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Doctoral $5K Capella Progress Reward

Capella Progress Reward – $5,000 Doctoral Scholarship

Progressing in your degree takes hard work. We recognize your dedication by offering $5K toward tuition costs in your program. Capella Progress Rewards are scholarships for new students and are not need-based. FlexPath and certificate applicants are not eligible. Refer to Progress Reward details below for further information regarding student criteria eligibility.

Do I qualify?

Must be a newly-admitted student in good standing

Student must meet Capella University admission requirements. Must be a new student (or former student reapplying to the university) accepted into and enrolled in an eligible program in the GuidedPath learning format at Capella University in November or December 2021, or January 2022.*

*FlexPath and certificate applicants are not eligible. Refer to details below for further information regarding student criteria eligibility.

Returning students may apply

To be considered a former student reapplying to the university, the student must not be currently enrolled in the university and must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Graduate of a Capella certificate or a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree program in the GuidedPath or FlexPath learning format.
  • Discontinued from the university for over four quarters.
  • Administratively withdrawn from the university.
  • Program of prior admittance to the university has been restaged or retired.
  • Applying to a program at a different degree level than program of prior admittance.

Must meet academic standards

  • Adhere to all applicable Capella University policies, including but not limited to academic standing (3.01.04 Academic Standing) and financial aid satisfactory academic progress (3.01.05 FASAP).
  • Must successfully pass your first course upon first attempt. Returning students must pass first course taken upon readmission to Capella.

Enrollment requirements

  • Recipients who do not remain enrolled through the first two weeks of the quarter will forfeit the award for that quarter.
  • Recipients who change to an ineligible program, graduate, discontinue or withdraw from Capella will have all future disbursements canceled.

How Progress Rewards affect program costs

How Progress Rewards affect program costs

  • The Capella Progress Reward is intended to address the cost of attendance, including but not limited to tuition. Books, supplies and other fees apply. Travel expenses for residencies, practicum, etc., are not covered by the scholarship.
  • The Capella Progress Reward may decrease the amount of funding that can be offered from other sources, such as federal financial aid.
  • In some circumstances, Capella quarterly tuition may be lower than a quarterly disbursement. In other cases, recipients may complete their programs before they receive all quarterly disbursements. Under no circumstances will recipients be eligible for cash payment or other compensation for the value of unused disbursements
  • Recipients of this Capella Progress Reward are not eligible for other Capella grants, scholarships or discounts in excess of 15%, unless otherwise noted in the eligibility requirements of the additional applicable scholarship.

Capella University and its affiliates’ (Strayer University, Devmountain, Hackbright Academy and Strategic Education, Inc.) faculty and staff, their spouses, domestic partners and dependent children are not eligible for the Capella Progress Reward.

Disbursement information

The Capella Progress Reward can be applied only to an eligible doctoral program in the GuidedPath learning format. Depending on the program you enter, the $5,000 will be applied to your Capella account during the third week of the quarter, disbursed equally over three consecutive quarters ($1,667 per quarter).


  • PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision beginning in the ninth quarter of your program, pending satisfaction of eligibility requirements.
Start Date Date of First Disbursement
January 2022 January 2024

  • PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology beginning in the eleventh quarter of your program, pending satisfaction of eligibility requirements.
Start Date Date of First Disbursement
November or December 2021 April 2024
January 2022 July 2024

Eligible programs

Select your program below to apply for the scholarship.

Find funding options

We’re here to help you find ways to pay for college. Capella’s financial aid advisors are available to guide you, or you can download our step-by-step Financing Guide.