Paying for School

How to Finance Your Education

Now is a critical time to get the skills you need to make a difference in the lives of others and your own. Here's what you need to know about paying for school. Please note that tuition may be funded through a number of different sources.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective May 1. The following schedule of tuition per credit is effective for the academic year 2023/2024 beginning with the summer semester 2023.

Graduate Certificate in School Leadership
Total # of credits 18
Tuition per credit $950
Student Fees Fall/Spring $525
Student Fees Summer $250
Estimated Annual Program Tuition and Fees 
Based on a student taking 18 credits


If you are an employee from a BHELS (formerly Teachers 21) partner school district, you automatically qualify for a $7,500 scholarship.

Applicants from outside our partner districts will be considered for a $2,500 merit scholarship.

Employees from METCO Affiliated Schools qualify for an $8,000 scholarship.

Read More about additional scholarship opportunities for William James students

Financial Aid

Students in the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership program are not eligible for Financial Aid. We do sponsor a variety of private or alternative loans.If you are interested in looking at or applying for an alternative or private loan, please go to

Payment Plans

William James College, in partnership with Nelnet Campus Commerce, offers interest-free monthly installment plan options for the fall, spring and summer semesters. There is a one-time setup fee to Nelnet Campus Commerce per semester. The fee is $50 in the fall and spring semesters and $30 in the summer. Students may enroll in a 4-month plan for the fall and spring semesters and a 3-month plan for the summer. Payments are due in September, January and April depending on the semester plan that you are enrolled in. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the budgeted amount to NELNET will pay their William James College student account in full. The final payment for the semester must pay that semester in full.

Paying Back Your Loans

Many graduates have participated in income-based loan repayment plans and loan forgiveness programs. These programs are regulated by the government and can change quickly.  The latest information can be found on