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 2019-2020 tuition and fee rates.
*These rates are subject to change in subsequent years
Estimated Tuition Breakdown

Total # of credits - 63
Tuition per credit - $1,050
Total Tuition cost - $66,150

Estimated Student Fees (per semester)

Registration fee - $250
Transportation fee - $60
Student Activity fee* - $25

*Only charged when full time

Cost Per Year


Year 1 Fall  Spring 
Credits 12.5 13
Tuition $13,125 $13,650
Maitri Fees $1,690 $1,690
Student Fees $335 $335
Semester Cost $15,150 $15,675
Year 1 Cost $30,825  
Year 2 Fall  Spring 
Credits 12.5 13
Tuition $13,125 $13,650
Maitri Fees $1,690 $1,690
Student Fees $335 $335
Semester Cost $15,150 $15,675
Year 2 Cost $30,825  
Year 3 Fall Spring
Credits 6 6
Tuition $6,300 $6,300
Maitri Fees $0 $970
Student Fees $310 $360
Semester Cost $6,610 $7,630
Year 3 Cost $14,240  

*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 $2,264/month. The following demonstrates expected expenses associated with attending school for 9 months. 

Room & Board $13,978
Transportation $1,126
Books & Materials $1,256
Personal & Misc. $4,014
Total Indirect Costs $20,374


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.