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Tuition & Costs

At UL Lafayette, our goal is to deliver affordability and value through our accredited online degree programs.

Our tuition models give students the power to plan and budget based on their individual degree plans and existing college credits.

If you have questions about financial aid, reach out to or make an appointment online to speak to a financial aid advisor dedicated to online students. 



Flat-Rate Tuition

Students enrolled in 100% online degree and certificate programs pay a flat, per-credit-hour tuition rate. Undergraduate courses are $380 per credit hour; graduate courses are $480 per credit hour.

Additional course fees and lab fees are not included.

Total online tuition varies by the number of credit hours needed to complete your program. Your advisor will work with you to determine which of your college credits will apply toward your degree plan, but all financial aid questions should be directed to the online financial aid counselor at

Tuition includes access to learning resources through the Dupre Library’s online services, tools from Microsoft Office 365, Moodle and email help from IT Support, and support through 24/7 live tutoring.

For access to additional on-campus services, online students can purchase the Campus Connection Plan.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Cohorts in the hybrid M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree program receive a flat-rate tuition of $416.66 per credit hour. Students take two courses, 6 credit hours, per semester for a flat, $2,500-per-semester cost.

Package-Priced Programs

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program has a package tuition of $9,500, or $316.67 per credit. Program prices do not include the costs of books or proctoring (if required). Through December 2023, students affiliated with partner community colleges and hospitals qualify for partner tuition of $8,500, or $283.33 per credit.

Our MBA online is also offered at a package price tuition, with a per-credit cost of $387.88. Students enrolled in one of the program's eight, 33-credit concentrations, including Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Management, Hospitality Management, HR Management, Project Management, and Sales Leadership, pay $12,800 total tuition. The 39-credit MBA in Health Care Administration package tuition is $15,127.32. All courses use no-cost materials

Package tuition does not include the cost for a student to complete any general education/core requirements that may be needed to earn the degree.

Distance Learning Fees

Students not enrolled in a fully online or hybrid degree program will incur Distance Learning fees in addition to current tuition and fees when they enroll in an online or hybrid course. These courses are identified as “Hybrid section” or “Online section” in the student information system and are listed within the schedule of courses.

The *fees are:

  • Undergraduate hybrid and online course sections, a minimum of $30 per credit hour.
  • Graduate hybrid and online courses, a minimum of $50 per credit hour.

This fee is included in online student’s flat-rate tuition but will appear as a separate line item in their statement of account.

*In 2010, the University Council authorized the creation of the E-Learning Support Fund to stimulate the growth of hybrid and online learning course offerings.

Funds are used for the acquisition of electronic library collections in disciplines offering hybrid and online courses, projects that extend electronic student support services for all learners, significant course design improvements, IT/learning management system (Moodle) projects that benefit all users, and other e-learning and program development activities.


If a textbook is required in a hybrid or online course, the cost is typically not included in the tuition and fees, with some exceptions (e.g. UNIV 200). Students should be prepared to pay for textbooks or online textbook supplements, if they are required.


Some online courses will require that you take tests or exams in a proctored environment, one supervised in person or electronically by a credible agency or individual. Paying a proctor is an additional fee that you will incur if the course has an exam that requires proctoring.

Why is proctoring required? The passage of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008 led regional accrediting agencies to place greater emphasis on preventing potential fraud in online programs. Thus, these regional accrediting agencies began to mandate its member colleges and universities institute processes for authenticating that a person enrolled to take an online course is actually the person submitting work for that course.

UL Lafayette’s accreditor, SACS-COC, requires that “at minimum, a secure login and pass code or proctored exam and, as they become available and widely accepted, new identification technologies and practices” be used to identify each student’s identity. The integrity of academic programs at UL Lafayette depends on the institution’s ability to authenticate the identity of online students.