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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 be found in the Academic Catalog. Our team stands ready to work with you personally.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2022-2023

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 2022-2023 academic year, COA is valued at $76,660.

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 scholarships, 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 2021-2022 academic year an estimated 90% of the students received School of Public Policy scholarship support with an average scholarship amount of $31,081 per year (70% of tuition).  

Budget Item Cost Two Terms/Semesters
2022-2023 Tuition (Based on 12/13 units each semester) $44,050 (cost of two terms/semesters)
Room/Board** $21,550
Transportation $2,000
Personal Misc.*** $7,000
Books/Supplies $1,000
Wellness Fee $500
Loan Fees**** $560
Total Cost of Attendance (Not Including Scholarship) $76,660
Average Scholarship 2021-2022 ($31,081)
Net Tuition Cost (Tuition - Scholarship) $12,969
Net Estimated Total Cost of Attendance***** $45,579

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.

**Includes $350 per month for food x 9 months and is based on on-campus housing cost of $9,200 per semester x 2 which includes utilities, phone, internet, and cable.

***$4,032 Required Health Insurance cost included which will be charged to the student account in the fall semester ($2,016) and spring/summer ($2,016). A student may waive out if they have their own health insurance coverage. SHIP charges will post on August 16, 2022, for the fall semester. The final grace period to waive Pepperdine's SHIP runs from August 16 to September 5, 2022. The final student health insurance waiver deadline is due on September 5, 2022.

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****Origination fees for loans.

*****Average scholarship based on 2021-2022 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, that tuition is based on 12/13 units per term/semester.