Cost & Financial Support

Cost of attendance

Each July, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approves the tuition and fees for the upcoming year. Cost of attendance will vary for each student. The list of fees and tuition can be found on the One Stop Student Services website. 

The total estimated cost of attendance for 2015-2016 is approximately: 

Resident: $8,700 per semester

Nonresident/international: $13,000 per semester

This includes tuition, University and School of Nursing fees. This does not include travel, lodging, fees for international students, or educational materials/books.

Financial support

Our PhD program provides full funding for the first two years of study through a combination of graduate assistantships (tuition and hourly salary) and scholarships for students devoted full-time to their studies.

Graduate School financial support

Once you are accepted to the program, you will be alerted to a range of funding opportunities and supported in the application process. Review the options for financial support through the University’s Graduate School.

School of Nursing scholarships

The school offers a range of scholarships. After admission to the PhD program, students are notified of the scholarship opportunities and invited to apply.

Many of these scholarships are based in part on financial need, and therefore scholarship applicants are encouraged to complete a FAFSA application early in the new calendar year (Jan-Mar) for the next academic year (Sept).

Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The School of Nursing is a recipient of the National Faculty Loan Repayment program and is able to offer this to students. The program requires a commitment on the part of the student to being a faculty member in a school of nursing after completing the PhD degree.

External Scholarships

There are a number of external nursing funding opportunities and doctoral students are encouraged to apply for those that may be relevant and/or meet criteria. 

Research Assistant Opportunities

Faculty with funded research programs are often seeking doctoral students as research assistants. Research assistant (RA) positions are advertised to doctoral students when available. An RA position will typically cover 100 percent of a student’s tuition and provide an hourly wage for 20 hours per week.

Teaching Assistant Opportunities

Every semester the school supports doctoral students as teaching assistants. A TA will typically cover 100 percent of a student’s tuition and provide an hourly wage for 20 hours per week.