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Cost & Financial Aid

At Mills, making our graduate programs affordable and accessible is central to our mission. While our tuition is competitive with other top graduate programs across the country, we don’t want cost to be the barrier that prevents talented, promising students from experiencing the best that Mills has to offer. With greater accessibility comes greater diversity, the lifeblood of the Mills experience.

As part of our commitment to putting an advanced degree within your reach, our graduate departments offer financial aid. Visit this page to discover additional forms of financial aid for graduate students and the simple steps you’ll need to complete to apply for aid from Mills and from the federal government

Know that we are here to help.

Per-Credit Tuition *

Term Rate
Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 $1,144 per credit

The total cost of the Mills online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (per-credit tuition x number of required semester course credits) is approximately $44,880–$45,760, not including per-semester fees as outlined below.

Per-Semester Costs *

Fee Rate
Student Fee $125 per semester
Tech Fee $153 per semester
Books and Supplies (estimate) $806 per semester
  • All tuition and fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

The Value of a Mills Education

No cost conversation is complete without considering the value of a Mills education. Our alumnae take the skills they learned at Mills to become independent thinkers, creative problem solvers, and collaborative leaders. See where Mills graduates go, and meet Mills alumnae who are making a statement in their careers and communities.


Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to maximize their possible award amount. Schedule a call to learn more.

Leave of Absence or Withdrawal

All students considering a leave of absence or withdrawal should refer to the Leave of Absence and Withdrawal sections in the Academic Regulations part of the catalog for the official procedure. All financial aid recipients considering a leave of absence or withdrawal should also review the Return of Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Policy in the Financial Aid section of the catalog.

The leave of absence/withdrawal date is the date the student provides notification to the Division of Student Life of their intent to take a leave of absence or withdraw from the College. Once a student has completed the procedure for a leave of absence or withdrawal from the College, a tuition adjustment will be applied to their student account which, in turn, may or may not result in a refund to the student. A student will receive a refund only if there is a credit balance on the student’s account after the tuition adjustment has been made and after federal, institutional, and/or state financial aid has been returned to the programs, according to the Return of Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Policy.

No mandatory fees, such as the student and tech fees if enrolled in a payment plan, will be credited as of the first day of instruction.

Tuition charges will be adjusted as follows:

Official Date of Notification Adjustment
Before first day of instruction
  • All tuition charges and fees credited 100%.
  • Enrollment deposit is forfeited.
First day of instruction through add deadline
  • Credited 90% of tuition charges only.
  • Mandatory fees will not be credited and the enrollment deposit is forfeited.
  • The Student Health Plan charge will be credited 100% only if neither the student nor their dependents (if dependent coverage is purchased) have used any health services.
After add deadline
  • No credit of any tuition or fees including the Student Health Plan charge.
  • Enrollment deposit is forfeited.

This policy is only for tuition and fees related to your registration.

For information regarding the refund process see the graduate Catalog. Online students who reside outside of California may be subject to a statutory refund policy in their home state.

We’re Here to Help.

If you have any questions about cost and aid for our graduate programs, please reach out to us at 510.295.4788 or email to connect with your admission counselor. They’ll be able to provide you with general information, and they can refer you to a financial aid specialist for more detailed assistance.

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The ability to enroll students who are residents of specific states may be dependent on state-specific authorization or approval schedules.

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