Tuition and financial assistance

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Tuition and financial assistance

What's the value of the St. Catherine University Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator program? It's about new career options, opportunities to change lives through teaching and learning, leadership opportunities, a resume enhanced by St. Kate's reputation, and a powerful community learning experience.

St. Kate's commitment to Nurse Educators is demonstrated by a competitive cost of attendance — you may be surprised to learn how well St. Kate's MSN: Nurse Educator tuition rates compare to other options. St. Kate's also offers support through a corporate partner scholarship and a Nursing Faculty Loan Program. 

St. Kate's "Corporate Partner" scholarships

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

Nursing faculty loan program

If becoming 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 Nursing 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.  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 FNLP loan will be cancelled. 

Other student loan options

Loans provide the most common form of financial support for graduate students ar 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 caflowers@stkate.edu 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, allowing some students to take advantage of three years of employer tuition benefits.

Tuition costs, 2015-16 academic year

  • $574: Tuition per credit (2015-16 rate). You'll take 8-10 credits each academic term, and receive a bill for each term, across two academic years.
  • $20,664: Total tuition costs, at 2015-16 rates, for the 36-credit Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator.

These figures are for estimation purposes only. Because tuition rates change each June 1, your costs will be somewhat higher than the figures listed above. You'll also be charged student fees.  For current rates and other details, see our student accounts pages.