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If you are a seminary student preparing for a vocation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), you may be eligible to purchase comprehensive healthcare coverage through the Board of Pensions at a significant cost savings. This coverage is the same as the healthcare coverage offered to active members of the Benefits Plan — installed pastors, ministers, and employees.

Two medical coverage options, both administered by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, are available:

  • The preferred provider organization (PPO) option provides the highest level of coverage and offers the most flexibility.
  • The exclusive provider organization (EPO) option offers comprehensive coverage for care from network providers only, at a lower monthly cost than the PPO.

And after you graduate from seminary and enter the Benefits Plan as an ordained minister, remember the following:

  • Minister Educational Debt Assistance Grants are available to help recently ordained ministers repay educational debt.
  • You will be credited with three years of service for pension purposes. Pension credits vest at three years of service.