Tuition and Financial Aid


Students enrolled in the online Master of Science in Educational Leadership (MSE) program are charged tuition on a per-credit basis. The current rate of tuition for the MSE is $1,030 per credit hour.

2017-18 Program costs
Program Track Number of Credits Estimated Cost
MSE in Educational Leadership 30 $30,9001
MSE in Educational Leadership + Principal Licensure 42 $43,2601
Principal Licensure Preparation Program 18 $18,5401
1 Based on the 2018-19 cost per credit hour Return to footnote reference

Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Dayton offers multiple scholarships listed below. To be considered for a scholarship, eligible students do not need to complete a separate application and should contact their admission counselor.

Local Scholarship

The University of Dayton values giving back to its community and offers a partial scholarship to local students. This scholarship does not require a separate application and applies to students who live in the following Ohio counties surrounding the University of Dayton:  

  • Butler
  • Clark
  • Darke
  • Greene
  • Miami
  • Montgomery
  • Preble
  • Warren 

If you live in one of the aforementioned counties, please reach out to your admission counselor to discuss your eligibility for the local scholarship and to take the next steps.

Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid programs, which include federal student loans. We encourage candidates to apply for financial aid as early as possible.

You must be registered for a minimum of three credits in order to qualify for financial aid on a term basis. Students who choose to take a less accelerated path toward completion of the degree should be aware that this will impact federal financial aid eligibility. 

How to Apply for Financial Aid

If you plan to apply for financial aid to help fund your online studies at University of Dayton, you will need to complete the following steps.

Applying for PLUS Loans

Contact a Financial Aid Counselor to evaluate your need for additional funding through sources such as a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan from the Department of Education or alternative loans from various private lenders.

  • Prior to borrowing through the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Program, or any additional private/alternative loan, you may need to review credit reports for potential issues. Contact any of the following credit bureaus for information: Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion.
  • To apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, complete the credit application PLUS loan request online.

When You Are Admitted

Upon admission to a University of Dayton program and successful completion of the federal requirements, you will receive an email in your University of Dayton email account directing you to Porches, which is our student portal.

For more information regarding financial aid, visit the Graduate Financial Aid Page.

If you have any questions about tuition and financial aid at University of Dayton, please email us at or visit our FAQ page.

Take the Next Step

Earn Your Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership