Payment options

American College of Education offers the following payment options to assist you with budgeting for your education. Each student must declare a payment method following completion of the enrollment agreement.

Students have the following payment options:

  • Payment in Full: Make one payment covering the entire program cost and fees. By paying in full, the payment processing fees can be avoided.
  • Payment Course-by-Course: Pay program tuition and fees one course at a time. A Payment Processing Fee for each unpaid course will be assessed under this payment method.
  • School District Partnership Agreements: Under a partnership agreement between American College and a participating school district, payment arrangements can be set up. This option is only available for full-time employees
  • Third-Party Financing: Some students may qualify for a private loan through a third-party lender. Funds received from the lender may be used to either make payment in full or by installments as described above.
  • Military and Veterans Benefits: Eligible students may qualify for military benefits. Please visit the Military Benefits section to learn more.

Tuition and fee payments

All tuition and fees are due the Wednesday prior to the first day of each course.

American College of Education reserves the right to report failure to pay tuition and fees to one or more national credit bureau organizations.

Diplomas, official transcripts, or program completion verifications to state agencies will not be issued until all financial obligations are paid in full.

Three-day cancellation

Students who provide written notice of cancellation within three days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and federal and state holidays) of paying tuition, the Technology Fee, and/or the Payment Processing fee are entitled to a refund of all monies paid. Refunds will be provided within 30 days of receiving notice of cancellation.


Current fees outside of tuition include:

  • $25 nonrefundable Payment Processing Fee for students who do not pay the full program tuition at the time of enrollment assessed at the beginning of each unpaid course
  • $165 Internship Fee; charged if a student needs more internship hours than are included in the program requirements; charged every five weeks until state-mandated hours are complete

2015 Reinstatement Fee Policy

Students reported to the Registrar’s Office after the final payment deadline for nonpayment of tuition and fees–including the conferral and/or late fee as applicable–will be administratively withdrawn for nonpayment.

For new and continuing students who wish to remain enrolled during the current term from which they have been administratively withdrawn for nonpayment, ACE implemented a nonrefundable $100.00 Reinstatement Fee effective October 1, 2014. Please note this fee is in addition to any applicable late fees.

To remain enrolled, contact the Bursar’s Office at 1-800-280-0307, Option 3 Friday, Week 1, from 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. EST or Monday, Week 2, from 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. EST to satisfy any outstanding balances and to pay the $100.00 Reinstatement Fee.

Payment of the fee will only be accepted by credit card.

Payment due dates

Payment is due the Wednesday before each course and will be accepted until 12:59a.m. EST the first day of the course. Access to the online coursework will not be granted if payment does not fully cover the course cost.

Students from whom payment has not been received by the deadline will be administratively withdrawn from the College and must submit a Re-Entry Form to reinstate their Active status. Access to online coursework will not be granted if payment is not received by the first day of class (amount due is based on payment agreement).

Refund policy

In order to be eligible for a refund of tuition paid, an applicable form (available here) must be received prior to the Drop Deadline – 11:59 CT the first Friday of the course.

Please note some states have mandated refund and withdrawal policies by which ACE must abide. Please refer to the Graduate Student Catalog and Addendum to determine if your state has such a policy.