Reduced Tuition Programs

Michigan Tech is proud to count among its graduate student body a number of students who have contributed, or will contribute, extraordinary service to the United States and to the world. Members of the US military, national volunteer service members, and teachers add much to the culture of Michigan Tech through their strong values and commitment to service. To aid these students in their pursuit of a graduate education, Michigan Tech offers a reduced tuition rate.

The reduced tuition rate is approximately 66% of the standard graduate tuition rate at Michigan Tech. It may vary from year to year as the cost of education changes. To see the current reduced tuition rate, please visit the Cost of Education Calculator.

Students who qualify for the reduced tuition rate program fall into one of three general categories: students who have contributed service in the past (including current US military personnel), students pursuing a degree program which includes a service component, and middle and high school teachers pursuing the Master of Science in Applied Science Education (MS-ASE) program.

National Graduate Service Reduced Tuition Rate

The National Graduate Service Reduced Tuition Rate (NGSRTR) is offered to on-campus and online, degree- and non-degree seeking students in one of three categories: 

  • US military veterans and current personnel
  • Former AmeriCorps volunteers
  • Returned Peace Corps volunteers

Applying for the NGSRTR

Eligible students should note their category of eligibility on their Graduate School application and upload the appropriate form of documentation to MyMichiganTech (line item: NSGF Documentation). Students accepted into the Graduate School will be notified once their required documentation has been received and verified.

Students already accepted into the Graduate School who did not note their eligibility on their application should contact the Graduate School to declare and confirm their eligibility.

For further information on the application process, please contact the Graduate School by email or phone (906-487-2327).

Eligibility Requirements

Programs With a Service Component

Michigan Tech offers a few programs integrate national service with a student's graduate curriculum.  These are the VISTA and AmeriCorps Master's Programs, as well as the now-retired Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) students. A reduced tuition rate is offered to students enrolled in these programs.

VISTA and AmeriCorps Master’s Programs

The VISTA and AmeriCorps Master’s Programs are a group of specific degree programs which combine academic study with supervised, practical field experience and research as an AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Students pay the reduced tuition rate while attending Michigan Tech, and Michigan Tech pays tuition and fees while students are serving in AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps VISTA.

Not all master’s degrees offer a VISTA and AmeriCorps Master’s Program option. For a list of current VISTA and AmeriCorps Master’s Program options offered at Michigan Tech and on how to apply, see the program page.

Peace Corps Master’s International

Michigan Tech partnered with the US Peace Corps for 20 years to offer Peace Corps Master’ s International (PCMI) programs across campus. The PCMI program was retired in 2016 and no new students can be admitted to the program, but current students admitted to the PCMI program continue to receive a reduced tuition rate.

For more information about the PCMI program, see the program page.

MS-ASE Students

Middle and high school teachers who hold a valid, current teaching certification and are interested in the Master’s of Science in Applied Science Education (MS-ASE) program are eligible for a reduced tuition rate on courses that count toward MS-ASE requirements.

The MS-ASE program is specially designed with practicing teachers in mind, and combines online courses during the school year with on-campus summer sessions and practical research in the classroom. For more information about the program’s content, structure, and application requirements, see the program page.

Applying for the MS-ASE Reduced Tuition Rate

Upon submitting an application to the MS-ASE program, eligible students must indicate that they wish to receive the reduced tuition rate by selecting interest code “EZ.” The applicant must also answer “Yes” to the question, “Are you a current K-12 teacher?”

Proof of a valid, current teaching certificate is required to apply for the MS-ASE special tuition rate. Current teachers with a Michigan teaching certificate will be verified by the program through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System. Non-Michigan-certified teachers should provide proof of their certification by emailing a copy of the document to Rachelle Gariepy.