Assistance Program

The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions embodies our connectional Church at its best through grants provided to those in need — and supported by the donations of generous individuals.

Receive a grant

Through the Assistance Program, the Board of Pensions provides need-based grants to help active and retired members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and their families. Some assistance programs are designed specifically for ministers.

Give to those in need

You can help provide critical financial assistance to those in need by donating to the Assistance Program in a variety of ways, including a one-time gift, annual gifts, legacies, and endowments.

Give to the Assistance Program

Important Limited PSLF Waiver Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Education has announced a temporary period during which federal student loan borrowers may receive credit for payments that previously did not qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or Temporary Exanded PSLF (TEPSLF).

To help ministers determine if they qualify for this waiver opportunity and to apply, the Board of Pensions is offering EdAssist through PeopleJoy at no cost to ministers enrolled in the Benefits Plan. Learn more about this resource to help reduce educational debt and how to get started.

2021 assistance by the numbers

The Assistance Program is supported through generous donations, including one-half of the Christmas Joy Offering. Fully 100 percent of each gift received supports the program.

Assisting ministers and members

After experiencing symptoms of burnout, the Reverend Dr. T. Janel Dixon was able to take her first sabbatical in more than 20 years of ministry with the help of a Sabbath Sabbatical Support grant from the Board of Pensions — an experience that renewed her ministry and reconnected her with God.