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Tuition & Financing

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Juris Doctor Tuition Schedule and Fee Table

 

Abraham Lincoln University enrolls students on a year-by-year basis for each year required to complete the program. The Juris Doctor (J.D.) program can be completed in approximately four years when the student enrolls for 52 weeks (average) per year.

 

Tuition is charged on a per year basis as shown below. All tuition and fees are payable in full at the time of enrollment unless a student chooses the installment payment option, applies for federal student loans, or qualifies for other educational assistance programs.

 

Law School Tuition per Academic Year (J.D.)
Each year of the Juris Doctor program is $8,000 in tuition,totaling $32,000 for four years.

Fees and Non-Tuition Charges (J.D.)
The fees and charges listed below are non-refundable. The Application Fee is waived for all military students applying to the J.D. program.

 

Fee Table (J.D)

 

Application$50
Registration (One-time per Program)$100
External Academic Resources$100 per Year*
Official Transcript$10 per transcript
Unofficial Transcript$5 per transcript
Academic Petition FeesListed in A through F
            A) Leave of Absence$10
            B) Reinstatement$10
            C) Early Exam$10
            D) Special Academic$10
            E) Late Exam$100
            F) Re-Grade Essay$10/essay (up to 3 per year); $50 after 3rd essay
Graduation$250
Duplicate Diploma$125*
Returned Checks/Credit Card Charge Back$20
Late Monthly Payment Charges$20

*Changes starting January 1, 2016.
Note: To comply with live mandatory proctored exam requirements, students may incur costs depending on what option that they select, but they are free to arrange for no-cost live proctoring options as well, as long as it meets ALU’s proctoring arrangement requirements.

 

Costs of Textbooks and Study Materials (J.D)

Tuition and fees do not include cost for books and study materials. Obtaining books and study materials for courses are the responsibility of the student. The best effort estimate for required books based on list prices for all four years of study in the JD program is $5,685:

 

Estimates of Required BooksListRetail
First Year$827.95$548.17
Second and Third Year (Combined)$2,935.35$2,565.97
Fourth Year$1,921.39$1,599.65
Total$5,648.69$4,713.79

 

A current list of required textbooks and materials, including title, author, publisher and ISBN may be found here.

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Tuition Schedule for Doctorate, Master’s, Bachelor’s, Associate and Diploma Programs

 

Tuition is the total student cost for course instruction. Tuition for ALU courses and programs is calculated on a semester credit hour basis. Each ALU course is three (3) credit hours. Students typically enroll in one or two courses at a time within their individual degree plan. Students may petition the University to enroll in a complete semester which would consist of 12 to 15 semester credits for undergraduate and 9 to 12 semester credits for graduate programs.

 

Program/
Degree
Semester
Credit(1)
Semester
Credit(3)
Total
Program
Diploma$250$750$7,500
Associate$250$750$15,000
Bachelor’s$250$750$30,000
Master’s$350*$1,050$12,600
Doctorate$445**$1,335$26,700

* Master’s degree tuition for military students using TA and U.S. military veteran students is $250 per semester credit.
** Doctorate degree tuition for military students using TA and U.S. military veteran students is $350 per semester credit.

 

 

Fees and Non-Tuition Charges (Master’s, Bachelor’s, Associate and Diploma Programs)

 

Fees and non-tuition charges listed in Table 1 are non-refundable. The following fees are waived for military students enrolling under the U.S. Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (TA) and U.S. military veteran students enrolling into the diploma, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs (excluding doctorate program): Application/Transfer Credit Evaluation, External Academic Resources, Transcript, Graduation and Registration (per program). The Application Fee is waived for all military students applying to the doctorate program. All other students are required to pay the following fees when applicable:

 

Table 1: Fee Table (Doctorate, Master’s, Bachelor’s, Associate and Diploma)

 

Application/Transfer Credit Evaluation$50
Registration (per program)$100
External Academic Resources (per year)$50*
Course Extension or Repeat$10
American Psychology Association (APA)1$100
Comprehensive Exam Fee (per Exam)1$100
Continuous Enrollment Fee (per eight-week term)1$445
Dissertation Completion1$450
Duplicate Diploma$125**
Graduation$250**/$4501
Late Monthly Payment Charges$20
Leave of Absence$10
Reinstatement$10
Returned Checks/Credit Card Charge Back$20
Student Tuition Recovery Fund.0005 x tuition charge rounded to nearest $1000
Transcript, Official / Unofficial$10 / $5

*Only applicable to paralegal and legal studies programs.
**Changes starting January 1, 2016.
1 Applicable to the doctorate program only.

