School of Education Scholarships

The cost of obtaining a first-time license and/or Master of Arts degree will vary based on your educational background and the intended area of concentration.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and donors, we have been able to offer, beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, merit-based scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to first-time licensure candidates and on a competitive basis of the applicant pool. Alumni discounts are also available for first-time licensure and degree-seeking candidates. 

These scholarships are in addition to the other forms of financial aid that may be available to you through the FAFSA and federal award process. 

Scholarships & Grants:

Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, we are able to make tuition awards on a competivie basis to newly admitted students. These merit-based awards are determined after a review of of an applicant's admission file, including a review of all previous transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. For the 2016-17 academic year our maximum awards are $8,000.

Depending on your previous educational preparation and your professional experience, students entering our programs will be required to complete 23-50 credits for completion of a program. Therefore, the average, net cost of the courses required for a license or Master's degree is likely to be approximately $23,000. This amount should only be used to estimate the cost of overall attendance, your individual program of required courses will be determined with your program advisor.

CUE Scholarship Program:

The Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color (CUE) Scholarship Program is a public/private partnership between the University of St. Thomas and the state of Minnesota dedicated to increasing teacher diversity in Minnesota.

Alumni Discounts:

Newly admitted University of St. Thomas alumni will receive a 15% discount for enrollment in coursework when they are part of a School of Education program of study.

If you are awarded a merit-based scholarship, and are also a St. Thomas Alumni, you will be awarded the higher of the two awards.


How do I apply for scholarship opportunities?

All fully admitted students for first-time licensure or degree-seeking programs will be considered for merit-based scholarships if all required materials are submitted by the posted application deadline.

Admissions deadlines are set by term for the academic year (does not apply to doctorate programs). 

If you apply and are fully admitted after the admissions deadline, you will be reviewed and considered at the next scholarship review period.


When will I learn whether or not I receive financial assistance?

Award recipients will be notified of their scholarships award within 4 weeks of the admissions deadline. All materials (transcripts, statement, online application, references) must be received by the admissions deadline. There will be no formal notice if you are not among the merit-award recipients.

Notification regarding additional financial aid options (e.g., student loans) will vary depending upon the date of your FAFSA application. Please contact the Graduate Financial Aid office if you have questions.


Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to receive the award?

No - anyone is eligible to apply for merit-based scholarships.

Are the merit-based scholarships the same as federal financial aid?

Merit-based scholarships are distinct from federal financial aid, and are in addition to any financial aid you may receive through the standard FAFSA process. We work closely with the Graduate Financial Aid office to ensure full integration of your award(s), and how they will impact your total cost of attendance. In addition, merit-based scholarships offered through the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling are not loans; there is no repayment required.

You will receive notice of these two sets of funding separately, depending upon when you apply. Please contact the Graduate Finanical Aid office if you have any questions.

When will I receive my funds?

Your financial assistance will be distributed equally over the course of your program. Each term, the award will be applied to your tuition bill. You will not need to take any action to request the distribution. If you have questions, our financial aid team is ready to assist you and can explain how this will impact the cost of your program.


How much money can I expect to receive?

The top award is $8,000 in merit scholarship per student, others who are awarded may receive less. Each applicant pool will determine the size and number of awards. The amount disbursed in any one term may not exceed the tuition billed for that term. Unused award money may not be applied to future terms. 

For example, a student who receives a $4,000 merit-based scholarship will see $1,000 award applied to their tuition bill each semester for their first 4 consecutive terms of continuous enrollment. The financial aid office can assist you if you have more questions.

Can I take a semester off?

The merit-based scholarship will be awarded equally over the course of your program. The expectation is that you will be enrolled continuously as you progress toward completion. If students choose to take a term off, they may forfeit the funds for that term.  However, if life events occur, students can submit a petition via their program advisor for program interruption. 


What is my total program cost?

Your total program cost will vary depending on your program and total number of credits needed for completion. If you have questions on costs or tuition for your specific program, please work your program advisor, or contact the program manager for your area of study.

Each student has an educational preparation and professional experience that is unique. The average, net cost of courses required for a license or Masters degree in one of our programs is $23,000. The range of courses can be 23-50 credits. You should work with a program advisor to determine your cost of attendance based on what you need to take for completion.


What determines my award amount for merit scholarships?

Merit-based scholarships are determined based on a range of criteria assessed within your application for admission: mission fit, writing ability, previous academic performance, and additional criteria depending on the program to which you are applying.

How can I find additional scholarships and grants to help fund my graduate degree?

There are several other sources of funding available to graduate students nationwide. Below are a few search tools that can provide you with additional options:


Is the TEACH Grant available?

At this time, the University of St. Thomas does not offer the TEACH Grant.