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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.

Flat-Rate Tuition

Beginning Fall 2020, students enrolled in 100% online programs will 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 degree. 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 faonline@louisiana.edu.

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.

Package-Priced Programs

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) program has a package price of $9,500. Program prices do not include the costs of books or proctoring (if required), but do include distance learning course fees.

Our MBA online has a program price of $12,800, which includes books and other learning materials, as well as distance learning fees.

Program prices do not include the cost for a student to complete any general education/core requirements that may be needed to earn the degree.

Hybrid Degree Programs

For hybrid degree programs at UL Lafayette, students pay regular tuition based on the annual scale approved by the University of Louisiana System.

The amount of tuition varies by the number of hours you schedule each semester. Out-of-state students will be charged in-state tuition.

View the current tuition and fee rates.

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.

Textbooks

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.

Proctoring

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.