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. We list below a comprehensive set of financial elements related to your time here, ranging from tuition to expected travel costs. As a prospective student comparing different opportunities, Pepperdine encourages you to make sure that the pricing factors for other options are also fully considered.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2017-2018

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).

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. Students are surveyed every other year regarding the Cost of Attendance.

Scholarship Estimates

Funding graduate school education is often accomplished through a combination of a number of resources: scholarship, outside scholarship, federal work-study, federal loans, alternative loans and personal resources.

The Pepperdine University 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, academic and professional experience, as well as standardized test scores.

While scholarship resources are not a guarantee for every student, for the 2017-2018 academic year an estimated 90% of the students will receive some scholarship support with the average scholarship amount of $23,746 per year.

Tuition Two Terms/Semesters
2017-2018 Tuition (Based on 12 units) $38,250
Estimated Average Scholarship**** Two Terms/Semesters
Average Scholarship ($23,746)
 Associated Costs Two Terms/Semesters
Room/Board* $16,950
Transportation $2,000
Personal Misc.** $7,000
Books/Supplies $1,000
Loan Fees*** $560
Total (not including average scholarship) $65,760
Net Estimated Cost of Attendance**** $42,014

Note: There is a $275 one-time workshop fee for the first semester of the first year.

*Includes $350 per month for food x 9 months and is based on on campus housing cost of $6,900 per semester x 2 which includes utilities, phone, internet and cable.

**Includes $4,117.24 required Health Insurance cost which will be charged to the student account in the fall semester ($2,058.62) and spring/summer ($2,058.62). A student may waive out, if they have their own health insurance coverage.  The student health insurance waiver is due on September 6, 2017. 

To submit the electronic waiver, click here.

***Origination fees for loans.

****Average scholarship based on estimated 2017-2018 enrollment 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 twelve units per term/semester.

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