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M.Ed. in Counseling Program

For the 2020-21 academic year, the tuition charge for students in the Master of Education in Counseling (M.Ed.) Program will be $4,225 per unit.  The M.Ed. Counseling program is a 15-unit program of study that is consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation standards.  The University of Puget Sound is currently seeking this new accreditation.  Pending approval of the accreditation process, candidates who graduate within 18 months from the time the first CACREP compliant cohort completes the program will be recognized as completing a CACREP program.  

Note, the cost information for the entire program projected below is based on the 2020-21 tuition and fee rates. Students currently in their first year will see the cost for the second year of enrollment change to reflect the actual tuition and fee rates approved for that given year.

For 2020-21 academic year only, the M.Ed. per unit rate will be reduced to $4,064.

First Year Students

Fall Term 2020 3.5 $14,224
Spring Term 2021 4 $16,256
Total   $30,480

Second Year Students

Summer 2020** 1.5 $6,097.50
Fall 2020 3 $12,192
Spring 2021 3 $12,192
Total   $30,481.50
**Note the Summer 2020 tuition rate is based on the M.Ed. tuition rate from 2019-20 academic year ($4065/unit)

Financial Aid

Degree seeking M.Ed. students are eligible to receive federal aid only if enrolled at least half-time (1.5 units). Certification-only seeking students are not eligible to receive federal aid.

Student Financial Services staff members are available to discuss financing options for the total cost of the M.Ed. program. Financial aid available to graduate students is composed of federal loans.

Eligibility for need-based financial aid is based on demonstrated financial need. Financial need is defined as the difference between the total cost of attending Puget Sound and the amount you are expected to contribute as calculated by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The cost of attendance is the total cost of tuition billed by the university, plus a standard calculation for room and board allowance, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

The FAFSA must be completed each year. The first time you complete the FAFSA you will be considered for financial aid for the fall and spring terms. Because summer term is considered the start of an academic year, you must complete another FAFSA to determine eligibility for summer financial aid. Priority deadline for FAFSA renewal is March 1.

Work Study

Graduate students are also eligible to apply for university work study positions that are not based on financial need.

Estimated Financial Aid Available

Award Amount
Federal Direct Loan $20,500

Loan Repayment Information

Loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest.  Review loan repayment information.  Part-time enrollment may impact eligibility for financial aid and the timeline for loan deferments. 

Additional Loan Resources

Graduate PLUS Loan
Graduate students may pursue funding through the Federal Graduate PLUS loan program. Students may borrow a PLUS Loan for any year that they are enrolled at least half-time. View a chart to determine interest rates and here to view loan origination fees.  

Private Education Loan
There are many private lenders who offer private educational loans to students provided the qualifying credit and income criteria are met. You can compare options for private education loans through FASTChoice, a free online loan comparison tool.