Tuition and Financial Aid



Tuition and Financial Aid

What's the value of the St. Catherine University Doctor of Nursing Practice degree?

Our graduates tell us it's about gaining the ability to lead change in health systems and improve health outcomes, building a resume enhanced by St. Kate's reputation for rigor and quality, learning in a powerful "cohort" learning community, and the flexibility to pursue individualized projects.

St. Kate's is committed to offering nurses access to a superior advanced clinical learning experience. Our commitment is demonstrated by a competitive total DNP cost of attendance — while any graduate program is a serious financial commitment, you may be surprised to learn how well the total cost of the St. Kate's DNP compares with your other options.

St. Kate's also helps nurses gain access to a quality DNP learning experience through supportive programs like a corporate partner scholarship, a Nursing Faculty Loan Program, and other loan options. And, access to financial aid counselors to help you sort it all out.

Read more below about scholarship and loan options, as well as details on tuition costs.

St. Kate's "Corporate Partner" scholarships

If you become a St. Catherine University graduate student, you'll benefit in many ways from St. Kate's close relationships with regional healthcare systems. St. Kate's collaborates with several healthcare systems to meet the professional development needs of their employees. If you're a nurse currently working in one of these systems, you'll receive a corporate partner scholarship, reducing your tuition costs by 10%. Current corporate partners include:

  • Allina Health
  • Children's Hospitals and Clinics
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
  • HealthPartners
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • North Memorial Hospital
  • Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Regions Hospital

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

If serving as a college or university faculty member is in your future, a new federal loan program administered by St. Kate's — with the potential for loan forgiveness — is here to help.

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is available for qualifying students in St. Catherine University Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator or Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The purpose of the program is to help St. Kate's graduates address the nursing workforce shortage. Awards cover up to a full year of tuition, required fees, and a book allowance (up to $35,000 per year). If, after graduation, you serve in a full-time position as a faculty member at an accredited nursing school for a required period of time, up to 85% of the principal and interest of your NFLP loan will be cancelled. Click here for details on the NFLP.

Other student loan options

Loans provide the most common form of financial support for graduate students at St. Catherine University. The university receives funds directly from the U.S. Department of Education, which allows our borrowers access to the best terms for the federal Direct Loan program. Graduate students may also apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS loan through St. Catherine University.

For details and to apply for financial aid, consult the Office of Financial Aid web site, or contact our graduate student financial aid counselor, Catherine Flowers, at or 651.690.6607.

Employer tuition reimbursement

Many graduate nursing students at St. Kate's receive tuition benefits from their employers. Contact your employer's human resource, benefits or professional development offices to learn more about your benefits. Course scheduling for the Nurse Educator program allows some students to maximize their annual benefits:  From start to finish, you'll graduate in 21 months. But, because the program begins in September, you'll be billed over three calendar years. This allows some students to take advantage of three years of employer tuition benefits.

Tuition costs, 2015-16 academic year

  • $940: Tuition per credit (2015-16 rate). The DNP requires 36 credits, spread across two academic years. You'll take 6-10 credits each academic term and receive a bill for each term.
  • $33,840: Total tuition, at 2015-16 rates, for the 36-credit DNP.

These figures are for estimation purposes only. Because tuition rates change each June 1, your costs will be somewhat higher than the total figures quoted above. You'll also be charged student fees. For a listing of fees for the current academic year, see our student accounts pages.