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How much does Judson cost?

Whether you choose to earn your degree online from the comfort of your home, or at our Rockford and Elgin campuses, you’ll pay the same competitively low tuition price.

  • Associate Degree Cost

    $480 per credit hour

  • Bachelor’s Degree Cost

    $580 per credit hour

  • Master’s Degree Cost

    $750 per credit hour

Prices current as of 2021–2022 academic year.

Judson University

Named a Best Value School
by U.S. News & World Report

Can I afford a Judson education?

Thanks to Judson’s flexible, accelerated model, you’ll find that our tuition is highly competitive with other programs, including those offered online. Plus, you may be eligible for a variety of financial aid sources to help lower your out-of-pocket costs even further.

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What kind of assistance am I eligible for?

The best way to find out what aid you’re eligible for is to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and apply to Judson. Once you’ve done that, Judson promises to work one-on-one with you to assemble your ideal aid package from one or more of these sources:

Federal and state grants

A grant is “free money” provided by the government (federal and/or state) that you don’t have to pay back. You may be eligible for grants based on your financial need.


You can use federal loans to cover both tuition costs and educational expenses not covered by other financial aid. You start repaying your loans six months after a student graduates, or is enrolled less than half-time, or stops taking courses.

Banks and other institutions may offer private loans to cover your educational costs. However, because of the interest and deferment benefits available with federal loans, Judson strongly encourages you to maximize your federal aid opportunities before seeking private loans.

Outside scholarships

Many private scholarships go unclaimed or unused each year. We can help you research private scholarship opportunities you can apply to your Judson account.

Employer tuition reimbursement and discounts

Check with your employer to see if they offer tuition reimbursement or assistance. In most cases, we can work with your employer to set up a plan to pay us directly, making it even easier for you.

Judson has agreements with many organizations to offer a 5% tuition discount to employees who enroll in Division of Professional Studies programs:

Does your employer offer a discount? Find out below.

Find your employer
  • Advocate Health Care
  • Alorica
  • American NTN Bearing
  • Associated Bank
  • AT&T
  • Awana International
  • Ball Horticultural Company
  • Boone Country
  • Boys and Girls Club of Elgin
  • Catholic Charities
  • CDW
  • Children’s Home & Aid
  • City of Elgin
  • City of Rockford
  • Claire’s Stores, Inc.
  • Clearbrook
  • Computer Systems Institute
  • Crusader Community Health
  • Crystal Clean
  • Dekalb School District 428
  • DuPage Medical Group
  • Elgin Community College
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC
  • Firstsource Transaction Services
  • Fox Valley Fire & Safety
  • Gail Borden Public Library
  • Golden Corridor YMCA
  • Griffith Foods
  • Harlem School District 122
  • Hoffer Plastics
  • Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
  • Intren
  • John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
  • KCT Credit Union
  • Landstar
  • LSI (Lending Solutions, Inc.)
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • McHenry County College
  • MembersAlliance Credit Union
  • NISRA (Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association)
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • OSF HealthCare
  • Parkland Preparatory Academy
  • PCI (Packaging Coordinators, Inc.)
  • Quest Food Management Services
  • Rockford Health System
  • Rockford Public Schools
  • Rock Valley College
  • SwedishAmerican
  • SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA
  • Taylor Company
  • United States Postal Service
  • UPS
  • Village of Bloomingdale
  • Village of Carpentersville
  • Village of Schaumburg
  • Wesley Willows
  • Windsor Park Manor
  • YMCA of Rock River Valley
  • Youth Services Network

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How do I know I'm getting a good value?

  • Top 20

    Top 20 in Illinois
    Best College for the Money by College Factual

  • Best Online Colleges

    Best Online Colleges in Illinois, 2018

  • 91%+

    Judson students who qualify for financial aid

Learn what aid you’re eligible for. Complete your FAFSA today.

Use Judson’s FAFSA code: 001700

How does financial aid work?

Completing your FAFSA is the most important thing you can do to begin the financial aid process. Here’s how to begin:

Step 1

Have your personal information ready

To complete your FAFSA, you’ll need:

  • Your social security number or alien registration number
  • Your driver’s license number
  • Records of your income, which may include:
    • Tax records
    • Child support, interest, veterans benefits, and other untaxed income
    • Savings and checking account balances and other assets
Step 2

Complete the FAFSA

Go to and start your FAFSA by creating a username and password.

Judson University’s FAFSA code is: 001700.

Step 3

Receive your student aid report (SAR)

After you submit your FAFSA, you’ll get a SAR within three to five days. Your SAR gives you basic information about your eligibility. Judson will also receive your FAFSA and SAR info, and will contact you with any questions.

Step 4

Receive aid upon admission to Judson

Once you are admitted to Judson, we can officially award you with your financial aid and follow up with you on any additional details.

Who can help me with financial aid?

Judson’s financial aid team includes counselors who specialize in working with adult students. They will be your go-to resource when you need answers to specific, personal financial aid questions.