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Application & Costs

Application Instructions

Who can Apply
All candidates must be a current or potential formator for a religious institute or dio­cese. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent ministry experi­ence and be proficient in English.


When to Apply
Applications are processed in the order they are received. If you are a non-US citizen, please plan to submit your application as early as possible because of the time required to secure documents and visas. Residency begins in late August and continues through mid-May with a three-week Christmas vacation from mid-December to early January. IRF participants are required to reside on campus due to the community nature of the program.


How to Apply
Request application by emailing, or download an application by clicking here.

Once you have the application, complete all information and submit with non-refund­able application fee. Upon receipt of your application, additional information will be forwarded to you about how to submit your letter of recommendation, along with a request for other supporting documents.

Costs (2017-2018):

  • Tuition, room, board and workshop fees total $22,075.
  • This includes tuition and all program costs plus room & board which includes: a private room, private bath and full meal plan of three meals daily.

Other Costs:

  • While attending the Institute of Religious Formation, all participants must have health insurance. If a participant does not have health insurance through his or her institute/diocese, she or he may purchase it through the health plan of Catholic Theological Union/University of Chicago.
  • Additional personal expenses such as books, spiritual direction, and English language classes.
  • All fees are subject to change
Please complete our Request for Information form to receive more information about the IRF.