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School of Public Policy Cost of Attendance

Understanding the significance of your decision to pursue graduate education, Pepperdine maintains the highest standards of transparency and truthfulness in our relationships with students and prospective students. In addition to the details below, a comprehensive set of financial elements related to your time here can found in the Academic Catalog. Our team stands ready to work with you personally.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2019-2020

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an average numeric amount used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for an academic year. The COA consists of standard school expenses (tuition, fees, books) and an estimate of a student's standard living expenses (housing, food, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses). To determine financial aid packages for the 2019-2020 academic year, COA is valued at $68,700.

Each student's financial needs are different, so the estimated COA may be less depending on the student's circumstances. It is recommended that the student create their own budget to calculate what is needed as long as it does not exceed the COA.

Scholarship Estimates

Funding graduate school education is often accomplished through a combination of internal School of Public Policy scholarship, external scholarships, federal work-study, federal loans, alternative loans, and personal resources.

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy awards a number of scholarships each year.  These awards are made available through endowed funds, gifts from supporters and alumni, and allocation of University general funds. The Scholarship Committee awards scholarship based on merit and academic and professional experiences.

While scholarship resources are not a guarantee for every student, for the 2018-2019 academic year an estimated 90% of the students will receive School of Public Policy scholarship support with the average scholarship amount of $25,862 per year (66% of tuition).  

Budget Item Cost Two Terms/Semesters
2019-2020 Tuition (Based on 12/13 units) $40,190
Room/Board** $17,950
Transportation $2,000
Personal Misc.*** $7,000
Books/Supplies $1,000
Loan Fees**** $560
Total Cost of Attendance (Not Including Scholarship) $68,700
Average Scholarship 2018-2019 ($25,862)
Net Tuition Cost (Tuition + Scholarship) $14,328
Net Estimated Total Cost of Attendance***** $42,838

Note: There is a $475 one-time workshop fee for the first semester of the first year. For a complete breakdown of estimated costs, please review the Academic Catalog. Tuition charges may be expected to increase on an annual basis as higher education continues to experience cost increases. Historically tuition has increased between two to six percent.

*Average scholarship based on estimated 2018-2019 enrollment data and is not a guarantee of funding.

**Includes $350 per month for food x 9 months and is based on on campus housing cost of $7,400 per semester x 2 which includes utilities, phone, internet and cable.

***$4,153.04 Required Health Insurance cost included which will be charged to the student account in the fall semester ($2,076.52) and spring/summer ($2,076.52). A student may waive out, if they have their own health insurance coverage. The student health insurance waiver is due on September 5, 2019.

Submit the electronic wavier

****Origination fees for loans.

*****Average scholarship based on 2018-2019 data and is not a guarantee of funding.

Tuition charges may be expected to increase on an annual basis as higher education continues to experience cost increases. Historically tuition has increased between two to six percent. Please note, tuition is based on 12/13 units per term/semester.