Affordable Tuition

American College of Education offers some of the most affordable online graduate programs available to educators and other working professionals. With the online format, ACE is able to provide high-quality, relevant instruction at an affordable cost and pass the savings on to students.

Tuition Comparison

Total tuition cost comparison for complete M.Ed. degree program.

Compare the value of American College of Education to some other common choices.

Founded by educators for educators, American College of Education is committed to providing graduate programs that are tailored to an educator’s budget. We offer high-quality, relevant instruction at a reasonable cost so you can achieve your professional goals without financial worry. 

M.Ed. Tuition Comparison*

American College of Education


Western Governor's University$11,560
Walden University$18,960
Grand Canyon University$19,360
Capella University$19,550
University of Phoenix


Concordia University$25,092


*Based on information provided on each institution's website as of August 2016. Totals include tuition only  for M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction or comparable programs and do not include fees and associated expenses.

Tuition Refund Policy

The following tuition refund policy applies to all students except those who reside in Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, and Wisconsin. Residents of those states should refer to the state-specific refund schedule below.

Students are monitored during the first week of each course for signs of activity such as downloading readings, posting to discussion boards, submitting assignments, and completing quizzes and tests. Students who do not demonstrate activity in their courses during the first week are administratively withdrawn and the effective day will be the 5th day of the course. Students who are administratively withdrawn from the course for non-participation will receive a 100% tuition refund. This refund does not include the non-refundable Application, Payment Processing, and Technology fees. Refunds will be issued within 15 business days.

Participation in courses is the responsibility of the student. If a student remains enrolled in a course after the Drop Date (Friday of the first week of the course), he/she will remain enrolled in the course through the end of the term. Students are financially and academically responsible for their enrollment in courses if they are active beyond the first week.

If the student withdraws or is terminated from any program course or program and the College has received any monies for tuition or fees in excess of the student’s obligations, the College will refund such excess to the appropriate party(ies) to eliminate any outstanding balances for any student financial aid received by or with respect to the students account.

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, but before the first class, are entitled to a refund of all monies paid, excluding the nonrefundable application fee. Refunds will be provided within 30 days of receiving notice of cancellation.
Students must submit a Cancel/Withdrawl form (located in MyAce portal) in order to withdraw from their program or from a single course. The form must be received by the Drop Date–the first Friday of the course–in order to receive a full refund of tuition paid. A student is liable to pay for each course taken or not dropped by the Drop Date at the individual course cost. If the student has paid for the entire program up front, the program cost less this liability will be refunded to the student.

Some states where ACE has authorization to operate require a separate tuition refund policy for their residents. Students residing in the following states should refer to the current Graduate Catalog:

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Indiana

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Wisconsin

Social Responsibility

American College of Education demonstrates social responsibility in all fiscal matters. We know that teaching is an important service to society and also requires highly educated educators to do the job well. Therefore, we make courses affordable so our students graduate without the burden of student loans. We provide high quality courses with intentionally affordable tuition, which makes our program valuable to our students.

Additionally, our online education programs are accessible to individuals in underserved schools and communities. Teachers can continue their education and continue to make a difference without having to leave their schools. With well-equipped teachers, our children and communities will benefit most of all.

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Important Tuition Information

Right to Change Tuition

American College of Education reserves the right to adjust tuition and fees at any time with prior notice to current students. Students leaving the College and later returning will be charged the tuition and fees in effect at the time of the return.

Student Services

Student Services is available to assist you with managing your financial relationship with the college.

Update: Effective June 5 2017, students will contact Student Services for payments and previously bursar-related questions. Please use 1-800-280-0307 opt. 1 or for all payment and financial-related questions.

*Full M.Ed. tuition under $8,000. Full Ed.D. tuition under $20,000. Total tuition does not include fees. For more information, visit Program Details.