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Affordable Tiered Tuition Plan

Affordable Tiered Tuition Plan is designed to provide students with the opportunity to earn tuition deductions all the way to graduation. Every student who dedicates endless hours to their education deserves a deduction. At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, that deduction is on tuition. Here’s how it works for bachelor's degree programs**:

  • Start with your base tuition
  • > 25% credits*

    10% tuition deduction
  • > 50% credits*

    15% tuition deduction
  • > 75% credits*

    20% tuition deduction

*earned program credits

Tiered Tuition Structure

Students who persist and successfully earn academic credits in their educational programs are eligible for a reduced tuition structure that decreases the students’ actual tuition*.

Associate’s-level programs
Based on the length of the associate degree program, students will receive a tuition reduction by 10% to 15%†. Students may qualify as long as they remain enrolled and participate in an eligible program of study, making them eligible for the reduced tuition within the program. Program lengths vary in the number of credits required. This reduction will occur once the following thresholds are reached:

  • Students who complete greater than 45 credits will receive a 10% tuition reduction
  • Students who complete greater than 90 credits will receive a 15% tuition reduction

Bachelor Degree programs:
Students who persist and successfully earn academic credits in their educational programs are eligible for a tiered tuition structure that decreases the students’ actual tuition cost, ranging from 10%-20%†. Students may qualify as long as they remain enrolled and participate in an eligible program of study, making them eligible for the tiered tuition at different thresholds within the program. This reduction automatically occurs as students reach the following thresholds:

  • Students who successfully earn greater than 25% of the credits in their program will receive a 10% tuition reduction†
  • Students who successfully earn greater than 50% of the credits in their program will receive a 15% tuition reduction†.
  • Students who successfully earn greater than 75% of the credits in their program will receive a 20% tuition reduction†.

Reductions in tuition are applied at the beginning of each term (quarter). If the percentage of earned credit above is reached after the term starts, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term. All reductions’ calculations are based on the original cost per credit hour.

For the purpose of eligibility for reduced tuition, transfer of credits that are accepted by the institution into a student’s specific program of study will qualify towards credits that are successfully earned. If transfer of credit is received after a term begins, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.

* Certificate and diploma programs offered through The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division are not eligible for tiered tuition.

† Students utilizing partnership agreements or enrolling as a Continual Transfer Waiver will not be eligible for the reduced tuition. The students will receive the tuition reduction as outlined in the partnership agreement or transfer waiver.



Cost Sheet

Program Cost Sheet - The Art Institute Online

Not all programs are available to residents of some states. To find out if your program is available in your state, please contact an admissions representative prior to enrollment.

Due to certain state requirements the program curriculum may vary. Please contact an admissions representative prior to enrollment for program details.

Current tuition rates at time of application shown above. Tuition is charged at $375 per credit (with an average of 12 credits per quarter for bachelor's and associate's degree programs; 9 credits per quarter for diploma and certificate programs). There is a $15 technology fee for each credit taken through the online program.

† Based on the current credit hour rate. Total cost will increase with each per credit hour tuition increase.

***The Technology Fee helps to fund technology enhancements to the infrastructure, resources and services, to improve the student online experience in each course, as well as curriculum development updates and related technology improvements for each course. As the online Division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, it is essential that we acquire the equipment and software needed to support instruction relevant to the dynamically changing needs of the professions our programs prepare students to enter.

Not all courses include a Digital Textbook. Courses that include a Digital Textbook will be noted in the registration material and the Digital Textbook will be charged in addition to tuition unless the student chooses to opt out. Students who do not opt out will not need to purchase textbooks for courses using a Digital Textbook. The purchase of the Digital Textbook is not refundable. Students who do opt out will be responsible for purchasing the required textbook. If a course does not use a Digital Textbook, the student is responsible for purchasing the required textbook. The Digital Textbook charge is $50 per course for most courses; however, some courses may have more than one Digital Textbook and carry a Digital Textbook charge of $75 per course.

* Program is offered to residents of Minnesota only.

** Program is not available to residents of Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and New Mexico.

**^ Program is not available to residents of Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

1 Program is not available to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin residents.

2 Program is offered to residents of Pennsylvania only.

3 Program is not available to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin residents.