Costs & Financing

Excelsior College has been offering affordable education for working adults since 1971. Our budget-friendly degree programs are affordable by design, tailored to fit comfortably alongside other household expenses.

Excelsior makes education affordable for working adults by:

  • Charging lower tuition than other online institutions. (Scroll down to compare.)
  • Minimizing the number of credits you need to graduate.
  • Helping you access loans, grants, scholarships, and other financial aid from a wide range of funding sources.
  • Providing payment-plan options that let you pay in monthly installments.
  • Enabling you to work full-time while you earn your degree.
  • Offering discounted tuition and fee for military veterans, active-duty servicemembers, and their families.
  • Letting you take courses from home, with the flexibility to complete class assignments 24/7. 

Tuition Comparison

You pay significantly less per credit at Excelsior than at many online colleges.

Tuition Price Per Credit

Excelsior College
Excelsior College 
DeVry University
DeVry University
Strayer University
Strayer University
University of Phoenix Online
University of Phoenix Online

* Fees subject to change without notice.
** Full-time students have reduced per-credit rate.
*** Out-of-state student rate.
Rate is higher for MBA degree. Rate is lower for active-duty military students and their spouses.


Speak with an Excelsior College financial aid advisor