Employer-provided professional development funds
Many employers now offer generous professional development stipends and scholarships to employees interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate education and training programs. As a first step, visit your employer’s benefits office or website to see what’s available. Managers and supervisors often have additional funds available for supporting staff development as well.
Students who qualify for professional development by their employer should notify the Office of the Bursar by submitting the Sponsorship Forms.
Veterans who qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits or other VA programs can use those benefits to pay for an online certificate program at Mines. If you believe you are benefits-eligible, contact the Office of Financial Aid office for assistance determining your options and apply your benefit toward your selected program.
While some students choose to simply put course fees on a credit card, we encourage all students to consider private loans through their bank or another lender, as these often offer lower interest rates.
Private Student Loans
Private student loans are available to all students who are seeking an online certificate. These loans are made through banks, credit unions, or other financial institutions and are subject to the lending institution’s terms. Many private lenders allow students to be the primary borrower with a creditworthy cosigner.
Private loan lenders set their own rates, fees, and terms based on borrower and/or cosigner credit worthiness. When you enter into an agreement with a private student loan provider, you should review all loan disclosures for a complete understanding of your loan and repayment options.
Mines offers all students the option of paying tuition in installments. To learn more or sign up for a payment plan, visit the Bursar’s Office website.