Scholarships and Financial Aid

Institutional Scholarships

All students in IBS degree and certificate programs, including GTU M.A. students affiliated with IBS, are eligible for IBS Student Scholarships. Members of the Buddhist Churches of America, the Jōdo Shinshū Hongwanji-ha, and other organizations and individual donors have generously raised funds in support of IBS Student Scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded based on a standard 9-month academic year, not by calendar year. Students must apply for scholarships each academic year for which they intend to register for classes. Students are usually notified of scholarship awards in the spring.

The Scholarship Application is due no later than March 1 for the following academic year. Students admitted after the March deadline may apply for scholarships; however, there is no guarantee that funding will be available. Students entering the spring term should apply for scholarships no later than November 1.

General requirements for IBS Scholarships are:

  • Applicant may be a foreign or domestic student;
  • Applicant must be a regular student enrolled in a degree or certificate program (auditors and special students are not eligible for scholarships); and
  • Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Remember: returning students must re-apply each year for scholarships! Be sure to return your application to the Registrar by March 1.

Federal Student Aid

Only students enrolled in at least 6 units in the GTU M.A. program are eligible for student loans via the U.S. Department of Education. GTU M.A. students must contact the GTU Financial Aid Office for specific eligibility and application requirements.

GTU M.A. students who have chosen IBS as their member school of affiliation are eligible for IBS Student Scholarships and should submit an application to IBS in addition to GTU.

Student’s Responsibility

It is the student’s responsibility to familiarize themself with all policies pertaining to scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Students are encouraged to review the catalog for complete information and policies pertaining to scholarships, and to contact the Registrar or Dean with any questions or concerns.