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

Higher Education Administration Degrees Tuition Per Credit Student Fees Per Credit Credits in Program
Graduate Certificate-Online *$505.80 **$54.67 15
Master of Science-Online *$505.80 **$54.67 36
Doctor of Education-Online $675.56 **$54.67



Educational Administration and Leadership Degrees Tuition Per Credit Student Fees Per Credit Credits in Program
Graduate Courses in St. Cloud *$430.80 $54.67  
Graduate Courses-North Hennepin CC   $466.39 $27.46  
Graduate Courses Hybrid/Online *$505.80 **$54.67  
Doctor of Education-St. Cloud/Hybrid/Online   $675.56 **$54.67 45-72
Doctor of Education-North Hennepin CC   $773.14 $27.46 45-72

*Minnesota resident and reciprocity.
**Students who live outside of Minnesota can apply to have their student fees reduced to $27.46 per credit.

Doctoral students and graduate assistants enjoy in-state tuition rates.

Rates subject to change. Official graduate tuition and fees

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

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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. 

Graduate assistants receive the Minnesota resident tuition rate.

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 contact the Financial Aid Office to talk with a staff member about how to pay for school and keep you debt load down.

Military Benefits

The Veterans Resource Center will assist active duty service-members and those separated from service with obtaining education benefits. There is no application fee for veterans, veterans' spouses, and dependents of veterans.

Tuition Waiver

Check with your Human Resource Office to determine if you are eligible for any type of tuition waiver through your employer. Your contract may cover a tuition waiver or cover your tuition credits under your professional development benefits.

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.

Vera Russell Graduate Student Travel Funds

The Vera Russell Graduate Student Travel Fund was developed to support School of Education graduate students presenting at a regional, national, or international professional conference. Funds of up to $2500 per graduate student are awarded in multiple rounds throughout the academic year. Funding is in the form of reimbursement.

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.