Tuition and Aid

For more-detailed information about tuition and costs of the program, contact Graduate Student Financial Services at (626) 815-4570 or

APU and the MATUL program, which prepares leaders for service among the poor, strive to make education affordable. An investment in a MATUL degree includes diverse perspectives from practitioner-scholars serving among urban poor communities, cross-cultural training and support, and pastoral care. Below is a detailed description of fees associated with the benefits and services included in the MATUL program.

Program Tuition

Total program tuition for students beginning 2015–16 $18,564


In addition to tuition, students directly pay a small, special service fee to the city coordinator or host institution for a variety of services based on local costs:
Program leadership
In-country orientation
Home stay placement (excluding room/board payments to host families)
Language school and/or language coach assignment (excluding language training payments)
Assistance in identifying supervised internship placements
Visa assistance (excluding visa payments)
Provision of local texts through the library
Field support and as-needed pastoral care (more-extensive counseling is a student cost, except in emergencies)

Additional Living and Learning Expenses

All costs are given as approximations. Actual costs incurred by students may vary.

Costs for airfare to and from program site (excludes other travel or visa renewal trips in some countries) $1,500–2,300
Textbooks (approx. $75 per subject course) $1,125
Room and board with host family for 24 months $2,400
In-country public transportation and incidentals for 24 months $750
Language school or language coach (3 hr/day, 4 day/wk, for 7 months) $1,200–1,800

Transcript and Special Fees

Other fees may be found on the Graduate Student Financial Services website.


MATUL International students are eligible to apply for program scholarships once they relocate to their international placement. Scholarship applications consider financial need, leadership ability, and academic strength. For the 2014–15 academic year, six scholarships were awarded ranging from $5,000 to full tuition.

In addition, MATUL students may apply for scholarships through Azusa Pacific Seminary. A complete list of scholarships is available on the Graduate Student Financial Services website.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.