Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 

Excelsior College offers affordable undergraduate degrees that are designed to fit within a working adult's budget.

We offer two enrollment options:

  • The Excelsior Course Option—cost-optimized for students who will take at least 12 Excelsior course credits before they graduate.
  • The Multi-Source Option—designed for students who need to take fewer than 12 Excelsior course credits.

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  Excelsior Course Option Multi-Source Option
1. Application for admission and Preliminary review of transcripts. $50 $50 
2. Commitment Fee $01, 2 $1,095
3. Tuition $510
per credit
per credit
4. Annual Student Fee (SSAF) $0 annually3 $495 annually
5. Graduation5 $4954 $4954
6. Certification program $50

Fees subject to change without notice.

1Students who do not complete the required number of Excelsior course credits before graduation will be switched to the Multi-Source option and charged the prevailing Multi-Source commitment fee. The credit requirements for course option students do not change. Programs that required that students take 12 Excelsior course credits before graduation still require 12 Excelsior course credits before graduation. Programs that require 6 Excelsior course credits still require only 6 course credits.

2If you did not pay a commitment fee and your status changes to withdrawn at the associate, bachelor's, or graduate level program, and you then wish to re-enroll in any program at the same degree level, you will be charged a commitment fee equivalent to the prevailing SSAF and reactivation fees.

3Students who do not complete 12 Excelsior course credits per year will be charged the prevailing SSAF for this option. 

4$15 will be deducted for each Excelsior course credit earned.

5All students are required to pay the graduation fee. Our annual Commencement ceremony is held In Albany in July. Registration is required if you wish to attend and there is a small fee for your cap and gown assessed at registration. For more Information visit our Commencement page.

Excelsior Helps You Control Costs

Excelsior College offers a range of programs and services to ensure that working adults have access to an affordable education.

Financial Aid

Most Excelsior College students receive loans, scholarships, or other sources of financial aid. Call Financial Aid toll-free at (855) 323-9235.

Financial Aid


Excelsior College maintains partnerships with employers, colleges, military organizations, and other types of institutions. Students who are affiliated with partner organizations may be eligible for discounts on tuition, student fees, and other costs.

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Payment Plans

Excelsior College offers payment plans to help working adults fit education costs comfortably within a household budget. You can pay tuition and/or fees in monthly installments, rather than in a lump sum. Payment plans are available.

      Undergraduate Payment Plan Brochure (PDF)

      Undergraduate NBS Application (PDF)

  • Commitment fee:  Budget your undergraduate commitment fee with up to 6 monthly payments. Set-up Fee: $25 per plan.
  • Tuition: Budget your undergraduate tuition costs over 4 months. Set-up Fee: $25 per plan. Apply for a payment plan when you register for courses online.

    Register for courses online

    Undergraduate Course NBS Application (PDF)

  • Student fees: Budget your Student Service Annual Fee (SSAF) across up to 6 payments. Set-up Fee: $25 per plan. Apply for the payment plan when paying the SSAF through the Student Billing section of MyExcelsior, or download the SSAF payment plan application. See the SSAF payment plan brochure for more details.

    Student Billing (requires login)

    SSAF payment plan brochure (PDF)

  • Excelsior College® Examinations (ECEs): Budget your exam registration fee over 2 months. Set-up Fee: $15 per plan. Payment plan application only available as you register for exams online.

    ECE Payment Plan Brochure (PDF)

    Register for exams online

  • Continuation Discount Commitment Fee: If you enroll in an Excelsior bachelor's degree program using the Excelsior Multi-Source Option within one year of completing your Excelsior associate degree, you may qualify for a substantial commitment fee reduction. If eligible, you may budget this with up to 6 monthly payments. Set-up Fee: $25 per plan.

    Continuation Discount Payment Plan Brochure (PDF)

    Continuation Plan NBS Application (PDF)

Speak with an Excelsior College financial aid advisor