Cost & Financial Aid

Graduate education is an investment in yourself, your career, and your future.

SPEA is a top-ranked school and an affordable option. All of our programs provide a top-notch education at a reasonable tuition rate per credit hour.

Explore SPEA tuition and funding opportunities

SPEA tuition and available funding options vary by program—see what options we provide for the degree you are pursuing.

Tuition and Fees

The total credit-hour requirement for the MPA program is 48 credit hours. 
Resident Non-Resident
Tuition*
(for one 3-credit course)
$1,548 $3,806
Mandatory Fees**
(per year)
$1,339 $1,339
Total Tuition Cost
(2 years or 48 credit hours)
$27,446 $63,574
* Based on 2018-19 rates
** An additional one-time $200 SPEA student success fee will be charged in the first semester

Estimated Living Expenses

Monthly Costs Yearly Costs
Housing 
(one bedroom apartment off-campus)
$600-$800 $7,200-$9,600
Food
(average of USDA low-cost eating)
$220 $2,640
Utilities
(varies based on personal preferences)
$100-$150 $1,200-$1,800
Campus Parking Permit
(optional)
Up to $14 $168
Total Living Cost
(average)
$1,059 $12,708

Total Costs

Resident Non-Resident
Total Cost to Attend SPEA
(2 years, 48 credit hours total, including estimated average living expenses for two years, and a one-time $200 student success fee)
$53,062 $89,190

Download printable estimated expense sheet

Funding

Our graduate students finance their education through merit-based awards, assistantships, fellowships, volunteer benefits, grants, and need-based assistance.

Learn about merit-based awards, assistantships, and fellowships

Discover volunteer benefits Find other funding opportunities

Apply for need-based assistance

Tuition and Fees

The total credit-hour requirement for the MSES program is 48 credit hours.
Resident Non-Resident
Tuition*
(for one 3-credit course)
$1,548 $3,806
Mandatory Fees**
(per year)
$1,339 $1,339
Total Tuition Cost
(2 years or 48 credit hours)
$27,446 $63,574
* Based on 2018-19 rates
** An additional one-time $200 SPEA student success fee will be charged in the first semester

Estimated Living Expenses

Monthly Costs Yearly Costs
Housing 
(one bedroom apartment off-campus)
$600-$800 $7,200-$9,600
Food
(average of USDA low-cost eating)
$220 $2,640
Utilities
(varies based on personal preferences)
$100-$150 $1,200-$1,800
Campus Parking Permit
(optional)
Up to $14 $168
Total Living Cost
(average)
$1,059 $12,708

Total Costs

Resident Non-Resident
Total Cost to Attend SPEA
(2 years, 48 credit hours total, including estimated average living expenses for two years, and the one-time $200 student success fee)
$53,062 $89,190

Download printable estimated expense sheet

Funding

Our graduate students finance their education through merit-based awards, assistantships, fellowships, volunteer benefits, grants, and need-based assistance.

Learn about merit-based awards, assistantships, and fellowships

Discover volunteer benefits Find other funding opportunities

Apply for need-based assistance

Tuition and Fees

The total credit-hour requirement for the MPA-MSES program is 60 credit hours.
Resident Non-Resident
Tuition*
(for one 3-credit course)
$1,548 $3,806
Mandatory Fees**
(per year)
$1,339 $1,339
Total Tuition Cost
(2.5 years or 60 credit hours)
$34,308 $79,468
* Based on 2018-19 rates
** An additional one-time $200 SPEA student success fee will be charged in the first semester

Estimated Living Expenses

Monthly Costs Yearly Costs
Housing 
(one bedroom apartment off-campus)
$600-$800 $7,200-$9,600
Food
(average of USDA low-cost eating)
$220 $2,640
Utilities
(varies based on personal preferences)
$100-$150 $1,200-$1,800
Campus Parking Permit
(optional)
Up to $14 $168
Total Living Cost
(average)
$1,059 $12,708

Total Costs

Resident Non-Resident
Total Cost to Attend SPEA
(2.5 years, 60 credit hours total, including estimated average living expenses for 2.5 years, and the one-time $200 student success fee)
$66,278 $111,438

Download printable estimated expense sheet

Funding

Our graduate students finance their education through merit-based awards, assistantships, fellowships, volunteer benefits, grants, and need-based assistance.

Learn about merit-based awards, assistantships, and fellowships

Discover volunteer benefits Find other funding opportunities

Apply for need-based assistance

Tuition and Fees

The total credit-hour requirement for the MES program is 36 credit hours.
Resident Non-Resident
Tuition*
(for one 3-credit course)
$1,548 $3,806
Mandatory Fees**
(per semester)
$670 $670
Total Tuition Cost
(36 credit hours)
$19,916 $47,012
* Based on 2018-19 rates
** An additional one-time $200 SPEA student success fee will be charged in the first semester. Summer courses will result in additional mandatory fees.

