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Finance and Administration

All tuition, fees, and other charges are set by the University and are subject to change without prior notice. Applicable tuition and fee charges for graduate courses must be paid prior to the first day of class each semester or summer session unless students qualify for corporate reimbursement (see "Corporate Reimbursement" section that follows). Charges not paid by these dates may result in cancellation of registration.

Interest of 1.5% will be charged each month on any unpaid balance. Graduating students, including those under the Corporate Reimbursement Policy, must have accounts paid in full prior to receiving a diploma. Only a student with a balance under $1,000 will be allowed to register for subsequent semesters. No person may have a transcript of his or her record until his or her account is paid in full.

Fees in general are non-refundable. Tuition is non-refundable in the instance of unofficial withdrawal.

Students who make official withdrawals or reduce their course loads should consult the Business Office for a schedule of refunds. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and complete withdrawal forms and procedures.

University Fees



Executive Doctorate, Leadership Studies

$995/Cr. Hr.

Traditional Doctorate, Leadership Studies

$755/Cr. Hr.

Doctorate, Nursing Practice

$745/Cr. Hr.


$610/Cr. Hr.

MAHG/MASTAHG On-Campus Audit

$305/Cr. Hr.


$445/Cr. Hr.

Master of Business Administration

$900/Cr. Hr.

MBA Foundation

$720/Cr. Hr.

MBA 1-Year International Program

$43,410 Total Program Cost

MBA 1-Year Online Program

$43,410 Total Program Cost

Master of Education

$600/Cr. Hr.

MED Audit

$310/Cr. Hr.

Master of Fine Arts

$800/Cr. Hr.

Master of Strategic Communication and Leadership

$645/Cr. Hr.

Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science

$600/Cr. Hr.

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

$95,360 Total Program Cost

Bachelor’s Plus/Licensure

$600/Cr. Hr.

School Nursing Program

$535/Cr. Hr.

Nurse Educator Certificate

$575/Cr. Hr.

Professional Development

$303/Cr. Hr.

Learning Technology Fee

$42/Cr. Hr.

Instructional Supply Fee

Some courses have instructional supply or lab fees. These are listed on the Business Office's website at:

Graduation Fee

The fee for master’s degree programs is $100; and doctoral degree programs is $125. This graduation fee provides for a diploma and other commencement items. This is a one-time fee charged at the time of filing for graduation.

Note: No person will be allowed to receive a diploma if the University account is not paid in full. Students eligible for tuition reimbursement from their employers must have all fees and charges paid in full prior to taking final exams during the last semester before graduation. Contact the Business Office or Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Enrollment Deposit

Enrollment deposits will be applied to first semester tuition and are non-refundable.

A full list of fees and charges are available online through the Business Office’s website:

Terms of Payment

Tuition and fees are due and payable in full on or before August 12, 2022, for fall semester, and on or before January 2, 2023, for spring semester. Statements will only be mailed in July for the fall semester and in December for the spring semester. Students can access their account information on our CASHNet Portal by logging in through Self-Service,, and clicking the Student Accounts menu.

Interest of 1.5 percent will be charged each month on any unpaid balance from a prior term. Seniors or students eligible for tuition reimbursement from their employers will not be permitted to take final exams in their last semester or take part in commencement until all accounts are clear with the Business Office.

A person’s account must be paid in full before registration becomes valid and before a person can reside in University facilities.

No person may have official transcripts of his or her records until that person’s account is paid in full.

Payment Options

After scholarships, grants, and loans are applied to a student's account, they have the following payment options: payment up front by cash, check, or credit/debit card (service fees may apply). Students may also sign-up for a monthly payment plan.  For more detailed information about account balances, please visit, or go to

Corporate Reimbursement                

Students eligible for tuition reimbursement from their employers may request payment deferral until the payment date at the end of the semester. A $40.00 per class corporate reimbursement fee will be assessed. Interest, at a rate of 1.5% per month, will be assessed to all outstanding balances that remain after the final payment date.

To secure corporate reimbursement deferment, students must complete the requested information appearing on the registration form the initial semester. Students must indicate the amount of eligible reimbursement and obtain corporate authorization. Those students eligible for partial reimbursement that is not contingent on final grades are required to pay their percentage or portion of the fees and charges at the time of registration.

Refund Policy

This refund policy applies to students completely withdrawing from school.

Withdrawal-An enrolled student withdraws from all courses during the term. This refund policy applies to students in this situation.

