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Education is an investment that can pay dividends for the rest of your life. Because Ashford University wants you to experience the long-term benefits of higher education, we offer students affordable tuition, a wide range of funding options, and manageable payment plans. We also believe in transparency, so this page provides detailed information about how much your Ashford education will cost. Make an informed decision to invest in your future.

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Since funding your education can sometimes be a challenge, you should know the net price of your degree program before you start. The Net Price Calculator will give you a clear estimate of how much it costs to attend Ashford University.

Program Costs

Before you enroll in any degree program, you need to know exactly how much it will cost. Below you will find a detailed breakdown of the anticipated costs of tuition and fees associated with all of Ashford’s degree programs.

Expand your knowledge, increase your skills, and build your professional resume with an undergraduate degree. Ashford University’s tuition and fees reflect our belief that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to higher education.

 

Tuition (per credit)
All courses $452.00/credit
Fees
Technology Fee (per course)* $50.00
Books, course digital materials** and instructional materials (average per course) $100.00
Prior learning assessment - sponsored professional training (per credit evaluated)*** $30.00
Prior learning assessment - experiential learning essay assessment (per evaluation)*** $125.00
Insufficient funds fee $10.00
Graduation fee $150.00
Replacement/Duplicate Diploma $45.00
Official Transcript $10.00
Education Records - Per page^ $0.50
California Student Tuition Recovery Fund^^ $0

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* The Technology Fee is a $50 per course charge that covers access to University systems such as the online classroom, the Student Portal, and other academic resources. The Technology Fee is fully refundable if a student does not attend beyond Week 1 of a course (Week 3 if covered under the Ashford Promise Refund Schedule). After this time, the fee becomes non-refundable. Students are charged the Technology Fee for repeated coursework.

** The Course Digital Materials (CDM) fee is fully refundable if a student does not attend beyond Week 1 of a course (Week 3 if covered under the Ashford Promise Refund Schedule). After this time, the fee becomes non-refundable. Students are not charged the CDM fee for repeated coursework if previously charged.

*** Payment for evaluation does not guarantee that credit will be awarded.

^ A fee of $0.50 per page is charged for copies of education records. A maximum of $25.00 will be charged. If the education record is digitally maintained and digitally delivered, no fee will be charged.

^^ California law mandates the collection of a Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) fee in the amount of $0 per $1,000 of tuition rounded to the nearest thousand to be paid to the state's tuition recovery fund in the event of school closure. The fee is charged to California residents only.

An advanced degree puts you at another level in a competitive and constantly evolving job market. Tuition and fees for graduate students represent Ashford’s commitment to an online learning experience that is gratifying and accessible.

 

Tuition (per credit)
Master of Arts in Education $589.00/credit
Master of Arts in Psychology $589.00/credit
Master of Arts in Special Education $589.00/credit
Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology $589.00/credit
Master of Accountancy $657.00/credit
Master of Arts in Health Care Administration $657.00/credit
Master of Arts in Organizational Management $657.00/credit
Master of Business Administration $657.00/credit
Master of Public Administration $657.00/credit
Master of Science in Criminal Justice $657.00/credit
Fees:
Technology Fee (per course)* $50.00
Books and Materials (average per course) $140.00
Graduation fee $150.00
Official Academic Transcript $10.00
Education Records (per page)^ $0.50
Insufficient funds fee $10.00
Replacement / Duplicate Diploma fee $45.00

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* The Technology Fee is a $50 per course charge that covers access to University systems such as the online classroom, the Student Portal, and other academic resources. The Technology Fee is fully refundable if a student does not attend beyond Week 1 of a course (Week 3 if covered under the Ashford Promise Refund Schedule). After this time, the fee becomes non-refundable. Students are charged the Technology Fee for repeated coursework.

^ A fee of $0.50 per page is charged for copies of education records. A maximum of $25.00 will be charged. If the education record is digitally maintained and digitally delivered, no fee will be charged.

Earn an education worthy of your service. Ashford University is honored to have been designated a Top School by Military Advanced Education & Transition, and our tuition rates and fees demonstrate our commitment to serving military students.

 

Tuition (per credit)
Undergraduate Tuition $250 per credit ($202 per credit savings)
Graduate Tuition $589-$657 per credit
Fees:
Technology Fee (per course)* $0 ($2,000 savings for Bachelor's students)
Course Materials**^ (estimate per course) $0 ($100-$140 savings per course)
Graduation Fee $150
Education Records - Per Page $.50
Insufficient Funds Fee $10
Transcript Fee $10 (Official) $5 (Unofficial)
Sponsored Professional Training Assessment $30 per credit hour evaluated
Prior Learning Assessment Essay (per evaluation) $125 (does not guarantee credit will be awarded)

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* Effective for students starting January 1, 2013 or later. The Technology Fee is a $50 per course charge that covers access to University systems such as the online classroom, the Student Portal, and other academic resources. The Technology Fee is fully refundable if a student does not attend beyond Week 1 of a course (Week 3 if covered under the Ashford Promise Refund Schedule). After this time, the fee becomes non-refundable. Students are charged the Technology Fee for repeated coursework.

**^ For courses where digital materials are provided in lieu of textbooks, a Course Digital Materials fee is applied directly to the student's account concurrent with the charge for tuition. The Course Digital Materials (CDM) fee is fully refundable if a student does not attend beyond Week 1 of a course (Week 3 if covered under the Ashford Promise Refund Schedule). After this time, the fee becomes non-refundable. Students are not charged the CDM fee for repeated coursework if previously charged. When course materials purchased through the Ashford Bookstore are available in both electronic format and hard copy, students may opt to purchase a hard copy textbook and are only charged the difference in cost and shipping.

