Tuition Details and Return on Investment

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Low Cost You Deserve

We want to help you advance your career at the low cost you deserve. While many other universities charge more than $20,000 in tuition alone, most of our master’s degrees are available for a total cost under $9,500.

Concordia University
Walden University
Grand Canyon University
University of Phoenix
Capella University

Source: Internal Research Completed on June 2021

Maximize Your Education Investment at ACE

Your higher education is worth it, and data shows advanced degrees can significantly increase your salary. With our low cost of attendance and short time to complete, your return on your education investment will be higher than if you attended other schools.


Education administrators had the highest percentage wage premium, with 44 percent higher wages for master’s degree holders than for bachelor’s degree holders. The wage premium for preschool and kindergarten teachers was nearly as high, at 43 percent.”

–Bureau of Labor Statistics

Healthcare & Nursing

Registered nurses with a master’s degree had a median wage that was 19 percent higher than that of workers with a bachelor’s degree.”

–Bureau of Labor Statistics

Business & Leadership

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents had the biggest wage premium of any of these occupations: workers who had a master’s degree earned a wage that was nearly 90 percent higher than that for workers with a bachelor’s degree.”

–Bureau of Labor Statistics

Payment Options

You have access to a variety of payment options and opportunities.

Pay As You Go

With our low cost of attendance, most of our students pay out-of-pocket. We will work out a plan that is best for you and your life. You can make a single lump-sum payment, pay by course or set up a monthly payment plan.

Grants & Scholarships

You may qualify for some of the more than $2.5M in scholarships and grants we award each year. Apply for a scholarship after you complete your online application.


ACE partners with school districts, hospitals, community colleges and others to bring discounted tuition options to qualifying students with careers in education, nursing, healthcare and business.

No Federal Funding, No Problem

Forty-five million Americans have some level of student debt, limiting their personal and professional growth. We want to change that.

While we are eligible to receive Title IV federal funding, we choose not to participate. This keeps operational costs low and saves you money. We champion a new education model based on real-world costs so you can progress in your career without the shadow of student debt.

Additional Tuition Information

Special Programs

School District Partnership Agreements

Under a partnership agreement between American College of Education and a participating school district, full-time employees of the participating district who pursue a degree at ACE are eligible for reduced tuition rates. Please see your district administrator for more information and to find out if your district partners with ACE.

Military Support Grant

The Military Support Grant will provide reduced tuition rates to eligible veterans and their spouses for ACE certificate, micro-credential or degree programs. The grant shall be available to Military (active, retired, or veteran) and their spouses who meet admission requirements, provide evidence of eligibility, and successfully enroll in and remain continuously enrolled in an eligible American College of Education program. Please contact an enrollment counselor at 1-800-280-0307, option 2 for more information.

In-School Deferment of Prior Federal Loans

Existing federal loans from previous educational institutions may be deferred while actively enrolled at ACE.* You can contact an enrollment counselor at 1-800-280-0307, option 2 for more information about in-school loan deferment of existing federal loans while attending ACE.

Payroll Deduction

By selecting payroll deduction, you acknowledge your school will withhold and remit tuition payments on your behalf to American College of Education in connection with your enrollment. To learn more about this option, please contact your Enrollment Counselor. Payroll deduction is currently offered for employees currently working in the following systems: Chicago Public Schools, Waukegan Community Unit SD 60, Schulyer, and West Aurora.

*American College of Education (USDOE OPE ID: 04151300) is approved by the United States Department of Education for in-school deferments.

Payment Deadlines

Payment Processing Fees

Refund Policy

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