Costs of Textbooks and Study Materials (Doctorate, Master’s, Bachelor’s, Associate, and Diploma/ Certificate)

 

Tuition and fees do not include cost for books and study materials. Obtaining books and materials for courses are the responsibility of the student. The best effort estimate cost of textbooks and other materials per course is $144 ($125 for doctorate program).

 

The best effort estimate cost of new, unused books for different programs, based on the number of courses in each program’s degree plan, are as follows:

 

ProgramTotal Textbook (NEW)
Costs For Program
Diploma$1,440 (Covering 2 semesters)
Associate$2,880 (Covering 4 semesters)
Bachelor’s$5,760 (Covering 8 semesters)
Master’s$1,728 (Covering 3 semesters)
Doctorate$2,250 (Covering 6 semesters)

A current list of required textbooks and materials, including title, author, publisher and ISBN may be found here.

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Payment Plans

 

Qualified students may be eligible for federal student loans (J.D. program only), private loans, military tuition assistance, veterans education benefits, employer tuition reimbursement or other third party resources. Students who obtain outside loans have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund from ALU.

 

Tuition and fees must be paid-in-full at the completion of courses or programs. Transcripts and diplomas will not be issued and other university privileges may be suspended until all financial obligations are met by the student. The University reserves the right to modify annual tuition, tuition policies or fees, and schedules.

 

Juris Doctor Program Payment Plan

 

Paying for online law school is simple. Students can pay in full or pay based on the payment plans shown below:

 

  • A down payment of $2,200.00 at the submission of the enrollment agreement.
  • The balance of the tuition will be paid in approximately ten (10) monthly payments of $545 and a last payment of $550, depending upon total student charges.
  • Monthly payment is due on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study.
  • The annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent. Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.

 

Diploma, Associate, and Bachelor’s Payment Plans

ALU Direct Pay Plan Policy and Requirements:

 

  • Tuition of $250 per semester hour.
  • Tuition for a three semester credit course is $750.
  • Down payment of $350 required with the submission of an enrollment agreement.
  • Balance of the tuition paid in monthly payments identified in Table 1.
  • Monthly payment is due on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study.
  • Annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent.
  • Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.
  • To enroll into subsequent courses, the tuition account must be paid in full.

Table 1: Direct Pay Plan

Diploma, Associate and Bachelor’s Programs

 

Tuition & PaymentNumber of Courses
123
Total Tuition$750$1,500$2,250
Down Payment$350$7001050
Balance Due$400$800$1,200
· Monthly Payment Amount$400$400$400
· Number of Monthly Payments123
Based upon $250 per Semester Credit

 

Master’s Degree Payment Plans

ALU Direct Pay Plan Policy and Requirements:

  • Tuition of $350 per semester hour.
  • Tuition for a three semester credit course is $1,050.
  • Down payment of $500 with the submission of an enrollment agreement.
  • Balance of the tuition will be paid in monthly payments identified in Table 2.
  • Monthly payment is due on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study.
  • Annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent.
  • Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.
  • To enroll into subsequent courses, the tuition account must be paid-in-full.

Table 2: Direct Pay Plan

Master’s Degree Programs

Based upon $350 per Semester Credit
Tuition & PaymentNumber of Courses
12
Total Tuition$1,050$2,100
Down Payment$550$1,100
Balance Due$500$500
· Monthly Payment Amount$500$500
· Number of Monthly Payments12

 

Doctorate Degree Payment Plan

ALU Direct Pay Plan Policy and Requirements:

  • Tuition of $445 per semester hour.
  • Tuition for a three semester credit course is $1,335.
  • Down payment of $685 with the submission of an enrollment agreement.
  • Balance of the tuition will be paid in monthly payments identified in Table 3.
  • Monthly payment is due on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study.
  • Annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent.
  • Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.
  • To enroll into subsequent courses, the tuition account must be paid-in-full.

