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MS in Computer Science: Tuition and Financial Aid

Online MSCS Program Tuition

30-34.5 credits

$1,500 per credit*

$45,000-$51,750 total tuition**

*Program tuition of $1,500 per credit effective summer 2022.
**The tuition and fees listed are effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, based upon the student's selected program track. Per credit hour or per semester calculations are available from Student Financial Services.
Tuition and fees are subject to review and/or change, with approval by the University Provost's Office and Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees.

Is This a Good Investment?

Below is a list of job titles and corresponding average salaries that Case School of Engineering online MSCS students might earn. As each graduate is unique, you should evaluate your personal goals after graduation to assess your earning potential.

Software Development Engineer


Computer Scientist


Big Data Engineer


Quantitative Analyst


Data Scientist


Machine Learning Software Engineer


Senior Software Engineer


Senior Software Architect


Senior Data Scientist


[Glassdoor, 2021.]

*These positions typically receive additional compensation in the form of cash and stock bonuses.

How Will I Pay My Tuition?

There are a variety of ways to fund your tuition. Here’s some useful information, but the right path will depend on your financial situation and even your home state; we suggest you consult with our Financial Aid Office and/or a financial advisor.


At Case Western Reserve University, we create rigorous online programs our students can afford. We provide the resources you need to make your degree a reality, which is why 100 percent of students currently enrolled in the online Master of Science in Computer Science program have received scholarships.

We’re offering scholarships starting at $1,500 for all students admitted to the Summer 2022 cohort of the online MSCS, with higher value awards available if you apply early. Schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor to learn more about scholarship availability and opportunities.

We also encourage you to explore the FastWeb scholarship search site or external scholarships.

Direct Loan

The Federal government provides direct loans for graduate students, even if you do not qualify for need-based financial aid. Direct loans are generally the lowest cost loan available (current rate is 6.08%), and will usually cover up to $20,500 every academic year. Note that you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, take at least six credits per semester, and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify. We recommend checking out Frank to help you with filling out the FAFSA.

If federal direct loans are unavailable or insufficient, we can help you explore PLUS or private education loans, or alternatives such as income share agreements (ISAs).

Federal Graduate PLUS Loans

The Federal Government has another lending program, Graduate PLUS, which can generally cover your remaining need. You will need to submit the FAFSA and the application for the Federal Direct loan prior to applying for the PLUS. The current interest rate on PLUS loans is 7.08%. PLUS loans also charge an origination fee of about 4.2%, which private loans and income share agreements do not typically require.

Private Loans

An alternative to PLUS is to borrow money from a bank. Unlike Federal loans, these private loans do not require a FAFSA to apply and are not based on need. Approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay (some students may need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer). Interest rates, grace periods, repayment options and fees are determined by the lender and can vary considerably from lender to lender; generally, they charge higher rates than Federal loans.


If you have any questions regarding tuition, aid, or how you will pay for tuition, please feel free to email us at financialaid@case.edu or call us at 216.368.4530.

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