Tuition and Financial Aid

Pepperdine University is one of the top 50 universities in the country and has achieved notable alumni success as well as nationally recognized educational excellence. The School of Public Policy at Pepperdine understands that graduate school is an important investment in your future, so we offer a variety of financial aid options to help supplement your personal financial resources.


The online Master of Public Policy and Leadership requires 33 credit hours. Each credit hour costs $1,730, for a total program investment of $57,090*. The related certificates each require 15 credit hours, for a total investment of $25,950* per certificate.

*These are current rates and may be subject to change annually.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at the School of Public Policy makes every effort to provide financial aid packages that meet our students’ academic needs and goals.

Financial aid may take several weeks to process, so students are advised to apply for aid at least eight weeks prior to the start of the first term.

Federal Loans

Federally insured loan programs are administered by the Office of Financial Aid at the School of Public Policy. Financial aid should be considered supplemental to personal resources, not primary funding.

The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

As a result of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, beginning July 1, 2010, federal student loans are no longer provided by private lenders under the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Instead, all new federal student loans come directly from the U.S. Department of Education under the Direct Loan Program

Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Student Aid Programs to determine financial need and to apply for loans. The Federal Title IV School Code for Pepperdine University is 001264.