Overview of Naropa University Campus with students

MA Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology Costs & Aid

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More than 75% of graduate students at Naropa University receive some form of federal or institutional aid to help cover their costs. 

All figures are based on 2020-2021 tuition and fee rates.
*These rates are subject to change in subsequent years
Estimated Tuition Breakdown
  • $12,000/ semester for students enrolled 9-15 credits 
  • $7,500/ semester for students enrolled 6-8.9 credits 
  • For students enrolled for less than 6 credits, or each credit in excess of 15, students will be charged $1,100/ credit 
Estimated Student Fees (per semester)

Program fee - $2,100
Transportation fee - $75
Student Activity fee* - $25
Graduation fee** - $50

*Only charged when full time
** Charged in final semester

Cost Per Year
Year 1 Fall  Spring 
Credits 12.5 13
Tuition $12,000 $12,000
Program Fees $2,100 $2,100
Student Fees $100 $100
Semester Cost $14,200 $14,200
Year 1 Cost $28,400  
Year 2 Fall  Spring 
Credits 12.5 13
Tuition $12,000 $12,000
Program Fees $2,100 $2,100
Student Fees $100 $100
Semester Cost $14,200 $14,200
Year 2 Cost $28,400  
Year 3 Fall Spring
Credits 6 6
Tuition $7,500 $7,500
Program Fees $2,100 $2,100
Student Fees $75 $125
Semester Cost $9,675 $9,725
Year 3 Cost $19,400  

*These rates are subject to change in subsequent years


 Scholarships (application & FASFA required)

Scholarships (no application required)

Indirect Costs

The cost of attendance is determined using guidelines established by the Colorado Commission of Higher Education and assumes that students are limiting expenses by sharing housing, utilizing public transportation, etc. Living expenses are about $2,268/month. The following demonstrates expected expenses associated with attending school for 9 months. 

Room & Board $13,176
Transportation $990
Books & Materials $1,256
Personal & Misc. $4,626
Total Indirect Costs $20,048


Important Information

For all graduate programs at Naropa University

  • Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500/year in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans.
  • Graduate students may be able to borrow a Federal Grad PLUS Loan up to the total Cost of Attendance minus all other aid awarded (must credit qualify).
  • Students may set up a Payment Plan to pay their tuition bill.
  • Many students work part-time off and on campus. For available employment opportunities at Naropa University, check out available Graduate Assistantships or submit a request for student employment at finaid@naropa.edu.
  • Students who previously participated in Americorps programs may be able to apply their education award voucher to their tuition bill. Also, students enrolled in degree programs requiring internships may be able to earn credit toward an Americorps education award.