CDU is committed to keeping tuition as low as possible, recognizing that many of our students are motivated by a desire to serve the Church.

CDU is a non-profit university and is not financially supported by the Church. Our tuition reflects the cost of providing high quality, accredited academic programs and is among the lowest of all Catholic universities.

Tuition may be paid with Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express, debit cards bearing one of the previous credit card logos, check, or money order. CDU also offers the option for a  default short-term payment plan to help make tuition payments manageable for students. The payment plan option is for three-credit online courses and allows tuition to be spread out and paid over the course of the term. There is a $30 processing fee and this option is not available for noncredit education courses. Payment Plan

Credit/Course Tuition
Effective 6.20.23
Undergraduate courses
(including Associate courses)
$345 per credit hour
($1,035 per course)
Graduate courses
$495 per credit hour
($1,485 per course)
Practicum fee
Noncredit courses
$89 per course
Noncredit seminar
Course audit for CDU alumni  (nonrefundable after start of class)
Graduate course audit for non-alumni (non-refundable after start of class)
Academic credit paper courses:
Fee for printing/shipping/handling
$100 per course

Tuition is set by the Board of Trustees and is subject to change without notice. Tuition for all courses and programs is accepted in U.S. currency only.

Withdrawing from a Course or Program

A student may terminate enrollment in an individual course or withdraw from a program at any time by notifying the university. Withdrawal requests should be emailed to the Registrar at Refunds will be granted on request, according to the Academic Refund Policy or Continuing Education Refund Policy.

Effective 7.2.13
Application fee
MA program one-year extension
BA program one-year extension
Catechetical Diploma one-year extension
Effective 7.2.13
Short-term payment plan processing fee
$30 per course*
Copy of official transcript
$10 for electronic transcript; $15 for paper transcript per address
Re-Issue lost or destroyed diploma
(contact the registrar for requirements)
Thesis extension fee $150
Late registration fee (see calendar for dates)
Late payment fee (see calendar for dates)

Short term payment plans must be set up three weeks before the first day of class.

Effective 6.27.22
$55 per credit

NET PRICE CALCULATOR EXAMPLE: Click here to view an estimated cost of attendance.