MAEd tuition & financial aid

Tuition and fees for academic year 2024-25

Tuition    $510 per semester credit
Technology fee   $130 per semester

Tuition costs per program
Program Hours Tuition
MAEd core * 18 $9,180
Intervention specialist licensure 23 $11,730
Reading endorsement 12 $6,120

* MAEd program includes six core courses plus an intervention specialist, reading or leadership concentration. The intervention specialist and reading concentrations may be taken as stand-alone programs.

Financial aid

Financial aid for graduate study is available only for degree-seeking students. 

Bluffton University Alumni Master’s Degree Grant
Bluffton University alumni who completed their undergraduate degree at Bluffton are eligible for a 20 percent tuition discount on Bluffton University master degree programs.

  • Only eligible on cost of tuition (not books, fees, etc.)
  • Discount applies once you are enrolled in a degree seeking program; this does not apply to licensures, endorsements or stand-alone concentrations or training programs
  • Discount may not be combined with other university tuition discount programs (Corporate/Education Partners Program, employee discount, etc.)
  • Not applicable to The Collaborative MBA program

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs
Federal Direct Loans are guaranteed low-interest loans for students attending school at least half time. 

In order to be eligible for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, students must be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree and must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing Bluffton as one of the recipients. The federal school code for Bluffton is 003016. Students should apply at All first-time Federal Direct Loan borrowers at Bluffton must complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note at

Graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive subsidized loans for loan payment periods that begin on or after July 1, 2012. Graduate and professional students are still eligible for unsubsidized loans.

       Federal Direct Unsubsidized  Loans

  • Interest begins as soon as the loan is disbursed
  • The student may choose to make interest only payments while in school or choose to have the interest capitalized
  • 6.54% effective July 1, 2022. Variable-fixed interest rate for the life of the loan 
    • Interest rates are recalculated each July 1 for new loans disbursed that year. The rate is based on the 10-year Treasury note index plus 3.60%. capped at 9.50%
  • 1.057% origination fee
  • Repayment on the principal begins six months after completing program of study or dropping below three credit hours


Unsubsidized Direct

Program Type


FAFSA required?


Fixed Interest Rate

5.28% effective July 1, 2020: Variable-fixed interest rate for the life of the loan

Origination Fee


Loan Maximum per year


Co-signer required?


Grace period

6 months

Repayment period

10 years

*Not to exceed cost of education minus any other financial aid received (e.g. employer reimbursement).

It is important to note that students are subject to aggregate (maximum) loan limits. Students who have borrowed at previous institutions must be aware of remaining eligibility according to these aggregates.  To obtain your current student loan debt, log on to your account at

Employer assistance
An increasing number of employers provide educational assistance benefits to their employees. Students should check to see if their employer provides such benefits.

General information
Contact us at: 1-800-488-3257 (option 2) or 1-419-358-3266. Personnel in the financial aid office are available to provide an estimate of your financial aid eligibility. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 and 1 to 5 p.m.  The financial aid office can also be contacted via email at: