Financing Your SLU Education
Graduate tuition information
The following schedule of tuition is for the 2013-2014 school year.
Tuition per credit hour: $1,010
Annual full-time tuition rates:
MHA Program (based on 30 credit hours): $30,300
MPH Program (based on average of 24 credit hours): $24,240
PhD program (varies with course loads)
For a complete list of SLU graduate tuition rates and fees click on:
The School of Public Health offers several ways to help finance your graduate education. Opportunities include a limited number of merit-based scholarships, graduate research assistantships and part-time jobs. Awards are made to applicants with the highest combinations of GPAs and test scores who complete their applications by February 15.
Competitive applicants usually rank in the top 20 percent of the applicant pool. Recipients are typically notified by their program directors sometime between April 1 and June 1. No separate applications, documents or essays are required for consideration.
Most students, however, must rely on personal resources and/or student loans to finance their graduate educations. If you have not yet done so, you are encouraged to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible in order secure student loans. Please direct any questions regarding FAFSA applications and student loans to the university's many capable counselors in the Office of Student Financial Aid at 314-977-2350. The SLU FAFSA code is 2506.
Every admitted student is automatically considered for a variety of merit-based scholarships by the faculty and program directors in their respective degree programs. Scholarship amounts vary, but typically range from $2,000 - $8,000 per year for two years. Below is a list of some of the named scholarships:
- Thomas Dolan Scholarships
- Rev. John J. Flanagan Scholarships
- Ignatian Scholarships for Excellence in Public Health
- Ignatian Scholarships for Excellence in Health Management and Policy
- The Institute of Health Management Scholarship
- The Leahy-Kannady Scholarship
- Master of Public Health Scholarships
- Bruno and Vivienne Mazzotta Scholarships
- The Sr. MaryJean Ryan Scholarship
- The Thomas Underriner Scholarship
- Wagner Foundation Scholarships
- The Maylee Chaski Public Health Scholarship
Graduate Research Assistantships
There are two kinds of assistantships within the School of Public Health: 1) Departmental Assistantships; and 2) Project-Related Assistantships. Both types are limited in availability and are highly competitive.
- MHA and MPH-Health Policy Students Students seeking MHA or MPH degrees in Health Policy are automatically considered for one of four new positions to be awarded by the program directors. Each position involves a 10-hour per week job for two years during the spring and fall semesters. The MHA and MPH-Health Policy assistantships provide 9 credit hours of free tuition each year and an annual stipend of approximately $8,500. In addition, the MHA Program Director often hires one or two part-time students each year for 10-hour per week jobs that pay approximately $11 per hour.
- MPH Students (except Health Policy) The top new MPH students in all of the other majors will be automatically considered for 6-8 new assistantships. These positions are one-year positions that involve 20-hour per week jobs that provide up to 21 credit hours of free tuition for the year (3 in the summer, and 9 in the fall and spring terms), an annual stipend of $16,500 and free health insurance for the year. All award decisions are made by the faculty in your major area of study and are based solely on your admission application.
- PhD Students Virtually all PhD students are automatically awarded graduate research assistantships shortly following admission to the program.
Project-related assistantships are most often funded by faculty members' grants and research projects. Opportunities for these kinds of positions fluctuate throughout the year when new grants are funded, when existing grants are renewed or when positions are vacated by graduating students. In most cases, preference is given to returning second-year students. If and when new positions become available, the School of Public Health sends email announcements to the student body along with details on how to apply.
In addition, orientation week includes a session describing potential opportunities during the coming school year. Project-related assistantships are typically structured just like the MPH departmental assistantships (up to 21 credit hours of tuition remission, $16,500 stipends, and free health insurance).
For more information about financial aid:
Director of Graduate Admissions for Public Health