PhDEL Tuition & Financial Aid

Total tuition and fees start at $18,776 for PhD in Education and Leadership students in 2022-2023. 

The Pacific University Financial Aid Office establishes the Cost of Attendance, which reflects an estimate of what it will cost to attend Pacific for one year. The Cost of Attendance reflects direct costs, such as tuition and fees, as well as estimated indirect costs, such as books, transportation, and monthly living expenses. The Cost of Attendance is used to determine a student's eligibility for need-based financial aid resources. 

Cost of Attendance Information


The PhD in Education and Leadership degree program tuition is $923 per credit hour for the 2022-2023 academic year. The program includes for two years of coursework and a dissertation, for a total of 56 semester credits required to complete the degree.

Once accepted into the program, applicants may defer admission up to one year, and while attending the program, students may apply for up to a one-year leave of absence if needed for personal or professional reasons.

Additional Indirect Costs and Expenses

Books | approximately $2,600 (for entire program)
Laptop Computer | approximately $1,200 
Travel/Lodging | approximately $800 per year

Scholarship/Assistantship Opportunities

PhDEL Director’s Scholarship 

This scholarship supports PhD students who show academic potential. The one year scholarship is contingent on students maintaining academic progress and staying in good academic standing. Students may apply for the Directors Scholarship each year. Level of funding is determined by the Scholarship Committee.

Way-Maker Scholarship

 The Way-maker Award is a financial award that was created in recognition of two things: students from marginalized identities often face significant challenges in their educational and life journeys and higher education has historically failed to represent the diversity of society writ large. The PhD Program in Education and Leadership is committed to diversifying the institution broadly, and PhD graduates specifically. Students may apply for the Way-maker Scholarship each year, and the level of funding is determined by the scholarship committee. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

This financial award is for students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their community service, leadership, and/or scholarship. Students may apply for the Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award each year, but may only receive the award one time.

Federal and Alternative Loan Options

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can fill out a web-based version at and will find step-by-step instructions are provided on this site. Filling out the FAFSA online allows you to get your Student Aid Report (SAR) sooner than with the paper application and your FAFSA will be more accurate, since the online form has built-in edit checks to catch simple errors. It is very important that you submit this form to the federal government as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Be sure to have a copy sent to Pacific University (Federal School Code 003212). Do not wait to be accepted into the program to apply for financial aid and do not wait until you have filed your income tax returns with the IRS. You should either estimate your income — you will have a chance to correct errors later — or complete your tax return early. If you wait, it will delay processing. The following sources of financial aid are available to PhDEL students, though not all students will be eligible to receive all types of aid:

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

This loan is a federal loan with a current interest rate of 5.28% (Percentage based on the 2021-2022 financial aid year, subject to change after July 1, 2022.) The maximum yearly amount of Direct Unsubsidized loan for a PhDEL student is $20,500 a year.

Alternative Loans

These are loans offered by lenders and institutions for educational expenses. These loans are not guaranteed student loans. Lenders and institutions have varying credit approval criteria that must be met by loan applicants. These loans have a variable interest rate.

Direct PLUS Loans

Additional funding is available through these loans, offered by lenders and institutions to cover educational expenses. These have varying credit approval criteria that loan applicants are required to meet. These loans have a fixed interest rate of 6.28% (for the 2021-2022 academic year).

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding financial aid, budgeting, repayment, or other education-related financial concerns, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Office
503-352-2222 |
Toll-free: 877-PAC-UNIV, ext. 2222

Emily Josi | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions | 503-352-7219