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Capella Tuition Cap – $48,000 Cap

To help you understand doctoral costs, we’ve created Capella Tuition Cap to give you a maximum tuition amount for your professional doctorate. Find your program to see cost and learning format options for your degree. Find your program.

Do I qualify?

Must be a newly admitted student and acknowledge terms and requirements

Student must meet Capella University admission requirements. 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 with student’s start occurring by January 2023.*

*Acknowledgment of Capella Tuition Cap terms and requirements: student must complete an acknowledgment of the terms and requirements of the Capella University Tuition Cap before the student reaches the census date in the first course of the program. Failure to timely complete and return the acknowledgment will forfeit the student’s eligibility for the tuition cap.

Returning students may apply

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 below:

  • 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  • Administratively withdrawn from the university.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.

Must meet academic standards

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

Program enrollment requirements

  • Recipients who change programs (including changing to another program offering a Capella Tuition Cap), graduate, discontinue or withdraw from Capella will forfeit any future tuition waivers through the Capella Tuition Cap. In the event the student changes programs to another program offering a tuition cap, amounts that the student has already paid in tuition in the former program will not be applied to the tuition cap threshold in the new program. A former student reapplying to the university to a program eligible for the Capella Tuition Cap will not be eligible to apply tuition paid to Capella prior to reapplying to the university to the tuition cap threshold.
    • Tuition cap recipients who move from GuidedPath to FlexPath, or FlexPath to GuidedPath, within the same program retain eligibility to receive the tuition cap. If a recipient changes learning formats within the same program, the amount of tuition paid in the prior learning format will still apply and be included in the tuition paid towards the tuition cap in the new learning format.

How Capella Tuition Cap affects program costs

How Capella Tuition Cap affects program costs

  • The Capella Tuition Cap may decrease the amount of funding that can be offered from other sources, such as federal financial aid.
  • The Capella Tuition Cap is intended to address the cost of attendance, including but not limited to, tuition. Books, supplies and other fees apply, and do not count towards the tuition cap threshold. Travel expenses for residencies, practicum, etc., do not count towards the tuition cap threshold.
  • In some circumstances, recipients may complete their programs before they reach the tuition cap threshold in the eligible program. Under no circumstances will recipients be eligible for cash payment, tuition credits or other compensation for tuition paid below the tuition cap threshold.

How Capella Tuition Cap is applied

How Capella Tuition Cap is applied

  • The Capella Tuition Cap can be applied only to an eligible doctoral program in the GuidedPath or FlexPath learning format and only for students who began the program on an eligible start date. The tuition cap will only apply to tuition and, upon reaching the tuition cap threshold for the eligible program, the tuition cap will be applied to your Capella account during the third week of the quarter that the cap is reached.
  • Past-due balances accrued prior to reaching the tuition cap threshold, will not be waived once threshold is reached. Once the tuition paid threshold is reached, the tuition cap will only cover tuition charges for amounts in excess of the tuition cap threshold. In some circumstances, recipients may complete their programs before they reach the tuition cap threshold in the eligible program. Under no circumstances will recipients be eligible for cash payment, tuition credits or other compensation for tuition paid below the tuition cap threshold.

Can Capella Tuition Cap be used with other scholarships and discounts?

Can Capella Tuition Cap be used with other scholarships and discounts?

  • Recipients of the Capella Tuition Cap are not eligible for Capella grants, scholarships, or discounts, except for percentage-based scholarships with a discount of 15% or less, or unless otherwise noted in the eligibility requirements of the additional applicable scholarship. Students receiving a TAAP (Tuition Assistance Aligned Pricing) through a partnership between Capella and the students’ employer are not eligible for this award.
    • Upon completing the Tuition Cap acknowledgment, if a recipient applies for another Capella grant, scholarship or discount, such application will supersede the Capella Tuition Cap and will forfeit tuition cap eligibility.

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 Tuition Cap.

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.