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Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fee Information

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Payment Information

The first tuition payment is due upon receipt of the orientation reservation or other intent to enroll document. Subsequent payments must be received by the due date; see the Tuition Delinquency  policy for details.

Tuition is billed at least one month prior to the due date or during registration for the term, and is considered delinquent if not received by the due date. Delinquent accounts are subject to penalty fees and finance charges.

Tuition due dates for academic year 2021-2022 are as follows:

Fall 2021 - Due 08/30/2021
Spring 2022 - Due 01/03/2022
Summer 2022 - Due 05/02/2022

Students expecting a student loan or tuition reimbursement assistance need to have reserve funds available to cover tuition costs between the time tuition is due and the time of receipt of the loan disbursement or reimbursement. Students are responsible for tuition payments upon enrollment, whether or not a loan or reimbursement is pending.

Payments must be issued in US dollars. Payment can be made online via WebAdvisor in the myFielding portal. WebAdvisor will accept electronic check payments, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards. Payments may also be mailed to the address noted below:

Fielding Graduate University
2020 De la Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3538
Attn: Student Accounts

Installment Payment Terms and Conditions

Fielding Graduate University is pleased to offer a monthly payment plan for tuition charges as a service to students who enroll in a degree program or a certificate program that requires one year of enrollment or more. The plan is designed so that student tuition payments are processed by Student Accounts each month over the months of a term based upon the terms and conditions below. This is the only payment plan offered by the University. The deferred payment under this plan shall constitute a student loan from Fielding Graduate University and is a note described in 11 U.S. Code, Sec.523(a)(8) and as such is not dischargeable in bankruptcy except as provided therein.

Sign Up Fee: The $50 nonrefundable sign up fee will be charged to your credit card or bank account upon receipt of this form. If you withdraw from the plan and sign up again, the fee will be charged again.
Initial Payment: Select the Monthly Payment Plan option on the Initial Tuition and Fee Payment Form. Initial payment will be processed upon receipt of this form.
Payment Dates: All payment transactions are initiated by the University and are processed on the 1st or 15th day of each month. Payments of all outstanding balances will continue to be processed when a student is on an approved leave of absence.
Convenience/Service Fee: A 2% convenience/service fee will be charged on all payment card (credit/debit cards) transactions.
Declined Payment Fee: There is a $25 declined payment fee if a credit card payment is declined for a second time or if an ACH is returned for insufficient funds.
Payment Methods: Credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) or Bank Account ACH (9-digit US bank routing number only).
If a payment is declined: The University reserves the right to remove you from the payment plan if payment cannot be obtained. If you have more than 3 declined payments in a year, you will be removed from the plan and the balance will be due following the schedule below:

Declined credit/debit cards:

  • If a credit/debit card is declined, you will receive a First Notice of Declined Payment and your payment will be processed again on the 5th business day from the date of the Notice.
  • If the card is declined a second time, you will be charged a $25.00 fee and receive a Second Notice of Declined Payment requiring that the payment be made within 5 business days from the date of the Notice.
  • If payment is not made by this date, you will receive a Final Notice that tuition is due within 3 business days.
  • If payment is not made within the 3 business days of the Final Notice, you will be withdrawn from the University for nonpayment of tuition.

Bank account payment returns:

  • If an automatic debit is returned unpaid due to insufficient funds, you will be charged a $25.00 fee and will receive a First Notice of Declined Payment and are required to contact Student Accounts to resolve the problem within 5 business days from the date of the Notice.
  • If the payment is not made within 5 days, you will receive a Second Notice requiring that payment be made with 5 business days from the of the Notice.
  • If payment is not made by this date, you will receive a Final Notice that tuition is due within 3 business days.
  • If payment is not made within 3 business days of the Final Notice, you will be withdrawn from the University for nonpayment of tuition.

Changes to the plan: In the event of a change in account numbers or credit card expiration dates, make changes on WebAdvisor which is available on the My.Fielding.edu portal no later than 5 business days prior to the next payment date.
Special consideration regarding student loans and sponsor payments: Students whose tuition is paid in full with financial aid or by a sponsor will be removed from the plan after the funds are disbursed. Students with a remaining balance will remain on the plan.
At graduation or withdrawal: A final payment of the full outstanding balance will be processed at the time Student Accounts is notified of your graduation date or date of withdrawal. Participation in the plan will be canceled at that time.
Eligibility: The University reserves the right to determine eligibility of a student to participate in this plan based upon tuition payment history.

Attendance and Participation While Awaiting VA Tuition and Fee Payments

Effective August 1, 2019, any student using CH31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits) or CH33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill®) is protected from any penalties imposed by the University while waiting for the VA to make tuition and fee payments. Under this policy, the University:

  • Cannot deny a student access to classrooms, libraries, or other institutional facilities
  • Cannot make the student borrow money to cover costs while waiting for payment
  • Cannot charge a student a late fee or penalty

The coverage period ends when VA makes payment or 90 days after the date the University certifies tuition and fees.

Protection begins when the student provides the school with a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) or a Statement of Benefits. The University can require the student to submit:

  • the CoE or Statement of Benefits no later than the first day of the program
  • a written request to use the benefits or other necessary certifications

For more information regarding this policy, contact your School Certifying Official.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits/va.gov/gibill.