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Tuition/Financial Aid FAQ

Interest is money paid to the lender in exchange for borrowing money. In the case of federal student loans, the U.S. Department of Education is the lender. Interest rates are determined by Congress and are calculated as a percentage of the unpaid principal amount (loan amount) borrowed. Interest rates vary depending on the loan type and the disbursement date of the loan. The U.S. Department of Education provides an updated table of interest rates on its website.

Financial aid plans are provided through the Federal Pell, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), or the Direct Lending program (Subsidized loans for undergraduate students only, Unsubsidized loans, and Federal PLUS loans). Ashford University encourages its students to borrow responsibly. When reviewing the costs of attendance budgets, students are strongly encouraged to borrow only what they need.

Financial aid encompasses any resource that you receive which assists you with paying for college expenses. When choosing to apply for financial aid, you may apply for loans and grants (if applicable). Student loans are low interest loans that must be repaid, generally after graduation or when you withdraw from school. Loans are also available to parents of dependent students. Grants and scholarships are types of aid that do not need to be repaid unless, for example, you withdraw from school and financial aid funds must be returned to the Federal Government, or are unable to meet the terms of the grant. Your eligibility for grants and scholarships will always be considered first before any eligible loans, and you're encouraged to accept any grants and scholarships that you are offered.

The University provides a convenient online process for completing your financial aid. This process includes all required financial aid forms, options for electronically signing your application, and links to complete any additional documents. If you are currently enrolled, you may begin the financial aid application process right away.

Financial aid applicants must provide Ashford University with all documents required to complete the verification and certification of federal financial aid funds. If you fail to supply the documents or are unable to qualify for federal financial aid, you will be responsible for any outstanding balances incurred and must select another payment option. Continuous attendance with no breaks greater than 14 calendar days is required to retain disbursed federal financial aid funds, unless you are on an officially approved break from the University.

Federal Pell Grants
A Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree and have financial need. Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid for many students to which other aid may be added. When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your eligibility for a Pell Grant is automatically determined. The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amount. The amount a student receives depends on the EFC, cost of attendance, and enrollment status. Pell Grants are limited each award year in amount depending upon Pell Grant program funding and a maximum per student amount and is set by the federal government.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
An FSEOG is awarded only to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students who have received a Federal Pell Grant. The amount a student receives depends on the level of need, the amount of available FSEOG funding available at the institution, and the policies of the financial aid department at the school. Each year a maximum amount that each student may receive in the form of a FSEOG is specified. These grants will be awarded to the neediest and eligible students. A school's packaging philosophy must ensure that FSEOG funds are reasonably available to students who enroll throughout the year. Funds can be reserved throughout the award year (based upon institutional experience form previous periods) to ensure that selection criteria are consistently applied. Ashford University may use priority awarding deadlines and historical experience to ensure that those students with exceptional financial need receive priority in receiving FSEOG funds.

Federal Direct Loans
There are two main categories of federal Direct Loans, subsidized loans (need based) and unsubsidized loans (non-need based). Students generally begin repaying these low-interest loans six months after graduation or following withdrawal from school. Loans are also available to the parents of dependent students.

Direct Subsidized Loan
Available to undergraduate students only, these need-based loans are awarded to families to assist with educational expenses.

  • U.S. Department of Education acts as the lender; loan is federally insured
  • Loan available to students enrolled at least half-time and demonstrate financial need
  • Student is usually not charged interest on the loan during certain periods

Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Available to graduate and undergraduate students, these loans are non-need based, meaning financial need is not required.

  • U.S. Department of Education acts as the lender; loan is federally insured
  • The federal government does not pay interest on the loan. Interest begins to accrue as of the date of the first disbursement of the loan
  • Loan available to students enrolled at least half-time
  • Students have the option of paying the interest while they are in school or waiting until the principal repayment plan begins.

Direct PLUS Loan

A Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a loan borrowed by the parents of the student. Parents can borrow up to the total cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.

  • U.S. Department of Education acts as the lender; loan is federally insured
  • Parents are responsible for the interest that begins to accrue as of the date of the first disbursement of the loan
  • Repayment of a PLUS loan generally begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan and may extend for 10 years; however, parents do have the option of delaying repayment until six months after their dependent student is no longer enrolled at least half-time
  • Borrower must not have negative credit history

Grad PLUS

PLUS for graduate/professional students allows graduate/professional students to borrow a PLUS loan up to cost of attendance (COA) minus other aid.

  • There is no grace period for a Grad PLUS loan and interest accrues on the loan from the point of disbursement
  • Repayment begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, however, while enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis, you are eligible for an in-school deferment that allows you to postpone payments on your Grad PLUS Loan until you graduate or separate from school

GRANTS

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
This grant is available to students whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan following the events of September 11, 2001. Students applying for this grant must meet several criteria, which are listed at the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid website

RN to BSN Grant
If you start in Ashford’s RN to BSN program between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, you will be eligible for a grant that reduces tuition for all undergraduate courses to $250 per credit (a $202/credit savings) for your entire BSN program.

The RN to BSN Grant may not be combined with any other Ashford University grants, scholarships, or discounts. If you are eligible for the Ashford Military Grant or Leader Development Grant, you are not eligible for the RN to BSN Grant. For full details, please review the official terms and conditions of the grant.

As a first-time degree-seeking student at Ashford University, you qualify to be admitted under the Ashford Promise. This conditional admission policy allows you to attend up to three weeks of your first course with no financial obligation. During this period, Ashford University will assess whether you meet the basic academic requirement to be successful at our institution. You also have the opportunity to assess whether or not Ashford University is the right fit for you. If you are denied admission or choose not to continue in the first course, you will not be responsible for any tuition and fees incurred during the conditional admission period, and all charges will be reversed.

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This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.