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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology tuition, fees and financial aid

Tuition

Tuition for one full academic year (June-May for the 2023-24 academic year) is $34,500.

Graduate financial aid 

Students in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program have three sources of financial aid: loans, scholarships, and graduate assistantships.

Graduate assistantships

Graduate assistantships give students with an opportunity to work part-time alongside faculty, gaining experience while earning funds to help pay tuition.

Several five-hour and 12-hour per week assistantships are available.

Graduate assistantships are merit-based and students will be informed of graduate assistantship awards when they are notified about acceptance to the MS-SLP program. 

Debra Betts '73 Bork Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Studies Award

This MS-SLP scholarship was established by William H. Bork ’72 in loving memory of his wife, Debra Betts ’73 Bork, in grateful recognition of the education she received in speech-language pathology at Augustana College, and to assist students in Augustana’s MS-SLP program to meet the financial cost to complete their educations.

Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty will award this scholarship to a graduate student who demonstrates exemplary academic and clinical aptitude and achievement, and who has a strong service record. An award will be available to a student entering the graduate program each year and will be renewable for a second year.

Loans

Students can access graduate-level federal loans by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year of the program.

Students beginning the master’s program June 2023 should complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA, which is available now.

Augustana’s school code is 001633.

Types of loans

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Apply by submitting a FAFSA application (eligibility is not based on financial need).

  • Unsubsidized loans accrue interest while students are enrolled, and students can choose to pay the interest each month while enrolled in school or allow interest to accumulate during enrollment.
  • Graduate borrowing limits:  $20,500 per academic year
  • Current interest rate: 6.08% fixed
  • Current origination fee: 1.059% (fee is deducted at the time of each disbursement)

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: Apply by submitting a FAFSA application and completing a PLUS application online.

  • A credit check is part of the approval process
  • Graduate borrowing limits: The difference between the cost of attendance (set by Augustana) and all other aid the student is receiving
  • Current interest rate: 7.08% fixed
  • Current origination fee: 4.236% (fee is deducted at the time of each disbursement)

Alternative Loans: Apply directly with an outside, private lender.

  • Interest rate: usually variable and potentially higher than federal loan programs
  • Graduate borrowing limits: The difference between the cost of attendance (set by Augustana) and all other aid the student is receiving
  • Credit based approval
  • Co-signer may be required