Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Financial Assistance

Need help funding your graduate education? St. Cloud State has avenues to assist students financially as they pursue their dreams of an educational degree.

Most Educational Leadership and Higher Education graduate students without a job can earn experience and financial assistance as graduate assistants throughout campus.

Program Costs

Costs are based on graduate tuition and fees.

No application fee for veterans, veterans' spouse, dependents of veterans, McNair Scholars, and Fullbright Scholars.

News story: St. Cloud State degree: High return on investment.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants work on campus and receive academically relevant experiences such as research, teaching and/or program support. Students receive a stipend for their work and tuition remission. 

Financial Aid

We provide you with a general overview of financial aid programs and give you guidance in the application process. Review the money management tips and resources and then stop in the Financial Aid Office to talk with a staff member about how to pay for school and keep you debt load down.

Nearly 45 percent of our spring graduates had no student loan debt.

Tuition Waiver

Check with your Human Resource Office to determine if you are eligible for any type of tuition waiver through your employer.

Minnesota State Employee tuition waiver: employees are entitled to enroll in a limited number of courses on an annual basis at some Minnesota State institutions without payment of tuition. See your union contract for specific benefit information or speak with an individual in the Human Resources Department at your institution. 

Research Funding

Graduate students, under the direction of a faculty member, have access to research funding in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Other Resource Funding

The Minnesota College Personnel Association LGBTQIA+ Commission provides a Resource Library with scholarships and grants to local and national non-profit organizations.