Tuition and financial aid

2023-24 RDN Integrated Master's Program

Tuition for Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics program TBD

  • Per credit hour  TBD

Technology fee: $125 per semester. $250 total 

ADDITIONAL COSTS:
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership ($58)
  • Professional liability insurance ($25-$60)
  • Initial BCI and FBI background check ($60)
  • Physical examination and completion of Bluffton physical form (varies)
  • Flu shot for current season ($25-$35)
  • Two lab coats (avg. $24-$60)
  • Books and supplies ($200-$400)
  • Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) student registration (approx. $225) and meals (varies)
  • Weekly travel costs to facilities ($10-$25/mo.)
  • Average housing costs in a 5-county area ($600-$900/month/1 bed)

Students are expected to provide for their own health insurance, housing and living expenses and transportation to and from supervised practice sites (with the exception of travel to MDS site rotation). 

Provided by Bluffton University
  • Professional name tags
  • Polo shirts with logo
  • MNT textbook (Nutrition and Diagnosis Related Care. Escott-Stump)
  • Drug testing at professional work sites, when needed
  • Incidental food and supplies for various supervised experiential learning projects/activities
  • Other incidental supplies for various supervised experiential learning projects/activities
  • FNCE hotel and travel costs. (Student is responsible for registration costs and meals.)
  • Professional RDN exam review course (3 days)

FINANCIAL AID OPTIONS:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation offers scholarships and grants to Academy members. More information on AND scholarships. Scholarships may also be available through state or local academy affiliates.

Students in the Bluffton RDN Integrated Master’s Program are eligible for federal and private loans. Apply through Bluffton's financial aid office,  419-358-3276. 

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 fafsa.gov. All first-time Federal Direct Loan borrowers at Bluffton must complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note at Studentaid.gov.

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

Federal

FAFSA required?

Yes

Fixed Interest Rate

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

Origination Fee

1.057%

Loan Maximum per year

$20,500.00
 

Co-signer required?

No

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 studentaid.gov/

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: finaid@bluffton.edu

REFUND POLICY

Students who withdraw prior to the first day of orientation are eligible for 100 percent refund of tuition and fees. For interns withdrawing after the first day of orientation and prior to the completion of the internship, refunds will be handled on a case-by-case basis through the office of adult and graduate studies.

AVAILABLE BLUFFTON SERVICES

As Bluffton University students have access to campus amenities and services including:

  • Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education
  • Center for Career and Vocation 
     Inside the main entrance of Musselman Library
    • College Central Network:
      Job postings, internship opportunities and direct connections to employers
    • Job search:
      Seminars and advising on job search strategies, resume and letter writing, and interview techniques
  • Counseling service
    Counseling is provided free to charge to any Bluffton student experiencing emotional concerns, social/relational problems, drug/alcohol concerns, eating disorders, grief/loss issues, etc.
  • Spiritual life
    Grounded in the values of the Mennonite faith—peace, justice and service—spiritual activities are open to all.
  • Technology Center
    Located in the ground floor of Centennial Hall, the Tech Center provides computers and wireless Internet access, as well as resources to scan, print in color and multimedia hardware to check-out.
  • Library resources
    Musselman Library provides access to print, digital and special collections to support the academic pursuits of all Bluffton University researchers. Through the library's membership in the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries), OhioLINK and SearchOhio consortia, students, faculty and staff have access to nearly 60 million items from college, university and public libraries throughout the state.
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