Student Finances

Tuition & Fees

MDIV and MASC Tuition

Starr King charges tuition on a per credit basis. The current tuition is $705/credit. The credit charge is reviewed every year and is subject to change.

Beginning with the 2016 Summer Semester, students will be billed each semester at the rate of
$705 per credit for the number of credits taken that semester. Should you add or drop a
course, your adjusted billing will be easy to find in the GTU Student Planning system. There
are three semesters per year: 1) Summer Semester, 2) Fall Semester, and 3) Spring-Intersession Semester.

Note: Part-time study is possible in all degree programs.

Programs of study may be paced over various lengths of time. At a full-time pace, the MDIV program can be completed in 3 years of study.  It also can be paced over a longer period of time up to 6 years (part-time). The MASC program can be completed in 2 years of study (full time). It also can be paced over a longer period of time up to 4 years (part-time).  The joint MDIV/MASC degree can be completed in 4 years of study (full time).  It also can be paced over a longer period of time up to 8 years (part-time).

For each degree program there is a cap on credits (see below) after which a continuing fee may apply.

In planning the pacing of your program of study, it is important to keep in mind that if you are making use of student loans and/or if you’re required health insurance is through the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) you must abide by federal regulations that require a minimum number of credits each principal term.

Tuition Transition for Continuing Students

Continuing students are those who have matriculated by Spring 2016 or earlier.

Total tuition paid by continuing M.Div. and Dual Degree students will be capped at the total
amount agreed to at matriculation. Once a student’s cumulative payment reaches the tuition
cap, any remaining credits needed to earn their degree will be paid for by SKSM Transition
Tuition Scholarships (up to 99 credits for an M.Div. or 123 for a Dual Degree).

Additional credits, beyond 99 credits for M.Div. or 123 for Dual Degree, will be charged at
the per credit rate and added to the original all-inclusive tuition.

Continuing MASC students will pay less than they owe in the original all-inclusive tuition.
SKSM Transition Tuition Scholarships will make up the difference between the total paid
through fee per credit and the original all-inclusive tuition (up to 57 credits). Additional
credits beyond the maximum of 57 allowed are also charged per credit.

Payment Plans

Tuition is due by the first day of classes for each principal term (Summer, Fall and Spring/Intersession Semesters), or when federal loans are disbursed. Total degree Tuition must be paid in full 30 days prior graduation.

Staying with Your Payment Plan

Students must be current with their Payment Plan to register each semester.  If a student falls behind on their payment plan, an automatic block will be placed on their registration.  If this occurs, the student should immediately contact the Student Accounts Manager to arrange to satisfy the terms of their payment plan or agree to an adjusted plan.   The Student Accounts Manager is authorized to remove the block when they are satisfied that payment is current or when they have agreed to an adjusted payment plan.

Minimum Credits for Federal Student Loans

For purposes of federally-supported financial aid programs, to receive full-time benefits a students must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 credits each principal term (i.e. Fall and/or Spring/Intersession).  To receive part-time benefits, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits each principal term (i.e. Fall and/or Spring/Intersession).

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.

Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through Kaiser Permanente purchased from Starr King School is available to anyone taking 3 or more credits in a principal term. More details can be found at https://studentnet.kaiserpermanente.org/wps/portal/CoBrandedHome?univ=gtu

Fees for Outside Educational Opportunities

Starr King students may choose to engage in courses, workshops, conferences, educational opportunities and professional growth activities offered outside of SKSM, GTU and its affiliated centers, UCB, Mills and Holy Names.  These opportunities may be as varied as spiritual direction, therapy, workshops, conferences, denominational events, or concurrent enrollment through other seminaries, universities, and graduate institutes. SKSM all-inclusive tuition does not cover outside educational opportunities. Work done through these opportunities can be “written up” using SRC forms and presented to one’s advisor for assessment and approval for Starr King credit. Work written up for credit, once approved by the advisor, must be registered through student planning to be counted towards the degree requirements.

