With Distance Education at Appalachian State University, you are connected to the Appalachian campus with access to world-class professors and top-notch Mountaineer resources, without most of the fees applicable to on-campus students. Learn about financial aid and determine the best options for you.

Tuition and Fees

Your education is an investment in your future. With competitive tuition rates and most on-campus fees waived, programs offered through Distance Education at Appalachian represent a tremendous value.

For current tuition and fees, visit Student Accounts.

Financial Aid

Distance Education students can get all the answers to their financial aid questions by visiting Financial Aid. Information tailored to the needs of Distance Education students is available. Financial aid is available to Appalachian State University’s Distance Education students under the same guidelines, rules and process that apply to on-campus students.

Other Costs/Expenses

A few other items may be necessary to fulfill your degree requirements. Most important is a dependable, easily accessible computer. Other costs you might incur include:

  • The non-refundable application fee (except when a cohort is canceled due to insufficient interest)
  • Textbooks (Distance Education students are not eligible to participate in University Bookstore's textbook rental program)
  • Course-specific materials as specified by the faculty teaching the course
  • The cost of required admission tests (e.g. GRE or MAT for admission to graduate programs, the Praxis I and Praxis II for teacher education majors and licensure candidates)
  • A reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • Unique, specific software or hardware (Distance Education students have access to some software with the use of the university credentials. Visit the UDesk for more information.
  • Parking fee, if required by the host site
  • The graduation fee
  • The cost of the cap and gown, if participating in the ceremony

Residency For Tuition Purposes

If you have a question regarding North Carolina residency, please review NC Residency Requirements for eitherundergraduate or graduate enrollment.

Veterans Benefit/Military Tuition

If you are a veteran and or a dependent, you may qualify for in-state residency after initial classification of out-of-state by providing additional information through the Section 702 Veterans "Choice Act". To qualify under this act, you must be a service member or dependent of service member; must enroll in an Institution of Higher Learning within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more. You must also be eligible for and receiving the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you believe you might qualify for this benefit, please review Military Benefits.

Dual enrollment

Students who take a combination of community college and Appalachian State University courses in the same semester may be eligible to apply for financial aid through the Appalachian Learning Alliance Consortium Agreement. Please review the Appalachian Learning Alliance Consortium Application for complete information on eligibility criteria, step-by-step application instructions/process & applicable deadlines and the required application form.

Distance Education: Convenience