Scholarships for Leadership Programs

The cost of obtaining a leadership degree will vary based on your specific degree program plan.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and donors, we are able to offer merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to newly admitted, degree-seeking students on a competitive basis of the applicant pool. Alumni discounts are also available for newly admitted degree-seeking students. 

These scholarships are in addition to the other forms of financial aid that may be available to you. 

Scholarships & Grants:

Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, we are able to make tuition awards on a competitive basis to newly admitted students. These merit-based awards are determined after a review of an applicant's admission file, including a review of all previous transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and any other additional elements required for admisison to the program.

Leadership degree programs include both Master's and Doctoral degree programs. Differences in degree program credit requirements will determine the overall cost of your program.



Starting in the fall of 2016, newly admitted University of St. Thomas alumni may receive a 15% discount for enrollment in Department of Leadership coursework.




How do I apply for scholarship opportunities?

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

Admissions deadlines are typically set 6 weeks prior to the start of the academic term (does not apply to doctorate programs). 


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

Award recipients will be notified about CELC scholarships or grants within 4 weeks of the admissions deadline. All materials (transcripts, statement, online application, references) must be received by the admissions deadline.

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 receive a merit-based scholarship.

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 other 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 & 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?

Leadership degree program awards have had a median range of $4,000 to $12,000, based on a number of factors weighed by the program to which you are applying. The amount disbursed in any one term may not exceed the tuition billed for that term. Unused award money may not be continued forward into 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.


Does four consecutive terms mean that I can't take a semester off?

Yes, the merit-based scholarship will only be awarded for 4 consecutive terms (Fall & Spring only). If students choose to take a term off, they will 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. If you have questions on costs or tuition for your specific program, feel free to email us.

For a typical student entering one of our programs, the net cost of the courses required for a license or M.A. is likely to be between $15,000 and $19,000. Doctorate degrees have a higher per credit tuition rate, and the cost for earning those degrees will be higher.


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 other 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.