What Does it Cost?

What Does it Cost?

Have you noticed that no one likes to talk about money? But it's not a dirty word! And Grandma’s right: Where there’s a will there’s a way. We want you to know right up front how much going to ACHS is going to cost, so you can start budgeting, applying for financial aid, or sweet-talking family and friends. Hey, maybe crowd-funding isn’t just for making widgets!

What you’ll pay depends on what program you take, and what electives you choose – aromatherapy classes have the most expensive materials and cost you the most! (Hey – have you seen how much work it is to make those essential oils? Check it out!

ACHS programs are designed to provide excellence in education and student services. Quality education is an investment in your future and all of our services are designed to provide you with the best education for your education dollar.

ACHS students are charged for the current semester only.

Payment Options

As an accredited institution, ACHS offers many funding options including federal financial aid to those who qualify, semester payments and monthly payment installment plans, military and employer tuition assistance benefits, and a wide range of other alternative funding options. Click here for more information or call 800-487-8839 to speak with an Admissions Advisor.

2016-2017 Tuition:

Undergraduate: $325 per semester credit
Graduate: $475 per semester credit

Tuition includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world professional experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation
  • Full student services and support during your program including unlimited online classroom access, email and telephone support during your course

Your tuition includes a wide range of student services:

  • Online virtual classrooms offering a rich interactive learning community with fellow students
  • Online interaction and support including a 24/7 Technical Help Desk
  • Online tools to enable you to interact with your peers and join study groups.
  • Career center including employment bulletin board.
  • The College eNewsletter, The ACHS Reporter.
  • Unlimited toll-free phone access to information and answers to your questions within the United States and Canada.

College Affordability and Transparency Center College Scorecard:

ACHS's College Scorecard as published by the College Affordability and Transparency Center College Scorecard is available online here. [1]

Registration Fees:

$200 per program, payable at enrollment. Students enrolling in single courses pay a registration fee per course, based on $30 per credit, not to exceed $200 per registration.

Course Materials:

Textbooks and required materials (course packs) average $300 per 3-credit undergraduate course and $330 per 3-credit graduate course.  Materials and Textbook prices vary widely depending on the course. Many modality courses require course packs with practical materials for lab work. For example, students are required to purchase herb samples for their learning in herbal courses and essential oils for aromatherapy courses; these supplies are included in the Course Pack when applicable and are not optional. Students are required to use ACHS lab kits to ensure safety when preparing and using formulas. Required materials include:

  • ACHS Course Pack: Includes the Online Materials, Library and Resources Fee and all lab kits including herb and essential oil kits
  • ACHS eTextbook (when applicable)

The Total Course Price for each course, including the ISBN textbook information, is published online at www.achs.edu under each course description.

Textbooks

ACHS uses both Commercial Textbooks and ACHS Textbooks (textbooks published by the institution), depending on the course.  The Total Course Price for 2016-17 includes tuition, course pack, and domestic shipping.  Materials include the mandatory ACHS eTextbook when applicable; students cannot opt out of the ACHS eTextbook and the eTextbook is not available for purchase from third party resellers. ACHS eTextbooks consist of required reading and are sustainable, full-color interactive eTextbooks that can be viewed online, downloaded in PDF version and fully searchable.  An optional printed copy of the ACHS Textbook is available for an additional printing charge.

See each course description under Academics for an itemized description of the required Course Pack. Each course description includes the name and ISBN of all commercially published textbooks. If you already have any of these texts, please let your admissions advisor or student services know so that duplicates are not shipped to you.

Total Course Prices (A detailed breakdown of the total course price can be found on each course description page and is included below for easy reference). All courses are 3 semester credits unless indicated otherwise. 