Table 3: Direct Pay Plan
Doctorate Degree Programs

Based upon $445 per Semester Credit
Tuition & PaymentNumber of Courses
123
Total Tuition$1,335$2,670$4,005
Down Payment$685$1,350$1,995
Balance Due$650$1,320$2,010
· Monthly Payment Amount$650$660$670
· Number of Monthly Payments123

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Late Payments, Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy

 

  • Students who fail to make timely payments may forfeit their rights and privileges as students of Abraham Lincoln University.
  • For second year, third year and fourth year students, the law school payment plans may vary according to total student charges.

 

Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy:

The university policy for cancellation, withdrawal and refund complies with prescribed standards established by DEAC and BPPE. Since students typically enroll in no more than two (2) courses at one time, there is no long-term contractual obligation. ALU’s refund policy, as stated below, is in compliance with California Bureau of Postsecondary Education (BPPE) state requirements. For those students who reside in a state other than California where ALU is authorized to operate, the student will receive an Enrollment Agreement Addendum specific to their state’s requirements. If there is a conflict between another state agency’s refund policy with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education’s guidelines, ALU will follow the policy that is more beneficial to the student. In the absence of such requirements, or a state where ALU has received exemption, ALU will follow the refund policy stated below.

 

Student’s Right to Cancel

A student may cancel an Enrollment Agreement or withdraw from the University at any time. Any money due to the student will be refunded within 30 days. If the student cancels within five (5) calendar days after signing the Enrollment Agreement, the student has the right to a full refund of all monies paid to the institution. After five (5) calendar days upon signing the Enrollment Agreement through attendance at the first class session or seventh day of enrollment, whichever is later, the student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a full (100%) refund of all tuition paid less the non-refundable fees.

 

A student may withdraw from a course or program and receive a refund by providing a written notice to the ALU postal mailing address (3530 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1430, Los Angeles, CA 90010) or via email to registrar@alu.edu.

 

The student will receive a refund for paid courses that were not started at the time of withdrawal. If the student received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial program funds. For California residents, the amount of assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund is nonrefundable and will not be returned to students who are California residents.

 

The University will return any unearned benefits administered by the institution to the source of the funds on a pro-rata basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided for service members, reservists, and family members who stop attending due to service obligations.

 

Refund Policy

Notwithstanding non-refundable portion of tuition and fees, a refund of the remaining tuition will be based on the following table(s):

 

Length of CourseRefundable Tuition Due After Completing:
8 weeks
1st week90%
2nd week75%
3rd week65%
4th week50%
5th week0%

 

Juris Doctor Degree Program:

For students who reside in a state other than California where ALU is authorized to operate, the student will receive an Enrollment Agreement Addendum specific to their state’s refund requirements. In the absence of such requirements, or a state where ALU has received exemption, ALU will follow the refund policy stated below. If there is a conflict between ALU’s policy and another state agency’s refund policy, ALU will follow the policy that is more beneficial to the student.

 

Student’s Right to Cancel

A student may cancel an Enrollment Agreement or withdraw from the University at any time. Any money due the student will be refunded within 30 days. The student has a right to a full (100%) refund of all moneys paid less the non-refundable fees if cancellation is within five (5) calendar days after midnight of the date the Enrollment Agreement was signed.

 

A student who cancels or withdraws later than five (5) days after midnight of the day on which the enrollment agreement is signed will be subject to a one-time, non-refundable Registration Fee of $100 and a non-refundable External Academic Resources Fee of $100.

 

A student may withdraw from a course or program and receive a refund by providing a written notice to the Registrar at the ALU postal mailing address or via email to registrar@alu.edu.

 

The student will receive a full refund for paid courses that were not started at the time of withdrawal. If the student received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial program funds. If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund.

