2019-20 Tuition and Fees

When reviewing APU’s tuition and fees, keep in mind that most students do not pay the full price each year. In fact, 100% of new students beginning spring 2020 will receive some form of financial aid, such as scholarships, grants, and loans. Learn more about available financial aid options and understanding the true cost of college.

Estimated 2019-20 School-Year Charges (Two Semesters) for a Freshman Living on Campus
Tuition (12-18 units)$39,640
University Service Fee$580
Cougar Traditional Dining Plan2$4,140

Please note: Freshman students who wish to park a vehicle on campus will be charged a $300 parking fee per semester. Returning students parking on campus will be charged $125 per semester.

2019-20 Undergraduate Student Semester Charges

Updated 1/9/2019 (Costs effective for the 2019-20 school year)
Fees are subject to change without notice.


Traditional Undergraduate Costs
Cost per semester
Undergraduate full-time4
(12–18 units)
Undergraduate, per unit
(under 12 units or over 18 units)
Audit (per unit) $826
Undergraduate Summer 2020, per unit, 100-200 Class Level $450
Undergraduate Summer 2020, per unit, 300-400 Class Level $525
Undergraduate Summer Study Away 2020, per unit, 100-200 Class Level $450
Undergraduate Summer Study Away 2020, per unit, 300-400 Class Level $525
ALCI Per-Session Costs
Cost per semester
American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) per session. No health fee included. (Levels I-V) $5,700

Room and Board

Residence Halls
Cost per semester
Adams, Engstrom, Smith, Trinity
(Cougar Traditional dining plan minimum)
Shire Mods (noncooking)
(Cougar Choice dining plan minimum)
Cost per semester
Bowles: 1 bedroom $2,897
University Park: 1 bedroom $3,068
University Park: 2 bedrooms $2,709
Shire Mods: 2 bedrooms (cooking) $2,850
Alosta Place: 1 bedroom $3,349
Alosta Place: 2 bedroom/1 bath $2,792
Alosta Place: 2 bedroom/2 bath $2,917
University Village: 1 bedroom $3,482
University Village: 2 bedroom/1 bath $2,819
University Village: 2 bedroom/2 bath $2,964


Residents living in campus apartments (with the exception of the Shire mods) must pay utilities (gas and electric). This will cost an estimated $400 a year per apartment but varies with usage. Students are also responsible for setting up and managing their own utilities.

Dining Plans
Cost per semester
Cougar Premium: $2,560 in spending power, averaging 2-3 meals per day, or about $22.86 per day $2,329
Cougar Traditional: $2,230 in spending power, averaging 2 meals per day, or about $19.91 per day $2,070
Cougar Classic: $1,550 in spending power, averaging 1-2 meals per day, or about $13.84 per day $1,475
Cougar Choice: $1,210 in spending power, averaging 7 meals per week, or about $10.80 per day $1,166
Cougar Mini: $820 in spending power, averaging 5-6 meals per week, or about $7.32 per day $799
Cougar Basic: $400 in spending power, averaging 2-3 meals per week, or about $3.57 per day $400

Average spending is based on a 16-week semester and 7-day week. Average meal calculated by $10.40/meal. View the Dining Plan Spending Guide (PDF) for a breakdown of each plan.

All freshmen living in APU residence halls are required to have the Cougar Premium or Cougar Traditional plan.

Additional Fees

Cost per semester
Parking Fee, Freshman Living on Campus $300
Parking Fee, Freshman Commuter and Returning Students $125
Mandatory Fees
Cost per semester
Undergraduate University Service Fee $290
ALCI University Service Fee $290
Summer University Service Fee
(ALCI and Undergraduate Students)
Study Away Health Fee
(per semester, including summer)
ALCI Summer Health Fee
(summer starts only)
Health Insurance Premiums
Cost per semester
Health Insurance Premium5
(ALCI and Undergraduate Students)

All undergraduate students enrolled in 7 or more units will be automatically enrolled in APU’s Student Health Insurance Plan provided by United Healthcare for fall 2019 and spring 2020 unless they waive it. The deadline to waive is Friday, September 6, 2019. New spring 2020 students, or students who were enrolled in less than 7 units for fall 2019 and will be enrolled in 7 or more units in spring 2020, must waive the plan by Friday, January 17, 2020. All international students on APU I-20s or IAP-66s are not permitted to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Extra Class Fees (Labs, Art, Music, Etc.)
Art Fee (per course) $80
Cinematic Arts Lab Fee (per unit) $35
Communication Lab Fee (per course) $110
Kinesiology Lab Fee $100
Music: Applied Private Voice and Instrument (per unit) $350
Music Choir Outfit: Bel Canto $350
Music Choir Outfit: Chamber Singers $400
Music Choir Outfit: Gospel Choir $75
Music Choir Outfit: Men’s Chorale (first year) $500
Music Choir Outfit: Men’s Chorale (returning) $200
Music Choir Outfit: Men’s Chorale—Driven $100
Music Choir Outfit: Men’s Chorale—Undone $100
Music Choir Outfit: University Choir (first year) $0
Music Choir Outfit: University Choir (returning) $0
Music: MIDI Lab Fee (maximum $180 per semester)(per unit) $30
Nursing Fees (per nursing clinic/lab course; includes malpractice insurance) $200
Nursing Fees (licensing preparation fee for course UNRS 496) $200
Science Lab Fee (per course) $100
Transcript Request
Transcripts (per address) $5
Rush Transcript Fee (per address) $10
Electronic PDF Delivery $1.75
Overnight Express within U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii; 1-2 days; per address) $30
International Express outside of continental U.S. and international (3-4 days; per address) $50
National Student Clearinghouse Online Ordering Processing Fee (per address) $2.50
Application Fee for U.S. Students $45
Application Fee for International Students $45
Enrollment Deposit $300
New Student Orientation Fee (nonrefundable) $130
Graduation Fees
Undergraduate Students $80
Late Graduation Application Fee $200
Placement Files: Set-up and 10 mailings $60
Independent Study (per unit) $125
Late Registration Fee (per semester) $400
Return Check Fee $30


  1. This charge will vary for returning students and transfer students depending on their living area. Other options and prices are listed in the tables above.
  2. The minimum plan for a student living in a residence hall is a Cougar Traditional dining plan. Other options and prices are listed in the tables above.
  3. Students who do not have proof of health insurance will be charged a Health Insurance Premium each semester that is not included in the total listed above.
  4. The maximum study load for students with fewer than 30 units of completed college study is 17 units per semester. The maximum load for students who have completed 30 or more units of college study is 18 units, providing they have maintained a 3.0 or higher grade-point average (GPA). All variance to this policy must be petitioned through the department chair and appropriate dean. Final approval is granted through the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center.
  5. Health insurance premiums are subject to change each year. The currently advertised premium is for the 2019-20 school year only.

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