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. 

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 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 

tuition per unit per program
Program Fee
PhD Programs $500
All Master's and Credential Programs (including online MEd in TESOL) $200
Online Certificate in International School Counsling $200
Online MEd Program (offered through Professional Continuing Education) $0

Tuition Rates by Academic Year (per unit)

tuition per unit per program
Program 2019-20 2020-21
PhD in Leadership Studies $1,510 $1,555
PhD in Leadership Studies, Specialization in Leadership for International School Leaders $1,150  $1,185
PhD in Education for Social Justice $1,510 $1,555
Master's Degree Programs (exceptions noted below) $1,465 $1,509
Teacher Credential Programs (includes Master's with Credential) $825 $850
MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management* $825 $850
Online MEd program $710 $710
Online Certificate in International School Counseling (professional certificate)   $340

*This tuition rate is only applicable to the MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. 

Student Fees 2020-2021 Academic Year

student fees per semester including program specific fees
Student Fees Fee Frequency
Application Fee $45 One-time/Non-refundable
Health Services Fee* $170 Per semester
Student Life Pavillion Fee* $35 Per semester
Student Association Fee: 0-3 units* $11 Per semester
Student Association Fee: 3.5-6.5 units* $21 Per semester
Student Association Fee: 7 or more units* $32 Per semester
Student Association Fee: Summer/Intersession* $2 per unit Per semester
Program Specific Fees 
Master's Credential Cohort Student Teaching Fee $200 Per semester
Master's Credential Cohort CALTPA Fee $300 One-time
Parking Fees* 
Student Parking $375 Annual
West Parking Structure $225 Annual
Perimeter Parking $125 Annual
Motorcycle Parking $60 Annual
Hourly Parking $2.25 Hourly
*Online students exempt

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). Our tuition and financing staff can speak with you to 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.