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Tuition & Financial Aid

The School’s affordable tuition rates cover all courses, training, and admission to special Garden symposia and seminars, as well as basic tools. Federal financial aid—Pell Grants and Direct Loans—is available to qualified students.

Application fee (non-refundable): $75

Tuition (two-year total): $17,500

Tuition and fees are subject to Administrative Committee approval and may change.

  1. Includes:

    • Registration for required courses
    • Registration for Garden symposia and lectures
    • Special workshops and seminars
    • Basic tools (soil knife, hand lens, and hand pruners)

    Does not include:

    • Books: $2,500
    • Drafting Equipment: $300
    • Field Trip Expenses: $200
    • Safety Shoes: $200
    • Personal living expenses, including housing, meals, transportation, etc.
  2. 1st Year

    • $75 application fee (non-refundable) due by August 1
    • $200 tuition deposit (refundable)
    • $4,175 due by first day of Orientation
    • $4,375 due by June 15

    2nd Year

    • $4,375 due by January 15
    • $4,375 due by June 15

    Please refer to the School’s Catalog for the payment schedule, payment methods, collections, and refund policies.

  3. Financial aid is available in several forms (i.e., scholarships and loans). Financial aid awards are made by the Scholarship Committee, which consists of the Garden’s Vice President for Finance, Vice President for Continuing and Public Education, and Director of the School of Professional Horticulture.

    Tuition scholarship applications are distributed biannually in mid-May and in mid-November to currently enrolled students. Notification will be by mid-June and mid-December, respectively.

    Scholarship award amounts are variable and are based on:

    • Financial need
    • Good academic standing
    • Overall performance and professionalism
  4. The School of Professional Horticulture is eligible and certified by the U.S. Department of Education to administer Title IV funds (Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Direct Student Loan Program) to qualified students. Students may apply online at

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  5. Veterans who were in the United States armed forces may be eligible for benefits. An educational allowance may also be available to spouses and children of veterans, under Title 38, Chapter 35. Contact the Director for further information.