Tuition Policy

Tuition and fees are set by the NU Board of Regents and are subject to change, but the changes will affect the student only on the anniversary of his / her registration.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

NationsUniversity’s donors are dedicated to our approach to teaching scripture and believe God’s Word is the key to a better world. These generous donors are willing to pay for your first three months of study. This gift allows you to study without any cost except the $25 registration fee.

These donors are willing to invest in you and help you earn a Biblical education so you can change your world.  At the end of your first quarter, you will be in a position to make a decision that is best for you.  

All new students not eligible for other discounts who register on or after August 3, 2019 are eligible for this gift. This offer ends December 31, 2019.

Starting January 1, 2019 all new students will be required to pay a $25 registration fee. There will be no exemptions. To see the upcoming changes to our tuition policy download a free copy of the new NationsUniversity Academic Catalog & Student Handbook.

Fees and Tuition Policy

In effect January 1, 2019

1. Registration Fee – A one-time initial registration fee of $25 shall apply to all new students.

2. Tuition Fee – The tuition of $450 per quarter shall apply to those students identified below in Section 3. The quarterly assessment covers tuition for one course or as many courses as the student desires to attempt in accordance with his or her academic plan of study during his or her academic quarter.

  1. Quarterly Tuition. NationsUniversity uses a rolling enrollment, so it does not have semesters or quarters in the traditional sense. A student’s academic quarter is calculated from the date of registration and new quarters of study must be purchased every three months to remain active and in good standing.
  2. Initial Academic Quarter. The first quarterly tuition shall be invoiced upon acceptance into a degree program and shall be due immediately. The initial academic quarter begins from the date of registration. The student may enroll in as many courses as he or she desires to attempt in accordance with his or her academic plan of study without additional tuition being assessed. 
  3. Subsequent Academic Quarter(s). If a student continues his or her studies beyond the first quarter, he or she may purchase additional quarters of study at the current rate (e.g. $450) per quarter. The full quarterly tuition is due prior to the beginning of the subsequent quarter(s) of study. The student may continue his active studies and enroll in as many courses as he or she desires to attempt in accordance with his or her academic plan of study during this subsequent quarter without additional tuition being assessed. 
  4. Options. NationsUniversity offers the option of monthly payments on all quarterly tuition invoices. If you are a tuition-paying student, you may elect to make three monthly payments over the course of the quarter with each payment being one-third of your quarterly tuition. NationsUniversity will not charge any finance charges or interest on any balance.

3. Discounted Groups: The following identified groups are eligible for specific discounts on tuition.

a. Prison students. Students incarcerated in the U.S. are eligible for a 100% discount on tuition. All fees, both required and optional, are still due at the time they are incurred, including but not limited to registrations fees and graduation fees.

b. Students in impoverished countries. Students who reside outside of certain developed countries are eligible for a 100% discount on tuition, not including the registration fee. If a territory belonging to one of the identified impoverished countries has an internationally recognized ID code that is different from its parent country, the tuition shall not apply. The Board of Regents will determine the maximum number of countries which will pay tuition based on a review of international financial information. This financial information will be obtained in the following manner:

i. The list of all countries with pertinent financial information will be obtained from the International Monetary Fund, United Nations, and/or other reliable data source.

ii. The list of countries will be sorted by Gross Domestic Product adjusted by the Purchasing Power Index, with the highest grossing countries listed first.

iii. Countries with populations of less than 100,000 will be excluded from the list due to the unreliability of information when dealing with such a small sample.

iv. Territories of identified countries will be removed from the list as they will be included with the parent countries eligibility determination.

v. To control for and allow for economic volatility, countries that appear in a current list but which fall below the GDP-PPI threshold after recalculating a new list will remain on the new list if its GDP-PPI is within 5% of GDP-PPI of the lowest country or countries. The existing country or countries will replace the lowest country or countries on the recalculated list.

vi. The list of countries which must pay tuition shall be published for students and the general public in the university’s catalog and on the university’s website.

vii. Calculations for this discount shall be made no less than every three years.

List of Top 35 Countries

Australia Denmark Israel New Zealand South Korea
Austria Finland Italy Norway Spain
Bahrain France Japan Oman Sweden
Belgium Germany Kuwait Qatar Switzerland
Brunei Great Britain Luxembourg Saudi Arabia Taiwan
Canada Iceland Malta Singapore United Arab Emirates
Cyprus Ireland Netherlands Slovenia United States

c. Students associated with the university.  Tuition discounts are available to the categories of students listed below:

1) Children and spouses of paid staff or board members shall receive a discount of 100% of the tuition rate in effect at the time of their enrollment.

2) Volunteer faculty members who are actively teaching at least three credit hours and performing satisfactorily on all evaluations shall receive a discount of 100% of the tuition rate in effect at the time of their enrollment.

d. Students discharged from prison. Students who have been enrolled while in prison shall, upon their release, receive a discount of 100% of the tuition rate in effect at the time of their release for a period of one year following release.

e. Existing students.  Students who registered prior to January 1, 2019, when the tuition rate was either $240 or $360 per quarter, may continue at that rate until the end of their second consecutive Academic Year (a two-year “grand-fathered” provision). Upon the anniversary of the registration date in 2019 or 2020, the then prevailing rate will apply.

f. Determination of eligibility. For online students registering after January 1, 2018, eligibility for the discount is calculated automatically by the registration portal at the time of registration. For prison students, eligibility is determined by the prison services division upon receipt of all required registration documentation, including verification of location of prison, proof of adequate access to materials and technology, and acquisition of a proctor.

g. Appeal of Determination. Any student may contact their advisor if the discount was not applied, and he or she feels they meet the conditions stated above. All appeals will be addressed within 30 days by Student Services Division.