Policy Revised 04/01/2022


Cost of Attendance for Financial Aid

The cost of attendance (COA) budget is used to calculate need eligibility for certain scholarship funds, and it provides a cap for maximum financial aid (including loans, scholarships, and external funding) within one academic year. It is not the amount that will be billed to you, as it includes tuition along with estimates for the indirect cost categories shown below. Your actual COA, including any applicable loan fees, will be calculated and shown in your Award Letter after you request financial aid.

Estimated Costs for Books, Supplies, Transportation, Room, Board, Personal Expenses

Significant cost increases due to individual circumstances, such as disabilities, dependent care, or computer purchase may be appealed on an individual basis. Contact the Financial Aid Office for the COA appeal request form.

Other Expenses Amount Per
Books: Doctoral and Respecialization Certificate $500 term
Books: Masters and Certificate $25 credit
Room/Board/Personal/Miscellaneous $1,988 month
Transportation: Clinical Doctoral and Respecialization Certificate $3,600 year
Transportation: All Other Doctoral $2,400 year
Transportation: Evidence Based Coaching Certificates $2,400 program
Transportation: Neuropsychology Certificate $40 month


Doctoral Tuition Rates by Program as of September 1, 2021

Program Tuition Additional Information

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Change

$8,870/term $26,610/annually
Infant and Early Childhood Development (PhD) $8,870/term*


*ICDL teach-out students who entered Fall 2014 through Summer 2015 and have remained on that catalog will instead be charged $970 per credit

Human Development (PhD)

Human & Organizational Systems (PhD)

Organizational Development & Change (PhD)

$9,700/term $29,100/annually

Clinical Psychology (PhD)

Media Psychology (PhD)

Psychology (PhD)

$9,700/term $29,100/annually


Masters Tuition Rates by Program as of September 1, 2021

Program Tuition Additional Information
Media Psychology $610/credit $2,440/course - 10 courses
Organization Development & Leadership (Accelerated)

$3,600/module ($600/credit)

$21,600 total - 36 credits
Organizational Development & Leadership (Teach-Out)


$28,800 total - 40 credits


Graduate Certificate Tuition and Fee Rates by Program as of September 1, 2021

Program Tuition Associated Fees Additional Information
Clinical Psychology (postbaccalaureate) $720/credit   $20,160 program total - 28 credits
Comprehensive Evidence Based Coaching (Teach-Out)


$750/per skills training course $3,630/term - 3 terms
Evidence Based Coaching (re-launching Fall 2021)


$1,125/per term $5,445/term - 2 terms
Evidence Based Coaching for Organization Leadership (Teach-Out)


$750/per skills training course $3,630/term - 2 terms
Media Psychology $610/credit   $2,440/course - 3 courses
Organizational Development and Leadership (Teach-Out) $720/credit   $2,880/course - 4 courses
Neuropsychology (postdoctoral) $4,320/term $1,850/term $6,170/term - 6 terms
Students needing to continue into year three of the program pay reduced tuition  
Respecialization Clinical Psychology (postdoctoral) $929/credit with a maximum amount of $9,290/term* $929 fee for practicum/internship per term *RCP students who entered prior to Fall 2018 are charged $9,290/term with discounts at advanced stages in the program as outlined in the Tuition Reduction During Clinical Internships policy.  


Online Professional Development Tuition Rates by Program as of September 1, 2021

Program Tuition
Open Enrollment Doctoral Courses $929/credit
PSY-505 $250/course
World Cafe course $800/course; $50 materials fee/course


General Fees

General Fees
Application Fee $75 non-refundable
Deferred Enrollment Deposit $200 non-refundable
Late Registration Fee (tuition per credit/courses only) $150
Re-enrollment application fee $100 non-refundable
Replacement ID card $10 non-refundable
Student Governance Fee (Clinical and Media only) $20/annually (due Spring term)


Doctoral Session Attendance Fees

Category Standard Registration Fee Additional Late Fee Total w/ Late Fee
Student $295 $100 $395
Student attending for Dissertation Committee meeting only $125 $100 $225
Student attending for Final Oral Review or Graduation Ceremony only No Charge $100 $100
Student Spouse/Significant Other $295 $100 $395
Alumni or Alumni Spouse Significant Other $175 $100 $275


Finance Fees

Finance Fees
Credit card payment service/Convenience/Service Fee 2% charged on tuition and fee payments made with a credit card
Finance Charge (1st of month) .83% charged when a payment is not received by due date
Late Payment penalty fee $100 assessed on past due balance
Monthly Payment Plan $50 setup fee
$25 second time card decline
$25 change account fee (the first six changes/year are free)
Returned checks $25 charged when payment is not honored by the bank
Wire Transfer Fee (international students only) $25 (FGU does not wire funds to domestic banks)


Transcript Fees

Transcript Fees
Electronic PDF delivery $7 per email address
Paper transcript, pick-up at Fielding (no delivery) $5.25 per copy
Paper transcript, regular postal mail $10 per destination/address
Paper transcript, rush/expedited delivery $45 per destination/address


Graduation Fees

Graduation Fees
Cap and gown $53.40 - $56.60 + shipping
Proofreader’s fee for dissertation First $300 covered by Fielding; any additional charge to be covered by student
Diploma/Certificate replacement/Duplicate diploma $50