Solar energy engineering and commercialization (PSM)
Tuition and fees
Our expedited 12-month schedule is designed in part to minimize the expense of graduate studies by allowing you to join or return to the workforce as quickly as possible. Fellowships through ASU and external sources offer graduate students many alternatives to fund education expenses. To date, over 90% of PSM SEEC students have received fellowship support. The level of support varies depending upon eligibility and funding availability. Students should apply on or before the posted deadlines in order to be considered for financial support.
Residents of 14 Western states are eligible to apply for in-state tuition rates, resulting in over $16,000 savings throughout the course of the program. Eligible states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. This tuition reduction is made possible through the PSM SEEC’s participation in the Western Regional Graduate program. For more information on this program, please visit www.wiche.edu/wrgp. Eligible candidates can find the WICHE/WRGP application here.
Five eligible fall semester applicants will be nominated for fellowships of up to $10,000. Eligibility includes US citizenship, permanent residency, Arizona residents and/or students from underrepresented populations. Candidates will be determined based on the applicant pool each fall. Students wishing to be considered for this fellowship must have an updated FAFSA on file with ASU.
In addition, the PSM SEEC program has several need-based fellowships available each year. All admitted students will be considered for these $1,000 fellowships.
All enrolled PSM SEEC students have $1500 available to be used toward professional development and/or applied projects.
Additional funding sources
Financial resources may be available and all eligible applicants are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after applying to the program. We encourage you to be on the lookout for other opportunities, including sources outside of this list.
In addition to the tuition charged for graduate study at ASU, there is a program fee of $500/credit hour for students in the PSM SEEC program. This fee, which is comparable to other extra program charges at ASU, enables us to provide an enhanced educational experience for you including travel, a professional development/applied project allowance and dedicated program resources.
Your program fee covers:
- Expenses associated with the Solar Policy course in Washington, DC, including special course fee, lodging, travel, and a stipend for meal expenses and ground transport.
- Provision of up to $1,500 to be used for student research and/or conference and networking opportunities.
- Eligible use of this funding includes participation in professional development activities, including attendance at international solar conferences.
- Students may also identify other professional development opportunities that support the program objectives and meet their educational and professional goals. Students have attended a variety of conferences relative to their individualized learning program.
- Solar spring break, during which students travel to under-served communities to install roof top photovoltaic systems on residential housing.
- Materials necessary for the completion of a student’s applied project. Please note that certain technology purchased with these funds (including, but not limited to computer equipment, hard drives, etc.) will remain property of ASU.
- All purchases and travel are facilitated by the program manager.
- Program-specific career-building and networking opportunities such as such as panel discussions, resume-writing workshops, mixers and field trips.
- Facilitation of an industrial advisory board composed of Arizona’s solar industry leaders. The advisory board is charged with ensuring that the program’s curriculum remains responsive to the dynamic demands of the solar industry.
- Dedicated PSM SEEC program manager to assist with course selection, enrollment, ASU policy navigation, etc. PSM SEEC students enjoy more direct access to their academic advisor than do most other graduate students, who are only one among as many as 500 other students awaiting the assistance of their academic advisor.
- Exclusive study space for PSM SEEC students.
The cost of the program varies from student to student, based on a variety of factors, including residency status, course load and distribution of courses from spring, to summer, to fall semesters. The following is an estimate and indicates entire tuition/fee costs based on estimated 2015/16 tuition rates and completing the program within 12 months as outlined on the degree map.
Alterations to this schedule may reduce or increase costs. Please contact the program manager for specific questions regarding individualized program costs.
Detailed tuition and fees can be estimated using ASU’s cost calculator. Students using the cost calculator should select the option to include the summer session, then view the cost per credit tab to see costs for 12 credits during the fall and spring sessions, and 6 credits during the summer session. All amounts shown in the tuition and fees schedules or in other university publications or web pages represent tuition and fees as currently approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. Eligible residents from 14 Western states should apply for the WRGP program to be eligible for resident tuition rates. Please complete the WICHE/WRGP application.
Student budget worksheet
Creating an annual budget is an important process of your ASU educational experience; it helps you understand your total costs, how your financial aid awards help cover those costs, and any remaining balance due to ASU after your aid is applied. When using this budget worksheet, refer to your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) for a list of your offered awards. Please do not submit this worksheet to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. It is a recommended tool for your use but not a requested document for your financial aid file.