Tuition, Fees and Refunds


Effective 1 June 2024 through 31 May 2025

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition rates listed below are for the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change. Due to different degree completion lengths, students requiring a schedule of total charges for a period of attendance and an estimated schedule of total charges (institutional and noninstitutional) for their educational program may request an individualized report through the Office of Admission during their admission process.

Tuition (per credit hour) for MA, MS, MSN, MBA, MHA, MFA, MPA, MM*
Graduate tuition* $752
Graduate tuition*
Military Students (active duty, selected reserve
and National Guard)
(U.S. locations and online)
* Excludes School of Education students, doctoral students, and students in other specialized degree programs.
Several scholarships are available to support Military Spouses, Military Dependents, Children of Fallen Patriots, Folds of Honor designees, First Responders, Civilian Employees and Federal Contract Workers. For information on these scholarships, please see the Office of Military Affairs Scholarships website.


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) students
Regular Tuition $670


Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) students
Tuition (per term) $6,780
Fees (per term) $925
Transfer credit $830


Doctor of Education (EdD) students
Regular Tuition $930
Tuition for Military and First Responders (Webster Groves campus) $640


Tuition (per credit hour) for School of Education students
Graduate tuition $690
Graduate tuition
Military Students (active duty, selected reserve
and National Guard)
(U.S. locations and online)
In-service courses $85 - $495
***Includes courses held at St. Louis area extended site locations.


Additional Fees

Application Fee (excluding doctorate programs)
Application Fee (doctorate programs)
Graduation Fee
Transcript Fee $15
Study Abroad
NOTE: Courses in various academic programs sometimes require expendable supplies or services, and in these cases the student may be billed a class fee for such costs.


School of Education Graduate Alumni Discount

Alumni of the School of Education's graduate programs (MAT and MA) may apply for a special tuition discount toward eligible graduate courses (see application form). The discount is subject to application approval and is limited to a lifetime maximum of 12 credit hours.

Payment Requirements

Payment and/or payment arrangements are required at registration. The payment options offered include:

  • Financial aid
  • Direct billing to a third party (i.e., employer)
  • Tuition assistance paid by a government agency (e.g., military)
  • Deferred payment plan
  • Payment in full

Some options require the submission of appropriate documentation. The deferred payment plan option requires a deferred payment fee to be paid at the time of registration. The University reserves the right to refuse deferred payment privileges for any student whose account is overdue or has been overdue in the past.

Students are encouraged to make electronic check payments online, but personal checks made payable to Webster University are also accepted. A $30 returned payment fee is charged if payment is returned. Webster also accepts MasterCard, Discover, VISA, and American Express payments online with a 2.85% convenience fee.

Students are financially responsible for all courses not officially dropped by the deadline. Webster University reserves the right to withhold transcripts or diplomas, and refuse or cancel enrollment for future terms, if any tuition or other fees or charges owed to the University are not paid when due. In the event an account is referred to an agency or attorney for collection, the student promises to pay, in addition to all amounts otherwise due to Webster University, the costs and expenses of such collection and/or representation not to exceed 25% of the amount owed, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses (whether or not litigation is commenced), to the extent permitted by applicable law.

Advance deposit payments are non-refundable unless otherwise stated for specific academic programs. Non-refundable tuition deposits will be forfeited when a student withdraws from their academic program.

Tuition Refunds

Graduate tuition refunds depend on the drop or withdrawal date. It is the graduate student's responsibility to file the drop or withdrawal form(s) with his/her advisor by the deadline. Refunds are for tuition only; course and laboratory fees are non-refundable.

The student tuition refund rates apply when a student drops or withdraws from a course in accordance with University enrollment policies and the refund has been approved. Tuition waivers for dropped courses are automatic; the charges are expunged from the student's account. Tuition refunds for withdrawals are made automatically, based on the date of withdrawal, as authorized by the University official who signs the withdrawal form. Account adjustments shall be made within 30 days of the date that the institution has determined that a tuition refund is due to a student.

If you have been awarded financial aid contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine the effect that dropping or withdrawing from class will have on your aid eligibility.

