Reach Higher

The Graduate Programs at Saint Vincent College are committed to providing quality graduate education. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to assist you during your graduate study. Our programs are designed to enable graduate students to integrate their professional aims with the broader purposes of human life. We offer the flexibility that you need and affordability you'll appreciate. Furthering your education at Saint Vincent College is the next step in career advancement and personal development. 

Our graduate programs offer the flexibility that you need and affordability you will appreciate. Our graduate tuition is highly competitive and more affordable than other programs in our area. You’ll receive a high quality education and opportunity for professional development at a price within your budget. Saint Vincent College alumni receive a 15% discount on all graduate courses. Graduate students taking undergraduate level coursework enjoy a 50% discount on all undergraduate coursework.

Graduate students who receive tuition reimbursement are happy to learn that they don’t have to pay upfront and wait for their employer to reimburse them. We offer a $25 deferment plan that allows you to defer your tuition until the end of the term and pay your bill once you receive your reimbursement from your employer. We also offer monthly payment plans and students can work with financial aid for loans to cover the cost of their tuition.
 

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Tuition and Fees for 2016-2017

Graduate Education Course Tuition (per credit) - $621.00
Graduate Business Course Tuition (per credit) - $642.00
Graduate Health Science Course Tuition (per credit) - $764.00
Doctor Health Science Course Tuition (per credit) - $965.00

Health Services Fee 9 credits or more/semester - $54.00
Health Services Insurance Fee - $186.00

Technology Fee (per semester) less than 9 credits/semester - $82.00
9 credits or more/semester - $212.00

Reservation Deposit - $100.00
Initial Registration Fee (charged upon first enrollment) - $25.00
Late Registration - $50.00
Add/Drop class after 1st day of semester (per add/drop form) - $20.00
Transcript - $5.00
Fee for finalizing each incomplete "G" grade - $35.00
Graduation Fee - $85.00
Late Graduation Application Fee - $35.00
Parking and Vehicle Registration - $90.00

Employer Reimbursement Program
Students who have employers that will reimburse the cost of their courses may participate in a deferred billing program. For further information, contact the Saint Vincent College Business Office at 724-805-2577.

Deferred Payment Plans
For students desiring to pay educational expenses in partial installments, the College provides short-term and long-term monthly budget plans. For information about these plans, contact the Saint Vincent College Business Office at 724-805-2577.

Note: Graduate tuition is charged to enrolled graduate students. Currently enrolled undergraduate students are charged undergraduate tuition for all credits taken, including graduate courses.

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Financial Aid Process
  1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at  www.fafsa.ed.gov . You will file the FAFSA each year after January 1st based on your completed income tax returns.  You will need to establish an FSA User ID.
  2. Review your FAFSA results – the Student Aid Report (SAR) – within 2 to 4 weeks after filing. Check the SAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections.  
  3. Complete an Entrance Counseling session, as required by the Department of Education, at  www.studentloans.gov . Entrance Counseling ensures that you fully understand your rights and responsibilities as a student borrower to repay your loans. 
  4. Complete and sign your Federal Direct Master Promissory Note electronically at  www.studentloans.gov . The promissory note contains the terms and conditions of the loan. 
  5. Receive an award packet outlining your financial aid eligibility. Remember, you may choose to keep the loan(s) – fully or in part – or decline it. Be aware that your financial aid can change throughout the year as a result of verification, or a change in number of credits – fulltime – halftime, or below halftime. 
  6. Veterans are encouraged to visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website,  www.gibill.va.gov to apply for benefits.
     
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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Federal law (Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended) mandates that institutions of higher education establish minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress for students receiving any federal financial aid. Eligibility for Saint Vincent College institutional grants and scholarships will follow the regulations for federal aid.  In addition, the Pennsylvania State Grant program and programs from other states also have their own established academic progress standards.

Students must meet these standards of academic progress to continue to receive federal loan funds.

The academic records of all students will be reviewed annually after each spring semester to calculate the percentage of attempted credits the student has successfully completed and to determine the cumulative grade point average the student has earned. Any student not meeting the standards set by this policy will be ineligible for aid until the deficiencies have been made up.  An appeal process is available to students who have experienced personal illness or accident, death of an immediate family member, or other extraordinary circumstances. 

