Scholarships and Payment Plans for Law Enforcement Professionals

In addition to financial aid, the University of San Diego and other organizations provide additional financial support for students to further their education. Below is a partial list of scholarships that are available to our students.

You Could Qualify to Save More than $1500 on Tuition

Members of law enforcement and public safety associations or unions are eligible for a reduced tuition rate of $649 per credit hour (regular $699). Active duty military, veterans, and military spouses are also eligible for this discount. A reduced tuition rate will be available for the entire length of the degree as long as the student remains a member of the association or union, etc.

Qualifications and Process:

  • Submit a completed application packet and become admitted to the Masters in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership program.
  • Provide evidence of active union membership (membership card or other proof*). Military, veterans, or military spouses can provide a letter from a current supervisor, officer, or the Veterans Affairs
  • A copy or scan of the card or verification letter needs to be emailed or mailed to your enrollment advisor. The student must update the card or letter annually in January to maintain the reduced tuition
  • The discount tuition will apply to the first course and will continue through the lifetime of the degree as long as the student’s preferred status is maintained, ex. union/association membership
    The discount cannot be combined with other offers

*If a membership card is not available, applicant must obtain a letter from an association, union, military or veterans affairs representative validating membership.

Tuition Reimbursement and Educational Incentives

Many law enforcement agencies and organizations include tuition reimbursement and salary increases as part of their benefits. Check with your human resources department or union representative to see if your organization offers tuition reimbursement or salary increases for obtaining your master’s degree.

National FOP Scholarship

The Education Services Committee of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police provides assistance to members of the FOP in the form of an education tuition reimbursement scholarship. This scholarship is only available to eligible FOP members in good standing who attend one of the NFOPU-affiliated schools such as University of San Diego. Learn more about the FOP Scholarship program.

Tuition Payment Plan

USD offers a monthly payment plan to allow for payment in five installments each semester. A $50 non-refundable processing fee must be paid when signing up for each semester. To learn more about setting up a tuition payment plan contact the One Stop Student Center.