Refunds for affected Department of Defense Tuition Assistance students attending Webster University classes are dictated by our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the DoD. The deposit and refund policies at our international campuses may differ; please refer to the catalog of the international campus you are attending for details. All other student refunds/tuition waivers are made according to the following schedule:

Refund Schedule
  Class Length
Date 16 weeks 9 weeks 8 weeks 5 weeks 3 weeks
Week 1 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Week 2 75% 75% 75% 25% 0%
Week 3 50% 50% 50% 0% 0%
Week 4 25% 25% 25% 0% N/A
Week 5 0% 0% 0% 0% N/A
Week 6 0% 0% 0% N/A N/A
Week 7 0% 0% 0% N/A N/A
Week 8 0% 0% 0% N/A N/A
Week 9 0% 0% N/A N/A N/A


Late Refund Request

In cases where the student does not qualify for a refund of tuition per the established refund schedule, the student may petition for an exception due to special circumstances. The student must file a tuition adjustment form with the Academic Advising Office ( and attach a letter of explanation of special circumstances and appropriate supporting documentation. A student may file a tuition refund appeal for one of the following conditions: medical, immediate family emergency (e.g. death, severe illness), or other extenuating personal/professional circumstance (e.g. job loss, separation/divorce). The documentation could include a dated doctor's verification letter of medical treatment and diagnosis, military orders, death certificate or obituary notice, legal documents, or dated supervisor's letter on company letterhead stating withdrawal from course(s) is work related.

Tuition refunds, limited to one per student per degree barring no extraordinary circumstance, must be submitted within one term following the end of the course of a tuition refund appeal due to a withdrawal from a course. Once received, the appeal will be reviewed by the Graduate Tuition Refund Appeal Committee. The committee reserves the right to request additional information from the student, the instructor, the academic advisor, or the college or school of record. The committee will also obtain course activity for all online students. The process usually takes 4-6 weeks, assuming no additional information is required to hear the request. Students will be notified via email regarding the decision of the Graduate Tuition Refund Committee. The decision of the committee will be final.

Financial Aid

Webster University's Financial Aid Office offers federal direct loan resources for students needing financial support for their educational expenses.

To apply for any forms of need-based aid, a student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be accessed on-line at Webster University's academic year begins in the summer semester and ends with the following spring semester (Summer, Fall, Spring). To be considered for priority financial aid offer, the FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible, but at least 30 days prior to the beginning of their first term of enrollment to ensure timely processing of the financial aid offer. Please note, all federal aid must be originated prior to the last day of the academic year, OR last day of a student's final term of enrollment for the academic year, whichever comes first. In addition to the annual FAFSA, a student needs to complete and submit the Webster University Graduate Financial Aid Application available online by logging into the financial aid portal in Connections.

Prior to borrowing loans to pay for an educational program, the student should make note of the loan terms and interest rates, as the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, 

Cost of Attendance

An important part of determining a student's eligibility for financial aid is calculating a Cost of Attendance (COA). In accordance with federal regulations, Webster University has developed a Cost of Attendance (i.e., budget) for anticipated expenses a student may incur during the current school year. These expenses include tuition and fees, housing, food, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

Housing and food can refer to either on-campus or off-campus living expenses. Expenses are also considered for students who live at home with parents or relatives. Travel expenses include items such as gasoline, vehicle maintenance and insurance. Personal expenses include reasonable estimates for laundry, clothing, and entertainment. Many of the elements in the Cost of Attendance are estimates, so it is possible for a student to spend more or less than anticipated during any given year.

Federal Financial Aid Student Eligibility

To be eligible for federal financial aid, also referred to as Title IV funds, a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. Students must also enroll at least half-time each semester. 

Gift Aid

Scholarships awarded directly to the student from outside sources must be reported to the financial aid office, to become part of the overall financial aid offer. The amount of the private award can impact eligibility in other programs as can the criteria of the program itself. It is important for all students to provide information regarding the selection and renewal (if applicable) criteria, the amount, and the anticipated disbursement date for any outside scholarship or grant awarded.


For students working on a graduate degree, the only available aid are the federal and private loan programs. Student loans may be used to address any expenses billed by Webster University, as well as any personal expenses, or other educationally related expenses. Webster University participates in the Federal Direct lending program that offers Direct Unsubsidized and PLUS loans to graduate students. Students are welcome to seek out a private loan for educational purposes from a lender of their choosing. 

Federal loans allow students to defer payment until after leaving the University or dropping below half-time enrollment. Some loans carry an interest subsidy. All have long-term repayment and controlled fixed interest rates. Federal loans allow students to defer payment until after leaving the University or dropping below half-time enrollment.