There is no additional SKSM charge to receive credit for these endeavors; nor is there any tuition credit, tuition break or reduction.  Students are responsible for any fees charged by organizations and individuals outside of SKSM, GTU, UCB, and Holy Names.  However, MDIV, MASC, joint MDIV/MASC and M.A. students may apply for a Starr King “Personal Growth and Learning Expense”  to assist with the cost of these learning and growth opportunities, provided the opportunities are an integral part of their Personalized Educational Plan and advance their progress in meeting the degree requirements for their SKSM degree.

Cap on Maximum Credits for Degree Program

The MDIV degree requires a minimum of 90 credits; a maximum of 99 credits is allowed.

The MASC degree requires a minimum of 48 credits; a maximum of 57 is allowed.

The joint MASC/MDIV degree requires a minimum of 114; a maximum of 123 is allowed.

Common M.A. Tuition

The Common M.A. is a joint Starr King and Graduate Theological Union degree.  M.A. tuition is set annually by the GTU and is posted at gtu.edu.  M.A. tuition may increase during a student’s course of study.

M.A. Tuition is due by the first day of classes for each semester and must be paid in full 30 days prior graduation.  For more information on GTU Common M.A. Tuition and Fee please visit: http://gtu.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid    

For further details on all fees, MA students should refer to their own student handbook. http://www.gtu.edu/students/handbooks

M.A. tuition for full-time students entering Fall 2016: $711 per credit hour. Students pay tuition for the first two years of residence (full-time status means at least 12 credits per semester).

A continuing fee is assessed for each following year. For the 2016-2017 academic year the continuing fee is $4,270 per semester.

Students who choose part-time study (a minimum of three credits per semester) in the M.A. program pay per course, according to the Graduate Theological Union fee schedule.

Certificate Tuition (UU Certificate, Multireligious Certificate)

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

The certificate programs require the completion of 18 credits.

Special Students who enroll in a certificate program pay the per-credit tuition for each course they take. Per-credit tuition is set annually and may increase in subsequent years.

Per-credit tuition for 2016-2017:  $705 per credit.

Tuition for a 3 credit course:  $2,115

Fee for a 1.5 credit course: $1,057.50

Special Students Tuition and Online Student Tuition

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) or any course offered through the GTU Cross-Registration System.

Special Students and Online Students pay a Per-Credit Fee for courses.

Per-credit tuition for 2016-2017:  $705 per credit.

Tuition for a 3 credit course:  $2,115

Tuition for a 1.5 credit course: $1,057.50

SKSM Alumni

SKSM alumni are eligible to take a SKSM course as a “Special Student” and to apply one free credit per year ($705 discount) to the cost of a SKSM course. Access to the course is subject to space availability and instructor approval.

Trustees, and SKSM Employees

Trustees and employees of Starr King (staff or faculty) are eligible for a “course fee waiver” to take up to 3 credits per term as a “Special Student” at no charge if there is space in the course and the instructor approves.  Contact the Student Accounts Manager to arrange a “course fee waiver.”

Please note: The course fee waiver only applies to Starr King courses.

Partners of Current Degree Students

Partners of the current degree students will be charged a $500 flat fee per course.

Transferring Between SKSM Degree Programs

Students transferring into one SKSM degree program from another SKSM program must have the approval of the Dean of the Faculty, must update their projected graduation date in consultation with their advisor, and must provide written documentation to the Student Accounts Manager and the Registrar.

Transferring into one SKSM degree program from another SKSM degree program will result in the current entering-year tuition rate being applied regardless of the student’s original entering year. This means that a transfer between one program to another may result in an increase in total tuition due.

All tuition paid to the degree program from which the student originally matriculated will be transferred and applied to the program into which they are transferring. No tuition previously paid will be refunded. For example, if an MDIV student transfers into the MASC program all money paid into the MDIV program will transfer to the MASC program. No refund will be given for the MDIV tuition previously paid.

Joint MDIV/MASC Degree

Students may apply to be jointly admitted to the MDIV/MASC at the start of their studies at Starr King.

Students who decide after beginning one degree program that they want to do a joint-degree should discuss this possibility with their advisor, meet with the Director of the MASC program, and apply for the joint degree through petition to the faculty.

