Capella University

Student/Alumni Referral Scholarship

Inspire someone to pursue their degree with our Student/Alumni Referral Scholarship. Current students and alumni can refer friends, family or colleagues to Capella. Those referred can receive $500 toward their first quarter in the GuidedPath learning format or 20% off their first FlexPath billing session.

Eligibility requirements

Student criteria

Must be a new student (or former student reapplying to the university) accepted into and enrolled in an eligible program in the GuidedPath or FlexPath learning format at Capella University by January 2024.*

Must be referred by a current student or alumni of Capella University prior to beginning courses.

Academic standards

Must adhere to all applicable Capella University policies, including but not limited to, good academic standing (3.01.04 Academic Standing) and good financial aid satisfactory academic progress (3.01.05 FASAP).

*Certificate applicants are not eligible. Refer to scholarship details below for further information regarding student eligibility criteria.

How to apply

  • Step 1 – Submit your Capella University admission application. Already applied? Skip this step.
  • Step 2 – Must be referred by a current student or alumni of Capella University to qualify and will receive information on how to apply to the scholarship after you’ve been referred. To start your program by January 2024, apply for the Student/Alumni Referral Scholarship before courses begin.

Student/Alumni Scholarship details

  • The Student/Alumni Referral Scholarship can be applied only to an eligible doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s program in the GuidedPath or FlexPath learning format. The $500 or 20% off will be applied to your Capella account during the third week of the first quarter or billing session.
  • Recipients who do not remain enrolled through the first two weeks of the quarter will forfeit the award for that quarter.
  • Recipients who change to an ineligible program, graduate, discontinue or withdraw from Capella will have all future disbursements canceled.
  • In some circumstances, Capella quarterly tuition may be lower than a quarterly disbursement. In other cases, recipients may complete their programs before they receive all quarterly disbursements. Under no circumstances will recipients be eligible for cash payment or other compensation for the value of unused disbursements.
  • Recipients of the Student/Alumni Referral Scholarship are not eligible for other Capella grants, scholarships or discounts in excess of 15%, with the exception of a Capella Progress Reward, if applicable. Students receiving a TAAP (Tuition Assistance Aligned Pricing) through a partnership between Capella and the students’ employer are not eligible for this award.
  • Recipients of the Capella Progress Reward are not eligible for other Capella grants, scholarships or discounts during the first billing session, unless otherwise noted in the eligibility requirements of the additional applicable scholarship.
  • The scholarship may decrease the amount of funding that can be offered from other sources, such as federal financial aid.
  • The scholarship is intended to address the cost of attendance, including but not limited to tuition.**
  • To be considered a former student reapplying to the university, the student must not be currently enrolled in the university and meet one of the following criteria:
    • Graduate of a Capella certificate or a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree program in the GuidedPath or FlexPath learning format.
    • Discontinued from the university for over four quarters.
    • Administratively withdrawn from the university.
    • Program of prior admittance to the university has been restaged or retired.
    • Applying to a program at a different degree level than program of prior admittance.
  • Capella University and its affiliates’ (Strayer University, Devmountain, Hackbright Academy and Strategic Education, Inc.) faculty and staff, their spouses, domestic partners and dependent children are not eligible for the Capella Progress Reward.

**Books, supplies and other fees apply. Travel expenses for residencies, practicum, etc., are not covered by the scholarship.

Find funding options

We’re here to help you find ways to pay for college. Capella’s financial aid advisors are available to guide you, or you can download our step-by-step Financing Guide.