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Doctoral Project Fees and Financial Aid

Dissertation Fee

  • Eight-quarter Ph.D. dissertation period Fee = $19,500

Dissertation Extension Fee

Dissertation students who find that additional time beyond the eight quarters is necessary for completion of their dissertation must enroll in the extended four-quarter period. The fee for this four-quarter extension period is half of the fee charged for the initial eight-quarter period. Students who need additional time beyond this extended four-quarter period can proceed on a quarter-by-quarter basis and are billed $2,437 for each additional quarter beyond the extended four-quarter period.

A Quarterly Dissertation Agreement must also be completed for each quarter beyond the four-quarter extension period.

Clinical Case Study Fee

  • Four-quarter Clinical Case Study period Fee = $9,750

Clinical Case Study Extension Fee

Clinical Case Study students who find that additional time beyond the four quarters is necessary for completion of their clinical case study must enroll in the extended four-quarter period. The fee for this four-quarter extension period is the same as the fee charged for the initial four-quarter period. Students who need additional time beyond this extended four-quarter period can proceed on a quarter-by-quarter basis and are billed $2,437 for each additional quarter beyond the extended four-quarter period.

A Quarterly Clinical Case Study Agreement must also be completed for each quarter beyond the four-quarter extension period.

Payment Plans and Due Dates

As part of the process of initiating the doctoral project period -informally called the clock- continuation students select a payment plan* and must stay with that plan for the entire academic year. Partial payments are not accepted. However, students may make payments in advance. There are two payment plan options:

  • Full Payment - The full fee is due in full at the time of initiating the clock.
  • Quarterly - One eighth (⅛) of the dissertation fee or one quarter (¼) of the clinical case study fee is due by the first day of each quarter (September 1, December 1, March 1, and June 1). Financial aid recipients will automatically default to this plan.

Note that students whose direct costs (owed to Meridian) are entirely covered by a financial aid award still need to select a payment plan, in case they do end up with a balance not covered by financial aid.

Continuation Student Registration

Continuation students pay the continuation student enrollment fee each year, due in full at enrollment.

Fee = $1,550

A fee of $50 is assessed on late enrollment payments.

Financial aid can cover these fees for the number of academic years that the student is inside their doctoral project clock.* The continuation enrollment fee must be paid in full at enrollment even if financial aid is expected in the future. If the student later receives financial aid, these fees would then be subject to a credit balance refund to the student.

Financial Aid for Doctoral Project Fees

Students enrolling in the dissertation eight-quarter period (PhD/ EdD) or the clinical case study four-quarter period (PsyD) may be eligible for the Federal Direct Loan program.

Financial aid recipients are awarded aid on a borrower-based academic year for the eight-quarter and four-quarter periods. In other words, from the time the eight-quarter dissertation period begins (or the four-quarter clinical case study period), financial aid will cover four consecutive quarters for two years (dissertation) or one year (clinical case study) This requires the student to complete the FAFSA for each borrower-based academic year. The borrower-based academic year clock is determined by the quarter in which the student begins the clock.

Both doctoral project clocks (dissertation and clinical case study) can only start at the beginning of a quarter. For example, if the clinical case study clock starts at the Fall quarter, financial aid may cover four consecutive quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer), and if the dissertation clock starts at the Fall quarter, financial aid may cover four consecutive quarters, twice.

Students may also consider a Grad PLUS Loan or a private Alternative Loan.

Federal regulations require all financial aid recipients to maintain satisfactory academic progress towards completion of degree requirements for continued eligibility.

*Federal Student Aid is available for the extended four-quarter clock, however, it is not available for subsequent quarterly extensions.

*Federal Student Aid is not available beyond the second year of PsyD clinical case study work.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

The federal government requires that institutions approved to offer Federal Student Aid aid monitor each student's academic progress. This is done to ensure that students receiving financial aid are making what is called Satisfactory Academic Progress. To remain eligible for Federal Student Aid, students must meet all of Meridian’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards established for their specific enrollment status. These standards are separate from the academic standing policies set by the institution. Students receiving financial aid towards their doctoral project clocks are advised to review the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy to understand these requirements relative to how doctoral project progress is assessed.

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