Tuition Credit for SKSM Certificate Students

Certificate Students who have completed a Starr King Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies (18 credits) or a Starr King Certificate in Multi-Religious Studies (18 credits) and who have matriculated for a MASC or MDIV degree before Spring 2016 or earlier will receive credit towards their degree tuition. 100% of the Certificate fees paid will be credited towards the tuition owed for their degree program, prorated over their first year in the degree program. All 18 credits will transfer into the Degree program and be counted towards the required number of credits for completing the Degree.

Submit your tuition credit request to the Student Accounts Manager at studentaccounts@sksm.edu.

Tuition Credit for SKSM Special Students

Special Students (online and residential) who were admitted to Starr King’s MDIV or MASC degree program and matriculated prior to Spring 2016, will receive a tuition credit when they matriculate.  100% of the Special Student fees paid will be credited towards the tuition owed for their degree program, prorated over their first year in the degree program.  Credits earned as a Starr King Special Student will transfer into the Degree Program and be counted towards the required number of credits for completing the Degree.

Submit your tuition credit request to the Student Accounts Manager at studentaccounts@sksm.edu.

Special Students who were admitted to SKSM’s M. Div. or MASC degree program, and who matriculated after Spring 2016, will transfer the credits they have earned to the Degree program, and will pay tuition for the Degree program at the annually established fee per credit rate.

Certificate Students who have completed a Starr King Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies (18 credits) or a Starr King Certificate in Multi-Religious Studies (18 credits) and who have matriculated for a MASC or M.Div. degree after Spring 2016 or later will transfer the Certificate credits they have earned to the Degree program, and will pay tuition for the Degree program at the annually established fee per credit rate.

Tuition Credit for Transfer Students

Students admitted to Starr King’s MDIV or MASC degree who within five years prior to their matriculation with Starr King have completed course work in an accredited theological school, or a graduate religious studies program, or who have completed a certified unit of Clinical Pastoral Education may request that credits be transferred upon their admission to Starr King. Transfer credits count towards the required number of total credits needed to complete a degree program and the amount of tuition required will be reduced accordingly.  Tuition credits will be prorated in accordance with the student’s projected graduation date.  Note:  The transfer policy for Common M.A. students is found in the M.A. Student Handbook published at www.gtu.edu.

To request a transfer of credits, entering MDIV or MASC students must submit a written request and written documentation (i.e. an official transcript from the other school, or a CPE final evaluation) to the Director of Admissions.  Requests may be submitted any time during the admission’s process and early submission is encouraged.  Requests must be received no later than August 1 or January 1.

The request will be reviewed and acted upon by the Chair of the Admission’s Committee (if the chair is a member of the SKSM faculty) or the Dean of the Faculty; signed approval of transfer credits will be communicated in writing to the entering student, the SKSM Registrar, the student’s Advisor, and the SKSM Student Accounts Manager.

The following criteria will be applied in determining pre-admission transfer credits:

  • Transferred course work must be relevant to the degree requirements and learning goals of the MDIV and/or the MASC
  • Credit-hour equivalency will be determined by SKSM.
  • No course work or CPE work that has been counted in the awarding of a completed degree at another institution will be transferrable.
  • Limits on allowable transfer credits will be observed.

Allowable limits on transfer credits:

  • For MDIV candidates no more than 30 credits can be transferred.
  • For MASC candidates no more than 15 credits can be transferred.
  • For joint MDIV/MASC candidates no more than 39 credits can be transferred.

Tuition Refund Policy

If a student withdraws or is dismissed by the faculty from a Starr King degree program during the Fall principal term or the Spring/Intersession principal term, 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:

  1. Prior to the end of General Registration: full refund of tuition due for the semester
  2. During the 1st week of classes: full refund less withdrawal fee of $100 per course.
  3. During late registration (before 3rd week of classes): 80% of tuition paid that term
  4. During 3rd, 4th and 5th week of classes: 50% of tuition paid that term
  5. After the 5th week: no refund

Student Body Fees

This is a friendly reminder that there will be Student Body Fees automatically charged to your Student Account for each of the principal terms (Fall and Spring/Intersession) in the amount of $17.50 per semester ($35.00 over full academic year).

If there are any questions in regards to the Fees, please contact your Student Body Leadership and they will be more than happy to discuss their activities and goals for the upcoming academic year.