Frequently asked questions
How many fellows do you accept?
The size of each cohort is at the discretion of the admissions committee, typically being between 6 and 10.
Do I have to be an Anglican to apply?
No, we welcome Christians from all denominations and traditions (asking that you affirm the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed). However, an essential part of the fellowship is participation in the life and worship of Christ Church Waco. By accepting you into the program, we invite you to enter into Anglican spiritual practices for nine months.
What if I already know what I want to do next?
That's great! We welcome you to join us, whether you know exactly where you're headed or don't know what direction to strike out in. If you already have a plan in place, we believe you'll still benefit by preparing through study, prayer, and discernment.
Can anyone other than a recent graduate apply?
While the program is primarily designed for recent college graduates, we will consider applications from three other audiences: young adults in a similar life stage who don't have a degree, young adults who graduated a number of years ago, and young adults who are graduating from an M.A. or seminary program and are hungry to spend some time in discernment. If this is you, by all means apply!
I’m getting married right after graduation. Can both my spouse and I apply?
We’d love to have a married couple join us! Please do apply together. Note that you won’t be placed in a host home, but we will be glad to help you find affordable, private housing.
When are applications due?
Applications open in October for the following August. Our Early Admission deadline is December 1, and our Standard Application deadline is March 1. We will continue to accept applications beyond those deadlines only if openings remain.
Is this a full-time study program, or will I have the chance to work and make some money?
Brazos Fellows is a part-time program, leaving you enough time to work a part-time job on the side. We strongly encourage fellows to apply for part-time employment in the hours not dedicated to coursework, retreats, etc. Through our connections with local businesses and entrepreneurs, we'll do our best to help you find work.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition is $5,000, which includes all of the program components (course of study, retreats, conferences, life coaching and assessments, tutoring, and spiritual direction). We will assist you in arranging affordable rent (see question below). You will be responsible to pay for own accommodations, to buy your own books (approx. $350), and to pay for your own meals.
Where will I be living, and what will that cost?
We will endeavor to help you find affordable housing near downtown Waco – likely in a shared apartment with other fellows of the same sex. Plan to spend $400 to $500 a month for a shared two-bedroom apartment or room in a community house. There is also the possibility that some fellows will be placed with host homes through our church for discounted rent, as space allows.
Is there financial aid available? Can I raise funds?
While we don't have financial aid available, we invite you to raise funds to cover some of your tuition costs. We have fundraising resources we can send you upon request.
Is there a cost to apply?
There is a $50 non-refundable fee due at the time of application (to cover the cost of a background check).
When are payments due?
Once accepted, a $500 non-refundable deposit is due within two weeks of your acceptance to secure your spot. Half of the remaining tuition is due on August 1, and the final half is due on January 1.