Expenses and funding opportunities

Graduate student tuition and fees

Information about tuition and fees for graduate nursing programs at Binghamton University are presented on the University's Graduate School costs and funding webpage

Expenses beyond tuition and fees

Students in Decker's graduate nursing programs should expect to incur costs for additional items related to clinical practice (see below). These costs are in addition to the standard University tuition and fees. 

  • Graduate nursing student budget, 2018-19

    YEAR ONE, FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT EXPENSES IN ADDITION TO TUITION AND FEES

    Books: $2,000 

    • Based on 12 credits per semester for two semesters

    Transportation to/from clinical sites: $1,226

    • Students travel up to 75 miles one way, 2x per week for 15 weeks (spring semester) @54.5 cents per mile

    Uniform allowance including lab coats, professional attire, name pin and upkeep: $,1000

    Housing: use graduate student budgeted amount

    Professional and personal expenses: $,3500

    • For example, allowance for childcare expenses, professional nursing conference fees, membership fees to join national nursing organizations, technology costs and certification review course costs.

    Health requirements (annual fees)

    • CPR certification: $70-$100
    • Health physical: $125

    Health requirements (one-time expenses)

    • Measles titer: $50
    • Mumps titer: $50
    • Rubella titer: $50
    • Varicella-Zoster titer: $50
    • Hepatitis B vaccination series 3@$52=$156
    • Hepatitis B titer $58 (quantitative) OR $169 (level)
    • Tetanus series $40
      Vaccine total: $454 w/quant or $565 w/level

    One-time expenses:

    • PA criminal background check: $10
    • PA child abuse clearance: $10
    • CastleBranch Medical Document Manager: $35
    • Stethoscope: $200 (per Welch Allyn)
    • Diagnostic set: $500 (per Welch Allyn)
    • Subscription to Typhon Software (document completion of clinical hours): $90

    Annual clinical simulation fees (projected): $600

    • $300 per semester projected cost in fall and spring semesters

    YEAR TWO, FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT EXPENSES IN ADDITION TO TUITION AND FEES

    Books: $2,000

    • Based on 12 credits per semester for two semesters

    Transportation to/from clinical sites each semester: $2,453

    • Students travel up to 75 miles one way, 2x per week for 30 weeks (fall and spring semester) @ 54.5 cents per mile

    Uniform allowance including lab coats, professional attire, name pin and upkeep: $,1000

    Housing: use graduate student budgeted amount

    Professional and personal expenses: $,3500

    • For example, allowance for childcare expenses, professional nursing conference fees, membership fees to join national nursing organizations, technology costs and certification review course costs.

    Health requirements (annual fees)

    • CPR certification: $70-100
    • Health physical: $125

    Annual clinical simulation fees (projected): $600

    • $300 per semester projected cost in fall and spring semesters

    Suture kit: $45

Financial assistance

For complete information about graduate financial aid, visit the Graduate School financial aid and funding webpage.

Currently enrolled nursing students may be eligible for special aid programs, including loans and local grants. In addition, Decker offers a limited number of scholarships (see below) with specific eligibility criteria, including merit and/or residency requirements. There are also University-wide and national scholarships we strongly encourage students apply for.

Scholarship information 

Application details for Decker-specific scholarships can be found here.

Other funding opportunities

The following are brief descriptions of funding opportunities available to graduate nursing students. 

Teaching and graduate assistantships

Teaching assistantship (TA) and graduate assistantship (GA) positions require 16–20 hours of service per week for the Decker School. Responsibilities generally include clinical laboratory support in undergraduate nursing courses or support of the school's grant and research activities. In return, they provide a tuition scholarship and stipend. Full-time study is required. Students may express interest in these positions by responding to a Google form that is disseminated via the graduate student listserv in the spring semester.

Traineeship/fellowship

These positions do not require service to the Decker School. They typically provide a tuition scholarship and stipend. Full-time study is required.

Other assistantships

Other offices and programs throughout the University have graduate assistantships available. All provide tuition scholarships and stipends, and all require service to the office or the program awarding the assistantship.

Loans/work study

Loans and a special graduate student work study program are available to graduate nursing students. Awards from these sources are dependent on demonstrated need as noted on the financial aid form filed with the University's Financial Aid Office. For information about these types of assistance, call the Financial Aid Office at 607–777–2428.

Loan money is available for DNP students from the Skelly Foundation. To learn more, email Jennie Orton, senior academic advisor, at jorton@binghamton.edu.