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 – which reflects the cost of providing high quality, accredited academic programs – is one of the lowest graduate and undergraduate tuition rates of all Catholic online 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 7.2.13
Undergraduate courses
(including Associate courses)
$305 per credit hour
($915 per course)
Graduate courses
$450 per credit hour
($1,350 per course)
Noncredit courses
$165 per course
Noncredit seminar
$165 per seminar
Thesis Direction
$400
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.

Effective 7.2.13
Application fee
$25
MA program one-year extension
$500
BA program one-year extension
$200
Catechetical Diploma one-year extension
$200
Effective 7.2.13
Short-term payment plan processing fee
$30 per course*
Copy of official transcript
$10
Re-Issue lost or destroyed diploma
(contact the registrar for requirements)
$50
Late registration fee (see calendar for dates)
$100
Late payment fee (see calendar for dates)
$100

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

Effective 11.10.14
 Term course with final exams  $25 per course
 Additional hour of proctoring  $10
 Comprehensive Exams  $50
No-show/retake fee (there will be an additional fee for students who do not show up or require a second session to complete the exam)  $25
Effective 7.2.13
Technology
$30 per credit

A student may terminate enrollment in an individual course or withdraw from a program at any time by notifying the university; however, a student is advised to do so in writing for his or her own protection. Written withdrawal request should be sent to: Registrar, Catholic Distance University, 115 West Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414. Refunds will be granted on request, according to the Academic Refund Policy or Continuing Education Refund Policy.