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.

Many graduate students gain professional experience and financial assistance as graduate assistants working online or on-campus. 

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Program Costs

Higher Education Administration Degrees Tuition Per Credit Student Fees Per Credit Credits in Program
Graduate Certificate-Online *$534.12 $28.40 15
Master of Science-Online *$534.12 $28.40 36
Doctor of Education-Online   $729.28 **$55.80



Educational Administration and Leadership Degrees Tuition Per Credit Student Fees Per Credit Credits in Program
Masters & Post-Masters Graduate
Courses on St. Cloud Campus
*$497.28 $55.80  
Masters & Post-Masters Graduate
Courses at North Hennepin CC
  *$534.12 $28.40  

Masters Accelerated Online

*$537.20 $28.40
Doctor of Education-Online and On-Campus   $729.28 **$55.80 45-72
Doctor of Education-North Hennepin CC   $834.62 $28.40 45-72

Rates subject to change. Official graduate tuition and fees
*Minnesota resident and reciprocity. Doctoral students and graduate assistants enjoy in-state tuition rates.
**Students who live out of state and are taking only online courses may be eligible for a waiver of all student fees except for the MSUSA and Technology fees. Apply for waiver.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants work on campus and academically relevant experiences such as research, teaching and/or program support. These experiences enhance your intellectual and professional development.

Students receive a stipend for their work and tuition remission. Students may apply for assistantships through the   Career Center.

Financial Aid

We provide you with an overview of financial aid programs and give you guidance in the application process.  Submitting the FAFSA application is free. 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. 

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 the College of Education and Learning Design graduate students presenting at a regional, national, or international professional conference. Funds of up to $2,500 per graduate student are awarded in multiple rounds throughout the academic year. Funding is in the form of reimbursement.

Huskies Food Pantry

The Huskies Food Pantry provides nutritious options to students experiencing food insecurity in an effort to support learning, health and student retention. All current St. Cloud State students are welcome at Huskies Food Pantry.

Other Resource Funding and Resources

We know that life happens and that sometimes you need a helping hand to work through challenges that would otherwise interfere with your ability to be successful at college. We recognize that your basic needs, including things like food, housing and transportation, can have a direct impact on your well-being and success.

Below are some of the resources available on campus and throughout the community.

St. Cloud State provides a list to community resourcescampus resources, academic support and student services to assist students with resources such as child care, clothing, counseling, employment, food, housing, healthcare, legal assistance, transportation, accessibility and so much more.


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