Speech-Language Pathology Cost & Financial Aid

The Pacific University Financial Aid Office establishes a Cost of Attendance annually, which reflects an estimate of what we think it will cost you to attend Pacific for one year. The estimated cost of attendance reflects direct costs, such as tuition and other fees paid to Pacific University, as well as estimated indirect costs, such as books, transportation, or off-campus living, that may be expected while pursuing your degree. The estimated cost of attendance is used in determining students' financial aid eligibility and awards. 


                                                              Cost of Attendance Information


Indirect costs

For the graduate class of 2024, some estimated indirect costs are shown below:

Expenses First Year Second Year Total
Books and Supplies* Up to $1,800 Up to $1,200 $3,000
CPR/First Aid Certification $75 One-time fee   $75

Background Checks, Drug Screen, & Immunization Tracking**

Up to $250 over the course of the program   $250
CALIPSO Clinical Hours Tracking - Student Fee $100 One-time fee   $100

*This may be an over-estimate of costs. The School of CSD faculty are sensitive to the costs of textbooks and materials for students. As a faculty, we work to keep costs of books and supplies as low as possible including selection of e-books, where feasible.
**For most students, these costs will be lower than the maximum. Background checks for individuals who have lived in multiple states and/or abroad are more costly and those costs are reflected in this estimate. Some placement sites require their own background check. These variable costs require that we estimate the anticipated maximum possible costs for students.

Apply for Financial Aid

Need-based aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study, and other funding is available to those who demonstrate financial need. Ensure your financial aid eligibility by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and contact your financial aid counselor in the Financial Aid Office for more information.

The following sources of financial aid are available to speech-language pathology graduate students, though not all students will receive all types.

Graduate Assistantships

Eight to nine graduate assistantship (GA) positions are offered to outstanding applicants each year at the time of formal notification of admission. Students receiving a GA awarded a $3,000 tuition waiver in year one (as part of the Financial Aid package) and $5,000 through payroll in monthly stipends during the first year (September-June).Those who accept a GA position are assigned to one of our full-time CSD faculty or staff for approximately ten hours per week on a variety of projects.


Through the generosity of donors and funding through the School of CSD, scholarships are awarded to incoming students each fall. All scholarships awarded by Pacific University are awarded through the Office of Financial Aid.

Aurora Peters Speech Pathology Endowed Scholarship Fund

Aurora (“Rae”) Peters (’65) and Clark Peters (’65) established this scholarship to honor Rae’s service as a speech-language pathologist in the Lynch School District. Rae was encouraged by Pacific University Professor A.C. (“Hap”) Hingston to pursue the Speech Therapy program as an undergraduate student. The School of CSD is grateful for their enduring gift to support students in the MS SLP program. This scholarship awarded to an incoming student with priority given to students who graduate from Pacific University.

Marilyn Makii Morikawa (’70) & Karen Scheller Johnson (’70) Endowed Scholarship Fund

Marilyn Makii Morikawa endowed this scholarship in honor of her dear friend Karen Scheller Johnson. The School of CSD is grateful for their enduring gift to support students in the MS SLP program.

Two scholarships are awarded to incoming students with priority given to one student who is from Hawai’i and one student who is from Oregon.

Eugene Hearing and Speech Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was endowed by the Eugene Hearing and Speech Foundation in 2018. One scholarship is awarded to an incoming student with priority given to students who are from Lane County or other rural area of Oregon or express intent to serve rural areas of the state upon graduation.

School of CSD Scholarships

The School of CSD awards 2 scholarships to MS SLP students in the 1st year of the program.

NWRESD Inclusive SLP Pathway Funding

All students are eligible to apply for externships in early intervention, early childhood education, and K-12 schools in the Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD). Students selected for externships are eligible for $5,000 tuition awards in the semester in which they complete their externship. Tuition remission is awarded through the Office of Financial Aid.

The School of CSD is grateful to NWRESD for their partnership and support of future SLPs who will be prepared as leaders and clinicians ready to serve their diverse communities through this thoughtfully designed program and generous funding.

Other Scholarships Open for Individual Student Application

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarship funding. The School of CSD is happy to provide admitted and current students with letters of verification of student status to support scholarship applications.

Student Travel & Registration Fees Grant Support

All enrolled students are eligible and encouraged to apply for travel funds to support attendance at professional conferences and workshops. Priority is given to students who will present their work at conferences with a maximum award of $600 annually. Students who attend conferences or other professional development experiences are eligible for up to $300 in support annually. The School distributes available funds to maximize student participation.

The Direct Stafford Loan Program

Graduate students can borrow up to $20,500 annually in an unsubsidized loan. Funds come from the US Department of Education and the interest rate is fixed at 5.31 percent (plus a 1.068% loan origination fee).

Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans

These loans are also offered by the US Department of Education for educational expenses and have varying credit approval criteria that must be met by the loan applicants. These loans are fixed at 6.31 percent (plus a 4.272% loan origination fee).


If you have any questions about financial aid, budgeting, repayment, or other education-related financial concerns, please contact Jama Kelch.

Contact Us

Jama Kelch | Financial Aid Counselor
503-352-3095 | jama.kelch@pacificu.edu | Marsh Hall 124