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Affordable Tuition

University Programs

(excluding JD) 

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).

Tuition for Domestic Students

PROGRAM / DEGREESEMESTER CREDIT (1)SEMESTER CREDIT (3)ANNUAL PROGRAM***
CERTIFICATE (Undergraduate)$250$750$3,000 – $6,000
CERTIFICATE (Master)$350$1,050$4,200 – $6,300
DIPLOMA$250$750$7,500
ASSOCIATE$250$750$7,500
BACHELOR$250$750$7,500
MASTER$350*$1,050$6,300
DOCTORATE (excluding JD)$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 JD) 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 Certificate, $7,500 for Diploma, $15,000 for Associate, $30,000 for Bachelor, $10,500 for Master, $27,000 for Doctorate (excluding JD)
[Visit our Military Education Benefits page to learn more about ALU’s military friendly focus.]

Tuition for International Students

International students must pay for a full academic year and all fees upon signing the enrollment agreement. For any questions, please contact our International Student Representatives: 

Anthony MirMohammad Shaheen
Anthony Mir
Director of International Marketing
amir@alu.edu
213-377-8855
Dr. Mohammad Shaheen
Ambassador for Middle East Education
mshaheen@alu.edu
PROGRAM / DEGREESEMESTER CREDIT (1)SEMESTER CREDIT (3)ANNUAL PROGRAM
CERTIFICATE (Undergraduate)$375$1,125$5,625 – $9,000
CERTIFICATE (Master)$525$1,575$9,450 – $12,600
DIPLOMA$375$1,125$11,250
ASSOCIATE$375$1,125$22,500
BACHELOR$375$1,125$45,000
MASTER$525$1,575$15,750
DOCTORATE (excluding JD)$675$2,025$40,500

Fees & Non-Tuition Charges

(DBA, Master, Bachelor, 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, and master degree programs (excluding JD program): Application, and Registration (per program). All other students are required to pay the following fees when applicable:

TYPEREFUNDABLEAMOUNT
ApplicationNon-Refundable$50
Registration (one-time per program)Refundable if cancelled <= 7 days after signing this agreement Non-Refundable > 7 days cancellation period*$200
Academic, Technology and Library Resources FeeRefundable only through the first week of the course*$60 per course
Late monthly payment chargesNon-Refundable$25
Returned CheckNon-Refundable$20
Credit Card Chargeback and Credit/Debit card convenience feeNon-Refundable3.5% of amount charged
ACH Convenience FeeNon-Refundable1% of amount charged
Transcripts (official)Non-Refundable$10
Duplicate DiplomaNon-Refundable$150
GraduationNon-Refundable**$350
Academic Exception Request / Petition
*some exceptions require additional fees
Non-Refundable$20
Comprehensive Exam Fee (per exam)*Non-Refundable$150
Continuing Enrollment Fee (per eight-week term)*Non-Refundable$1350
Dissertation Completion*Non-Refundable$450
Student Tuition Recovery FundNon-Refundable.0 x tuition charge rounded to nearest $1000 ($0)

*DBA Program Only

**Graduation fee does not apply to diploma and certificate programs.

Costs of Textbooks & Study Materials

(DBA, Master, Bachelor, 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$720 – $1,152 (Covering 2 semesters)
DIPLOMA$1,440 (Covering 2 semesters)
ASSOCIATE$2,880 (Covering 4 semesters)
BACHELOR$5,760 (Covering 8 semesters)
MASTER$1,440 (Covering 3 semesters)
DOCTORATE (excluding JD)$2,500 (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 (JD) 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 (JD)
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 (JD)
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 JD program.

TYPE AMOUNT
Application $50
Registration (one-time per program) *$200
Academic, Technology and Library Resources Fee *$60
Late monthly payment charges $25
Returned Check $20
Credit Card Chargeback and Credit/Debit card convenience fee 3.5% of amount charged
ACH Convenience Fee 1% of amount charged
Transcripts (Official/Unofficial) $10
Duplicate Diploma $150
Graduation $350
Academic Exception Request / Petition (some exceptions require additional fees) $20
1L Proficiency Course $300
Proficiency Exam Attempt #3 $175
Late Exam **$175
Early Exam *$0
* Registration fee refundable if cancelled within 7 days after signing Enrollment Agreement and is non-refundable after the 7-day cancellation period. Academic, Technology and Library Resources Fee is only refundable through the first week of the course.
**A processing fee of $20 applies.

Costs of Textbooks & Study Materials (JD)

Tuition and fees do not include cost for books and study materials. 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 $5,700.

ESTIMATES OF REQUIRED BOOKSCOST
FIRST YEAR$750
SECOND AND THIRD YEAR (combined)$2,800
FOURTH YEAR (required)$1,500
FOURTH YEAR (electives, maximum cost)$650
TOTAL$5,700

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.