School of Public Policy Financial Aid

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 2018-2019

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 2018-2019 academic year, COA is valued at $67,220.

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).

Tuition Two Terms/Semesters
2018-2019 Tuition (Based on 12/13 units) $39,210
Estimated Average Scholarship* Two Terms/Semesters
Average Scholarship ($25,862)
 Net Tuition Two Terms/Semesters
Net Tuition* $13,348

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.