Degrees FAQ

Do you have questions about earning a degree from Ashford University? This FAQ provides answers to your most commonly asked questions about attending an online university, paying tuition, financial aid, online degree programs, accreditation, and more. If you don't see the answer to your question here, simply click to chat with an Enrollment Services Advisor.

What are the online degree requirements to graduate?

Online Associate's degrees require you to complete up to 67 credits, all program and course requirements, and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. You must earn a minimum of 18 credits at Ashford University.

Online Bachelor's degrees require you to complete 120 credits, all program/course requirements, and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. You must complete 30 upper-division credits, of which 18 credits must be from major coursework. You must also earn a minimum of 30 credits at Ashford University to meet the residency requirement.

Ashford's Master's degree programs have different credit requirements. For your Master's degree graduation requirements, please visit your specific degree's web page.

What are some reasonable salary expectations from earning an online degree?

A good source for general salary expectations is O*NET OnLine, which is sponsored by the US Bureau of Labor.

Is Ashford University an accredited university? What is the difference between regional and national accreditation?

Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001,

National accreditation is primarily limited to vocational or trade schools. Regional accreditors typically certify more traditional universities that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

How long does it take to earn an online degree?

Ashford's schedule allows you to take one course at a time, with no scheduled breaks in between. When you adhere to this accelerated schedule, an online Associate's degree should take approximately two years to complete. Students who follow this schedule (without breaks) can often complete an online Bachelor's degree in about four years. Online Master's degrees vary depending on their specific credit requirements.

Of course, you can shorten that length of time by transferring credits from other schools or applying military and corporate training or life experience.

What does an online degree cost?

Tuition varies depending on the degree program. Please review Ashford's tuition and fees as well as the program disclosures to determine program costs. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.

What grants and scholarships are available for an online degree?

To find federal grants and loans for your degree, you must first fill out and submit the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your federal financial aid eligibility. There is no charge, and you do not have to be admitted to apply. But you must be enrolled before your funds will be applied toward tuition and fee costs. Ashford University's school code is 001881.

Please visit and for additional information on outside scholarships. You should always research additional grants and scholarships to help fund your education.

Where can I find the online degree application?

You may use Ashford's online application. If this is your first time applying to Ashford, you will need to register an account.

Where can I learn more about the online degree admission process?

Visit the Ashford Admissions page, or call 866.711.1700 to speak with an Enrollment Services Advisor.