Estimated Living Expenses

Monthly Costs Yearly Costs
Housing 
(one bedroom apartment off-campus)
$600-$800 $7,200-$9,600
Food
(average of USDA low-cost eating)
$220 $2,640
Utilities
(varies based on personal preferences)
$100-$150 $1,200-$1,800
Campus Parking Permit
(optional)
Up to $14 $168
Total Living Cost
(average)
$1,059 $12,708

Total Costs

Resident Non-Resident
Total Cost to Attend SPEA
(1 year, 36 credit hours total, including average estimated living expenses for one year, and a one-time $200 student success fee)
$32,824 $59,920

Download printable estimated expense sheet

Funding

Our graduate students finance their education through merit-based awards, assistantships, fellowships, volunteer benefits, grants, and need-based assistance.

Learn about merit-based awards, assistantships, and fellowships

Discover volunteer benefits Find other funding opportunities

Apply for need-based assistance

Tuition and Fees

The total credit-hour requirement for the MSHM program is 36 credit hours.
Resident Non-Resident
Tuition*
(for one 3-credit course)
$2,070 $3,861
Mandatory Fees**
(per semester)
$670 $670
Total Tuition Cost
(36 credit hours)
$26,180 $47,672
* Based on 2018-19 rates
** An additional one-time $200 SPEA student success fee will be charged in the first semester. Summer courses will result in additional mandatory fees.

Estimated Living Expenses

Monthly Costs Yearly Costs
Housing 
(one bedroom apartment off-campus)
$600-$800 $7,200-$9,600
Food
(average of USDA low-cost eating)
$220 $2,640
Utilities
(varies based on personal preferences)
$100-$150 $1,200-$1,800
Campus Parking Permit
(optional)
Up to $14 $168
Total Living Cost
(average)
$1,059 $12,708

Total Costs

Resident Non-Resident
Total Cost to Attend 
(1 year, 36 credit hours total, including average estimated living expenses for one year, and a one-time $200 student success fee)
$39,088 $60,580

Download printable estimated expense sheet

Funding

Our graduate students finance their education through merit-based awards, assistantships, fellowships, volunteer benefits, grants, and need-based assistance.

Learn about merit-based awards, assistantships, and fellowships

 Find other funding opportunities

Apply for need-based assistance

Tuition and Fees

The total credit-hour requirement for the MAAA program is 45 credit hours.
Resident Non-Resident
Tuition*
(for one 3-credit course)
$1,257 $3,806
Mandatory Fees**
(per semester)
$670 $670
Total Tuition Cost
(3 semesters or 45 credit hours)
$20,865 $59,100
* Based on 2018-19 rates
** An additional one-time $200 SPEA student success fee will be charged in the first semester

Estimated Living Expenses

Monthly Costs Yearly Costs
Housing 
(one bedroom apartment off-campus)
$600-$800 $7,200-$9,600
Food
(average of USDA low-cost eating)
$220 $2,640
Utilities
(varies based on personal preferences)
$100-$150 $1,200-$1,800
Campus Parking Permit
(optional)
Up to $14 $168
Total Living Cost
(average)
$1,059 $12,708

Total Costs

Resident Non-Resident
Total Cost to Attend SPEA
(3 semesters, 45 credit hours total, including average estimated living expenses for 1.5 years, and a one-time $200 student success fee)
$40,127 $78,362

Download printable estimated expense sheet

Funding

Our graduate students finance their education through merit-based awards, assistantships, fellowships, and need-based assistance.

Learn about merit-based awards, assistantships, and fellowships

Find other funding opportunities Apply for need-based assistance

Tuition and Fees

The total credit-hour requirement for the MAAA-MPA program is 63 credit hours. Two semesters will typically be assessed at MPA tuition rates, and three semesters will typically be assessed at MAAA tuition rates or vice versa. Tuition rates may change depending on student course selection. 
Resident Non-Resident
MAAA Tuition*
(for one 3-credit course)
$1,257 $3,806
MPA Tuition* 
(for one 3-credit course)
$1,548 $3,806
Mandatory Fees**
(per year)
$1,339 $1,339
Total Tuition Cost
(may vary depending on course selection)
$32,073 $83,274
* Based on 2018-19 rates
** An additional one-time $200 SPEA student success fee will be charged in the first semester

Estimated Living Expenses

Monthly Costs Yearly Costs
Housing 
(one bedroom apartment off-campus)
$600-$800 $7,200-$9,600
Food
(average of USDA low-cost eating)
$220 $2,640
Utilities
(varies based on personal preferences)
$100-$150 $1,200-$1,800
Campus Parking Permit
(optional)
Up to $14 $168
Total Living Cost
(average)
$1,059 $12,708

Total Costs

Resident Non-Resident
Total Cost to Attend SPEA
(2.5 years, 63 credit hours total, including estimated average living expenses for 2.5 years, and a one-time $200 student success fee)
$64,043 $115,244

Download printable estimated expense sheet

Funding

Our graduate students finance their education through merit-based awards, assistantships, fellowships, and need-based assistance.

Learn about merit-based awards, assistantships, and fellowships

Find other funding opportunities Apply for need-based assistance

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Bloomington has all of the features of a great college town. Living on a student budget is made easy with many affordable living, dining, and recreation options. The cost of living is below the national average, so you can live comfortably and enjoy all that Bloomington has to offer!