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.

2021–2022 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.


Per-Unit Tuition Rate: $2,340
Total Units Required: 32
Total Approximate Cost: $74,880

Online Master of Dispute Resolution


Per-Unit Tuition Rate: $2,340
Total Units Required: 32
Total Approximate Cost: $74,880

Online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution


Per-Unit Tuition Rate: $2,340
Total Units Required: 26
Total Approximate Cost: $60,840

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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.


We are pleased to inform you that qualified applicants to Pepperdine Online Master of Legal Studies’ August 2022 cohort are eligible for scholarships. Our admissions counselors are available to answer questions on scholarship opportunities and assist you throughout the entire process.

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.

Applying for Financial Aid

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.

Law@Pepperdine Financial Aid Checklist

Follow these steps to apply for federal student aid:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Include the Pepperdine University federal school code: 001264.
  • Sign the FAFSA electronically using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. You can create an FSA ID on the Federal Student Aid website, or when logging into the FAFSA.
  • If you wish to receive the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, complete Entrance Counseling and electronically sign the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) at
    • Both the Entrance Counseling and MPN must be completed in order for funds to be disbursed to your student account at Pepperdine.
    • If you have previously borrowed federal student loans, be sure to update your lender(s) with contact information and enrollment status (for loan deferment purposes). Log in to the Federal Student Aid Website to review loan history and loan servicer details.
  • Evaluate your need for additional funding such as the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan through the Department of Education, or private educational loans through various lenders of your choice.
    • Both the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS and private educational loans are credit-based. Prior to submitting your loan application, you may need to review your credit reports for potential issues. Contact any of the following credit bureaus for information: Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion.
    • The Graduate PLUS Loan credit decision expires within 180 days from applying.
  • Once you have made the decision to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, complete the Direct PLUS loan request.
    • If approved for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, complete a separate Loan Agreement (MPN).
    • If declined for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, you can re-apply with a co-signer (endorser) or appeal the denial through the Department of Education.
  • 10 business days after your financial aid file is complete, and once you have been admitted, you will be notified via email that your Financial Aid Offer is available for you to review via WaveNet to accept your offer.
    • The Award Summary page displays the types and amounts of financial aid that you are eligible to receive. In the Finances section, click on the “View Financial Aid” link and then select the appropriate aid year to access the Award Summary page.
    • You must indicate whether you want to accept, decline, or reduce each financial aid award in WaveNet before your aid can be processed by the Financial Aid Office.
  • For information regarding your financial aid offer, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance.
  • Visit for more information on Federal Student Aid Programs.

Learn more detailed information on Federal Student Aid programs at

Contact the Office of Financial Assistance via or +1-310-506-4633.