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TUITION AND FEES

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The Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program, Certificate in Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing program, Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist, and Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems programs are approved for use of most VA and TA military education benefits, and Federal Student Aid (FSA) is available to eligible students.

We work with each student to make sure that his or her enrollment process and funding plans go as smoothly as possible.

Tuition
Tuition is charged by credit hour each semester. The rate of tuition for new enrollments beginning at midnight AZ time, August 29, 2023 is $340 per credit hour. Tuition for the Certificate of Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist is $500 per credit hour and is not eligible for the active duty rate. Tuition rates are subject to change. For students enrolled prior to August 29, 2023, the tuition rate of $330 per credit hour will be honored if the student is continuously enrolled. Students electing to take individual or additional courses beyond their program of study will be charged at the current tuition rate. For all other programs, the tuition rate for active duty military remains $250 per credit hour.

Educational Resource Fee
An Educational Resource Fee is a mandatory, non refundable fee assessed to students each semester. Once the student has started the semester, the Educational Resource Fee is not refundable. The current Educational Resource Fee is $700 per semester. The Educational Resource fee for active duty military is $295 except for the Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist program.

Tuition, Fees, and Completion Time by Program
Below is a listing of the current program offerings. SDI reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses or programs as necessary. Completion times may differ from agency or other funding eligibility.

Tuition By Program

Associate of science in firearms technology degree

Expected Completion Time*
2 Years

Maximum Completion Time
3 Years

Credit Hours
60

Tuition
$20,400

This amount reflects rates for new enrollments submitted beginning at midnight AZ time, August 26, 2023. For students enrolled prior to August 29, 2023 the tuition rate of $330 will be honored.

Educational Resource Fee ($700 per semester, not to exceed 4 semesters)
$2,800

Total Program Cost
$23,200

*Students may complete the program in less time based on year-round enrollment opportunities.  Part-time enrollees may take longer to complete.

Certificate in Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing

Expected Completion Time*
8 months

Maximum Completion Time
1 year

Credit Hours
32

Tuition
$10,880

This amount reflects rates for new enrollments submitted beginning at midnight AZ time, August 26, 2023. For students enrolled prior to August 29, 2023 the tuition rate of $330 will be honored.

Educational Resource Fee ($700 per semester, not to exceed 2 semesters)
$1,400

Total Program Cost
$12,280

*Students may complete the program in less time based on year-round enrollment opportunities.  Part-time enrollees may take longer to complete.

Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist

Expected Completion Time
20 weeks

Maximum Completion Time
30 weeks

Credit Hours
16

Tuition
$8,000

Educational Resource Fee ($700 per semester)
$700

Total Program Cost
$8,700

Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems

Expected Completion Time*
4 months

Maximum Completion Time
6 months

Credit Hours
16

Tuition
$5,440

This amount reflects rates for new enrollments submitted beginning at midnight AZ time, August 29, 2023. For students enrolled prior to August 26, 2023 the tuition rate of $315 will be honored.

Educational Resource Fee ($700 per semester)
$700

Total Program Cost
$6,140

*Students may complete the program in less time based on year-round enrollment opportunities.  Part-time enrollees may take longer to complete.

ACTIVE DUTY & VETERAN STUDENTS

SDI offers a special tuition rate of $250/credit hour to active duty students for all SDI programs. The Educational Resource fee for active duty military is $295. Active duty tuition rate and Educational Resource Fee rate are not available for the Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist program.

Additionally, some of SDI’s programs are approved for use of most military benefits, including the GI Bill® and military tuition assistance. Our Financial Services staff can help you navigate these financial programs.

Click below to learn more about the financial support available to you.

Active Duty Students

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Veteran Students

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Funding Options

Federal Student Aid

Students enrolling in the Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program, the Certificate in Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing program, the Certificate in Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist program, or the Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems program may be eligible for Federal Student Aid (FSA).

Federal Student Aid

Scholarships

SDI offers two different scholarships that help military-connected students pay for education. Visit our scholarships page to learn more about eligibility requirements and see other outside scholarships available to military-connected students.

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OTHER FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Student Payment Plans

SDI offers students the option to make recurring payments with no interest charge during their program of study when other funding options are not available. Students should contact the Financial Services department to establish suitable payment options. In most circumstances, a credit or debit card is required for monthly payment plans. Contact SDI Financial Services to learn more.

Financial Services: financialservices@sdi.edu

Employer Tuition Assistance

Several employers offer tuition assistance to their employees. Specific details vary by employer. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with the human resources department of their employer to determine eligibility and requirements to receive such assistance. SDI will work with students and employers to accommodate the methodology and arrangements accordingly.

Student Private Loans – Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems

SDI offers students enrolling in the Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems the option to apply for private loan funds through Meratas. Students who complete the loan application through the Meratas lender marketplace will receive offers from various lenders based on their personal credit history. Lenders will present the loan information to the student which will include the interest rate and repayment terms for each of the loan offers. The student may then select the offer that is best for their situation. Students should contact their designated Financial Services Advisor before starting the Meratas lender marketplace application. Please contact SDI Financial Services at financialservices@sdi.edu to learn more.

Policies

Tuition Refund Policies

Refund calculations will be done for each course the student has started, as determined by academic activities establishing attendance in the course. Please review our Refund Policies for additional information.

REFUND POLICIES

Other Terms and Policies

Visit our About page for a full list of SDI policies, including re-enrollment and transfer credit policies.

GENERAL POLICIES

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