A variety of scholarships are available based on merit and need. The general principles for granting scholarships are these. The full rates of tuition, room, and board at TCU cover only half of the total cost of educating a student at TCU. The university makes up the difference from donations and various subsidies. In that sense, even students who pay full-tuition and room-and-board at TCU, whether Japanese or International, automatically receive a huge amount of financial support. The university tries very hard to keep the cost down for everybody, especially since so many of our students come from the families of low-income pastors and missionaries in Japan and elsewhere and/or themselves plan to enter full-time ministry after graduation.

Given the low rates of tuition and room and board (especially compared to North American and other private colleges in developed countries), few scholarships are available to Japanese students, North American students, Western European students, or other students coming from families or situations with comparable resources. If the student’s family does not have sufficient resources to pay the tuition and fees, the university expects students from these areas to take advantage of loans, support from their congregations, and similar resources. Nevertheless, if a student demonstrates financial need and lack of resources, he or she may qualify for some level of financial aid (grants and other scholarships). All students who have serious financial need, therefore, are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

It should be noted that although married persons are welcome to study at TCU, TCU does not provide any scholarship or other financial assistance for family members. And it is almost impossible for spouses without adequate Japanese to find jobs to cover their own expenses and that of any children. Therefore, only unmarried students without any obligation to support other people (parents, brothers, sisters, etc.) will find it practical to attend TCU on a scholarship.

  1. TCU Scholarships

In most cases, notification of the result of the scholarship application will be made after the result of the admission application is made. The initial scholarship covers only the first year. It is necessary to apply to the scholarship each year in case you need it for the subsequent years.

Amount Eligibility How to Apply
Scholarship to Students of the Asian Christian Theological Studies for English Speakers Program To be determined based on the applicant’s financial need. Exceptionally able students who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients will be re-evaluated every year based academic and student life performance, as well as financial need. Submit the financial aid application and essay No. 3 at time of application for admission.
Scholarship to Alumni Family Members* 100,000 yen Family members of alumni of Tokyo Christian University or one of its predecessor schools. Submit scholarship application form at time of application for admission.
Scholarship to Children of Church Ministers* 100,000 yen Children of church ministers. Submit scholarship application form at time of application for admission.

*If you are eligible for both scholarships, you may apply for the Scholarship for Alumni Family Members and
the Scholarship for Children of Church Ministers at the same time.

  1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (for students from USA)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits are available to eligible students enrolled in the ACTS-ES program. Note that the Department of Veterans Affairs determines a student’s eligibility for educational benefits. See the VA Web site ( for information on each veteran benefit.