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Affordable Tuition

University Programs

(excluding J.D.)

Tuition is the total student cost for course instruction. Tuition for ALU courses is calculated on a semester-credit-hour basis. Each course we offer is three (3) credit hours, making ALU one of the most affordable universities in California. 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 / DEGREESEMESTER CREDIT (1)SEMESTER CREDIT (3)ANNUAL PROGRAM***
CERTIFICATE (UNDERGRADUATE)$250$750$3,000 – $6,000
CERTIFICATE (MASTER’S)$350$1,050$4,200 – $6,300
DIPLOMA$250$750$7,500
ASSOCIATE$250$750$7,500
BACHELOR’S$250$750$7,500
MASTER’S$350*$1,050$6,300
DOCTORATE (Excluding J.D.)$450**$1,350$8,100

*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.
***Total program costs are $3,000-$6,000 for Undergraduate Certificate, $4,200-$6,300 for Master’s Certificate, $7,500 for Diploma, $15,000 for Associate, $30,000 for Bachelor’s, $12,600 for Master’s, $27,000 for Doctorate (Excluding J.D.)

Fees & Non-Tuition Charges

(DBA, Master’s, Bachelor’s, Associate, Diploma and Certificate Programs)

Fees and non-tuition charges listed in the table below are non-refundable, unless indicated otherwise. 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 JD program): Application/Transfer Credit Evaluation, and Registration (per program).  All other students are required to pay the following fees when applicable:

Academic & Technology Resource Fee (per year)*$210
Library Access fee (per year)$75
Application/Transfer Credit Evaluation $50  
Academic Exception Request(s)$20
Comprehensive Exam Fee (per Exam)  **$150
Continuing Enrollment Fee (per eight-week term)  **$450
Dissertation Completion **$450
Duplicate Diploma $150
Graduation  $300
Late Monthly Payment Charges $25
Registration (per program) $100
Returned Checks$20
Credit Card Chargeback3.5% of amount charged
Student Tuition Recovery Fund .0 x tuition charge rounded to nearest $1,000 ($0)
Transcript, Official / Unofficial $10  
Credit/ debit card convenience fee3.5% of amount charged
ACH convenience fee1% of amount charged

**DBA Program ONLY

*Refundable Fees- all other fees non-refundable

Costs of Textbooks & 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:

PROGRAMTOTAL 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$5,600 (Covering 8 semesters)
MASTER’S$2,800 (Covering 3 semesters)
DOCTORATE (EXCLUDING J.D.)$2,250 (Covering 6 semesters)

Read our current list of required textbooks and materials, including title, author, publisher and ISBN

Visit our Payment Options page to learn more about ALU’s payment plans and our Federal Financial Aid page to learn more about qualifying programs and eligibility.

School of Law

Abraham Lincoln University’s School of Law 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 $10,100 (effective July 1, 2019) in tuition, totaling $40,400 for four years.

Fees & Non-Tuition Charges (J.D.)
Fees and non-tuition charges listed in the table below are non-refundable, unless indicated otherwise.  The Application Fee is waived for all military students applying to the J.D. program.

Application$50
Academic and Technology Resources Fee (per year)*$210 per year
Library Access Fee (per year)$75
Registration$100
Late monthly payment charges$25
Returned Checks$20
Credit Card Charge Back3.5% of amount charged
Student Tuition Recovery Fund.0 x tuition charge rounded to nearest $1,000 ($0)
Transcript, Official / Unofficial$10
Credit/ debit card convenience fee3.5% of amount charged
Duplicate Diploma$150
Graduation$300
Academic Exception Request
*some exceptions require additional fees
$20
Proficiency Exam Attempt #2$150
Proficiency Exam Attempt #3$175
Late Exam$175
Early Exam$100
ACH convenience fee1% of amount charged
*Refundable Fees 

Costs of Textbooks & 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

Read our current list of required textbooks and materials, including title, author, publisher and ISBN

Visit our Payment Options page to learn more about ALU’s payment plans and our Federal Financial Aid page to learn more about qualifying programs and eligibility.

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