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How much does it cost to participate in the program?

The true value of 18 graduate-level credits from the University of Notre Dame is over $50,000. However, participation in the ENL Hernandez Fellows program, including room and board, for the 2024-2025 year (19th Cohort) is $12,000.  

Notre Dame is committed to reducing the barriers that make graduate studies a challenge financially, especially for Catholic school leaders serving in under-resourced schools and low-income communities. Thanks to the generous support of the Hernandez family, ENL is able to offer a $3,000 fellowship to each participant upon admission, thus reducing the cost to $9,000. Additional need-based scholarships up to $2,000 are also available, possibly reducing the cost to $7,000.

ENL Hernandez Fellows Cost Summary

Tuition does not include the cost of books or travel to campus.

Over 90% of ENL Hernandez Fellows use their school's Title funds to underwrite some or all of their tuition.

Read more about Title funds and how to use them.

Need additional financial support?

The ENL team also works hard to help participants secure additional funding from the following sources:

  • Title II (Professional Development) and Title III (Education of English Learners) funds
  • Diocesan scholarships
  • Funding from religious orders
  • Funding from local benefactors
  • AmeriCorps awards


Contact Sarah Butch ( with any questions.