Tuition & Financial Aid | PhDEL


The PhD in Education and Leadership degree program tuition is $874 per credit hour for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The program length is typically three years, with 50 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 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 Program/Assistantship Program

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 Stafford Unsubsidized Loans

This loan is a federal loan with a current interest rate of 6.08% (Percentage based on the 2019-2020 financial aid year, subject to change after July 1, 2020.) 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 7.08% (for the 2019-2020 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