Tuition and Aid

Delivering high-quality graduate programs takes a comprehensive support system. Your investment in an advanced degree includes those services and personnel that partner with you in pursuit of higher education. Below is a detailed breakdown of the fees associated with the benefits and services included in your degree program.

Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, 2016 cohort (per unit)$994
Ph.D. in Higher Education, 2016 cohort (per unit)$1,050

View a complete list of university fees.

Note: All stated financial information is subject to change. Please consult with the Office of Graduate Student Financial Services, located in the Graduate and Professional Center, at (626) 815-4570 for the most current and controlling information.

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Doctoral education is expensive nationwide, and annual tuition increases make it difficult to plan financially. The Guaranteed Tuition Plan addresses this issue by guaranteeing that your tuition rate will not increase as long as you follow the prescribed sequence of courses each year with your cohort. The plan provides a great incentive to finish the program on time.

How the plan works

Those students who complete the required number of units expected annually of their cohort pay the same tuition rate each year they are enrolled in the program. Their tuition rate is frozen at the guaranteed rate as long as they complete the required number of units annually (typically 16–20 units, as outlined in the Graduate Catalog).

Additional Costs

  • Travel to Southern California twice a year for four years
  • Housing, transportation, and meal costs during intensives for four years (housing at the Best Western Glendora is $600 per person (double occupancy) each intensive; students may also make their own housing arrangements)
  • Students travel internationally the second year. All in-country costs of this trip are included in the program tuition, but students are responsible for their international airfare.

Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students who are U.S. citizens. The resources range from federal loans and state grants to, for some graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid available for your program, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Financial Services at (626) 815-4570.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University, Military Friendly School, and Best for Vets College, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Tuition Discount for CCCU Members and Affiliates

Higher Education Ph.D. program and Ed.D. program students who are employed by a member or affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and whose institution pays at least 10 percent of their tuition are eligible for a 10 percent tuition discount from APU. Please ask your Graduate Student Financial Services counselor for the appropriate application form for this discount, as it must be verified annually prior to enrolling in courses. Students must take the initiative to apply for this discount and it cannot be applied retroactively.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.