Program Costs & Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid

Students that combine the Dietetic Internship with the MS are eligible for federal financial aid. Applicants are encouraged to submit their FAFSA by October 31 for early consideration of grants and scholarships. For more information, please see the office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at Texas State.

General Costs

Students who are admitted to the dietetic internship can anticipate the following costs upon enrollment.

Please note that these are estimates. Actual costs will vary depending on enrollment, residency status, and fees.

Additionally, this list excludes the general costs of living (e.g., meals, housing, and transportation). Those costs will vary from intern to intern.

Enrollment and cost of program for students on the thesis track will depend on research progress and may exceed 33 credits.

ExpenseEstimated Cost
In-state tuition and fees for 39 graduate credit hours take over two years* $19,693
Professional dress (e.g. lab coats, scrubs, appropriate shoes) $150
Textbooks and other supplies $600
Registration and travel for professional meetings $150
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership fee $120
Post-acceptance health requirements (e.g. health insurance, immunizations, criminal background check, drug testing, TB testing, CPR certification)** $800
Liability insurance $20
Approximate total cost
Resident (in-state)*$21,533
Non-Resident (out-of-state)*$38,913

*Listed tuition and fees are approximate and were updated on September 25, 2023, based on the published tuition and fees for Fall 2023. Listed tuition and fees are for Texas residents. For students who cannot claim residency within the state of Texas, the tuition and fees for 39 graduate credit hours are approximately $38,913. Please see the Student Business Services website for the most up-to-date tuition and fees information and for policies and procedures regarding payment, refunds, and withdrawals. Students placed in clinical rotations in the Rio Grande Valley or Houston will have increased expenses related to travel. For an estimate of expenses for the DI year only, visit Estimated Expenses of TXST Dietetic Internship

Some graduate courses may be offered in an online or hybrid format. There is an additional $150 fee for registration in distance coursework. 

**Post acceptance health requirement costs are approximations and may vary depending on the individual. For example, health insurance coverage details and student medical history may impact individual health insurance premiums.

Travel Expenses

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Interns may drive 12,000 miles or more over the course of the internship. Interns should be prepared for the costs associated with that travel and with the maintenance of reliable transportation. Most practicum sites are located along the I-35 corridor between Round Rock and San Antonio, and interns' geographic preferences are taken into consideration when the schedule is made.

In 2018, we began placing interns at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital (CMHH) in Houston, TX for pediatric rotations. This represents a tremendous opportunity for education in pediatric clinical nutrition. Approximately two interns are placed in six-week rotations at CMHH each year.

In 2021, we began placing interns in 11-week clinical rotations at Valley Regional Medical Center (VRMC) in Brownsville, TX. Two interns each year are placed at VRMC, and we make an effort to place interns here who have a connection to the Rio Grande Valley.


Students enrolled in the combined MS/DI program are competitive applicants for a number of University and national scholarships. Explore the links below to see what scholarships you might qualify for.

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