 

Refund Policy

Notwithstanding non-refundable portion of tuition and fees, a refund of the remaining tuition will be based on the following table(s):

 

Length of CouseRefundable Tuition Due AFTER:
1-6 weeks
1st week70%
2nd week40%
3rd week20%
4th week0%

7-10 weeks

1st week80%
2nd week60%
3rd week40%
4th week20%
5th week0%

11-16 weeks

1st week80%
2nd week70%
3rd week60%
4th week50%
5th week40%
6th week30%
7th week20%
8th week10%
9th week0%

 

Return to Title IV (R2T4) Policy

 

For students receiving Federal Student Aid (FSA), federal law requires that the University, and in some cases you, the student, return funds you did not earn to the U.S. Department of Education within 45 days from date of determination. The refund process uses a formula to determine the amount of FSA funds a student has earned as of his or her last day of attendance. The Return of Title IV (R2T4) policy is in addition to the institution’s refund policy. Both calculations will be calculated when the student withdraws. If a student withdraws after completing 60% of the payment period, a student has earned 100% of the FSA funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the period. If a student withdraws before completing 60% of the payment period, FSA funds must be recalculated using Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

 

  • A determination of the percentage of the payment period the student has completed, which is used to calculate the amount of Title IV financial aid the student has earned, will be based on the number of days the student completed up to the last date of academic attendance, divided by the total days in the payment period. Any break of 5 days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.
  • To determine the amount of aid to be returned, subtract the percentage of aid earned from 100 percent of the aid that could be disbursed and multiply it by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period as of the date you withdrew.

 

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:

 

  • After the 60 percent point in the payment period, the student will have earned 100 percent of the federal financial aid funds already disbursed to him/her. This calculation concerning federal financial aid is separate and distinct from the institutional refund policy, and may result in the student owing additional funds to the University to cover tuition charges previously paid by federal financial aid prior to student withdrawal.
  • If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds (in some cases the student is also required to return a portion of the funds). Keep in mind that when unearned Title IV funds are returned, the school can collect this amount from the student. If the total amount of FSA funds the student earned is greater than the total amount disbursed, the student may be eligible to receive a Post-Withdrawal Disbursement (PWD) of FSA funds. The University will offer any loan amount to a PWD that is due within 180 days of the date that the School determined that the student withdrew. The University must get the student’s permission before it can disburse PWD loan funds (written notification provided to the student). The student may choose to decline some or all of the PWD loan funds. No PWD will be made if the student does not respond within 14 days of the written notification date.
  • Unearned Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds to be returned, per federal R2T4 regulations, will be made within 45 days of the date that the University determined that the student withdrew (Date of Determination). Since the University does not participate in any federal grant programs, the formula above will only be used to calculate the amount of Title IV loans that may need to be returned. The University only participates in the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford loan (effective July 1, 2012, only unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans available to graduate students). As such, unearned FSA funds will be returned to the Unsubsidized Stafford loan program. The University will also calculate any refund that may be owed to the student pursuant to the institution’s refund policy. If a refund is due, monies will be returned pursuant to institution and accreditation regulations.

For the purpose of determining the amount of the refund, the date of the student’s withdrawal shall be deemed the last date of recorded attendance. For the purpose of determining when the refund must be paid, the student shall be deemed to have withdrawn at the end of 14 days. However, if a student notifies the University, in writing, that he or she is withdrawing, the University will use the date on the student’s withdrawal letter, or date that is 14 days after his/her Last Day of Attendance (LDA), whichever is earlier, as the date of determination.

 

Here’s an example:

A student attends an academically-related activity on 2/1/2015. The student fails to attend an academically-related activity for 14 consecutive calendar days, i.e., from 2/2/2015 – 2/15/15. The 14 days of absence will trigger a warning to the student that if he/she fails to attend classes on or before 2/22/2015, he/she will be terminated. If the student fails to return, the following will occur:

 

For the purposes of calculating the AMOUNT of refund due to the student, the University will use 2/1/2015 as his/her LAST DAY OF RECORDED ATTENDANCE (LDA). For the purposes of determining WHEN the refund is due to the student, the University will use 2/15/15 as his/her DATE OF DETERMINATION of withdrawal (the student is officially withdrawn from the University after 21 consecutive days of absence on 2/22/2015). The tuition funding source or the student will receive a refund (if applicable) no later than 45 days from the date of determination.

 

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