.
  • Deferment allows students to delay repayment until after they are no longer enrolled at least half-time.
  • Students may request a deferment of each new Grad PLUS Loan by calling the Direct Loan Servicing Center toll-free at 800.848.0979 and may need to provide a copy of their student academic record to the center.

Get Started

Take the following steps to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Create Your FSA ID

Watch this video to help you understand how to create your Federal Student Aid ID that you will use throughout your educational experience. Make sure to save your user name and password for future use.

Watch Video

Fill Out An Application

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1. Lancaster Bible College’s federal school code is 003285.

Submit Your FAFSA

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FAQs About Capital’s Financial Aid

Eligibility Requirements
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.
  • Must comply with Capital’s academic progress standards.
  • Must not be in default on an educational loan and must not owe a repayment on an adjusted federal grant.
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible degree program.
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time (3 credits for doctoral, 4 credits for graduate and seminary education).
  • If male and age 18-25, must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security number.
  • Must have a high school diploma.
If I drop a course or withdraw, what will happen to my financial aid?

Dropping courses and withdrawing from Capital are academic actions that often have financial implications. It is your responsibility to understand the effects that these actions will have on your student financial aid. Dropping courses after the official add/drop period may result in your financial aid being adjusted. Withdrawal from the college may result in having your financial aid refunded. (See our federal aid refund policy.)

Graduate School tuition refunds are granted according to the following schedule:

0% to 10% of the course – 100% refund

11% to 20% of the course – 90% refund

21% to 30% of the course – 75% refund

31% to 40% of the course – 50% refund

41% to 50% of the course – 25% refund

51% to 100% of the course – No refund

Audit – No refund

If I still have money left over after paying my tuition, what happens to it?

When your total aid is greater than your billable charges for tuition and fees, you may be eligible for a refund.

Refunds are made available to registered students after all (billable) charges are satisfied and student financial aid is disbursed on or after the first day of the semester. LBC has up to 14 business days to process and mail a credit refund, when applicable.

I have just learned that I must maintain "Satisfactory Academic Progress." What is it?

All students are subject to the academic standards of the college, which can be found in the college catalog. In addition, students receiving financial aid must also meet other requirements as described below in order to continue to receive financial aid.

Academic Year Definition

The academic year for the seminary is composed of six enrollment periods consisting of eight-week courses that cover 48 weeks of instructional time. The academic year for the graduate school consists of two enrollment periods consisting of 32 weeks of instructional time.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must meet the following requirements of satisfactory academic progress:

Students enrolled in the MA, MEd and all Doctoral Programs:

  • Must maintain cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Must have a 67% completion rate

Students enrolled in the MDiv, MABS, MAM, and Certificate Programs:

  • Must maintain cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Must have a 67% completion rate

Maximum Time Frame for Completion of Education Objective:

Students must complete their degree program within 150% of the published length of their degree program.

Evaluation of Academic Progress:

For students enrolled in certificate programs or programs that are less than one year, satisfactory academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each payment period. If a student fails to make satisfactory academic progress at the end of the first payment period, he or she will be placed on “Academic Warning.” The student may continue to receive Title IV aid for one payment period and no appeal is necessary.

Students enrolled in programs of longer than one year will be evaluated at the end of each academic year. The total (cumulative) academic record is considered when academic progress is evaluated (not just terms when financial aid was received). Students who are not successfully completing courses at the minimum levels as outlined are considered to be making unsatisfactory progress and will not be eligible for financial aid for the following semester.

Appeal Process:

Students may appeal financial aid termination status in writing on the appeal form available through the Solution Center. Such appeals must be made within 30 days after the date of the letter of notification and must include appropriate request documentation. The appeal must be in written form, addressed to the Financial Aid Director for consideration by the Financial Aid Committee. Mitigating circumstances that would be considered upon appeal as adequate reasons for reinstatement would be:

  • student illness, accident, or hospitalization
  • death or illness of parent or relative
  • other family emergencies or unusual circumstances

The appeal must include why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress, and what has changed that will allow the student to make satisfactory academic progress for the next semester.

If the appeal is granted, the student will then be placed on “Academic Probation” and will be allowed to receive Title IV aid for the next payment period or be placed on academic plan that will ensure the student is able to meet satisfactory academic progress by a specific point in time.

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