The Student Assistance Office accepts scholarship applications, examines their suitability, and proposes candidates for economic aid to various Foundations and Associations. These, in turn, distribute scholarship money in the measure made possible by the donations they have received.
Granted yearly, economic aid helps students to cover the cost of tuition, and in some cases partially contributes to the cost of room and board.
A scholarship can be requested by any priest or seminarian that has been admitted into one of the Schools by filling out the appropriate form. The request should be turned in as soon as possible, and no later than March 31. Scholarships are normally granted for one cycle of study (baccalaureate, licentiate, doctorate) and their requests must be renewed every year within the given deadline. The first request should be accompanied by a letter of presentation from the student's Bishop, confirming that the Diocese has difficulty providing them with economic aid.
Proposals are examined by the Student Aid Commission, while decisions are communicated by letter to the student's Bishop as well as directly to the student himself. If considered necessary, a brief meeting may be called to discuss the decision.
Scholarship renewal within a given cycle of study is conditional upon passing exams with satisfactory grades within the established schedule. To maintain a scholarship when passing from the first cycle to the second, a minimum grade point average of 8,6 is necessary. For the doctorate cycle, a minimum grade point average of 9,6 during the licentiate studies is necessary.