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Open Course Tuition Information

To earn a degree from Thomas Edison State University, you must be an enrolled student. Becoming an enrolled student requires you to select an annual tuition plan. While there are no costs for taking the Saylor courses associated with the Open Course option at Thomas Edison State University, students must also register for and successfully complete Thomas Edison State University (TECEP®) exams and portfolio assessments and other assessments to earn credit for the course requirements. In addition to the cost of TECEP® exams and portfolio assessments, there are also costs associated with the application and enrollment process and tuition costs for the required online courses.

The cost of earning the Associate in Science in Business Administration at Thomas Edison State University through the Open Course option varies depending on several factors, which include whether you are a New Jersey resident who qualifies for in-state tuition, how many credits you are able to transfer to your degree program, how many credits you have to complete to earn the degree, which assessments you use to earn credit and how long it takes you to complete your degree.

The chart below lists a summary of the tuition and fees associated with the Open Course option:

2023-2024 Tuition and Fees In-State Out-of-State
Application Fee $50


Residency Waiver Fee $3,354


Per Credit Tuition Option (per credit attempted) $419 (per credit) $545 (per credit)
CLEP® Exams (estimated cost for single exam) $80 $80
NCCRS Exam* (estimated cost for single exam) $25 $25
Portfolio Evaluation (First 12 Credits) $419


Portfolio Evaluation (Subsequent 6 Credit Increments) $252


*The $25 fee for NCCRS exams comes from using the online proctoring service, Proctor U. If you use your own qualified proctor, this fee is waived.

2023-2024 TECEP and Portfolio Fees Matriculated Non-Matriculated
TECEP (per credit attempted) $52 (per credit) $77 (per credit)

The costs associated with earning credit via Portfolio Assessment are structured around how many credits a student earns after they complete the PLA-100 and PLA-200 online courses. The first 12 credits a student attempts through portfolio assessment costs $379. After the first 12 credits earned via portfolio assessments, students pay $215 for every additional six credits. These prices are consistent for students using in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

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