Tuition and Financial Aid


Pepperdine Caruso School of Law tuition varies by online program. The cost of attendance information below comprises tuition charges for each academic year.

2024–2025 Tuition Charges and Fees by Program

Each program’s total cost of attendance will vary depending on the number of units taken over the course of the program. All tuition rates are subject to an annual increase of 2–5%. Residency fees are added to tuition and will be released to students prior to the start of the semester.

ProgramPer-Unit Tuition RateTotal Units RequiredApproximate Total Cost

Funding Options

A number of financial resources may be available to students in the online Master of Legal Studiesonline Master of Dispute Resolution, and online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution programs, including scholarships funded by professional organizations, employer tuition assistance, and student loans. Pepperdine students may be eligible to apply for the following loan options:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year in the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The potential eligibility amount of the Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not based on need nor income.
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: Graduate students who are eligible for funds beyond their annual Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan amount may apply for this credit-based loan up to the Cost of Attendance budget.
  • Private Loans: Students who require additional assistance may apply for education loans through private lenders.

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations, universities are required to consistently apply reasonable standards for evaluating Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for all students regardless if he/she is a financial aid recipient. 

Financial Aid Application Process

Financial aid may take several weeks to process; therefore, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid at least eight weeks prior to the cohort start date. Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year. 

To be eligible for federal student aid, an applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen or resident alien.
  • Not be in student loan default.
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to borrow federal loans.

Candidates who intend to seek financial aid should apply at the same time they complete their program application. To apply for federal student aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Pepperdine Caruso School of Law’s institutional code is 001264.

Financial aid decisions are sent out after admissions decisions. The FAFSA must be completed each academic year in order to remain eligible for federal student aid.

The Pepperdine community adheres to our Financial Aid Code of Conduct.

Loan Repayment

For general information about student loan repayment, to access loan repayment calculators, and to learn more about loan forgiveness or income-driven repayment plans, please visit the US Department of Education loan repayment information page.

EdAssist Partner Employees: Take Advantage of a Reduced Tuition Rate

If your employer is affiliated with EdAssist, you, your spouse, or legal dependents may be eligible for up to 10 percent off tuition up to $10,000—this applies to new students only. Existing students may get up to a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition. You can reach out to your organization’s HR representative to find out if your company is an EdAssist partner. To take advantage of this benefit, simply request information. Once admissions gets in touch with you, make sure to let them know your employer is an EdAssist partner.