Financial Aid

For students seeking an online ministry degree, Johnson University’s online campus offers a quality, affordable education from an accredited university. Tuition for every Johnson student is subsidized in part by the generous support of churches, alumni, and friends of the University. These contributions help keep Johnson’s tuition well below the national average, making Johnson one of the most affordable private universities in the country.

Financial aid counselors take a customized approach with every student, offering information on federal grants, federal loans, private loans, and other opportunities for financing.

Accessing Financial Aid

  1. To access financial aid, students should first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will open the door for multiple grants and scholarship opportunities. Johnson University’s code is 003495.
  2. If selected for verification, students will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office with instructions on how to complete the necessary steps.
  3. Complete Johnson University’s Financial Aid Check-In.
  4. Check with your church, employer, and other resources for possible scholarship and/or tuition reimbursement opportunities.

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Overview of the Financial Aid Process:

The Financial Aid process starts with submitting the FAFSA application at All students who are interested in receiving financial aid must submit the FAFSA to Johnson University and include our school on their application. Our school code is 003495.

Once the Financial Aid office receives the submitted FAFSA into our system, the designated financial aid counselor reviews the application to determine if the student was selected for further verification. If so, then the counselor emails the student requesting additional documentation in order to verify the FAFSA information. Documentation required is often a verification worksheet, parent and/or student IRS Tax Return Transcript, Non-Filers verification, or the V4&V5 verification worksheet. If the counselor determines that more information is needed for review, they will reach out to the student and request the documentation.

After verification has been performed or the FAFSA application has been determined as ready, the financial aid counselor will package and award financial aid according to need, merit, and eligibility. Once the packaging process is complete, the student will receive an email notification of the awards they are receiving. The award letter provides detail on the awards, amounts, and status of the financial aid package. The student must then log into their financial aid portal to accept or decline their awards. Further documentation may be required depending on the awards accepted (e.g. Christian Ministry Application, student loan documents, parent PLUS documents).

Once the awards have been accepted, they will appear on the student’s account. If further financial arrangements need to be made, they can set up a payment plan through TMS in their student account portal. The deadline to make a payment for the fall semester is August 15. If the account is not in good standing before the start of each semester the student may face classes being dropped or being unable to register.

Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA Application
Net Price Calculator
Consumer Information
Federal Loans
Federal Grants

Contact Information
For more information about all of the options available, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly.

Phone (local):  865-251-2303
Fax:  865-251-3333

Financial Aid Counselor for Online, Masters, and Doctoral Students

Phone (local):  865-251-2314

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.