Ashford University

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Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
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Mission Statement
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Professional Universities
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
For-credit instruction programs offered
Noncredit education offered
Institution does not offer noncredit education
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty1221,680
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
Tuition and fees$12,400$14,278$14,278$13,160-7.8%
Books and supplies$1,070$1,235$1,235$1,150-6.9%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$7,687$7,956$8,724$9,1114.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
Off Campus$26,352$28,824$30,665$31,4242.5%
Off Campus with Family$17,290$19,445$20,196$20,4571.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2022-2023
Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Does not participate in Promise program
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2021-2022
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Any student financial aid1787100%————
Grant or scholarship aid787100%$4,030,227$5,121
Federal grants56372%$2,438,404$4,331
Pell grants53868%$2,281,326$4,240
Other federal grants21427%$157,078$734
State/local government grant or scholarships00%$0
Institutional grants or scholarships787100%$1,591,823$2,023
Student loan aid52767%$3,297,048$6,256
Federal student loans52767%$3,297,048$6,256
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students awarded Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Grant or scholarship aid129,00092%$170,247,554$5,871
Pell grants11,09435%$42,868,562$3,864
Federal student loans12,37339%$87,219,243$7,049
Grant or scholarship aid11,47295%$4,938,168$3,355
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid awarded, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$20,910$23,585$25,104
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2019-20202020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$20,733$23,227$24,632
$30,001 – $48,000$21,895$23,272$24,732
$48,001 – $75,000$23,408$24,185$25,557
$75,001 – $110,000$24,338$27,055$25,989
$110,001 and more$25,880$26,824
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students awarded federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2022
Total enrollment34,190
Undergraduate enrollment27,201
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,398
Graduate enrollment6,989
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:Full-time: 100%Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:Male: 37%Female: 63%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%Asian: 3%Black or African American: 28%Hispanic/Latino: 20%Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%White: 41%Two or more races: 4%Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%U.S. Nonresident: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:24 and under: 15%25 and over: 85%Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:In-state: 9%Out-of-state: 91%Foreign countries: 0%Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 100%Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 0%Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 0%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:Full-time: 100%Part-time: 0%
Graduate Distance Education Status
Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 100%Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 0%Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 0%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:Full-time students: 30%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution without completing at the current institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in 2016-17
Overall graduation rate:Overall graduation rate: 10%Transfer-out rate: 19%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:[Began in 2014-15]4-year: 0%6-year: 8%8-year: 9%[Began in 2016-17]4-year: 1%6-year: 9%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in 2014-15 or 2016-17
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:Male: 10%Female: 9%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2016-17 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:American Indian or Alaska Native: 13%Asian: 17%Black or African American: 7%Hispanic/Latino: 11%Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 4%White: 11%Two or more races: 4%Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%U.S. Nonresident: 0%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2016-17 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2021-2022
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-724d663d-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-549d379d-
Business/Managerial Economics-16d--
Customer Service Management-12d--
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce-13d--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-56d--
Finance, General-125d30d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-335d172d-
International Business/Trade/Commerce-15d12d-
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-127d--
Management Information Systems, General-94d75d-
Marketing, Other-78d--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-5d--
Operations Management and Supervision-76d--
Organizational Behavior Studies--0d23d
Organizational Leadership-265d0d9d
Project Management-158d--
Real Estate-54d--
Research and Development Management--12d-
Category total-2,845d1,388d32d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-71d--
Category total-129d--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance-45d--
Information Technology-82d--
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design-7d--
Category total-134d--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching201d660d--
Education, General-123d190d-
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs-33d--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--144d6d
Educational/Instructional Technology-24d29d-
Learning Sciences-17d--
Special Education and Teaching, General--82d-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels--5d-
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language, Other-9d--
Category total201d866d450d6d
Computer Software Engineering-27d--
Category total-27d--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-38d--
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-1d--
Category total-39d--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development-84d--
Family Resource Management Studies, General-10d--
Category total-94d--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Applied Linguistics-16d--
Category total-16d--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Wellness, General-11d--
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-28d--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-488d261d-
Holistic/Integrative Health-144d--
Medical Informatics--34d-
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other-97d--
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor--2d-
Public Health, General--52d-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-47d--
Category total-815d349d-
History, General-48d--
Category total-48d--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-183d--
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-280d100d-
Category total-463d100d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-49d--
Category total-49d--
Library Science
Library and Information Science-35d--
Category total-35d--
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Military Applied Sciences, Other11d3d--
Category total11d3d--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences-175d--
Category total-187d--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-33d--
Category total-33d--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-31d--
Category total-31d--
Clinical Psychology---0d
Counseling Psychology--0d-
Psychology, General-481d323d10d
Category total-481d323d10d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General--97d8d
Public Administration-12d11d-
Category total-12d108d8d
Social Sciences
Cultural Anthropology-16d--
Political Science and Government, General-33d--
Social Sciences, General-21d--
Sociology, General-103d5d-
Category total-173d5d-
Grand total2126,4802,72356
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution. Data on varsity athletics are submitted annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), by all co-educational postsecondary institutions that have an intercollegiate athletics program. For the most recent data collection, EADA did not collect data on varsity athletics for programs that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Higher Learning CommissionAccredited (03/01/2005 - 12/12/2013)
WASC Senior College and University Commission Accredited since (11/08/2013)06/27/2025
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (01/31/2018)12/31/2023
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs:
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter0
b. Negligent manslaughter0
c. Rape0
d. Fondling0
e. Incest0
f. Statutory Rape0
g. Robbery0
h. Aggravated assault0
i. Burglary0
j. Motor vehicle theft0
k. Arson0
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence0
b. Dating violence0
c. Stalking0
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.0
b. Drug abuse violations0
c. Liquor law violations0
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.0
b. Drug abuse violations0
c. Liquor law violations0
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Department of Defense Voluntary Educational Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2021-2022
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 2197Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 481DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 5930DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 154
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution:Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,343Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,911DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,956DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,856
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year202020192018
Default rate0.0%3.0%10.9%
Number in default36712,856
Number in repayment18,87521,99326,027
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)