Note:  The FAFSA must be filed yearly to receive federal Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS Loans

Federal Student Aid
Direct Unsubsidized Loans & Graduate PLUS Loans 
Requirement: 3.0 cumulative GPA
Credits Earned Requirement: All students must have earned at least 67% of the cumulative number of credits attempted, including all credits attempted at Saint Vincent and all credits transferred in from other institutions that count toward the degree.

Total credits attempted cannot exceed 150% of the credits required of the published length of the program.  All courses with a grade designated as G,IP,W, & WF and repeated course are considered attempted.

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Loans

Federal Direct Loans
Graduate students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be eligible to borrow a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.  The annual limit on this loan is $20,500.  The loan is available to degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time (5 credits).  The loan carries an origination fee of 1.068% (subject to change 10/1/16) that is deducted prior to disbursement of funds and a fixed interest rate of 5.84% for loans disbursed through June of 2016 (subject to change 7/1/16).   Students can borrow up to the Cost of Attendance less any other financial aid.  Repayment is deferred until 6 months after graduation or a drop to less than half-time enrollment.  Students are encouraged to borrow responsibly and to make interest payments whenever possible.  Please go to www.studentloans.gov for further information.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS
LoansFor students in need of additional funding up to the Cost of Attendance, the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan may be an option.  This  credit based loan  is available to degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time (5 credits).  The loan carries an origination fee of 4.272% (subject to change 10/1/16) that is deducted prior to disbursement of funds and a fixed interest rate of 6.84% for loans disbursed through June of 2016 (subject to change 7/1/16).   Students can borrow up to the Cost of Attendance less any other financial aid.  Repayment is deferred until 6 months after graduation or a drop to less than half-time enrollment.  Students are encouraged to borrow responsibly and to make interest payments whenever possible.  Please go to www.studentloans.gov for further information.

Alternative Loans
Additional private loans, generally referred to as “alternative loans,” may also be available to students. Payment can usually be deferred until graduation, but interest accrues from the time the loan is disbursed.

The list of lenders is available online through www.ELMSelect.com. This summary information is intended only as a guide for comparison purposes. Many other options exist for supplemental borrowing.  You are NOT required to use any of the loans or lenders listed on this guide. Please consider the lender and loan product that best meets your needs. More information and a list of private lenders can also be found at www.finaid.org. A list of Pennsylvania Credit unions who offer private loans can be found at http://pennsylvania.studentchoice.org/ along with their requirements. Please refer to the lender for updated information before making your choice. Rates, Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice. 

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of educational expenses for the period of enrollment.  The Cost of Attendance Budget includes tuition and fees, an allowance for room and board, books, supplies, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, and Direct Loan fees.   Federal regulations allow the financial aid office to exercise professional judgment to make limited increases to a student's Cost of Attendance budget on a case-by-case basis for the following reasons:  computer/tablet purchase allowance, childcare expenses incurred during the period of enrollment, out of pocket medical/dental expenses incurred  and paid for during the period of enrollment, and expenses related to a student's disability.   Documentation is required.  

Graduate Assistantships
Saint Vincent College offers a few graduate assistant positions. When positions are available, they are listed on the Human Resources page within their job listings.  Students are required to work 20 hours a week and are paid an hourly wage. Positions are limited and highly competitive.

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Good Neighbor Discount

Saint Vincent College values the community in which it has been situated for 170 years. To celebrate that relationship, we have established the Good Neighbor discount.

Students in our graduate business and education programs are eligible for a 10% Good Neighbor discount off their tuition if they live or work in Westmoreland County.

To register for the discount, simply email gradadmission@stvincent.edu, and indicate the program in which you are currently enrolled or plan to enroll. Please attach a copy of your driver’s license or other proof of residency if you live in Westmoreland County, or proof of employment at a business situated in Westmoreland County – an employee identification card or a pay stub, for example.

The Good Neighbor Discount may not be combined with other discounts.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at 724-805-2933.

Thanks for being a Good Neighbor!