Program Cost and Financing your Degree

Investing in Your Future

A master’s degree from the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota is an investment in your future both financially and professionally. TLI has a strong network of students, alumni, faculty, and industry leaders to help you construct invaluable professional connections that extend far beyond your time with us.

Program Cost

Tuition and fees are set by the University of Minnesota. To see tuition rates for TLI’s programs, visit One Stop Student Services and navigate to the heading entitled “Post-baccalaureate tuition rates by college” and view the dropdown “College of Science and Engineering (CSE) where the specific program costs are listed for each MS degree or certificate. 

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Student Fees

To view the fees associated with our programs, visit One Stop Student Services’ fee page

Students in the Medical Device Innovation (MDI), and Security Technologies (ST) programs are assessed the 'College of Science and Engineering Collegiate fee' and the transportation and safety fee. 

Management of Technology (MOT) students have a special fee structure to cover various additional program fees. Those can be found by visiting the fee page, navigating to the “Fees assessed by college dropdown” and finding the College of Science and Engineering section. 

Questions about tuition and fees should be directed to One Stop Student Services.

Additional Fees for International Students

The University of Minnesota will assess administrative fees to international students:

  • Sponsored international students will be charged the International Sponsored Student fee. 
  • Non-sponsored international students will be charged the International Student Engagement fee and the International Student Support Services fee. 

See One Stop Student Services and navigate to the dropdown entitled “General, service, and usage, and other fees” for more information. Questions about these fees should be directed to One Stop Student Services

Additionally, international students and their dependents are required to purchase University sponsored health insurance. International students are automatically enrolled in the SHBP after course registration. See the Student Health Benefit Plan for more information. Questions should be directed to the Office of Student Health Benefits at  


For those seeking financial aid, the best approach is to apply early and be considered for our merit-based scholarships. Learn how to apply early and and qualify for a scholarship below.

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Technological Leadership Institute Merit-Based Scholarships

The Technological Leadership Institute has a limited number of merit-based scholarships. These scholarships range from $10,000-$20,000. TLI automatically considers applicants for these scholarships based on their program application. No special application is required for these scholarships.

We encourage candidates to submit their applications for admission by January 15 for priority consideration for these funds. Applications received after the priority deadline will still be considered for scholarships from TLI, however, those applications submitted by the priority deadline will be given first consideration. 

If an applicant receives a scholarship, they will be notified via their acceptance letter. These scholarships are disturbed each semester, over the course of the two year program. 

Application Instructions

Learn more about other financial aid and resources below.

Other Resources

Beyond scholarships, there are various avenues to explore for financing your education. These include loans, personal funds, workplace tuition reimbursement benefits, military benefits, internships, and student employment opportunities. We encourage you to explore these options and discover the best fit for your individual circumstances.

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Financial Aid

US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid (loans and grants). For information about eligibility and the application process, visit Financial Aid — One Stop.

Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline

Employees of participating companies may be eligible for free or reduced tuition through the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline, which offers grants for combined classroom and on-the-job training to Minnesota businesses.

Four of TLI programs are currently accredited for the Pipeline: the M.S. programs in Security Technologies (ST) and Management of Technology (MOT), and the graduate certificates in Electrification Engineering and Technology Leadership. 

Administered by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline was created to help employers create or expand an earn-and-learn, dual-training approach to meeting their workforce needs. Through the Dual-Training Pipeline, workers receive a combination of outside instruction and on-the-job training. The program targets high-growth industries that have limited history with Minnesota's apprenticeship system.

A list of participating employers can be found here. Companies that are interested in participating can contact the program at

Employees who would like their company to participate in the program should contact their manager or HR department.

Military Resources

The Technological Leadership Institute is committed to helping veterans and active military service members advance their education in every step of their journey.

The University of Minnesota Veterans Services Office can also guide military students through the process of financing graduate education. Other resources that can help you finance your studies are:

Student Employment

  • For available student positions, job descriptions, and application instructions, explore the UMN job search
  • International students seeking employment can find information from the International Student and Scholar Services on international student employment.

Regents Scholarship Program for University of Minnesota Employees

All three of TLI's Master of Science programs are covered under the Regents Scholarship Program. The program covers 75% of tuition costs for all eligible University employees. Speak with a TLI admissions associate or visit the University of Minnesota's Regents Scholarship Program for more information.

Due to University of Minnesota policy, University employees using the Regents Scholarship benefit are ineligible to receive any additional financial support from the Technological Leadership Institute, including any of the TLI scholarships.

Third Party Billing

Some employers will make payments directly to the University on a student’s behalf. In these cases, the employer must authorize the University to bill them as a third party. This authorization can be obtained by completing an External Billing Authorization form and returning it to the Third Party Billing Office. For further information, visit Third Party billing.

Students Receiving 100% Employer Funding

Students whose employers reimburse 100% of their tuition/fees are eligible to apply for a reimbursement extension whereby payment is not due until the end of the semester, to allow for submission of grades and reimbursement to occur. Note: this extension only applies to those receiving 100% support; it does not apply to students who receive partial support or who are using financial aid to fund part of their program cost. The application form can be found here.

Contact TLI Admissions

TLI admissions staff is available to answer any questions you have regarding financial aid and scholarships opportunities.
Please contact them with questions at