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.

Tuition and Fees
Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, 2019 cohort (per unit)$1,082
Ph.D. in Higher Education, 2019 cohort (per unit)$1,127

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 and Professional 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 and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Ph.D. Program Scholarships

The Department of Higher Education at APU offers scholarship opportunities of $3,500 per year for Ph.D. program students in the following categories: Student Success Scholars, Leadership Scholars, and Social Justice Scholars. Recipients are expected to conduct research in the priority area of their scholarship and must apply to the program by the January 31 priority deadline, as well as complete a scholarship application. Contact the Department of Higher Education at for more information and to request a scholarship application.

CCCU Employees Tuition Discount

In support of institutions affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), APU offers a 10 percent tuition discount for the Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership or the Ph.D. in Higher Education program to any full-time faculty member or administrator of any CCCU-affiliated institution as long as the employing institution matches at least the 10 percent discount. The combined tuition discount cannot equal more than 100 percent. The amount of institutional aid is subject to coordination with federal, state, and institutional regulations, which may result in a reduction of this benefit. Please fill out the 2018-19 CCCU Employee Tuition Discount (PDF) and turn it in to the Graduate and Professional Center. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

Plus One Discount

If two or more students from the same institution enroll in the same higher education cohort in the same year, each one is eligible to receive a 10% tuition discount. For more information, contact the department at

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.