Tuition and Fees

Invest yourself in changemaking possibilities.

A SOLES education is an investment in your future and the future of everyone you will be able to impact. This is why we hold ourselves to the highest standards, offering quality training, real-world practicum experiences, and a network of mentors and professional connections to help launch your career. We want to make your investment a smart and rewarding one, so we do our part to ensure you graduate ready to be a true catalyst for meaningful change.

We're on your team and will work with you to make your education accessible. We'll help you navigate which university-based financial aid options might be available for you, such as merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships and grants, diversity scholarships and student loans. Together, we'll find something that works with your financial situation and starts you down a wonderful and rewarding path.

We're here to help you get a clear picture, so just reach out to discuss, and together we can fill in any blanks. Our support team in the One Stop Student Center and Office of Financial Aid stand ready to help you take advantage of the aid you may qualify for.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change. For the most current information, visit Student Financial Services.

Enrollment Deposit Fees

Note: Enrollment deposit fees are non-refundable and applied to tuition 

Program Fee
PhD Leadership Studies $500
Online MEd Programs $0
All Other SOLES Programs $200

Tuition Per Unit 2018-19

Program Tuition
PhD Leadership Studies $1,510
PhD Leadership Studies, Specialization in Leadership for International School Leaders $1,150 
SOLES Master's Degree Programs and Credential Only Programs (exceptions noted below) $1,465
MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, with nonprofit practitioner discount* $825
Masters Credential Cohort Program 1 & 2 Year Format $825
Online MEd programs $710

*In order to qualify for the nonprofit practitioner discount students must work for a 501(c)3 organization for more than 20 hours per week. This discount is only applicable to the MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. 

Student Fees Per Semester

Student Fees Per Semester Fee
Health Services Fee $110
Student Life Pavillion Fee $35
Student Association Fee: More than 7 units $32
Student Association Fee: up to 6.5 units $21
Student Association Fee: Summer/Intersession $2 per unit
Program Specific Fees 
Master's Credential Cohort: Student Teaching Fee  $200 per semester of student teaching

Other Costs

As you plan, factor in your expected costs for books and supplies, food and housing, transportation and other personal expenses. These costs will depend on your program choice (for books and supplies) and preferences (for expenses like health insurance and housing costs). If you sit down for a discussion with our tuition and financing staff, we can help you make a more informed estimate.


SOLES students enjoy access to a wide range of university, school and donor sponsored scholarships based on merit, diversity, need and other factors. We'll help you explore additional financial aid options to make your educational aspirations a reality.

See Scholarships.

Student Loans

Be sure to submit your FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) by April 1st to be considered for student loan and grant options for the following year. It's a great idea to take care of this before exploring additional scholarships. Fortunately, the FAFSA can be completed online here.

Submit your FAFSA.

Campus Employment

A variety of on-campus employment opportunities exist, as graduate assistantships, research positions and elsewhere within the university.

Explore some recent postings and gather prospective leads.

International students seeking campus employment.