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Tuition, Fees and Financials

Cost of Attendance

Fees for 2021 – 2022:

Tuition (per credit hour) | $2,150
Activity Fees (per semester) | $281
Medical Insurance (12 month coverage) | $3,515
Student Health Fee (per semester) | $348
Transcript Fee (one time charge) | $100

*Students who are enrolled in summer courses will be charged tuition per credit hour,
an activity fee of $96, and a student health fee of $102.*

A single 12 credit semester would cost 12 tuition credit hours ($25,800) plus insurance & fees.


A limited number of tuition scholarships will be available for exceptional candidates who apply by the January 15th priority deadline. The program is committed to having a diverse student body with a variety of backgrounds which will be reflected in scholarship awards. We also award scholarships based on merit. Scholarships range from 20% – 100% of tuition.

The Vanderbilt Data Science Program has partnered with Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) to provide a 50% tuition scholarship for a female WiTT member who wishes to enroll in the MS program.

If you are interested in learning more about WiTT and applying to the scholarship, please visit their website:

Financial Aid

Master’s students who are U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens are eligible for federal financial aid. Find out more on the Graduate School Financial Aid page. Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA)

International students do not qualify for federally funded loan programs unless they are permanent residents of the United States. International students are eligible to apply for a private alternative source of funding, but must have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-borrower.

Prodigy Finance offers loan options to international students pursuing an MS in data science, and does not require a U.S. co-borrower.

If you are Active Duty Military or a Veteran, please refer to the Registrar for more information on using your VA benefits.

Student Employment

The program does not offer graduate assistantships with admission. Students may find part-time employment through the Student Employment office or seek out their own Research Assistant opportunities. Second year students are eligible to apply for Data Science Teaching Assistantships. Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships are paid like a part-time job, and do not offer tuition benefits.