Costs and Refunds

Reasonable cost and strong financial resources are two major benefits of the Master of Arts in Higher Education program. The program provides funding for students’ study abroad experiences (MHE students are responsible for purchasing personal items such as necessary travel documents, luggage fees, gifts, etc.) and a grant to attend a regional or national professional conference. In addition, there are no student fees for student activities, parking, technology, recreational facility, and cultural/athletic events, etc.

The Elon Master of Arts in Higher Education’s tuition cost for the cohort enrolled in fall 2018 is $14,400 per year, with a significant amount of funding for scholarships awarded to qualified applicants. Scholarships range from $2,000 up to the full cost of tuition. Every student admitted to the program will be given full consideration for a scholarship. No separate application is necessary to be considered. There will be no tuition increases for the second year of this two-year program and the scholarship will automatically renew if the student meets the GPA requirement for their scholarship. The university will establish the tuition cost in early 2019 for the cohort entering fall 2019.

Every MHE student who meets all requirements for final admittance to the program is hired as a paid graduate apprenticeship in a campus program or department. The apprenticeship is for the two-year duration of the program, (not including summers) with reappointment for the second year contingent upon satisfactory completion of academic and apprenticeship requirements. Apprenticeship stipends are paid on a prorated monthly basis and can be used in whatever manner the student chooses (e.g., living expenses, textbooks, etc.). Given their role as apprentices, MHE students are also classified as Elon employees and receive some employee benefits (such as reduced meal plan costs, discounts, etc.) in addition to their student benefits. For more information on the Graduate Apprenticeship role and funding, please see the MHE Admissions website. Students may also apply for federal financial aid, if eligible. Please see the Graduate Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog for more information on Financial Assistance for Graduate Students.

Grades, diplomas and transcripts will be withheld until a student’s financial obligations to the university are settled. A student cannot register for further coursework until financial obligations to the university are paid.


Tuition and fees are refunded on a pro rata basis during the first eight weeks of the fall and spring terms. There will be no refund to students who withdraw during winter or summer terms. Any part of a week will be considered as a full week for all pro rata charges.

1st week pro rata charge 5%

2nd week pro rata charge 10%

3rd week pro rata charge 40%

4th week pro rata charge 60%

5th week through 8th week pro rata charge 75%

9th week — no refund

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