The Institute administers financial aid in such a way as to affirm the financial responsibility and integrity of both the student and the Institute. Responsibility for securing the necessary financial resources rests ultimately with the student.
Students enrolled at the John Paul II Institute who carry at least six academic credits are eligible to apply for student loans to pay tuition and living expenses through the Stafford Direct and Graduate Plus loan programs. Students may apply for these loans by completing the FAFSA online.
McGivney Scholarship Program
Additionally, the Institute designates yearly a limited number of complete and partial tuition scholarships on the basis of academic merit and financial need. These scholarships are provided in memory of the Knights of Columbus's founder, the Reverend Michael J. McGivney, by the Knights of Columbus. Scholarship recipients are required to be enrolled full-time in a degree program (that is, to carry a minimum of three courses per semester for credit). To be considered for a scholarship, the application for admission and supporting documents must be received by January 20, and the scholarship application completed and received by January 31.
Each year, the Knights of Columbus sponsors three full-tuition scholarships, through the administration of the Institute, to assist American and Canadian priests who plan to pursue the S.T.L. or S.T.D. degrees at the Washington, D.C., session. The scholarship committee selects three qualified candidates, who demonstrate both the intellectual talent with respect to theological/philosophical studies and the seriousness and dedication to carry out the degree to its completion. All American or Canadian priests who wish to apply for this scholarship should complete the Fr. Michael McGivney Scholarship application form found on this page and indicate this scholarship. All other priests should use the McGivney form to apply for other available scholarship monies.
Scholarship request forms may be obtained on this page or from the Director of Admissions, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, McGivney Hall, 620 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20064
In the M.T.S. and S.T.L. programs, scholarships are renewable for a period of up to four semesters, while S.T.D. scholarships are renewable for two semesters, during full-time course enrollment. Ph.D. scholarships (and fellowships) are renewable each year for up to five years. Scholarships do not include any type of fees: application, student activity, registration, dissertation direction, graduation, etc.
Scholarships are renewable based on assessment of performance and subject to availability of funds. Applicants are notified by the end of March.
The Sobota-Kardos Fellowships
The Sobota-Kardos Fellowships are awarded through a fund established by Paul and Paulette (Sobota) Kardos. These fellowships make small living stipends available to lay students qualifying for financial assistance. Special consideration is given to married students. The stipends are dispensed in equal payments at the beginning of each semester of the academic year for which the fellowship is awarded.