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Tuition & Fees

The following is the current tuition and fee schedule for Independent & Distance Learning (IDL), effective 24-Aug-2016.

Louisiana State University
Independent & Distance Learning (IDL)
Per Course Fee Schedule
Credit Hours Tuition IDL Non-Refundable Processing Fee Academic Excellence Fee Operational Fee Building Use Fee Student Excellence Fee Total
1 $184.00 $10.00 $20.00 $13.00 $4.00 $26.00 $257.00
2 $368.00 $10.00 $41.00 $15.00 $8.00 $51.00 $493.00
3 $552.00 $10.00 $61.00 $17.00 $12.00 $76.00 $728.00
4 $736.00 $10.00 $82.00 $27.00 $16.00 $102.00 $973.00
5 $920.00 $10.00 $102.00 $29.00 $20.00 $127.00 $1,208.00

Academic Excellence Fee. These funds are used to promote academic excellence by enhancing instructional programs.

Operational Fee. During the 2004 Regular Session, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 1062 authorizing the LSU Board of Supervisors to assess an operational fee of up to 4 percent of the total mandatory tuition and fees. The operational fee is used to cover state mandated costs and enhance instructional programs at the University.

Building Use Fee. This fee is used to help construct, acquire, repair, maintain, operate, or improve the facilities and physical infrastructure of the University. In the case of the Distance Learning Programs, the fee provides funding to maintain, operate, repair and improve the facilities and infrastructure used by our staff.

Student Excellence Fee. The purpose of this fee is to enhance the LSU student learning experience. The fee revenues are used to increase instructional and student support services as part of LSUís graduation and retention efforts. The majority of the funds are allocated to academic colleges, with the remainder allocated to student support functions such as the Center for Academic Success, LSU Libraries, mental health counseling, and campus safety.


Tuition and fees cover only enrollment in the course. Tuition and fees do not include the cost of textbooks, fees for exam proctoring, or any other additional expenses. Students must purchase textbooks separately for each course. Some courses have additional fees to cover supplemental media that must be purchased directly from IDL. Supplemental fees are indicated on the course fact sheet and will be added during the online enrollment process. Students are responsible for any fees charged by an exam proctor.




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