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Advanced Inquiry Program

Annual Cost Estimate

The following table shows an estimate of costs for Year 1 in the AIP master’s program for students taking six hours of AIP Core Courses and seven hours of AIP Web+ Courses (13 credit hours total – see recommended Course of Study). The rates shown reflect a three-year tuition commitment from Miami University for the period from Summer 2021 through Spring 2024. 

Core Courses (6 credit hours at $395/credit hour*) AIP Web+ Courses (7 credit hours at $520/credit hour*) Year 1 Total
$2,370 $3,640 $6,010

*Prices are subject to change. Allow extra for miscellaneous costs such as textbooks, readers, and travel to your local AIP site.

The current cost for this Miami University master’s degree is roughly 30% less than the cost of a Miami master’s for an Ohio resident. Dragonfly‘s many students who live outside Ohio realize an out-of-state savings of approximately 70%.

Offsetting Graduate Program Costs

With the above substantially reduced fees as part of Miami University’s support for this program, each AIP course is offered at a fraction of actual costs. Applicants to the program should check with their employer to see if professional development funds are available to further offset costs.

Will I be able to apply for student loans while I am a Dragonfly master’s student? Can I defer my existing student loans?

To qualify for federal student loans and to defer federal student loans, a degree-seeking student must be enrolled half-time (at least five credit hours at the graduate level) in an academic term. Under the current Course of Study/credit hour configuration, this means that many, but not all, semesters’ registration and enrollment can be managed in order to hit this mark.

During terms in which master’s students are enrolled for 5 or more credit hours, they can apply for a federal student loan by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is possible that they may be granted a federal loan in an amount that would cover most expenses for the 2.5- to 3-year program. Also, at any time during the master’s experience, any student may apply for loans from private financial institutions. More information can be found at Miami University One Stop for Student Success Services for Graduate Students.

All students who take out federal student loans qualify for only one six-month deferment for each particular loan. Students who have not previously used their one-time, six-month deferment are able to defer federal loans beginning in the term in which they are enrolled half-time. Students who have already used their six-month grace period would only be eligible for another six-month grace period on any new loans that have been borrowed.

Please see Project Dragonfly Financial Aid Information for additional details. For Washington State residents seeking information and resources about student loan repayment or seeking to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit or contact the Student Loan Advocate at

Master’s Degree Scholarships

Project Dragonfly, along with key donor partners, offers several partial scholarships each year (ranging from $250-$1000) as individual awards to current graduate students in our a Master of Arts (M.A.) or a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) programs. These funds can be used to cover tuition and other course-related costs.

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