Graduate Students

Information for future and current graduate students.


Higher education is one of the most important investments that you can make in yourself. An education from Cardinal Stritch University is often more affordable than other private and public university options. With highly personalized attention and excellent professors, it’s also a greater value that leads to better preparation for your career.

At the graduate level, the amount of funding you require is based on the number of credits in which you enroll, the tuition for your program and whether or not you need funding for your living expenses. Review the current tuition and fees. We welcome you to discuss financing your education with either your admissions counselor or a financial aid counselor in the Office of Financial Aid.

Funding Your Education Guide  


New Students: Complete the Admissions Process

Before pursuing the financial aid process, you will need to apply for admission and be admitted to your graduate program. Students in traditional semester-based programs must enroll in at least four credits per semester (six credits per term is required for post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Students in accelerated, non-term degree, and certificate programs are eligible for financial aid based on enrolling in the program.


Know Your Options with the Direct Loan Program

Stritch participates in the Direct Loan program which provides funds to both graduate and professional degree students. Eligible students can take advantage of either a Direct Unsubsidized Loan or a PLUS Loan. Federal student loans offer many benefits not typically included with private loans, such as fixed interest rates and income-based repayment plans. Most student loans do not require repayment until after graduation.

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loan
    You are not required to show financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Stritch will determine the amount you can borrow based on your cost of attendance, the other financial aid you receive, and the amount of your lifetime limit that has been borrowed. The maximum amount that can be borrowed per award year is $20,500. You will be responsible for paying the interest on a Direct Unsubsidized Loan during all periods. If you choose not to pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, your interest will accumulate and be added to the principal amount of your loan.

  • PLUS Loan
    The U.S. Department of Education is the lender for PLUS Loans. A primary factor in obtaining a PLUS Loan is a positive credit history. The maximum loan amount is your cost of attendance, which is determined by Stritch, minus any other financial aid received. These loans are utilized by students who need more funding than the Stafford loan program is offering them. They can be applied for at www.studentloans.gov.

  • Alternative Loans
    These loans are not provided through the federal government. Rather, they are borrowed from private bank/credit industries. These loans are for students with an excellent credit history, which may allow the student to borrow them at a lower interest rate than the federal loans are offering. However, many of these loans do not have the features of the federal loans. These loans can be explored on our alternative loans page.


Scholarship and Tuition Discounts for Graduate Students

Boys and Girls Club Scholarship

Provided to parents of current Boys and Girls Club members, and employees, this scholarship helps decrease overall costs for graduate study. This scholarship is a 20% discount and will be reflected in your financial aid package. Find out more.

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing & Health Sciences Scholarship

Graduates of our undergraduate nursing programs are eligible for this scholarship upon enrolling for the Master of Science in Nursing. Submit your application for admission to begin the process. 

College of Education and Leadership Scholarship

We are happy to announce that educators and administrators from select districts and schools are eligible for a 20% savings from our published tuition. This offer is available to new full-time students who begin select degree programs in the College of Education and Leadership. Current Cardinal Stritch University students who enrolled in, or before, January 2016 are not eligible. This exclusive scholarship isn’t combined with other scholarship programs or offers, so don’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity! 

Qualifying Programs

To get started, submit your application for admission for a qualifying program:

Catholic Educators Scholarship

A 50% discount on tuition is available to full time or part-time teachers and administrators at Catholic primary or secondary schools in Wisconsin. 

Qualifying Programs

To get started, submit your application for admission for a qualifying program: