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Understanding tuition at University of Phoenix

As one of the pioneers of online education and a continued prominent provider of online degrees, University of Phoenix understands that students want to get down to the business of achieving their educational goals — without all the financial twists and turns of rising tuition and hidden fees. That’s why understanding tuition at University of Phoenix is so important. How valuable is the degree, and what will it cost?

Read on to discover these answers plus the many time- and money-savings opportunities that exist for eligible students.

Tuition at University of Phoenix

At a time when costs are rising, UOPX students can count on one fixed, flat tuition rate from the moment they enroll until the day they graduate. We call it our Tuition Guarantee® commitment. Students can call it peace of mind.

Depending on degree level, tuition per credit at University of Phoenix is:

Degree type Tuition per credit
Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Undergraduate
$398*
Master’s
Master’s
Master’s
$698**
Doctoral
Doctoral
Doctoral
$810

 

*Cost per credit applies to both associate and bachelor’s degrees as well as undergraduate certificate programs.

**MAEd and MSN degrees, as well as master’s certificate programs, have a lower cost per credit. Get more detail on each program page at phoenix.edu/degrees.

Learn more about UOPX’s cost of attendance (COA).

Cameron Mohler Director, Pricing and Promotions for University of Phoenix

Cameron Mohler
Director, Pricing and Promotions for University of Phoenix

“We haven’t increased the price of tuition since 2018. That’s big in an inflationary environment,” says Cameron Mohler, director of pricing and promotions for University of Phoenix. “And the other thing we offer that’s distinct is, once a student starts, their tuition is locked in for their program. So, if for some unforeseen reason we need to raise tuition, our current students will not feel that increase. That’s true even if they take a break from school.”

Resource fees

In addition to tuition at University of Phoenix, there is one resource fee per course. 

Degree type Fees per course
Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Undergraduate
$170
Master’s
Master’s
Master’s
$195
Doctoral
Doctoral
Doctoral
$205

 

This one resource fee per class covers books, digital materials, supplies and equipment. Again, look to the COA for University of Phoenix to learn more about what to expect.

Resource fees are mandatory and encompass course electronic textbooks and materials, the University Library, the eBook collection, math labs, programming software, the Centers for Mathematics and Writing Excellence, and PhoenixLink™.

Compare UOPX costs with those of other institutions

No one likes surprises when it comes to their tuition. That's why the University offers affordable, upfront pricing. For example, see how the Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Business Administration programs stack up tuition-wise to other colleges***:

Phoenix ASU Online (BAB) Capella DeVry GCU Purdue Global SNHU Strayer
Cost per credit
Cost per credit
Cost per credit
$398
Cost per credit
$563
Cost per credit
$365/415[1]
Cost per credit
$514
Cost per credit
$485
Cost per credit
$371
Cost per credit
$330
Cost per credit
$338.89
Credits per course
Credits per course
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
3-6
Credits per course
2-4
Credits per course
4
Credits per course
5-6
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
4.5
Tuition per course
Tuition per course
Tuition per course
$1,194
Tuition per course
$1,698
Tuition per course
$1,095-
$2,490
Tuition per course
$1,028-
$2,056
Tuition per course
$1,940
Tuition per course
$1,855-
$2,226
Tuition per course
$990
Tuition per course
$1,525
Total program length in credits
Total program length in credits
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Total program length in credits
124
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Length of course in weeks
Length of course in weeks
Length of course in weeks
5
Length of course in weeks
7.5
Length of course in weeks
10
Length of course in weeks
8
Length of course in weeks
7-8
Length of course in weeks
10
Length of course in weeks
8
Length of course in weeks
11
Fees
Fees
Fees
One fee per course
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Tuition guarantee
Tuition guarantee
Tuition guarantee
YES
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO

Data pulled on June 13, 2024

[1] $365 per 1000-2000 level credit; $415 per 3000-4000 level credit

Source of data: For each institution, the data are publicly available in multiple locations, including Academic Catalogs, Program pages, Tuition and fees pages, and syllabi. All data are publicly available on the websites. 

Certain licensure programs and coursework in other degree programs may have additional fees. Please check with your advisor or course catalog for additional info.

 

***This data was pulled March 26, 2024. We update this cost comparison at regular intervals, so check back frequently to see how we measure up against the competition. Visit the University’s COA page to learn more.

Ways to save time and money

So, how much is tuition at University of Phoenix? You have to look at more than just the cost of tuition. You also have to consider the potential savings.

The Savings Explorer™ tool can help students discover how their work, life and school experiences might help them save money based on how other students saved. Additionally, federal student aid can help students cover tuition at University of Phoenix.

Here are a few of the ways students can pay for tuition at University of Phoenix and potentially save time and money on their degree:

  • Scholarships: Starting with their first course, every new, qualifying UOPX student will be awarded a scholarship, applied over a set number of courses.
  • Transfer credits: As a transfer-friendly University, UOPX accepts eligible college credits from more than 5,000 accredited institutions. We can even request your transcripts at no cost to you (when possible).
  • Prior Learning Assessment: Students with on-the-job training, workplace certifications, or relevant and eligible life experience can apply for college credit through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). For every three credits earned, undergrad students can graduate five weeks faster and save almost $1,200 in tuition. 
  • Federal financial aid: For many students, reaching academic goals could require some level of federal assistance. In general, federal grants are need-based and loans are need-based and non-need-based.

Some employers offer employer tuition benefits, which help students save money while gaining skills that help directly in their job.

Associate degree students who transfer into UOPX can save $144 on every course with UOPX’s special tuition rate. And active-duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members are eligible for a lower military tuition rate

“We try to make education as affordable as we can,” Mohler says. “We do our part so students can do what they came to do — pursue their educational goals.”

 

Evaluating the investment

Of course, a college degree never guarantees a job, a promotion or a salary increase. Any number of variables — including geography, job growth with a chosen industry, and an individual’s experience, initiative and previous job performance — help determine these outcomes.

That said, University of Phoenix has aligned its degree programs to career-relevant skills. As students develop and master these skills, they can showcase them as they go. Specific skills are learned course by course and on display to employers or potential employers through the posting of digital badges on social and career profiles. This helps students get value from their degree before they even graduate.

In the end, however, college is a big investment. It’s important to count the cost and understand that there are no guarantees. It’s also critical to step into the financial commitment of college with eyes wide open — knowing your options for savings, payment and repayment.

“It helps when you are sure that you have chosen an institution with straightforward, transparent tuition and fees,” Mohler says. “This allows students to keep their primary focus on what they came to do — get an education.”

At the end of the day, that’s what tuition at University of Phoenix offers: an education and peace of mind. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A journalist-turned-marketer, Laurie Davies has been writing since her high school advanced composition teacher told her she broke too many rules. She has worked with University of Phoenix since 2017, and currently splits her time between blogging and serving as lead writer on the University’s Academic Annual Report. Previously, she has written marketing content for MADD, Kaiser Permanente, Massage Envy, UPS, and other national brands. She lives in the Phoenix area with her husband and son, who is the best story she’s ever written. 

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER

As Director of Financial Education Initiatives and Repayment Management, Chris Conway works with departments across the University to provide resources that allow students to make more informed financial decisions. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the Everyday Finance and Economics course at the University, and she chairs the National Council of Higher Education Resources College Access and Success Committee. Conway is committed to helping college students make the right financial decisions that prevent future collection activity.

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