New tuition discount for JCPS educators makes Bellarmine graduate programs among most affordable in region

October 20, 2023

Student working with JCPS student
Building on Bellarmine’s strong partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools, the university is offering a tuition discount for eligible JCPS educators on select master’s and doctoral degrees. This discount makes the BU programs some of the most affordable in the region.
Students will receive a 20 percent discount on tuition for most master’s programs and a 15 percent discount on doctoral programs. All books and materials are included at no additional expense.
“Bellarmine is grateful for our local educators and the incredible impact they have on so many students,” said Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, dean of the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education. “We want to support them in building their capacity and careers.”
The School of Education programs eligible for the discount (with adjusted rates listed below) are:
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) ($555 per credit hour)
Elementary education
Middle school education
Secondary education
Master of Arts in Education (MAED) & Rank 1 programs ($350 per credit hour)
Teacher Leader (Trauma-informed practices cognate, STEAM Education cognate)
Literacy Specialist
Instructional Leadership and School Administration
Rank 1 Curriculum & Instruction
Education Specialist (EdS) ($350 per credit hour)
Instructional Leadership and School Administration
Master of Education (MEd) ($555 per credit hour)
Higher Education Leadership & Social Justice
Doctoral Programs ($750 per credit hour)
Ph.D. in Education and Social Change
Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership
EdD in District Leadership (can lead to superintendent endorsement)
Other eligible programs include:
Second Degree: Software and Data Engineering or Accounting
Master of Arts in Communication or Digital Media
Master of Business Administration
Master of Health Sciences (various options)
Doctoral/Post-Master’s: Nursing
The tuition discount agreement is valid for five years to current JCPS employees not currently enrolled at BU. Discount is tied to the current academic year tuition rate. For more information, visit the School of Education website or contact Bellarmine’s Office of Admissions at or 502.272.8000.

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