Students pay the Great Plains IDEA common price per credit hour for graduate courses or undergraduate courses at all universities, regardless of degree program or course. 

Graduate Course Cost

$565/credit hour

Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018


Undergraduate Course Cost

$405/credit hour

Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Credit hour Cost for Graduate Course   Credit hour Cost for Undergraduate Course
1 $565   1 $405
2 $1,130   2 $810
3 $1,695   3 $1,215

The common price for the 2018-2019 academic year:
Graduate Courses $580/credit hour
Undergraduate Courses $415/credit hour
These rates begin during the 2018 fall semester.







Understanding the Common Price

A team of finance officers from member universities reviews the common price annually. The common price is approved by the Great Plains IDEA Cabinet for the academic year and may change each fall semester. 

  • The common price is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
  • It may be higher or lower than tuition at the home university.
  • Books and other course materials are extra costs.
  • There are no distance delivery costs.

Refunds are based on polices of your home university.  Contact your home university campus coordinator for more information.

The common price does not include the following items.

  • Any fees for exam proctoring services are your responsibility. The course information page indicates if an instructor requires a proctored exam.
  • Required textbooks and course materials are your responsibility.
  • Any fees for application, late enrollment or late payment are your responsibility.
  • Costs or travel expenses associated with required onsite study, field or practicum experience or laboratory experience are your responsibility.

Financing Your Degree

Financial Aid

Contact your university financial aid office to ask financial aid questions and learn about eligibility. To determine if you are eligible for federal financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

To assist you with understanding and completing the FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education provides videos with step-by-step instructions.  View all the FAFSA instructional videos on the Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel.

Military Resources

If you have active Veteran’s Affairs (VA) or other military benefits available, the cost of your classes may be covered. Your first stop to learn about using military benefits should be your home university military aid office.

Visit the Military, Veterans & Families section of our website for university contacts and additional information.


Scholarships may be available through your home university.  Your campus coordinator can direct you to scholarship information.

Find resources on our Finding Scholarships webpage.