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Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Descriptions

The tuition and fees are typically adjusted on or around July 1 each year. Information on tuition and fees is available to students through the University website at Information on graduate tuition and fees is available in the Graduate Prospectus and on the University website. Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Admission Application Fee

This nonrefundable fee and a completed application establish the applicant’s file. The Application Fee extends for one year from the date of application. Applicants who do not enroll during this period of eligibility will have to reapply to the University before enrolling. The Application Fee is waived for Thomas Edison State University alumni.

Full-Time Flat-Rate Tuition

Undergraduate students registering for 9 or more online, guided study or e-Pack credits in a term will pay a Full-Time Flat-Rate Tuition. Taking 9 or more credits in a single term will result in significant savings. This Full-Time Flat-Rate Tuition is not available to nursing, corporate partners and military students.

Per Credit Tuition

The Per Credit Tuition enables students to register and pay for course tuition on a per credit basis directly after they apply and are accepted into a degree program. Students who select Per Credit Tuition with the intention of graduating from Thomas Edison State University have credit residency requirements of 16 credits for associate degree programs and bachelor's degree programs. Residency requirements are met by earning credits via Thomas Edison State University Online (OL), Guided Study (GS), e-Pack® (EP) or Self-Directed (SD) courses. This credit residency requirement can be waived by paying a Residency Waiver Fee, which is paid by students if they do not intend to meet the credit residency requirements of the University.

Military Tuition and Fees

A separate tuition and fees schedule is provided to students in the military. Note: Active-duty military personnel whoenroll in the Military Degree Completion Program (MDCP), Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership(NCPDLP), GoArmyED or eArmyU, will pay the respective tuition rates. Regardless of residency, full-time active duty military personnel and their dependents have the option to pay New Jersey residency tuition and fees.

Nursing Tuition and Fees

A separate tuition and fee schedule is in effect for students in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. Note: Active duty military personnel who enroll in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing will pay the nursing program tuition rate. Visit to view the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing Tuition and Fees Schedule.

Course Extension

Students fall under the policies and procedures in effect on their course start date. Students making satisfactory progress may apply for one eight week extension per course. Mentors must certify that 50 percent of the course work has been completed, and the student must pay the extension fee. Other than the mentor’s certification, no other documentation is required. The Office of the Registrar will process the request and notify the student of their new course ending date. With the exception of extensions related to military deployments, all students must pay for the extension. This requirement applies even in cases of medical illness or financial hardship. In cases involving military deployments, documentation presented must show deployment dates relevant to the specific course.

In limited circumstances, such as severe illness or medical treatment, students may apply for a second extension of eight weeks. In these cases students must submit appropriate supporting documentation relevant to the issue preventing course completion during the first extension and pay another extension fee. The Office of the Registrar will determine if the second extension is warranted and notify the student of their decision and if approved of their new course ending date.

For both first and second extension, the eight weeks will be added to the current end date of the course in question. Students cannot have more than 16 additional weeks added to the original start date of their term. Students may not request more than two extensions for a single course. Students may not apply for (or be granted) an extension after the last day of the course.

Graduation Fee

This fee covers the cost of awarding the degree and maintenance of the student’s transcript.

Transcript Fee

This fee is charged for each transcript (official or student copy) that a student requests be issued and released. This fee will be used to defray the cost involved in the issuance of each transcript.

Refund Policy

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Past Due Delinquent Account Policy

Student accounts that are past due and are not paid within 30 days from the date of a final payment reminder notification will be considered delinquent and placed for collection with an outside collection agency. Students are responsible for the past due tuition and any liability fees incurred. If it is necessary to place a delinquent account with a collection agency, any and all additional fees as well as the outstanding balance become the responsibility of the student. Access to student services will be prohibited for students with a past due delinquent account until their account balances are paid in full.

Nonrefundable Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are nonrefundable: application, graduation, course extension, late registration for courses, Credit Banking, transcripts and graduation re-enrollment fee.

Fees for Non-enrolled Students

Non-enrolled students use services at the University and pay for them on a per-service fee basis. Non-enrolled students must complete the online application and may take Thomas Edison State University courses, TECEP® examinations and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) by paying for each on an individual basis. However, they are not eligible for any degree until they become an enrolled student by paying the Full-Time Flat-Rate Tuition, Per Credit Tuition or the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing Tuition. The University also offers non-degree services such as Individual Learning Accounts.

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