Privately funded alternative educational loan programs designed to supplement institutionally administered Federal loan programs. These are not federally insured and may or may not carry a higher, variable interest rate and/or may require a credit worthy co-signer with a favorable credit history. 

Federal Direct Loans have a lifetime maximum amount of $138,500, which includes loans taken out for both graduate and undergraduate coursework. Students can review their lifetime federal student loan totals at Students will receive notification of funding eligibility per year on their financial aid offer.  Graduate PLUS loans are not included in the $138,500 Direct loan borrowing limit.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

According to the United States Department of Education regulations, all students applying for federal and/or state financial assistance must maintain satisfactory progress in their course of study to receive these funds. These standards stipulate, but are not limited to, maintaining acceptable grades, completing a sufficient number of credit hours per semester, and completing a degree within a reasonable time frame. A student who does not meet these standards is not eligible to receive federal, state, and/or institutional financial aid. All semesters of attendance are considered for satisfactory progress regardless of whether the student received aid. Adherence to the following standards will be necessary for continued financial aid eligibility. Before aid is disbursed, a student's progress will be evaluated annually after spring semester grades are recorded. Any student who has not previously received financial aid may not be notified of their status until they apply for financial aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress is determined by:

  • Qualitative Measurement (GPA)
    • Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average based upon institutional hours attempted to remain in good standing.
  • Quantitative Measurement: Pace of Progression (Credit Hours)

Students must complete attempted hours according to the following:

  • Completion of 67% of cumulative hours attempted (i.e., a student attempts 15 hours and must complete 10 hours).
  • Course grades of "I", "WF", "W", or "F" are considered as attempted and not completed.
  • Course grade of Credit/No Credit, will be counted in the total number of attempted hours. If the course is successfully completed, the credits are added to the total number of earned credit hours but the Credit grade is not included in the GPA calculation. Receiving a grade of No Credit in a course of this type will negatively impact the progression and GPA requirement.
  • Repeated coursework will only be counted once as completed class, regardless of a grade received in the prior attempt. Both attempts are counted as attempted coursework (i.e. if a 3 credit hour class is taken and repeated, a student will have attempted 6 credit hours but completed 3) 
  • Courses completed at Webster University as well as courses transferred and accepted by Webster University are considered in the Pace of Progression completion rate. 
  • Once a student completes the coursework for a class in which they had previously earned a grade of "I", they must notify the Financial Aid Office of the completion and the financial aid status will be reviewed and updated.

Maximum Timeframe

Degree requirements must be completed within a specific time frame. The maximum time frame for a Graduate Degree at Webster University is 150% of required credit hours (i.e., 36 credit hours x 150% = 54 credit hours) to complete the degree. Hours earned at Webster as well as hours transferred and accepted by Webster are considered in this time frame. Any student who has exceeded the maximum time frame and/or who mathematically cannot finish the program within this period will be considered ineligible for financial aid. Webster University understands students may change their educational goals and programs of study. These students may appeal for reevaluation of their status.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Monitoring

Students are reviewed for Qualitative Measurement, Pace of Progression, and Maximum Timeframe annually at the end of each Spring semester. Students who are on academic plan probation will be evaluated at the end of each semester (Summer, Fall, Spring).

Suspension/Academic Plan Probation Status

A student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension if:

  • The cumulative GPA is less than the stated requirement in the Qualitative Measurement section.

  • The student has not successfully completed the minimum 67% of attempted hours including transferred hours.

A student placed on financial aid suspension will lose eligibility for financial assistance. Students will receive a notice in writing of their suspension status from the Financial Aid Office.

Non-Satisfactory Progress Appeal

A student who has been suspended from financial aid may complete and submit a Non-Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form (available online or in the Financial Aid Office) for reinstatement of financial aid within thirty (30) days of notification, if there are extenuating or mitigating circumstances contributing to their inability to meet the requirements. Students may appeal for one of the following reasons:

  • The death of a relative to the student.
  • Severe injury or illness of the student.
  • Other extenuating circumstances which may include but are not limited to:
    • Severe illness of a relative for whom the student has custodial responsibility.
    • Emergency situations such as fire or flood.
    • Military reassignment, required job shift change, or job transfer preventing the student from completing a semester.
    • Separation or divorce.

Such an appeal must be accompanied by supporting documents and be submitted to the Financial Aid Office who will forward the appeal to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Committee.

