Tuition and Program Fees

Request InformationCDU is committed to keeping our tuition as low as possible, recognizing that many of our students are motivated by a desire to serve the Church. CDU is a non-profit university, and is not financially supported by the Church. Our tuition - which reflects the cost of providing high quality, accredited academic programs - is one of the lowest graduate and undergraduate tuition rates of all Catholic online universities.

Flexible payment options

Tuition may be paid with Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express, debit cards bearing one of the previous credit card logos, check, or money order. CDU also offers the option for a  default short-term payment plan (23 KB) to help make tuition payments manageable for students. The payment plan option is for three-credit online courses and allows tuition to be spread out and paid over the course of the term. There is a $30 processing fee and this option is not available for noncredit education courses.


Schedule of Tuition and Fees

Credit/Course Tuition
Effective 7.2.13

Graduate courses
$450 per credit hour
Undergraduate courses
(including Associate courses)
$305 per credit hour
Noncredit courses
$165 per course
Noncredit seminar
$165 per seminar
Thesis Direction
Academic credit paper courses:
Fee for printing/shipping/handling for incarcerated students
$100 per course

Tuition is set by the Board of Trustees and is subject to change without notice. Tuition for all courses and programs is accepted in U.S. currency only.

Technology Fee
Effective 7.2.13

$30 per credit

Program Application Fees (non-refundable)
Effective 7.2.13

Application fee
Graduate program one-year extension
Undergraduate program one-year extension


General Fees (all fees are non-refundable)
Effective 7.2.13

Short-term payment plan processing fee
$30 per course*
Copy of official transcript
Re-Issue lost or destroyed diploma
(contact the registrar for requirements)
Late registration fee (see calendar for dates)
Late payment fee (see calendar for dates)

* Short term payment plans must be set up three weeks before the first day of class.

Proctor Fee
Effective 11.10.14
 Term course with final exams  $25 per course
 Additional hour of proctoring  $10
 Comprehensive Exams  $50
No-Show fee (there will be an additional fee for a student that does not show up for his or her exam)  $25


Withdrawing From a Course or a Program
A student may terminate enrollment in an individual course at any time by notifying the university; however, a student is advised to do so in writing for his or her own protection. Refunds will be granted on request, according to the program satisfactory policy. Written withdrawal request should be sent to the appropriate registrar at Catholic Distance University, 115 West Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414. To view CDU's satisfaction and refund policy