American Public University System (APUS)

Program Disclosure for Maryland Residents

Thank you for your interest in our program. As a Maryland resident, we are required to provide you with the following information for your selected program. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] should you have any questions about your chosen program.

Associate in Communication

Program Length: 2 years
Number of Credits: 60

Total Cost of Attendance for this Program

The following amounts include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.There may be additional costs for living expenses.These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.


Direct Costs (paid to APUS)

  • Tuition and Fees (includes any admission, technology, and graduation fees): $21,350

  • Admission Fee: $0

  • Registration Fee: $0

  • Graduation Fee: $150

  • Technology Fee: $85 per course | $0 for active-duty military servicemembers, and for National Guard and Reserve personnel when using military TA. The fee is not applicable for comprehensive exam courses.

    *Note: Actual fees may vary by academic program. For example, ENGR and ELEN courses may incur a $100 technology fee.

Indirect Costs (not paid to APUS)
These indirect codes are allocated in a student’s cost of attendance for living expenses and are not costs billed by APUS.

  • Books and Supplies: $0
    Cost for books and supplies is based on an average for the courses within this degree program. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program. The university book grant (if applicable) provides textbooks, e-books, and other course materials at no cost to students for courses being taken for academic credit.
  • Off-campus Room and Board: $16,256
    Room and Board is based on average housing data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Personal Expenses: $5,104
    Personal Expenses are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer expenditure data.
  • Transportation: $0
    As an online institution, most of our programs do not require any travel, with the exception of our Doctoral programs. Doctoral programs use an average travel cost based on the travel required for the program.
  • Loan Fees: $211
    Loan fee amounts are based on one academic year per grade level and full annual limits for loan eligibility.

Total Cost of Attendance: $42,921

Refunds and Withdrawals Policy

The APUS refunds and withdrawals policy is available at the following locations:

Program Withdrawal Rate

This program's withdrawal rate for students: 3%

Based upon students residing in the State of Maryland who were enrolled in the program as of June 30, 2018. Students are considered withdrawn from their program if they were no longer enrolled and did not graduate from the program as of June 30, 2019. These students may still be enrolled at the University in other programs. Rates for programs with 10 or fewer students enrolled were excluded to protect the confidentiality of students.

Program Completion Rate

The program's completion rate for students: N/A

For Associate, Master's and Doctorate Completion Rates
Based upon full-time and part-time students residing in the State of Maryland who started between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Students have a deadline of 7 years to complete. Rates for programs with 10 or fewer students in a cohort were excluded to protect the confidentiality of the students.

For Bachelor's of Science in Nursing Completion Rate
Based upon full-time and part-time students residing in the State of Maryland who started between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Nursing students have a deadline of 5 years to complete the program. Rates for programs with 10 or fewer students in a cohort were excluded (N/A) to protect the confidentiality of the students.

For Bachelor's Completion Rate (excluding Bachelor's of Science in Nursing)
Based upon full-time and part-time students residing in the State of Maryland who started between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. Students have a deadline of 10 years to complete the program. Rates for programs with 10 or fewer students in a cohort were excluded (N/A) to protect the confidentiality of the students.

For Certificate Completion Rates
Based upon full-time and part-time students residing in the State of Maryland who started between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Students have a deadline of 3 years to complete. Rates for programs with 10 or fewer students in a cohort were excluded to protect the confidentiality of the students.

For NanoCertâ„¢ Completion Rates
Based upon full-time and part-time students residing in the State of Maryland who started between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Rates for programs with 10 or fewer students in a cohort were excluded to protect the confidentiality of the students.

Median Combined Loan Debt and Median Earnings

The median combined loan debt for students who completed the program during the most recently completed award year is: $0.00

The median combined loan debt includes federal and private loans. APUS does not provide institutional loans.

The U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard reports a salary range of APUS students who received federal financial aid at ten years after graduation.
(https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?449339-American-Public-University-System)

Placement Rate

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), APUS's institutional accreditor, does not require APUS to calculate a placement rate for either the institution or this program.

Professional Licensure and Certification

This program is not intended to lead to employment in a field that requires licensure or certification in Maryland.

Date Created: 04/22/2023
These disclosures are required by the State of Maryland