Tuition & Financial Aid Overview

We believe that finances should not be a barrier to becoming a teacher or to accessing high quality professional development.

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Relay is committed to offering our programs at a price point that is reasonable and sustainable for educators as well as our partner schools and school systems. We work closely with federal, state, and philanthropic sources to provide as much financial aid as possible, tailored to each student’s needs and goals. This page offers an overview of tuition and financial aid. We invite you to get in touch to learn more.


Tuition for Relay Graduate and Certification Programs

For all students entering Relay in 2023-24, tuition is calculated by credit. Each credit costs $850. Check out our state-by-state pages to see the number of credits for your particular program. Total tuition costs for each program are:

Master of Arts in Teaching programs (residency and non)
  • 2 year program
  • 32 credits (Most MAT programs) → $27,200
  • 38 credits (MAT in Culturally &Linguistically Diverse Learners) → $32,300
  • 39 credits (MAT in Special Education) → $33,150
Alternative Certification Programs 
  • 3-4 terms (about 1 year)
  • Credit hours vary from 18 to 24, depending location and program type (For example, in some locations students may elect to add endorsements in special education and teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners).
  • See the page for your state to learn the credit hours.
Advanced Certificate in Special Education
  • 1 year program
  • 21 credits, $17,850

Other Fees

Students will also need to consider the cost of certification or state-specific fees. These will vary by region and will be communicated along with students’ specific tuition and financial aid package.

Financial Aid for Graduate and Certification Programs

Relay works closely with our students, school and district partners, federal programs, and local supporters to ensure that there are resources available to develop the next generation of great teachers. 

Each student’s financial aid picture will look different. Students will receive support in applying for aid and using it for educational costs in an effective way.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Relay students may be eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, TEACH grants, and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or the Relay Residency Scholarship (for those not eligible for AmeriCorps). By participating in AmeriCorps, students have the opportunity to earn  $6,495 in academic year 2022-23 and $6,895 in academic year 2023-24. Awards are earned upon successful completion of each year of service, and may be used for any eligible educational expense. We support students in filling out the FAFSA and applying for AmeriCorps.

Many schools and school systems choose to subsidize the cost of teacher training for their staff, and we work with local donors to support cohorts of teachers as well.

Alternative Certification

Relay students may be eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. By participating in AmeriCorps, students have the opportunity to earn $6,495 for the academic year 2022-23 and $6,895* in academic year 2023-24, disbursed as an education award. Awards are earned upon successful completion of a year of service, and may be used for any eligible educational expense. We support students in applying for AmeriCorps.

We often work with schools, school districts, and local donors to lower tuition costs for students.

Advanced Certificate in Special Education

Relay students may be eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. The cost of this program may also be lowered by school, system, and philanthropic subsidies.

* Find more information about AmeriCorps Awards here. Please note that the Segal AmeriCorps Awards approved in Fiscal Year 2023 apply to students who complete service in 2023-24, and Awards approved in Fiscal Year 2022 apply to students who complete service in 2022-23.


Contact Us to Learn More

If you are a school or school system administrator who wants to learn more about partnering with Relay, connect with our Partnerships team >>

If you are a prospective Relay student interested in costs for your program, fill out an interested form to speak to the Prospective Students team >>

If you are a current Relay student with questions about your tuition or financial aid, contact Student Financial Services >>


Professional Education Costs

Relay is committed to offering high-impact, just-in-time continuing professional development for teachers and leaders. We work closely with our school and district partners to make such opportunities reasonable and sustainable for your budgets.

Learn more about Teacher Professional Education >>

Learn more about Leadership Programs >>