Tuition

A Spalding University education is an investment in your future, and you can earn your online degree in a way that’s both affordable and attainable, without having to sacrifice quality. Tuition varies based on the cost per credit hour and the number of credit hours required to complete your chosen degree.

Program Name Credit Hours Cost per Credit Hour Total Cost
Online Doctorate of Education in Leadership 60 credit hours $825 $49,500
Online Master of Social Work 60 credit hours $660 $39,600
Online Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing 30 credit hours $660 $19,800

Financial Aid Options

If you’ve been admitted to one of our master’s or doctoral-level programs, you may be eligible for the variety of grants and assistantships we offer our graduate students.

Loans

Loans are available from the federal government and other private resources. This type of aid must be repaid on terms agreed upon by your lender.

Federal Direct Student Loans
Federal Direct Student Loans are low-interest funds that are borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education. Unsubsidized loans are available to graduate students and are not based on financial need.

Federal Direct (PLUS) Loans 
The Federal Direct (PLUS) Loan program is for graduate students enrolled at least half-time. The maximum amount you can borrow is the cost of attendance less other sources of aid. To qualify, you must meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid and not have an adverse credit history.

Private Loans
Spalding University strongly encourages students to use other sources of funding—federal loans, scholarships and grants—before considering private/alternative funding. If you’ve exhausted all other resources, you can request an alternative loan at FASTChoice.

Veteran Affairs benefits
Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits are financial assistance provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs. If you are a veteran, you should first contact the Department of Veteran Affairs to determine your eligibility. 

If you are a child or surviving spouse of a service member who died in the line of duty, you can call the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 (select option 5) to discuss your education benefits as a GI Bill®* beneficiary. Agents are available Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

*GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.*

Apply for Aid

Whether or not you plan to take federal aid, it’s important that you apply by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your student aid report can help us determine if you are eligible for other types of financial aid.

Steps to file your FAFSA:

  1. Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to e-sign the FAFSA. If you are dependent, as defined by FAFSA, your parent or guardian will need to create a separate FSA ID.
  2. File your FAFSA application. Spalding’s school code is 001960.
  3. After your data has been submitted, the U.S. Department of Education will notify Spalding of your application.
  4. You will receive an email from the U.S. Department of Education when your FAFSA has been processed.
  5. If you are a returning student, you will receive an email reminder from the U.S. Department of Education to renew your FAFSA.

We’re here to help you navigate the financial aid process. If you have any questions, please contact your enrollment advisor.