Graduate School

Costs and Financing

Even though attending Western is very affordable, we understand that some people need a little extra help. The Graduate School has a limited number of scholarships and graduate assistantships available. These are awarded once a year in March.

Some students qualify for the TEACH Grant and all degree seeking graduate students qualify for $20,000 a year in Stafford Loans.

Graduate Scholarships

Only degree seeking students in good standing and admitted to a program are eligible for scholarships. Current graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA for consideration. For more information please see our Scholarship rules and eligibility page

Scholarship Application Form


2015-2016 Tuition and requirement fees

  • In State: $314.48 per credit hour (estimate total cost here).
  • Out State: $574.48 per credit hour (estimate total cost here)

Online Tuition rates are available here

Graduate students accepted to the Graduate School who are US citizens and who live select counties in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska will be admitted to Missouri Western State University under the Griffon Rate and be eligible to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition. For more information go here.


Western has some of the lowest graduate tuition around. You can complete an entire Master’s Degree for about $10,000 in tuition (in-state). Plus, the cost of living in St Joseph is very low – meaning your housing, transportation, and food costs are also low.


Financial aid is designed to assist degree seeking students in their pursuit of a higher education. Graduate students are generally only eligible for Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Student Loans. There are no PELL grants or workstudy positions. You must be a degree seeking student to receive financial aid (this includes graduate certificates). Financial assistance will not cover undergraduate courses (400 level or below) taken as a graduate student.

To receive scholarships or assistantships you must be a student in good standing.

The financial aid office is located on campus in Eder Hall, Room 103. The office telephone is (816) 271-4361.

Other Sources for Financial Aid

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

  • A comprehensive source of student financial aid info, advice and tools

Grad Sense

  • This site gives valuable saving tips, loan repayment options and career advice

  • Information from the U.S. Dept. of Education on how to manage your student loans

Federal Student Aid

  • A part of the U.S. Dept. of Education. The largest provider of student financial aid in the nation

Missouri Department of Higher Education

  • State-based student financial assistance