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The Board of Ministerial Education was founded by the Mississippi Baptist Convention in 1885 to help ministers secure a college education at one of our three Baptist institutions. We believe that a call to minister includes a call to prepare.
Ministerial Aid is a financial aid program provided by the Mississippi Baptist Convention through funding provided by the Cooperative Program giving of local Mississippi Baptist churches. It is designated for ministerial students who attend Blue Mountain College, Mississippi College, and William Carey University.
There are no restrictions on how ministerial aid is spent by the students. It can be used for tuition, rent, groceries, gasoline, medical expenses, etc. However, because these funds do go directly to the students, the IRS considers this taxable income and it must be included on a student’s annual tax form. Ministerial Aid does not apply against scholarship caps in place on some campuses.
The Board of Ministerial Education has a number of qualifications for students who receive ministerial aid. These include:
All students who receive ministerial aid must sign the Board of Ministerial Education’s Financial Aid Agreement. This legal document obligates the student to serve in a Southern Baptist ministry through a local Southern Baptist church, evangelism, North American or International missions for a period of time no less than that in which they have received ministerial aid. If a student fails to comply with this agreement, the ministerial aid becomes a loan which must be repaid to the Board of Ministerial Education.
Application for ministerial aid is available online in the link at the bottom of this page. Using the online application is quick and easy.
Materials are also available on each of the three campuses when students enroll in school at the beginning of a term. At Blue Mountain College, the applications are in the Bible Department; at Mississippi College they are in the Department of Christian Studies; and at William Carey University, applications may be obtained in the Office of the Cooper School of Missions. Applications should be in no later than one week before campus interviews. First time applicants are required to fill out an application and have a reference from their pastor including a statement that the student has made a public commitment to ministry in their church, with the date the public commitment was made. Two other personal references are also required. Links to reference forms are provided online.
Ministerial aid checks are issued monthly during the academic year (September through May) and are given to the students through the Campus Representative.