Tuition and Financial Assistance



Tuition and Financial Assistance

A graduate degree is a major investment in your future — one with an excellent cost-benefit ratio. Backed by the value of St. Catherine University’s reputation, our graduates are prepared to lead, influence and succeed. But, as with any major investment, graduate school expenses are something you’ll need to plan for carefully.

Your costs will be spread across your time as an MLIS degree or certificate student. You’ll receive a bill for tuition and fees for each academic term in which you are enrolled (fall, January term and spring, and summer), based on how many credits you’ve registered for during that term. For fall and spring semesters, a four-month payment plan is available.

MLIS tuition costs, 2015-16 academic year

  • $866: Cost per credit
  • $2,598: Cost for each three-credit course. You may choose to take only one course at a time, or take more courses to speed your progress to graduation.
  • $31,176: Total tuition costs, at 2015-16 rates, for students pursuing the full MLIS degree (minimum of 36 credits required)

These figures are for estimation purposes only. Because tuition rates change each June 1, your costs will be higher than the total figures quoted here.

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 2015-16 academic year, and are subject to change.

For a listing of fees for the current academic year, see our student accounts pages.​

Corporate partnership scholarships

Select organizations partner with St. Catherine University to meet the professional development needs of their employees. For these employees, St. Catherine offers a Corporate Partnership Scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%. Current corporate partners include Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Fairview Health Services, Allina Health, HealthPartners, North Memorial Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, Park Nicollet Health Services, Regions Hospital and Gillette Children's Specialty Health.

Graduate student loans

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 and will mitigate uncertainties brought on by recent legislation and tightened credit markets. Graduate students may also choose to apply for a Direct Graduate PLUS loan through St. Catherine University.

To be eligible for most student loans, students must have at least "half-time" status, i.e., be registered for three graduate credits or more.  Generally, this means MLIS students must be registered for one course or more per term.

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

Employer tuition reimbursement

Many graduate students at St. Catherine University receive tuition benefits from their employers. Contact your employer’s human resources, benefits or professional development office for information on tuition reimbursement, remission or stipend benefits.

Graduate studies financial aid counselor

Catherine Flowers

Scholarships and assistantships

St. Catherine University does not offer institutional scholarships to graduate students, but many scholarships are available for graduate students from outside sources. You may wish to research scholarships available through your respective program's local or national organization.

Other sources of financial aid

As a graduate student, you may be eligible through tuition reimbursement or remission or a stipend from your employer. Graduate students are also eligible for student employment through St. Catherine University.