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Tuition & Fees

Our Tuition Rates

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Our combined tuition, fees, and books are roughly 20% less for undergraduate and 40% less for graduate students than the average in-state rates at a public university.

Among 10 U.S. leading providers of online education, we are on average 42% less for undergraduate and 33% less for graduate students.*

Annual Cost for Full-time Students*

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Tuition to increase per credit hour by $20/undergraduate and $25/graduate, July 1, 2015. Take advantage of current rates by registering for future courses now.

Tuition Grant for Military

For our military-affiliated students, starting July 1, 2015, we will offer a tuition grant which caps our undergraduate tuition at $250/credit hour and graduate tuition at $325/credit hour for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans.


  • Admission and registration: $0
  • Transfer credit evaluation: $50
  • Technology (per course): $50
  • Learning Tracks COLL099 or COLL599: $50
  • Late registration: $50
  • Certificate completion: $25
  • Graduate comprehensive exam: $250
  • Graduation (for most degrees): $100
  • Transcripts (per copy):
    • Official electronic: $10
    • Official paper: $20
    • Unofficial electronic: $5

Transfer credit evaluation and technology fees covered by grants for U.S. active-duty military service members, and for Guard and Reserve personnel when using military tuition assistance.

Note: Fees may vary by academic program. For example, ENGR and ELEN courses incur a $100 technology fee.

Through our university book grant, textbooks and/or e-books are provided at no charge to students who are earning undergraduate academic credit.

Refunds & Withdrawals

If you withdraw from or drop a course, your account may be credited based on the guidelines listed below.

8 Week Course Withdrawal Schedule

  • Before or during week 1: 100% refund
  • During week 2: 75%
  • During weeks 3 and 4: 50%
  • During week 5 through 8: No refund

16 Week Course Withdrawal Schedule

  • Before or during week 1 or 2: 100% refund
  • During weeks 3 and 4: 75%
  • During week 5 through 8: 50%
  • During week 9 through 16: No refund

Course withdrawals could impact your eligibility for some financial aid, so it is important to look into that prior to making a decision. Iowa residents: please view your state-specific policies regarding educator's licensing, course withdraws, and refunds.

*Based on lowest possible tuition rates for 10 of the leading regionally-accredited providers of online education. Public in-state tuition information provided by the College Board 2013 Trends in College Pricing, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 2012 Digest of Educational Statistics. Sources of data for competitor institutions include SEC filings and university-provided data available on the internet as of May 2012. Only institutional fees required of all students were included. Assumes 10 undergraduate classes per year over 4 years for a total of 120 semester hours, or 6 graduate level classes per year over 2 years for a total of 36 semester hours.

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