2020-21 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 2020-21 School-Year Charges (Two Semesters) for a Freshman Living on Campus
Tuition (12-18 units)$40,830
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.

2020-21 Undergraduate Student Semester Charges

Updated March 2021 (Costs effective for the 2020-21 school year)
Fees are subject to change without notice.

For the 2020-21 academic year, while prices are subject to change, tuition and fees are established regardless of instruction mode, and will not be prorated or refunded in the event that instruction transitions from face-to-face instruction to another mode of learning, including remote or online learning. This does not apply to room and board fees.


Traditional Undergraduate Costs
Cost per semester
Undergraduate full-time4
(12–18 units)
Undergraduate, per unit
(under 12 units or over 18 units)
Undergraduate, Audit (per unit) $851
Short-Term Study Travel (per unit) TBD
Independent Study (per unit) This cost is in addition to regular tuition fees $125
2020-21 Summer Tuition and Fees
Cost per semester
100-200-level classes (per unit) $450
300-400-level classes (per unit) $525
University Service Fee $100
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, 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
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 purchasing power, averaging 2-3 meals per day, or about $22.86 per day $2,329
Cougar Traditional: $2,230 in purchasing power, averaging 2 meals per day, or about $19.91 per day $2,070
Cougar Classic: $1,550 in purchasing power, averaging 1-2 meals per day, or about $13.84 per day $1,475
Cougar Choice: $1,210 in purchasing power, averaging 7-8 meals per week, or about $10.80 per day $1,166
Cougar Mini: $820 in purchasing power, averaging 5-6 meals per week, or about $7.32 per day $799
Cougar Basic: $400 in purchasing power, averaging 2-3 meals per week, or about $3.57 per day $400

Spring 2021 Dining Plan Update: Revised student dining plans are available for currently enrolled APU students who are authorized to be on campus for spring 2021. View the spring 2021 dining plans.

Average spending is based on a 15-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 $315
Summer University Service Fee (ALCI and Undergraduate Students) $100
ALCI Summer Health Fee $200
Study Away Semester Program Fee $5,500
Orientation Fee $100
Health Insurance Premiums
Cost per semester
Health Insurance Premium5
(ALCI and Undergraduate Students)
Study Away International Health Insurance Fee
Length of Program Cost of Insurance Per Program
0-2 Weeks $35
2-10 Weeks $50
10+ Weeks or 1 Semester $100
Extra Class Fees (Labs, Art, Music, Etc.)
Engineering and Computer Science Lab Fee $50-$100
Kinesiology Lab Fee $35-$100
Music: Applied Private Voice and Instrument (per unit) $350
Music: MIDI Lab Fee (per unit, maximum $180 per semester) $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
Social Work Lab Fee $50
Design Fee $80
Transcript Request
Transcript (per address) $5
Transcript Service Processing Fee (per address) $2.50
Rush Mail (per address, in addition to transcript copy fees) $10
Rush Pick-Up (in addition to transcript copy fees) $10
Rush Electronic PDF (per email address) $11.75
Rush/Express Mail Fee (per domestic address, in addition to transcript copy fees) $30
Rush/Express International Transcript Mail Fee (per international address, in addition to transcript copy fees) $50

Learn more about requesting academic transcripts.

Application Fee for U.S. Students $45
Application Fee for International Students $45
Enrollment Deposit $300
Graduation Fees
Undergraduate Students $100
Cap and Gown Fee $44.99
Late Graduation Application Fee $200
Noncompliance Fees
Late Registration Fee (per semester) $400
Return Check Fee $30
Chapel Noncompliance Fine $200
Chapel Late Petition Fine $125-$175


  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 2020-21 school year only.

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