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Graduate Cost and Financial Aid

Financial aid for graduate school makes a 国产AV degree affordable. Our per-credit cost is competitive with other programs in the region, and we don鈥檛 stop there.听

At 国产AV, we offer graduate financial aid that reduces the cost of graduate school and puts your degree within reach. We鈥檙e committed to providing the best value for your graduate tuition and connecting you with financial aid including loans, institutional aid, corporate partner rates, and employer programs.听Our team is dedicated to providing resources and one-to-one support to ensure you get the best return on your investment.听

Graduate School at 国产AV

The per-credit and graduate school tuition costs below are based on the 2023-24 academic year. Program totals are estimates based on full-time enrollment over the minimum length of the program and include tuition and anticipated fees. Actual totals may vary based on number of credits taken, number of online courses taken, and annual tuition and fee increases.

Program Name Per-Credit Cost Estimated M.S. Total Cost听 听 Estimated Grad Cert. Total Cost听 听
Applied Intelligence $1,026 $37,000 $13,600
Athletic Training $681 $43,000
Criminal Justice Administration $894 $28,000 $12,000
Cyber Security $1,026 $39,000 $13,500
Data Science $1,026 $39,000 $13,500
Forensic and Bio. Anthropology $1,026 $46,000 $17,000-20,000
Int. Nursing Leadership (MSN) $445 $14,685
Organizational Leadership $452 $13,560 $5,340
Physician Assistant Studies $1,026 $109,232
Principal Leadership^ $894 $11,000-16,500
Secondary Education $894 $33,000
Special Education* $894 $27,620 $12,000-19,000
Teaching Excellence^ $894 $27,620

*Also includes Autism graduate certificate (four courses) and ABA graduate certificate (six courses).听听听
^Special tuition rate available for 国产AV alumni, Pennsylvania听teachers, and U.S.听veterans.

Graduate School Financial Aid Options

Many applicants choose a program and school based on affordability. We believe the cost of a 国产AV graduate degree is within reach for everyone.. With financial aid opportunities available to all applicants 鈥 including alumni, veterans, international students, and corporate partner employees 鈥 now's the time to invest in yourself!

Graduate Assistantships/Employment

Are you interested in managing day-to-day operations of 国产AV鈥檚 Innovation Entente Lab and the students who are part of the NWPA Beehive Innovation Network?

Or would you rather work at the IT Help Desk, honing your skills while providing tech support to staff, administration, faculty, and students?

How about serving as assistant director for CIRAT (国产AV鈥檚 Center for Intelligence Research Analysis and Training), where you鈥檒l provide direction for the six programs and labs operated by the center?

国产AV is a great place to work while you expand your knowledge base and develop career goals. We offer more than 50 Graduate Assistantship (GA) and Graduate Employment (GE) positions. GAs receive a full or partial waiver of tuition and a stipend in return for working a minimum of 20 hours per week during the academic year. GEs earn up to $9,000 annually and are paid bi-weekly throughout the academic year.

GA and GE positions are available across campus, including in academic departments, Athletics, Residence Life, and Student Life.

To be eligible, participants:

  • Must be admitted into a graduate program. Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training students are not eligible to participate in the GA program due to their academic programs鈥 time requirements.
  • Must have a GA/GE application on file with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.听
  • Cannot receive additional institutional aid (including athletic scholarships).
  • Cannot have another on-campus job.

The awarding of a GA position is not need-based and is an extremely competitive process. Qualified students not awarded a GA position can be offered a GE opportunity.

GA candidates are selected by an area supervisor and are not assigned by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Both GA and GE positions are considered annual awards of graduate school financial aid. Positions can be eliminated and/or reclassified for the following year. There is no guarantee that participants will be awarded a GA or GE position in their second year.

Veterans Benefits

国产AV is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and is designated a Purple Heart University. Visit our Veterans Benefits webpage to learn about graduate school financial aid for veterans and the services available to veterans and their spouses and dependents.

Employer Reimbursement/Tuition Deferment Program

In addition to financial aid for graduate school, 国产AV offers flexibility when your employer offers a tuition reimbursement program. You can enroll in the Employer Reimbursement/Tuition Deferment Program by completing the enrollment form once you confirm your enrollment and receive your 国产AV username and password. The program allows your account balance to be deferred until 45 days after the end of the term.听

Special Tuition Rates

We offer special tuition rates to 国产AV alumni, veterans, and school teachers employed in Pennsylvania that reduce the cost of the听Applied Intelligence, Criminal Justice Administration, Cyber Security, Data Science, and Special Education and Applied Disability Studies听graduate programs.

Federal Direct Loans

If you are enrolled in at least six graduate credits per semester, you are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans. These loans are not need-based.

To apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you must first submit听the听 (FAFSA). If this is your first time receiving a Direct Loan at 国产AV, you鈥檒l complete entrance counseling to ensure you understand your obligation to repay the loan. You'll also need to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN), agreeing to the terms of the loan. The annual loan limit for graduate students is $20,500 鈥 more than enough, in most cases, to cover your tuition and fee expenses for a given academic year.

Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

This program is available to graduate students enrolled at least half-time, who are in need of funding beyond the Direct unsubsidized loan.听To apply for a Direct Graduate PLUS loan, applicants must submit the听Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Master Promissory Note (MPN), and Entrance Counseling. Eligibility is determined based on an applicant鈥檚 credit history. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed, but it will be placed on deferment if a student is enrolled at least half-time and for six months after graduation. Direct Graduate PLUS Loans are primarily borrowed by Physician Assistant Studies 蝉迟耻诲别苍迟蝉.听

Alternative Student Loans

If you need additional loans for graduate tuition and fees, particularly in the Physician Assistant Studies program, or hope to borrow additional money to help with living expenses, visit the听ELMSelectwebsite听for alternative student loan options.

Contact Us

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions听
Phone: 814-824-3351
Email: grad@mercyhurst.edu