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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) is $33,000.

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 for the first  year of the program. The assistantship cannot be renewed for year two of the program because students will be in externship placements full-time.

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 means 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 2022 should complete the 2021-2022 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