Regulations of the Commissioner of Education implements the statute by specifying that “General and academic performance awards shall not be provided for study in programs that, in the determination of the commissioner, provide professional training in theology or religious education. . .”
The regulation also stipulates that financial aid shall not be provided for programs leading to the following theological degrees:
Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.)
These are degrees for students seeking professional training for the purpose of being ordained as a member of the clergy.
Students who study religion in the liberal arts context in programs that lead to liberal arts degrees such as the Bachelor of Arts are eligible for State financial aid.