Tuition and Fees

Learn how affordable a Woodbury education can be

Like many students, you may be concerned about how you and your family will cover the tuition and costs associated with attending Woodbury.  The good news is that a Woodbury education is more affordable than you might expect.  In fact, more than 96% of Woodbury University undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, with the average student financial aid grants during the 2022-2023 academic year totaling over $21,872.

Our financial aid professionals will work with you to coordinate a comprehensive financial aid package consisting of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment through funding from state and federal programs, its own resources and donors.  We are dedicated to assisting each student with a strategy that works for them.  Your education can be affordable with the many financial aid options available to students today.

Tuition 2024-2025

View the tuition and fees for all of our programs for the 2024 – 2025 academic year.

Please note that the costs listed do not take into account any financial aid that you might receive.

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition Per Semester
Tuition Per Year
12-18 units$22,781$45,562
11 units or less$1,484 per unit
Over 18 units (overload)$1,484 per unit
Super Summer Session$99 per unit

Graduate Tuition

Tuition Per Unit
Master of Architecture (MArch)$1,484
MS Architecture$1,484
Master of Interior Design (MID)$1,484
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$1,484

Certificate Programs

Tuition Per Unit
All Certificate Programs$350


Commitment Deposit$500All students
Housing Deposit$250All students


Application Fee $85All students
ASWU Undergraduate$125Per semester
Campus Life$200All students, per semester
Co-Op Fee for IPAL Students$200Per semester
Course Audit Fee$62
Creative Technology Fee - Animation + VFX, Filmmaking, Game Art & Design$200Per semester
Deferred Payment Contract Processing Fee$100Per semester
Early Arrival Fee$572
Housing Application Fee$50
Graduate Architecture Student Fee$100
Graduation Application Fee$200
Identification Card Replacement Fee$10
Late Payment Fee$50
Late Registration Fee$75See academic calendar for applicable dates
Architecture Program Fee$30Per semester
Interior Design Program Fee$30Per Semester
Applied Computer Science Media Arts Program Fee$45Per semester
Computer Science Design Computation Program Fee$45Per semester
Sustainable Practices Program Fee$45Per semester
Construction Management Program Fee$45Per semester
School of Media : Culture : Design (MCD) Program Fee (applicable to all MCD majors)$40Per semester
PHYS 2701 Lab Fee$50All students taking the course
MBA Association Fee$100Mandatory, per semester
Parking (Los Angeles Campus)$155All students, per semester
Parking (San Diego Campus)$125All students, per semester
Returned Check Fee$100
WUSO (Undergraduate)$232
WUSO (Graduate)$118
Technology Fee (Traditional Undergraduate Students, per semester)$422
Technology Fee (Graduate students, per unit)$31
Technology Fee (Super Summer Session, per unit)$0For AY2023-2024 No Technology Fee
Technology Fee (Certificate Courses, per unit)$0For AY2023-2024 No Technology Fee
Withdrawal Fee$100

Transcript Fee - Per Official Copy

Online Request, Electronic Copy$5
Online Request, Paper Copy$10
In Person, Paper Copy$15
Rush/Expedited Request (additional ea.)$10
Next Day Request (additional ea.)$25
International Request (additional ea.)$100

Public vs. Private Education

Woodbury’s world-class faculty and intimate setting enable us to provide our students with unprecedented attention. It also means that our students are able to take the courses that are required to complete their degree and begin their careers in four years.

By comparison, the average time that it takes for a student to graduate from a public university is over six years, largely as a result of overcrowding and the inability to get into required courses.

The Return on Investment (ROI) of a 4-Year vs. 6-Year Degree

Graduating in four years and getting into the job market immediately has a big impact on the rate of return on the investment (ROI) in education. According to Payscale.com, Woodbury students make on average $48,000 right out of college, so over a period of six years the cost after financial aid (without taking into account the effect of taxes) is our average discounted tuition of $27,000 per year multiplied by 4 years ($108,000), minus $48,000 in earnings for 2 years ($96,000) – or about $12,000 net cost. By comparison, the average time to graduation at a public university is six years (mainly due to overcrowding and the inability to get into required courses), so the net cost at a public university at, say, $8,000 per year for six years, is $48,000. Put differently, a student who graduates two years earlier earns about $96,000, whereas the average student debt upon graduation is about $37,000.


Net Price Calculator

Explore how to plan and pay for your college education. We will help you every step of the way. Using the Net Price Calculator, you can find out your eligibility for financial aid and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. Results from the Net Price Calculator will show you how affordable Woodbury can be.

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Average Annual Cost and Median Earnings for Top Creative Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Avg. Annual Cost*
Median Earnings*
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)$44K$58K26%
Pratt Institute$46K$52K56%
School at the Art Institute of Chicago$45K$39K57%
Yale University$18K$89K6%
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)$50K$38K25%
Art Center College of Design$47K$66K71%
Carnegie Mellon University$35K$100K15%
Maryland Institute College of Art$39K$44K64%
Stanford University$11K$98K4%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)$17K$111K7%
University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)$14K$74K12%
School of Visual Arts$45K$50K71%
Virginia Commonwealth University$22K$50K87%
University of Southern California (USC)$30K$83K11%
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)$44K$44K96%
Ringling College of Art and Design$50K$44K64%
Fashion Institute of Technology$11K$60K54%
Harvard University$15K$85K5%
College for Creative Studies$38K$53K44%
The New School$43K$54K57%

*Source: US Department of Education College Scorecard. **Source: Niche.com
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