Tuition Payment Program

Discover a no-interest funding option for eligible students.
Tuition Payment Program

Making A World-class Cybersecurity Education More Accessible

The SANS Technology Institute’s flexible academic programs are designed for working professionals in information security or IT. Our unmatched faculty, up-to-date curriculum, GIAC certifications, and powerful network make a degree or certificate from the SANS Technology Institute a great investment in your cybersecurity career.

Fund Your Program in Monthly Installments with No Interest

For students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents — and don’t use employer education benefits or veterans’ education benefits to fund their graduate program — we offer a Tuition Payment Program (TPP) that enables eligible students to spread out the cost of their program in monthly installments with no interest.

Monthly Installment Rate

  • Master’s Degree Program: $850 USD/month for up to 5 years
  • Graduate Certificate Programs: $850 USD/month for up to 3 years
  • Bachelor's Degree Program: $850 USD/month for up to 4 years
  • Undergraduate Certificate Program: $650 USD/month for up to 2.5 years

“ creates an amazing community of the most brilliant minds in cybersecurity and enables me to interact with them regularly. These connections are priceless.” – Melissa Bischoping, Director of Endpoint Security Research, Tanium

How the Tuition Payment Program Works

After you are admitted to a program, your student advisor and the Bursar’s Office will guide you through this process.

“Earning a graduate certificate from SANS is what really accelerated my career. The technical skills I learned in the program have given me the confidence to successfully lead my team and prepare them for new challenges.” - David Cox, Manager, Cyber Threat Management, EY

InfoSec professional attends info session

Join an Online Info Session for Graduate Cybersecurity Programs

  • Learn about the new graduate certificate program in Software Supply Chain Security from faculty member and CISO-in-Residence at YL Ventures Frank Kim. Tue, March 5, 1 pm (ET). Register here.
  • Get tips on crafting a strong application to our cybersecurity master’s degree program and information on the next steps in the admissions process. Wed, March 6, 12 pm (ET). Register here.
  • Learn more about our cybersecurity master's degree and graduate certificate programs for working professionals. Have questions? We'll answer them. Tue, March 12, 12 pm (ET). Register here.
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Join an Online Info Session for Undergraduate Cybersecurity Programs

Learn more about the undergraduate programs in cybersecurity at a free online info session. Our upper division undergraduate alumni have an average starting salary of $94K. We'll discuss why they become so marketable and how our Career Center supports their job search — and we'll answer your questions.

Thu, Feb 22 at 2 pm (ET)

Learn More about the Tuition Payment Program

Find out more about the Tuition Payment Program and get answers to frequently asked questions in this video overview of the TPP.


Why did the SANS Technology Institute create the Tuition Payment Program (TPP)?

We created the TPP to make our programs more accessible for students who do not use employer education benefits or veterans’ education benefits to fund their program. Rather than pay for courses in full before each course, graduate students who use the TPP pay for their program in monthly installments without interest.

Is the Tuition Payment Program only open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents?

Yes, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents using a U.S. bank account are eligible.

When can I apply to enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan?

You can apply for the TPP after being offered admissions to one of our programs.

Will I have to pay interest for the Tuition Payment Program?

There is no interest for this program. You will only pay for courses that you register for and begin.

How do you determine eligibility for the TPP?

Applicants are evaluated based upon their credit report and other supporting financial information to determine eligibility. Those with a credit score under 700 or no credit history are unlikely to be approved.

How are my monthly payments collected?

We will set up automatic monthly withdrawals from the U.S. bank account you provide.

How will my monthly payments be affected if tuition increases while I’m in the program?

Your TPP account balance may increase based upon extra courses taken or tuition increases, and it may decrease based upon waived courses or exiting the program before completion.

Can I opt out of the Tuition Payment Program if I decide to fund my program another way?

Yes. There is no penalty fee for exiting the TPP if you secure alternative funding. You will have the option to continue monthly payments or pay off the remaining balance in full, and then your TPP account will be closed.

Can I start the Tuition Payment Plan after I have been in a program for a while, for example if I switch to a job that doesn’t offer employer-sponsored education benefits?

Yes. The TPP is open to new and existing students.

Can I combine the TPP with other funding sources like employer tuition assistance or GI Bill?

No, the TPP was designed for students who do not have access to other funding sources like employer tuition assistance or GI Bill. If you exhaust your GI Bill benefits part-way into the program, you can apply for the TPP at that time.

I am interested in an undergraduate program, but I’m not qualified for the TPP program. Are there alternative funding options for undergraduates?

Yes, undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and don't qualify for the Tuition Payment Program can be considered for our Income Share Agreement.

I still have questions.

You can review all the details of the TPP in the Graduate Course Catalog.


We're happy to help. Email or call 301.241.7665.