PhD in Education & Leadership Tuition and Financial Aid

Earning a PhD in education and leadership at Pacific University is an investment in your future. We are here to help you plan a financing strategy for your education.

The Financial Aid Office determines eligibility for all federal loan and employment programs and provides resources for students interested in borrowing through private and alternative loan programs. The process of financing a graduate education can be challenging; the Financial Aid Office is committed to making the process as manageable as possible.

Review PhD in education and leadership tuition, program costs and financial aid below. 

PhD in Education and Leadership Tuition 2024-2025

Tuition and fees are based on standard program enrollment. 

Year 1 tuition and fees: $20,254/year

Year 2 tuition and fees: $20,254/year

Year 3 tuition and fees: $16,282/year 

Find complete cost of attendance information:

Academic Year 2024-2025
Academic Year 2023-2024

Financial Aid 

To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available annually beginning October 1. To explore and understand available financing options, we recommend that you file the FAFSA no later than February 15, prior to the start of the academic year. It is not necessary to be accepted for admission prior to submitting a FAFSA.


Federal Student Loan Programs 

Federal student loan programs offer:

  • Fixed interest rates, set annually by the federal government
  • Income-driven repayment plans
  • Loan forgiveness plans

Private Loans

Alternative loans are available through private lenders. Eligibility is generally based on a borrower’s employment history, credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and enrollment status. Students are encouraged to explore federal student loan options before applying for alternative student loans.

Learn more about federal student loans for graduate and professional programs

Federal Work Study

Federal work study funds part-time jobs for students with financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. Earnings are paid directly to the student for hours worked. To qualify, students must submit the FAFSA by March 1 (prior to the start of the academic year) and indicate on the FAFSA that they want to be considered for federal work study.

PhD in Education and Leadership Scholarship 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.

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