Tuition, fees and other charges constitute only part of the actual costs of a student's education. The University is supported chiefly by the Living Church of God, which underwrites most of the educational operating expenses and the original cost of the physical plant and equipment. Additional financial support is received by individual and corporate contribution (see Giving to LU).
The tuition and fee rates below are those in effect as of July 1, 2014, and are subject to change without prior notice. The University reserves the right to assess revised tuition as it may determine. The University will publicize any such changes when and if they occur.
Tuition is charged for each of the fall (autumn) and spring semesters on a flat fee basis for a registration of 15-18 semester hours and on a semester hour basis for a registration of less than 15 hours or for each additional hour above 18 hours. Noncredit course tuition is assessed according to their load value given in parentheses after actual hours. During the summer session, tuition is assessed on a per semester hour basis. The same rates apply to credit and audit hours as follows:
Semester Tuition Charges
Flat fee basis (15-18 semester hours), $1,725.
Each semester hour up to a total registration of 15 semester hours, $115.
Each semester hour above a total registration of 18 semester hours, $115.
Summer Session Tuition Charges
Each semester hour up to a total registration of 8 semester hours, $115.
Dual Enrollment Tuition Waiver
For the 2013-2014 academic year high school students enrolled in the Certificate of Biblical Christianity Program will receive a tuition discount of $100 per semester hour credit for program courses (THL 135, 136, 200, 211, 212, and 226. Students who elect this Dual Enrollment Tuition Waiver are not eligible to also receive a Regent's Scholarship award for the same courses. This waiver does not apply to any other courses.
People who are 65 or older or who will become 65 years old during the calendar year are eligible to audit one Open Learning Program course per semester and/or summer term with a 100% senior citizen tuition discount provided that there is space available in the course, "for-credit" students enrolling constitute the minimum number required, they pay any special course fees and the information technology fee, they meet published course pre-requisites, and they are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks and other class materials and supplies.
The University offers an online academic edition of the Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course as THL 110a Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course I (2 SCH) and THL 110b Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course II (2 SCH) with a 100% tuition discount.
People who successfully complete THL 110ab or Lessons 1-24 in the non-credit editions of the Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course are eligible to enroll in an online section of THL 135 Life, Ministry, and Teachings of Jesus for either credit or audit through the LU Open Learning Program with a 100% tuition discount. Those completing the Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course are sent a letter of completion entitling the recipient to receive the 100% tuition discount for THL 135 which is valid for three years (36 months from its date of issuance). This offer is nontransferable and requires the recipient to register in an online section of THL 135 in the LU Open Learning Program. Students pay the information technology fee and are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks and other class materials and supplies.
The following fees are assessed when applicable. Audit students pay the same fees as students who enroll for credit. These fees are subject to change without prior notice. The University reserves the right to assess new fees or increase or decrease existing fees as it may determine. The University will publicize any such changes when and if they occur.
Alumni Association Membership Fee
Annual Individual Membership ...........................................$25
Annual Married Couple Membership .................................$35
Application for Admission Fee $50
Applicants to the University as matriculated students, that is applicants seeking a certificate, diploma or degree, are required to submit an application fee with their Application for Admission. No fee is required for application for readmission or reapplication within three years or for applicants seeking special student status (non-matriculated student status). There is no application fee for dual enrollment students even though they seek a certificate.
Graduation Fee $75
Graduation fees are payable during the semester the student expects to graduate. Candidates for graduation should contact the Registrar to obtain an Application for Graduation and the current fee schedule. information Technology Fee $35
Information Technology Fee $35 (This fee is effective July 1, 2012)
A mandatory fee assessed each student each semester to support and enhance information technology resources for students and faculty.
Retest Fee $35
Assessed for missing a scheduled Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) test date without approval of the Registrar.
Returned Check Collection Fee $25
If a check is returned from the bank unpaid for any reason, the student will be assessed a collection fee of $25 for each check returned. The student must pay the full amount of the returned check plus the $25 collection fee immediately in cash, cashier's check or money order. In the event of nonpayment of a returned check, one or more of the following actions may be taken: revocation of check-writing privileges, a bar against readmission of the student, withholding the student's grades and/or official transcripts, withholding a degree to which the student otherwise would be entitled, all other penalties and actions authorized by law.
Student Activity Fee (per semester) $75
A mandatory fee assessed each Charlotte onsite matriculated student each semester for student welfare and activity funds including the operating expenses of the Associated Student Body. No fee shall be assessed during the summer session.
Student Health Insurance (per semester) [cost will vary each semester]
Living University requires onsite students enrolled in (9) nine or more semester credit hours to have health insurance coverage while enrolled at LU. The Living University Student Health Insurance Plan, underwritten by ACE American Insurance Company, is designed to provide coverage in the event of an Injury or Sickness. If a student is covered under another major medical plan, that student can opt to waive out of the university supported plan if proof of comparable coverage is furnished. Students that do not elect to waive the mandatory plan will be automatically enrolled and the premium charge will be added to the student's university account.
Transcript Fee $5
This is a charge assessed for each official transcript of a student's permanent academic record. Current students may print an unofficial transcript through their access to the E-Learning system (Populi) at no charge. A fee of $0.10 per copy per page is charged for copies of other educational records. See Transcripts.