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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? Our graduates tell us 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 is committed to the future of nursing education. Our commitment is demonstrated by a total cost of attendance that is competitive — while any graduate program is a serious financial commitment, you may be surprised to learn how well St. Kate's MSN: Nurse Educator tuition rates compare to your other options. St. Kate's also helps students gain access to a quality Nurse Educator 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, Fairview Health Services, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, North Memorial Hospital, Park Nicollet Health Services and 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. 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 FNLP loan will be cancelled. Details on the NFLP are posted on our financial aid page.

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, 2014-15 academic year

  • $562: Cost per credit. The Nurse Educator program requires 36 credits of study spread across two academic years. You'll take 8-10 credits each academic term, and receive a bill for each term.
  • $20,232: Total tuition costs, at 2014-15 rates, for students pursuing the 36-credit Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator.

For each academic term, you'll also be charged a $30 student fee and a $150 technology fee. You'll also be assessed a one-time $15 new student fee, and a one-time $120 graduation fee. These fees are in effect for the 2014-15 academic year, and are subject to change.

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 here. You should also plan for additional expenses, such as books, other course materials, and any incidental costs you may incur for transportation and other miscellaneous expenses. For details, see our student accounts pages.