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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 significantly reduced cost. This coverage is the same as the healthcare coverage offered to active members of the Benefits Plan — installed pastors, other ministers, and other church workers.

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. For more information about this program, see Church Workers with Financial and Vocational Needs in the Assistance Program section.
  • You will be credited with three years of service for pension purposes. Pension credits vest at three years of service.