4. Failure to pay. NationsUniversity recognizes two categories of students:

a. Track 1:  Those enrolled in a certificate or degree program.  Students in Track 1 will have full access to all NU services, and after meeting all academic and financial requirements, will be awarded the appropriate degree.  Students who are not current in their financial obligations shall not be allowed to:

1) Enter into a degree program,

2) Take comprehensive exams,

3) Receive academic awards, or

4) Be provided with transcripts.

b. Track 2: Those studying simply for personal enrichment.  These students do not intend to pursue a certificate or degree from NationsUniversity. As such, they do not pay tuition and may access online course materials only.  These students may not complete exams or assignments, may not receive any support from NU faculty or student advisors, will not be eligible for any academic awards.

(Note:  The two-track concept is provided in order to meet the NU two-fold objective of (1) building faith and (2) training Christian leaders around the world.)

5. Installment payments. NationsUniversity offers the option of monthly payments on all quarterly tuition invoices. If you are a tuition-paying student, you may elect to make three monthly payments over the course of the quarter with each payment being one-third of your quarterly tuition. NationsUniversity will not charge any finance charges or interest on any balance.

6. Loans and Scholarships.  In order to minimize administrative costs and keep tuition as low as possible, the University does not participate in, or accept funds from any state or federal financial aid program, including loans, grants or scholarships.  This paragraph does not, however, prohibit a church or other entity from paying a student’s tuition as may be agreed privately between the two parties.

Cancellations & Refunds

If at any time a student decides to cancel his registration in NationsUniversity, the notice may be conveyed in any written manner. All such communications should be recorded and kept on file to substantiate the writing of any refund checks.  Amounts to be refunded shall be as calculated below and paid within 30 days of receiving the request.

1. Registration Fees – Registration fees are non-refundable but shall be refunded if request is made within five days following registration.

2. Tuition After the five-day cooling off period which begins upon signing the LOA, if the student cancels after completing at least one lesson assignment but less than 50 percent of course assignments in at least one course, the institution may retain the nonrefundable fee (registration fee) plus a percentage of any tuition assessment, which shall not exceed the following:

a. Up to and including 10 percent of a single-course equivalency: 10 percent of the refundable fee (fee charges remaining after subtracting the nonrefundable fee already retained).

b. Between 11 percent and 25 percent of a single-course equivalency: 25 percent of the refundable fee

c. Between 26 percent and 50 percent of a single-course equivalency: 50 percent of the refundable fee.

d. After the student completes more than half of a single-course equivalency, the institution shall be entitled to retain the entire course fee.

e. Based on NationsUniversity’s standardized grading plan, all courses contain five (5) graded elements. Therefore, a single-course equivalency is a total of five assignments from any number of courses. The curriculum benchmarks for 10%, 25%, and 50% completion are as follows.

1) Up to and including 10 percent: 1 graded assignment.

2) 11 percent to 25 percent: 2 graded assignments.

3) 26 percent to 50 percent: 3 graded assignments.

3. Records – When refunds are made, the date, check number, and amount of refund shall be entered in the student’s CMS file.

4. Public Notice on Website: The following information regarding refunds shall be posted on the NationsUniversity website.

Refunds

All advance payments on the behalf of a student are refundable within the limits cited below. Refunds are payable by check only and will not be charged back to a credit card. All money due will be refunded within 30 days of the date of the request. Requests for refunds must be made in writing before the end of the academic quarter for which the refund is being requested. A full refund will be given in the event that one of the following occurs:

a. If the student is not conditionally or fully accepted into a degree program by the University;

b. It is determined by a state authority or accrediting agency that the enrollment of the student was procured as a result of any misrepresentation in advertising, promotional materials of the school or representations by the owners or representatives of the school; or

c. If a course of instruction is discontinued by the school and this, for a valid reason, prevents the student from completing the program.

Note: transcript fees are non-refundable.

Sample Calculations

A student is admitted to NU and pays the quarterly tuition of $450. The student enrolls in his or her first course of the quarter but withdraws after completing one graded assignment. NU may retain 10% of the tuition, and the student is entitled to a refund of 90% of the quarterly tuition. The student will receive a check in the amount of $405 ($450 x 90% = $405).

A student is admitted to NU and pays the quarterly tuition of $450. The student enrolls in two courses but withdraws after completing one graded assignment in each. Because the student has completed two assignments, NU may retain 25% of the tuition, and the student is entitled to a refund of 75% of the quarterly tuition of $450. The student will receive a check in the amount of $337.50 ($450 x 75% = $337.50).

Students Called to Active Military Service

A student of NationsUniversity who withdraws from the University as a result of being called to active duty in a military service of the United States or their State National Guard and is unable to continue his studies may, upon request, receive a full refund of tuition and fees paid.

U.S. Fee and Tuition History

Tuition Rate
$100 Annual technology fee was  introduced in 2008 for U.S. students.
January 1, 2012 $250 Technology fee increased and a $25 registration fee added for all U.S. students. Incarcerated students exempted from technology fee.
July 1, 2013 $480 Technology fee increased for U.S. students. Incarcerated students still exempted.
January 1, 2016 $960 Following accreditation in July, 2015, annual TUITION was increased for U.S. non-incarcerated students, and also applied to top 25 “developed” nations.
January 1, 2018 $1,440 Increase in annual tuition.
March 1, 2018 $360 Tuition was converted to a quarterly subscription model.
January 1, 2019 $450 Quarterly tuition increase and also applied to top 25 developed nations increased to  35 developed nations.

Updated January 2, 2019