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Paying for Your Online Education

Eligibility for Federal Student  Aid

Students enrolling in online degree programs may qualify for federal student aid. To determine eligibility, a new FAFSA must be completed each year and a student's individual circumstances determine the amount, and type of aid for which the student qualifies.  Eligibility for aid is determined each year.  Federal Aid is available for the summer term but an application must be completed. The deadline for the summer application is announced each year in March.

To be eligible for financial aid, continuing and readmitted students must meet the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards established by the university.  For more information on the standards and determination of satisfactory academic progress, use this link.  For more information about financial and eligibility, review the Office of Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions. 

Tuition and Fees

The information below applies to online students who are only taking  courses offered through Southern University Online.  New tuition and fee rates are established by the Southern University Board of Supervisors at the beginning of the academic year and are applicable to the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.The Educational Technology Fee was established by the Louisiana legislature and is required for every student, regardless of the degree program or method of instruction. Effective in the summer 2021, the following tuition and fee changes apply:

  • The $30 per semester credit hour Distance Learning Fee will be assessed to every online course. For more information, see the current Tuition and Fee Schedule.
  • The undergraduate program semester credit hour rate is reduced to $395.
  • The graduate program semester credit hour rate is reduced to $475.


Graduate Programs  

Degree Program Application Fee Graduation Fee Per Credit Hour Rate Education Technology Fee**
Executive Masters in Criminal Justice $25.00 $41.00 $475.00 $5.00 per semester credit hour
Executive Masters in Public Administration $25.00  $41.00 $475.00 $5.00 per semester credit hour
Masters in Business Administration** $25.0 $41.00 $475.00 $5.00 per semester credit hour
Certificate in Supply Chain Management $25.00 $41.00 $350.00 $5.00 per semester credit hour

Undergraduate Programs

Program Application Fee Graduation Fee Semester Credit Hour Educational Technology Fee
Criminal Justice $25.00 $41.00 $395.00 $5.00 per credit hour
Psychology $25.00 $41.00 $395.00 $5.00 per credit hour
Interdisciplinary Studies $25.00 $41.00 $395.00

$5.00 per credit hour


Paying Your Bill

After registering for courses, an electronic bill will be generated and emailed to your official SUBR email address.  Please review the bill for accuracy in Banner. Tuition and fees for Southern University Online courses are paid to the Bursar's Office via Banner or face-to-face in the Cashier's Office. Even if you receive Financial Aid, which is adequate to cover your tuition and fees you need to accept the financial aid AND submit it to the Bursar electronically.

Southern University Online students register for Session I and Session II courses simultaneousl so a bill is generated for both Sessions. The total semester bill must be paid for both sessions. Classes will be purged for non-payment if the electronically generated bill is not paid OR a payment plan is not entered into prior to the established purge date.   Please consult the Academic Calendar for the official Course Purge date.