Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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Every gift makes a difference

Funding for theological education continues to change. At LSTC, income from tuition covers only 13% of the total costs of seminary education each year. Total gifts from individuals and congregations now surpass the amount LSTC receives from the ELCA and synods. Every gift makes a difference for students at LSTC, whether it’s a gift to the Annual Fund, providing a scholarship for a student, or creating an endowed faculty chair.

Your gift will help fulfill a call and shape the future of the church.

Annual Fund

This fund pays for building maintenance, staff and faculty salaries, and financial aid. The Annual Fund provides the largest portion of LSTC’s income for day-to-day operating costs, to keep LSTC strong and benefit every aspect of the seminary’s mission. Your gifts to the Annual Fund make a real difference, every day, to LSTC’s ministry. Read about your "gifts in action".


LSTC relies on the income from its endowments to provide a percentage of the annual operating costs of the seminary, fund scholarships for students, and support faculty positions. A gift to the endowment is meaningful for both current and future students. Learn more.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Student loan debt carried by seminary graduates has been a growing problem over the last 15 – 20 years. LSTC is committed to providing as much scholarship assistance to students as possible to minimize the amount students borrow to pay for seminary. Approximately 80% of LSTC’s students receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships. Your gift of a scholarship will have a direct and meaningful impact on a student. Learn more.

Centers and Programs

LSTC is home to the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice, Youth in Mission, the Pero Multicultural Center, and the Tithing and Stewardship Foundation. Centers at LSTC deepen the educational experience for students and provide ministry resources to the wider church. Learn more.

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