Tuition and Fees, Fall 2024 – Summer 2025

On this page, you’ll find essential tuition and fee information, scholarship resources and details on applying for financial aid.

MS in Counseling (CSP)

Tuition $865 per credit
$38,925 base cost (45 credits)*
Technology Fee $70 per term
Wellness Fee $80 per term

*Does not include books/supplies. Full-time students can expect to pay an estimated $300 per term for materials.

One-time or conditional fees

Field Studies Fee $80 Field Studies in College Student Personnel
Graduate and Professional Student Council activity fee $30, one-time fee applies to all new graduate students
Audit fee One half the tuition listed above
Late registration fee $60, for registration submitted after the add/drop deadline
Late transaction fee $55, for employer reimbursement applications received after the second week of the semester

All fees are subject to change without notice. Cal Lutheran reserves the right to change, delete or add to this pricing schedule as deemed appropriate.

Financial Aid

Cal Lutheran offers a variety of funding options from internal and external sources. Don’t let the cost of an education keep you from realizing your academic goals. If cost is a concern for you, call us at 805-493-3325.

First thing’s first: file your FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the federal financial aid application that must be completed by anyone seeking federal or state financial assistance from an educational institution in the U.S. Our FAFSA school code is 001133. This form must be submitted each academic year.

Scholarships and grants

Graduate Academic Scholarship

Graduate Academic Scholarships are available to graduate and credential students based on financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA or CADAA, provided they have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. This competitive scholarship may award up to $2,500 per academic year, dependent on full or part-time enrollment status and number of terms attending.

This scholarship application is open:

  • July through August for ALL incoming and continuing students for the upcoming academic year
  • January through February for NEWLY admitted spring term students only

Learn more and apply

Local Organization Discount

Cal Lutheran has partnered with local organizations to offer their employees a $100 per credit discount on any of our graduate and professional programs (future terms only).

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Cal Lutheran Donor Scholarships for Graduate School of Education Students

Fill out an application through the Cal Lutheran Scholarships system to see if you are eligible for additional award opportunities ($500-$10,000) in our scholarships database.

Learn more and apply

Community Scholars for Black Lives

Cal Lutheran established the Community Scholars for Black Lives program to empower students to work in tandem with community leaders and create conditions for Black lives to flourish. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, recipients benefit from mentorship, conference travel funds and a project budget.

Learn more and apply

Congregational Partners in Education (CPE) Award

This award allows congregations of any faith to assist outstanding students who have demonstrated a commitment to the life and work of their place of worship. The University will match monies received from our partner congregations in support of a student attending Cal Lutheran full-time, up to $2,500 per academic year. This award may be renewed each year, up to three times, after the first year.

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EdAssist Network

California Lutheran University and EdAssist have partnered to offer a $100 per credit tuition reduction for employees of select EdAssist partners for our graduate and professional programs.

To take advantage of this offer, simply list your participating employer on your application for admission. Graduate students will also need to submit a Graduate Financial Aid application in order to be awarded the tuition reduction for the correct terms and units. Reduced tuition is available for current and future terms only. Prospective and current students who have not previously notified the institution of their EdAssist affiliation should contact the Graduate and Professional’s Admission Office.

Federal and private loans

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Eligibility for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is determined by the FAFSA and is not need-based. Students must be enrolled at least half time (three credits or more per term) to receive a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Eligibility will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Alternative/Private Loans

Alternative student loans (also called education or private student loans) are designed to bridge the gap between college costs and traditional financial aid resources. They may be used to help pay for current term expenses, past due balances from a previous term or academic year, and can also be used for students who are enrolled less than half time. Visit our alternative loans page for more information on these loans and how to apply.

Veteran benefits

Yellow Ribbon Program

As a participating institution in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Cal Lutheran will fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed what is covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Find out if you qualify.

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Understand Your Benefits

As a veteran or military dependent, you have many options for financial assistance. Find out what you may be eligible for.

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Apply Your Benefits

Ready to use your veterans benefits at Cal Lutheran? Find out how to apply for benefits and what the application process entails.

How to apply

Request Information

To learn more about the Graduate Degree Programs offered by the Cal Lutheran Graduate School of Education and download a brochure, please fill out the form. You can also get in touch with an admission counselor directly by calling us at 805-493-3325.

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