Undergraduate courses:

Course Number Tuition Course Pack Textbooks & Media Shipping Total
AROMA101 $975.00 $610.00 $0.00 $24.00 $1,609.00
AROMA103 $165.00 $182.00 $0.00 $21.00 $368.00
AROMA103B $99.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $99.00
AROMA203 $975.00 $290.76 $168.85 $18.00 $1,454.61
AROMA303 $975.00 $447.97 $57.90 $20.00 $1,500.87
AROMA304 $975.00 $385.52 $0.00 $20.00 $1,380.52
AROMA305 $975.00 $99.00 $35.00 $12.00 $1,121.00
BIO111 $975.00 $99.00 $183.00 $10.00 $1,267.00
CAM101 $975.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $975.00
ENG100 $975.00 $99.00 $123.94 $21.00 $1,218.94
ENG101 $975.00 $99.00 $121.20 $20.00 $1,215.20
ENG201 $975.00 $99.00 $76.47 $12.00 $1,162.47
HED303 $975.00 $99.00 $155.95 $8.00 $1,237.95
HERB101 $975.00 $331.04 $0.00 $23.00 $1,329.04
HERB201 $975.00 $375.23 $60.00 $29.00 $1,439.23
HERB302 $975.00 $347.62 $209.94 $30.00 $1,562.56
HERB303 $975.00 $364.22 $0.00 $32.00 $1,371.22
HERB304 $975.00 $402.75 $23.00 $30.00 $1,430.75
HLTH101 $975.00 $99.00 $125.95 $12.00 $1,215.95
HLTH201 $975.00 $99.00 $115.95 $8.00 $1,197.95
HOMB201 $975.00 $562.86 $130.00 $24.00 $1,691.86
NAT101 $975.00 $335.74 $7.95 $20.00 $1,338.69
NAT202 $975.00 $348.45 $34.95 $20.00 $1,378.40
NAT203 $975.00 $240.99 $17.75 $20.00 $1,253.74
NAT204 $975.00 $403.57 $17.00 $32.00 $1,427.57
NAT210 $975.00 $199.00 $123.85 $20.00 $1,317.85
NAT211 $975.00 $225.09 $16.95 $20.00 $1,237.04
NAT212 $975.00 $116.86 $0.00 $8.00 $1,099.86
NAT302 $975.00 $199.00 $160.45 $20.00 $1,354.45
NAT303 $975.00 $273.12 $0.00 $20.00 $1,268.12
NAT305 $975.00 $99.00 $64.95 $8.00 $1,146.95
NAT306 $975.00 $99.00 $34.95 $8.00 $1,116.95
NAT307 $975.00 $99.00 $78.95 $20.00 $1,172.95
NAT308 $975.00 $231.31 $39.95 $20.00 $1,266.26
NUT101 $975.00 $99.00 $190.59 $20.00 $1,284.59
NUT304 $975.00 $99.00 $183.67 $25.00 $1,282.67
NUT309 $975.00 $99.00 $68.94 $20.00 $1,162.94
PFT101 $975.00 $99.00 $88.95 $20.00 $1,182.95
PSY101 $975.00 $99.00 $248.47 $20.00 $1,342.47
SPA120 $330.00 $66.00 $99.00 $12.00 $507.00
SPA220 $330.00 $66.00 $99.00 $12.00 $507.00
SPA250 $330.00 $66.00 $99.00 $12.00 $507.00
SPA367 $330.00 $66.00 $99.00 $12.00 $507.00

 

Graduate Courses:

