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TUITION & FINANCING

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.

 

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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 $9,100 (effective January 1, 2018) in tuition, totaling $36,400 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 Fees Listed in A through E
            A) Reinstatement $10
            B) Early Exam $10
            C) Special Academic $10
            D) Late Exam $100
            E) 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

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 Books List Retail
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 of Business Administration (DBA), Master’s, Bachelor’s, Associate, Diploma and Certificate 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 two courses each 8-week term within their individual degree plan. Approval from the University is required to enroll in more than 12 semester credits per semester (two 8-week terms).

 

Program /
Degree
Semester
Credit (1)
Semester
Credit (3)
Total
Program
Certificate
(Undergraduate)
$250 $750 $3,000 – $5,250
Certificate
(Master’s)
$350 $1,050 $4,200 – $6,300
Certificate
(Doctorate)
$450 $1,350 $8,100 – $9,450
Diploma $250 $750 $7,500
Associate $250 $750 $15,000
Bachelor’s $250 $750 $30,000
Master’s $350* $1,050 $12,600
Doctorate
(excluding J.D.)
$450** $1,350 $27,000

* Master’s degree tuition for U.S. Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) and U.S. military veteran students is $250 per semester credit.
** Doctorate degree tuition (excluding J.D.) for U.S. Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) and U.S. military veteran students is $350 per semester credit.

 

 

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

 

Application/Transfer Credit Evaluation $50
Registration (per program) $100
External Academic Resources (per year) $50*
Course Extension or Repeat Petition $10
American Psychology Association (APA)1 $100
Comprehensive Exam Fee (per Exam)1 $100
Continuous Enrollment Fee (per eight-week term)1 $450
Dissertation Completion1 $450
Duplicate Diploma $125
Graduation $250/$4501
Late Monthly Payment Charges $20
Reinstatement Petition $10
Returned Checks/Credit Card Charge Back $20
Student Tuition Recovery Fund .0005 x tuition charge rounded to nearest $1000 ($0)
Transcript, Official/Unofficial $10/$5

*Only applicable to paralegal and legal studies programs.
1 Applicable to the DBA program only.

 

Costs of Textbooks and Study Materials (DBA, 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 DBA 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:

 

Program Total Textbook (NEW) Costs For Program
Certificate $576 – $1,008 (Covering 2 semesters)
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
(excluding J.D.)
$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.

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 $2,150.00 at the submission of the enrollment agreement.
  • The balance of the tuition will be paid in approximately eleven (11) monthly payments of $650.
  • Monthly payment is due on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study.
  • The annual percentage rate (APR) of interest is zero (0) percent. Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.
  • Students who fail to make timely payments may forfeit their rights and privileges as students of Abraham Lincoln University.
  • Total student charges may vary by year in law school.

 

Undergraduate and Graduate Payment Plans

Institutional Payment Plan

For students who will pay ALU directly, the university offers a zero-interest, monthly payment plan option. See below for program specific requirements.

 

ALU Payment Plan Requirements for Undergraduate and Certificate Programs

  • Tuition of $250 per credit hour with monthly payment due to ALU in the amount of $250 each month.
  • Balance of the tuition paid in equal monthly payments of $250 until paid in full.
  • Payment plan may extend beyond the student’s anticipated completion date and must be repaid according to the terms of the note. Transcripts and degrees will not be released until tuition and fees are paid in full even if loan extends beyond program completion date.
  • The first payment must be made with the submission of the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Debit card or credit card will be charged for all subsequent payments on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study thereafter until the tuition is paid in full.
  • Auto-payment by debit card or credit card is mandatory.
  • Annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent.
  • Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.
  • Additional fees or charges (see Table 1) may change the total charges for the period of attendance.

 

ALU Payment Plan Requirements for Graduate Degrees and Certificate Programs (Master’s Level)

  • Tuition of $350 per credit hour with monthly payment due to ALU in the amount of $350 each month
  • Balance of the tuition paid in equal monthly payments of $350 until paid in full.
  • For military students enrolling under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) and all U.S. military veteran students, the tuition rate of $250 per credit hour applies, with monthly payment due to ALU in the amount of $250 each month, balance of tuition paid in equal monthly payments of $250 until paid in full.
  • Payment plan may extend beyond the student’s anticipated completion date and must be repaid according to the terms of the note. Transcripts and degrees will not be released until tuition and fees are paid in full even if loan extends beyond program completion date.
  • The first payment must be made with the submission of the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Debit card or credit card will be charged for all subsequent payments on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study thereafter until the tuition is paid in full. Auto-payment by debit card or credit card is mandatory.
  • Annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent.
  • Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.
  • Additional fees or charges (see Table 1) may change the total charges for the period of attendance.

 

ALU Payment Plan Policy and Requirements for Doctorate Degrees and Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Tuition of $450 per credit hour with monthly payment due to ALU int he amount of $450 each month.
  • Balance of the tuition paid in equal monthly payments of $450 until paid in full.
  • Payment plan may extend beyond the student’s anticipated completion date and must be repaid according to the terms of the note. Transcripts and degrees will not be released until tuition and fees are paid in full even if loan extends beyond program completion date.
  • For military students enrolling under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) and all U.S. military veteran students, the tuition rate of $350 per credit hour applies, with monthly payment due to ALU in the amount of $350 each month, balance of tuition paid in equal monthly payments of $350 until paid in full.
  • The first payment must be made with the submission of the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Debit card or credit card will be charged for all subsequent payments on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study thereafter until the tuition is paid in full. Auto-payment by debit card or credit card is mandatory.
  • Annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent.
  • Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.
  • Additional fees or charges (see Table 1) may change the total charges for the period of attendance.

 

For payment plans, debit card or credit card will be charged on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study thereafter until the tuition is paid in full. Auto-payment by debit or credit card is mandatory. The first payment must be made with the submission of the Enrollment Agreement. Any monthly installment more than 10 days late will put a student’s account in financial delinquency and a late fee of $20 will be charged. Students have a grace period of 10 days at the beginning of each month before the late fee is charged. Any monthly installment more than 30 days late will result in academic access suspension. A student’s account that is more than 60 days late may result in financial dismissal.

 

 

 

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Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy

The university policy for cancellation, withdrawal and refund complies with prescribed standards established by DEAC and BPPE. 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. A student who intends to cancel or withdraw must notify the university in writing following the directions outlined in the University Catalog. 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 the seventh day after 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 Course Refundable Tuition Due After Completing:
8 weeks
1st week 90%
2nd week 75%
3rd week 65%
4th week 50%
5th week 0%

 

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 yearly 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 Couse Refundable Tuition Due AFTER:
1-6 weeks
1st week 70%
2nd week 40%
3rd week 20%
4th week 0%

7-10 weeks

1st week 80%
2nd week 60%
3rd week 40%
4th week 20%
5th week 0%

11-16 weeks

1st week 80%
2nd week 70%
3rd week 60%
4th week 50%
5th week 40%
6th week 30%
7th week 20%
8th week 10%
9th week 0%

 

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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