The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is currently unavailable. The DRT, which is used to retrieve student (and parent or spouse) tax data and auto fill the financial section of the FAFSA, is expected to be unavailable for several weeks.

While this may be an inconvenience, the outage does not prevent students (and parents) from completing the FAFSA. They can still complete the FAFSA using their 2015 tax information (for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial aid years), which will need to be entered manually in those fields on the FAFSA.

For more information, see this article or view this video.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 214-333-5363 or

Ministerial Career Scholarships

First Year Baptist / Baptist General Convention of Texas Ministerial Grants


This program is available to qualifying full-time or part-time undergraduate students who are active members of their home Baptist church, have shown evidence of a divine call to Christian ministry, have shown a sincere commitment to a career in a church-related ministry, and have demonstrated a life-style of commitment to the principles of the Christian life. The student must also have the endorsement of his/her home church.


The First Year Baptist and BGCT Ministry Grants are provided by funds from the BGCT and are $50 per semester hour. The grant increases to $75 per semester hour for junior and senior BGCT students whose major or minor is in Biblical Studies, Christian Studies or Christian Ministries. Continuation of this grant is based upon approval of a renewal application and active participation in a BGCT church. The DBU Ministerial Scholarship, provided directly from DBU funds, is $50 per semester hour.

Questions regarding this program may be directed to the Director of Ministry Students. Students receiving the First Year Baptist Ministerial Grant may be able to apply for the BGCT Ministerial Grant after their first year. Contact the Director of Ministry Students for more information on eligibility. Frequently Asked Questions are answered at this link: Ministerial FAQ's.

To print an application click "Application" and select either the UNDERGRADUTE or GRADUATE link at the bottom of the page.  Complete and return as directed on the application. 


Funding is available to qualifying students in the following ways:


Additional Ministerial Scholarships

  • Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Master of Arts in Christian Education: Childhood Ministry,
  • Master of Arts in Christian Education: Student Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Global Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Worship Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
These grants are awarded at $100 per semester hour.

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Education Ministry Leadership Track
  • Ph.D. in Leadership Studies Ministry Concentration

DBU matching grants are $100 per credit hour for masters students and $150 per credit hour for doctoral students.

Questions regarding these programs may be directed to the Director of Ministry Students.

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Financial Aid Forms Questions about Fees & Payments Contact Financial Aid


Again this year, the Federal government is offering a number of tax incentives

(some of which were set to go away)

that could help lower the cost of higher education for some families.

Follow the link below to learn about some of these incentives that may be available to you as you prepare your 2016 axes.


Tax Incentives for the 2016 Tax Year


Financial Aid Questions? Get Video Answers Ready to Apply? Thinking About DBU? Grants Scholarships Loans Tuition & Housing Costs

Information regarding specific yearly amounts for each Federal Aid program is available in the FINANCIAL AID STUDENT GUIDE, published annually by the US Department of Education.

Click HERE to view that publication online.