Frequently Asked Questions - Doctor of Ministry/Doctor of Educational Ministry/Doctor of Education/Doctor of Philosophy

What is the deadline date? 
The deadline date for submitting a Doctoral application is May 1 for fall and spring semester or November 1st for the spring semester only.

What schools are eligible? 
Please see list of eligible schools

Must I be a resident of certain states?
Grants are available only to U. S. citizens.
You must be a resident of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee or West Virginia.
Students must have lived in one of these states for a minimum of twelve months immediately prior to entering any educational institution.  You cannot establish residency while you are a student.  The Trustees reserve the right to determine residency.

Are references required?
No, references are not required of Doctoral applicants.  

Can I receive aid if I attend classes at an extension campus?
Yes, classes taken at an extension center are eligible for a grant. The class must be endorsed by the school, taught in person by a professor approved by the school and at a location approved by the school.

Can I receive aid if I am in the writing portion of my program? 
Yes, if you were eligible for a Keesee grant prior to entering the research/writing phase of your program you are eligible for a Keesee grant. If you were not eligible for a Keesee grant (i.e. you were an online student prior to entering the research/writing phase; you completed classes prior to entering the writing phase from another school that is not a Keesee beneficiary school) you are not eligible for a Keesee grant upon entering the research/writing phase.

Can I submit an application on-line?
Yes.  Follow the link to the application you need to submit.  

Is a transcript of grades required?
If you are already in the Doctoral program, a transcript of your most recent grades must be included with your application.

Must I submit a new application for the grant each year?
Yes.  Grants are available for a maximum of 6 semesters. 
Submitting an application does not guarantee approval.
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