At Signum University, we never want the cost of education to be a barrier to learning. Here’s how we keep tuition low:
We use cutting-edge online technologies that scale to accommodate most class sizes.
We avoid the hefty administrative and maintenance costs that burden traditional universities with physical campuses.
We rely on the support of generous donors to finance the bulk of our infrastructural expenses.
In addition, our Stewardship Team is always looking for ways to create even more efficient and cost-effective processes to deliver a first-rate educational experience.
Course Related Costs
All Signum students have two primary costs: tuition and required materials (primarily texts, which are estimated at $100 per course).
|13 courses x $650 = $8,450||12 courses x $100 = $1,200||$9,650|
|5 courses x $650 = $3,250||5 courses x $100 = $500||$3,750|
The tuition paid for each course taken is the largest cost involved. Signum takes pride in the fact that the vast majority of tuition paid by students and auditors goes toward faculty salaries.
This allows us to offer students an opportunity to learn from world-class scholars and recognized experts in their fields, at a fraction of the cost for a similar course at a traditional institution.
Tuition for the various levels of enrollment we offer is as follows:
|Enrollment Level||Cost Per Course|
|Credit Student (M.A. or Graduate Diploma)||$650|
|Anytime Auditor||$95 or less3|
Signum’s M.A. Program in Language and Literature requires 13 courses for students who have earned fewer than 21 credits by August 15, 2022, including the three-term Thesis progression. Their total tuition, therefore, is $8,450.
Students who have at least 21 credits by August 15, 2022 may choose either the three-term Thesis plan (total = $8,450) or a two-term Thesis plan, with total tuition of $7,800.
- Discussion Auditor enrollment is available for many but not all courses.
- Premiere Auditor enrollment is available only for first-run live lecture courses
- Anytime Audit bulk pricing is available for multiple enrollments at the same time. See the Audit a Class page for details.
Books and Required Materials
As with any university course, most Signum classes require students to obtain books and, occasionally, other required materials. The costs for these materials can vary from class to class.
Texts that students are required to obtain are listed on the catalog page for the course, so that students know ahead of time what materials they may need to purchase.
Students can expect to spend between $50 and $150 per course for textbooks ($100 on average) and Signum students are free to obtain any textbook through any available online or physical source.
In general, there are several ways that we keep down the costs of books and other materials:
- Certain required readings may be provided as downloads on the course page in our digital campus.
- The Signum Library offers active students access to selected materials through sources such as Project MUSE for class and research purposes.
- When possible, professors will often provide links to where the text may be legally obtained online freely or for little expense.
To help lower materials costs, students are encouraged to find alternatives to purchasing books for their course, such as borrowing from a library or exchanging texts with friends who have the required book already.
In addition, some courses may have suggested texts or materials, which are not required but may provide additional insight or supplementary information about the course topic. These texts will be clearly marked as optional, and students should exercise discretion with regard to their personal finances before purchasing them.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
Our Withdrawal and Refund Policy differs depending on whether you are taking a class as a student (M.A. or Graduate Diploma) or an auditor.
Sample Refund Calculations
A student applies to Signum and enrolls in our M.A. program, signing the Enrollment Agreement. The student has paid $0 in application fees and $0 in any other tuition or fees. The student is welcome to register for courses.
|If the student…||Then…|
|A student decides to withdraw from Signum’s M.A. course for any reason, without taking a course.||No refund is needed or possible, since the student has, as yet, paid $0 to Signum.|
|A student registers for one course.||The student pays the current per-course tuition fee ($650) before the start of classes.|
|The student withdraws from the course, for any reason, before the end of Week 3 of the semester.||The student receives a 100% refund of all tuition paid for the course, up to $650.|
|The student withdraws from the course, for any reason, between the end of Week 3 and the end of Week 6.||The student receives a 50% refund of the course tuition, or $325.|
|The student withdraws from the course, for any reason, after the end of Week 6.||The student receives no refund.|
At this time, Signum University does not have any scholarship, grant, or loan programs to make available to students.
However, we do have two ways in which we can aid students who wish to reduce or defer some of the cost of our classes:
Questions? Please reach out to us if your question is not answered here!