Student Body Fee:

$20.00 per semester

SKSM fee per credit:

SKSM tuition is $925 per credit (starting Fall 2023).

This fee applies to the following students:

Master of Divinity

M.Div. requires the completion of 90 credits.

Master of Arts in Social Change

MASC requires the completion of 48 credits.

Certificates (UU, Multi-Religious, Chaplaincy, & Psychedelic Justice and Companioning)

Starr King’s certificate programs are open to Special Students and to Degree Students.

California (only) Students:

Effective Spring 2024 for all California students:

We are required by the Board of Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE) to collect two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per thousand dollars ($1000) of institutional charges to be submitted to the BPPE for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF).

This fee is not assessed on tuition charges less than one thousand dollars ($1000).

For more information on this charge, please visit:

Special Students

Special Students (i.e. students who are not currently matriculated in an SKSM degree program) may register through Starr King to take a Starr King course (residential, intensive, immersion, or online). The tuition is the same as a Degree Student.

Total degree Tuition must be paid in full 30 days prior to graduation.

Tuition Transition Summer Cash Flow Challenge
Personalized Payment Plan

Please register for your Summer Intensives as planned.

Continuing M.Div. and MASC students lacking access to Federal Student Loans until the Fall semester and who have difficulty paying the fee per credit for Summer Semester classes may set up a Personalized Payment Plan with SKSM.

Please contact Owais Qureshi at by June 20 to set up your Personalized Payment Plan.

Institutional Scholarships can also be used for Summer Intensives. To do so, please notify Owais at .


Once a student registers for their course(s), they will automatically be billed for the amount of units to be acquired from the course(s). After completing your registration for any given semester, you will be able to pay for your courses using Student Planning. Tuition must be paid in full by the end of Late Registration or a payment plan must be in place.

Credit Card, Check, Cash, E-Check, and Money Order Payments

  • Online through Populi by credit or debit card
  • By mailing check or money order (made payable to “Starr King School for the Ministry”) at:
    • Starr King School for the Ministry
    • c/o Student Accounts Manager
    • 414 13th Street, Suite 700
    • Oakland, CA 94612
  • In person by check, cash, or money order with Owais Qureshi, Student Accounts Manager. Credit cards cannot be accepted in person.
Minimum Credits for Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) and Student Loans

Minimum Credits for Student Loans

For purposes of federally-supported financial aid programs, to receive full-time benefits a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 credits each principal term (i.e. Fall, Intersession/Spring, and/or Summer).  To receive part-time benefits, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits each principal term (i.e. Fall, Intersession/Spring, and Summer). Students who take fewer than 6 credits in a principal term may enter repayment for loans and are not eligible for loans within that semester.

Tuition Refund Policy

If a student withdraws or is dismissed by the faculty from a Starr King degree program during any term of instruction, (Summer, Fall, Intersession, or Spring), they may be eligible for a refund of tuition they have paid that term. The Student Accounts Manager will calculate any tuition refund owed to the student based on the withdrawal date as follows. 

For semester-length courses (ten weeks or longer): 

  1. Prior to the end of Late Registration: full refund of tuition due for the semester.
  2. During the 3rd week of classes:  80% of tuition paid that term.
  3. During 4th and 5th week of classes: 50% of tuition paid that term.
  4. During 6th and 7th weeks of classes: 25% of tuition paid that term.
  5. After the 8th week: no refund.

*For Oregon residents: During 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th week of classes: 50% of tuition paid that term. After the 8th week: no refund.

**For Washington residents: After the 5th week: no refund

For intensive and intermediate-length courses (1-9 weeks): 

  1. By the conclusion of the 1st day of instruction: full refund of tuition.
  2. By the conclusion of the 2nd day of instruction: 80% of course tuition.
  3. By the conclusion of the 3rd day of instruction: 50% of course tuition.
  4. After the 3rd day of instruction: no refund.

Complaint Procedure:

An individual may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The Bureau may be contacted at 2535 Capital Oak Drive Suite 400 – Sacramento, CA 95833 or 
Tel: 916.431.6959 – Fax: 916.263.1897

For Washington State residents seeking information and resources about student loan repayment or seeking to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit or contact the Student Loan Advocate at .