Dropping of course(s)-An enrolled student drops a course (or courses) but is still enrolled for one or more courses in the term. This refund policy does not apply to students in this situation.

Withdrawal procedures-Please consult your program representative for instructions on how to withdraw.

Withdrawal Policy (complete)

Students withdrawing from the University, will be assigned a grade of “W” in courses that are in progress. It is the student’s responsibility to clear all records and obligations to receive official separation.

The official withdrawal form and procedures for filing may be viewed at The submission date of the withdrawal request received by the Registrar’s Office will serve as the official withdrawal date.

Students who decide not to return to Ashland University are responsible for notifying the Registrar’s Office by completing the withdrawal process to avoid tuition and fee liability problems and to release seats to fellow students.

Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal. If the University is in session, the withdrawal form should be completed with the Registrar’s Office. Failure to do so will delay or reduce any refunds the student may be eligible to receive.

Students who have withdrawn may reapply to the University online by completing the readmit application for admission located on the admissions homepage. However, readmission is not guaranteed.

Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) Policy

AU follows federal regulations as determined by the Department of Education. This policy applies to students who withdraw from all classes in a term or are dismissed. Refunds for these students are determined according to the following policy:

  1. The term “Title IV Funds” refers to the federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and includes the following programs: Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, Subsidized Federal Direct Loan, Federal Plus Loans, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal TEACH Grant.

  2. A student’s withdrawal date is:

    · The date the student began the institution’s official withdrawal process or officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw; or

    · The student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity; or

    · The midpoint of the term for a student who leaves without notifying the institution.

  3. Students who are granted a leave of absence are treated in the same manner as students who withdraw from the University.

  4. Due to newly enacted federal regulations put into effect 7/1/21, if students meet any of the following exemptions they are not considered a withdrawal.

      · Students completed all requirements for graduation from their program before completing the days or hours in the period they were scheduled to complete.

      · Students successfully completed Title IV eligible coursework equal to or greater than coursework required for a school’s definition of a half-time student for the period

      · Students successfully completed (i.e., earned a passing grade) the following:

      o One module that includes 49% or more of the number of days in the payment period, excluding scheduled breaks of five or more consecutive days and all days between modules OR

      o A combination of modules that when combined contain 49% or more of the number of days in the payment period, excluding scheduled breaks of five or more consecutive days and all days between modules. The 49% figure may NOT be rounded up (i.e., 48.7% CANNOT be rounded up to 49%). The 49% figure is based on the number of days in the overall payment period, not 49% of the modules students are enrolled in for a particular payment period.

  5. Refund Policy for Withdrawn Students:

    · Refunds on all charges including tuition, room and board, and special fees will be prorated on a per day basis up to the 60% point in the term. There are no refunds after the 60% point in time.

    · Title IV, state and institutional aid is earned in a prorated manner on a per day basis up to the 60% point in the term. Title IV, state, institutional, and other aid is viewed as being 100% earned after the 60% point in time.

  6. In accordance with federal regulations, when financial aid is involved, refunds are allocated in the following order: Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, Subsidized Federal Direct Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, other Title IV assistance, other federal sources of aid, other state, private and institutional aid, and finally, the student.

Ashland University's responsibilities in regard to Return of Title IV funds include:

  • Providing each student with the information given in this policy

  • Identifying students who are affected by this policy and completing the Return of Title IV funds

  • Calculations for those students

  • Returning any Title IV funds due to Title IV programs

The student’s responsibility in regard to the Return of Title IV funds is to return to the Title IV Programs any funds that were disbursed directly to them in which they were determined to be ineligible based on the Return of Title IV funds calculation.

Appeal Process: Student Accounts

Students who have an issue with the billing portion of this policy may submit an appeal to the Director of Student Accounts at Students who have an issue with the financial aid portion of this policy may submit an appeal to the Director of Financial Aid at

Student Health Insurance

All full-time graduate students are eligible to enroll in both Basic Accident & Sickness and the Supplemental Medical portion of the Plan. Students must enter the Plan during their first regular term of the academic year in which they are eligible. Otherwise, they must wait until the following policy year. In order for a student to remain covered after the effective date of coverage, the student must actively attend classes for at least 31 days. All eligible dependents can apply for coverage as long as the student is carrying the Student Health Insurance Plan at the time of enrollment. For further information, please contact the Director of Student Accounts in the Student Accounts Office at 419.289.5019.

Veteran Affairs Students

Ashland University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs under chapter 31 or 33.

 All fees and charges are subject to change at any time by the Board of Trustees.