Course Number Tuition Course Pack Textbooks & Media Shipping Total
AROMA501 $1,425.00 $450.65 $366.90 $27.00 $2,269.55
AROMA503 $1,425.00 $368.01 $81.90 $18.00 $1,892.91
AROMA504 $1,425.00 $297.41 $0.00 $20.00 $1,742.41
AROMA505 $1,425.00 $360.39 $0.00 $20.00 $1,805.39
AROMA507 $1,425.00 $123.43 $94.95 $18.00 $1,661.38
BOT501 $1,425.00 $100.00 $296.95 $24.00 $1,845.95
CAP501 $1,425.00 $100.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,525.00
CHEM501 $1,425.00 $100.00 $363.95 $24.00 $1,912.95
CHEM502 $1,425.00 $100.00 $57.95 $12.00 $1,594.95
HED503 $1,425.00 $100.00 $155.95 $8.00 $1,688.95
HERB502 $1,425.00 $165.27 $493.89 $24.00 $2,108.16
HERB503 $1,425.00 $357.02 $0.00 $24.00 $1,806.02
HERB504 $1,425.00 $352.76 $0.00 $24.00 $1,801.76
HOM501 $1,425.00 $100.00 $272.85 $24.00 $1,821.85
HOMB501 $1,425.00 $563.86 $290.90 $24.00 $2,303.76
NAT501 $1,425.00 $100.00 $395.87 $24.00 $1,944.87
NAT502 $1,425.00 $100.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,525.00
NAT503 $1,425.00 $100.00 $405.95 $36.00 $1,966.95
NAT504 $1,425.00 $100.00 $86.95 $24.00 $1,635.95
NAT515 $1,425.00 $100.00 $201.90 $8.00 $1,734.90
NUT501 $1,425.00 $100.00 $261.95 $24.00 $1,810.95
NUT504 $1,425.00 $100.00 $203.66 $24.00 $1,748.66
NUT509 $1,425.00 $100.00 $93.94 $18.00 $1,636.94
NUT510 $1,425.00 $100.00 $317.90 $20.00 $1,862.90
RES501 $1,425.00 $100.00 $280.85 $18.00 $1,823.85
TOX501 $1,425.00 $100.00 $179.99 $24.00 $1,728.99

Other Fees:

As an accredited College, we are required to publish all fees that may apply to a student at any time during their enrollment at ACHS, though most students will not encounter many of these fees if they remain in good academic and financial standing. Click here to review fees.

Degree Program Projected Maximum Costs:

Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine: The projected maximum cost for this undergraduate degree program is $26,585. This projected cost includes the registration fee, all required textbooks, graduation application fee and the online ACHS eTextbook. This has been calculated with the following electives for the degree, totaling the required 60 semester credits of study: AROMA 303, HERB 302, NAT 204. The Course Pack materials for these electives have the greatest outlay for students.

Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness: The projected maximum cost for this undergraduate degree program is $25,404. This projected cost includes the registration fee, all required textbooks, graduation application fee and the online ACHS eTextbook for each course as applicable. This has been calculated with the inclusion of all required courses.

Master of Science in Aromatherapy: The projected maximum cost for the graduate Master of Science in Aromatherapy degree program is $21,770.16. This projected cost includes the registration fee, all required textbooks, and the online ACHS eTextbook. This has been calculated with the inclusion of all required courses.

Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine: The projected maximum cost for the graduate Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine degree program is $22,889.00. This projected cost includes the registration fee, all required textbooks, and the online ACHS eTextbook. This has been calculated with the inclusion of the following courses that represent the greatest outlay for students: AROMA 501, BOT 501, CAP 501, CHEM 501, HERB 502, HERB 503, HOM 501, NAT 501, NAT 503, NUT 501, NUT 510, and RES 501.

Master of Science in Health and Wellness: The projected maximum cost for this graduate degree program is $22,210.71. This projected cost includes the registration fee, all required textbooks, and the online ACHS eTextbook. This has been calculated with the inclusion of all required core courses and the AROMA 501, AROMA 503, CHEM 501, and HERB 502 elective courses. These electives represent the greatest outlay for students.

Master of Science in Herbal Medicine: The projected maximum cost for the graduate Master of Science in Herbal Medicine degree program is $21,920.40. This projected cost includes the registration fee, all required textbooks, and the online ACHS eTextbook. This has been calculated with the inclusion of all required courses.

Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition: The projected maximum cost for this graduate degree program is $21,258.21. This projected cost includes the registration fee, all required textbooks, and the online ACHS eTextbook. This has been calculated with the inclusion of all required courses.

[1] The College Affordability and Transparency Center uses data driven by the institution's annual IPEDS surveys. ACHS was approved to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid programs in July 2012 and was not required or eligible to report to IPEDS prior to this date, therefore, the data published does not report graduation rates as of August 2014 because the reporting period for this data is prior to ACHS's first IPEDS submission. In addition, ACHS did not participate in federal student loan programs until September 2013, therefore, the institution does not yet have data available for Loan Default Rate, Median Borrowing, or Employment (reported after three years of student loan participation).

Last updated 03/09/17