Transition-to-College Assistance

​This program is intended to help eligible families of first-year college students with transitional expenses, such as a computer purchase or dorm furnishings.


The Board of Pensions is unable to receive and process mail at this time while our offices are closed. To apply for a grant, email your completed application form to If you have any questions, please contact us.    

“Thank you for your investment in Presbyterian students like me.”

Who's eligible

One-time grants are available to active Medical Plan or Defined Benefit Pension Plan members who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Employer is a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or affiliated employer.
  • Household's adjusted gross income does not exceed twice the current congregational ministers’ median.
  • Dependent child is enrolled full time as a first-year college student at an accredited college or university.


If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may receive a grant of from $500 to $1,000, depending on your total household adjusted gross income, as follows. To qualify for a grant for the 2020-2021 academic year, your income must not exceed $122,400 (two times the 2021 congregational ministers' median effective salary of $61,200).

​Total adjusted gross income* (as a percentage of the congregational ministers' median effective salary)​Grant amount
​Less than the congregational ministers’ median effective salary​$1,000
​Greater than 100%
but less than 120%
​Greater than 120%
but less than 140%
​Greater than 140%
but less than 160%
​Greater than 160%
but less than 180%
​Greater than 180%
up to 200%
​*as reported on your federal tax form ​

How to apply

Need help?

​Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN).