Financial Education Resources

The Financial Leadership for Ministry program here at Memphis Theological Seminary endeavors to provide a repository of resources for those ministry leaders who want to learn more about financial leadership.  Please see the list below and remember to check back often for more resources.

Your Guide to Financial Aid and College Planning

These sites will provide you with everything you need, including calculators to help you with the math on loan payments, college cost projections, financial aid estimation forms, reference book resources, videotape resources, information on free booklets by mail, periodicals, lobbying and advocacy groups, and discussion groups.


Global Generosity Network

Inspiring global Christian stewardship, generosity, and giving, the Global Generosity Movement is an initiative of the World Evangelical Alliance but collaborates with churches and Christian networks across the world.  It is a network of people, churches, ministries, networks, and institutions that are working together to improve Christian stewardship, facilitate increased generous living, and stimulate increased Kingdom-focused giving worldwide.

The Lausanne Movement

The Lausanne Movement connects influencers and ideas for global mission, with a vision of the gospel for every person, an evangelical church for every people, Christ-like leaders for every church, and kingdom impact in every sphere of society.

IUPUI Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy understands how faith can be a powerful influence on philanthropic giving. Lake Institute offers a public forum for exploring the connections between individual philanthropy and faith; and fosters a greater understanding of the ways in which faith both inspires and informs giving. We examine “What does it mean to create a culture of generosity?” while helping donors examine, “What does it mean to live a generous life?”

FAFSA | (800) 4-FED-AID |

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for most state loan, grant, and scholarship programs, in addition to the federal loans and grants. When you submit the FAFSA to the U.S. Department of Education, they forward the information on the form to the state student assistance agency. You must submit the FAFSA every year that you want to receive aid. The FAFSA is available in paper and electronic formats. You can get the paper version from your high school, the financial aid office at any college or university, the public library, or by contacting FAFSA.

If you prefer, you can fill out a web-based version of the FAFSA at (step-by-step instructions are provided on this site). Each state has a different FAFSA submission deadline. If you submit your FAFSA by March 1, you will be in time for all state deadlines, other than Michigan’s. If you miss the dead- line, you will be ineligible to receive state aid for the entire academic year. Procedures for applying for state prepaid tuition programs and the National Guard differ from state to state. The amount of information provided on the states’ websites varies. Some states provide comprehensive information about residency requirements, loan, grant, scholarship and prepaid tuition programs, and other state aid programs. Others provide minimal information. It’s a good idea to visit the sites for your state of residence and also for the states of the colleges to which you are applying.


Tennessee Higher Education Commission

404 James Robertson Parkway
Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243-0820
(615) 741-3605
State Department of Education
100 Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, TN 37219-5335
(615) 741-1346 or (800) 342-1663 (TN residents only)


Mississippi Post-secondary Education
Financial Assistance Board
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
(601) 982-6663
State Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771
(601) 359-3768


Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Suite 205
3465 Norman Bridge Road
Montgomery, AL 36105-2310
(334) 281-1998
State Department of Education
Gordon Persons Office Building
50 North Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-3901
(205) 242-8082


Arkansas Department of Higher Education
114 East Capitol
Little Rock, AR 72201-3818
(501) 324-9300
Arkansas Department of Education
4 State Capitol Mall, Room 304A
Little Rock, AR 72201-1071
(501) 682-4474