A student placed on a Financial Aid Academic Plan Probation:

  • Will be reviewed at the end of each semester for continued eligibility.
  • Must achieve a Qualitative Measurement (GPA listed above) and Pace of Progression (67% of attempted hours completed) each semester.
  • Will lose all financial aid eligibility in future semesters and be placed on Financial Aid Suspension if either or both measurements are not achieved with no opportunity for appeal.


A student who has been suspended from financial aid for academic reasons and has not had an appeal accepted may be eligible for reinstatement if they enroll in courses at their own expense and meets the criteria listed for cumulative Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid by submitting another Non-Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form.

The Webster University Financial Aid Office will attempt to notify, in writing, any student currently receiving financial aid who is placed on Financial Aid Suspension. However, failure to receive such notification does not relieve the student of the requirement to read, understand and follow the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid Recipients.

University Withdrawal

If a student fully withdraws from the university, the Bursar Office may adjust their charges based upon their withdrawal date and the Webster University Refund Policy. For the university refund policy, refer to the University Business Office website.

Regardless of any adjustment to a student's charges, if the student fully withdraws from the university, financial aid may be adjusted based on the percentage of the semester completed before withdrawal. In some cases, Federal Return of Title IV Funds regulations may require that aid be returned to the federal government for students who withdraw from Webster University before 60 percent of a term has been completed. Financial aid is awarded for the entire term and if a student withdraws prior to the end of a term, then the Return of Title IV Fund rules will determine how much financial aid has been earned.

The student can keep the earned amount for the term, but the unearned portion must be immediately returned to the federal government. In some situations, this will leave the student with a balance owed to the university. A student should contact the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course or term to understand the effects this action may cause to financial aid eligibility.

Return to Title IV

Financial aid funds are to be used for educational purposes only. Therefore, if a student withdraws before completing the courses for which the student received aid, a portion of the funds received may have to be returned. This policy applies to students who officially withdraw, unofficially withdraw, fail to return from a leave of absence, or are dismissed from enrollment. 

The calculated amount of the Return of Title IV (R2T4) are determined according to the following definitions and procedures as prescribed by regulations. The amount of Title IV (federal) aid earned is based on the amount of time a student spent in academic attendance for the term or semester, and the total aid received. Title IV funds are awarded to the student under the assumption that he/she will attend classes for the entire period for which the aid is awarded. When a student withdraws, he/she may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that were originally scheduled to be received. Therefore, the amount of federal funds earned must be determined by the financial aid office and returned to the Department of Education. If the amount disbursed is greater than the amount earned, unearned funds must be returned. This may result in the student needing to return all or a portion of their financial aid refund, and may also result in a balance due to the university for funds returned to Department of Education on the student’s behalf.

The institution has 45 calendar days from the date that the institution determines that the student withdrew to return all unearned funds for which it is responsible. Eligibility for post withdrawal disbursements will be confirmed within 30 calendar days of the date that the student withdrew. The school must advise the student or parent that they have 14 calendar days from the date that the school sent the post withdrawal disbursement notification to accept a post withdrawal disbursement. If a response is not received from the student or parent within the allowed time frame or the student declines the funds, the school will return any earned funds that the school is holding to the Title IV, federal programs.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Assistantships may include a monthly stipend and tuition remission benefits. Please contact the office of your degree program for availability, remunerations and application deadlines.

Veterans' Educational Benefits

Webster University degree and certificate programs are approved for veterans' educational benefits in compliance with prescribed regulations by special approval agencies in each state and for each foreign country where the University offers programs. Questions about eligibility can be directed to the Office of Military Affairs (OMA).

The regional VA office will be notified of the date on which a student officially ceases attendance if veterans' educational benefits apply. Except under extenuating circumstances, students receiving VA benefits who withdraw from a course will be reported to the VA offices as making unsatisfactory progress.

Records of progress are kept by the institution on both veteran and non-veteran students. Progress records are furnished to all students at the end of each scheduled term. The policy and regulations regarding student standards of progress for graduation are detailed under Grading System in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar at the St. Louis main campus.

Veterans who provide Webster University with a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance from the VA under chapter 31 & 33 will be allowed to access classes, libraries or other institutional facilities even if payment from the VA is delayed. Students will not need to seek additional funding or incur late fees due to a delayed disbursement.

Any conduct that is detrimental to the school and/or other students will result in the termination of VA educational benefits. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for financial aid also applies to VA educational benefits.