Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$33,814
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$26,346
$30k - $48k
$26,215
$48k - $75k
$31,220
$75k - $110k
$33,986
$110k+
$42,861
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$53,932
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$53,932
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$15,320
Books and Supplies
$1,250
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: finaid2@pepperdine.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
74%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
17%
Average Aid Per Year
$31,980
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
17%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,784
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$29,184
Students receiving state aid
14%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$8,469
Students receiving federal aid
22%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,784
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$42,006
$30k - $48k
$42,137
$48k - $75k
$37,132
$75k - $110k
$34,366
$110k+
$25,491
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$1,972,052
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$17,473,651

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
48%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,504
Students receiving federal loans
47%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,832
Average Other Loans Per Year
$14,802
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$24,250
Loan Default Rate
1%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$275

What Students Are Saying

3.97 Average Rating
definitely an expensive school! but they're pretty good about financial aid and it's well worth it.
Rachael from Spokane, WA
It is expensive. However, the education you will receive at Pepperdine is worth it. Pepperdine also does a good job with awarding scholarships and grants. If that is not enough for you, there is an ocean view from most of campus. (I have a view from my bedroom window). People pay millions for the views that you will have at Pepperdine. The suite-style dorms are also nice because you have less people to a bathroom than other colleges, if that's important to you. Everything on campus in within walking distance too.
Jessica from California
Pepperdine gives about 80% of the student body financial aid which means that 80% of Pepperdine students are really receiving a bang for their buck. Although 50,000 a year is expensive, in the long run I truly do believe it is worth it. Going to a smaller school opens up a number of doors for you since you are seen as a person and not as an ID number. I can say that I have defiantly received my moneys worth at Pepperdine but I have heard some complaints about it. Some of my friends that pay full tuition do complain that they are not receiving enough for the amount they pay.
Ryan from Malibu, CA
Expensive tuition but they're VERY generous with financial aid. Don't be afraid to apply; odds are you'll get some financial help. And it's the probably the cheapest ocean view in Malibu so......worth every penny. (Ask me this again when I have to pay back my loans and my answer might be a bit different...)
Camila from Encino, CA
This university is definitely pricey, but don't be afraid to apply!!! I know I didn't want to apply because of the cost, but financial aid is pretty generous. Plus, there's work study and many scholarships available at Pepperdine to apply to. There are several students I know who are paying less than a UC to attend Pepperdine. This university is definitely worth the price!
Pepp Student
At Pepperdine you definitely get your money's worth. Everything at Pepperdine is pretty high quality. Even the name carries a sort of prestige that can be noticed in simple conversations. It is fairly expensive to go to Pepperdine and to live either on campus or off but it is worth it in the long run. The money you spend to attend Pepperdine will be returned to you in the form of a highly respectable degree and memories to last a lifetime. Pepperdine also does a really good job of finding financial aid for students who cannot afford to attend because it is such a pricey school. If you demonstrate a willingness to learn and excel while at Pepperdine, Pepperdine will accommodate you, however, I still wouldn't mind if Pepperdine were a little cheaper.
Aaron from Los Angeles, CA
Pepperdine is an expensive school, but one that also provides very generous financial aid to those who need it. And because of the high price, you are well taken care of. The campus is beautiful, everything is well maintained, taken care of and safe. Our abroad programs are ranked #1 in the country, mainly because of accessibility. You can go to one of our 7 abroad campuses for a semester or a year for no more than your normal tuition on campus. I am going to the Middle East this summer, and almost everything for me is paid for, including the flights.
Anna from Tualatin, OR
It is a pricey school in an expensive location (Malibu, CA), but Pepperdine does offer good financial aid and may even come out to be cheaper than UC's. It's a small university without the cut-throat competition and allows you to establish close relationships with faculty (for future letters of recommendation). It also offers some great help with internships, jobs, and scholarships.
Sharon from Malibu, CA
Pepperdine is expensive, but don't fret! Pepperdine gives excellent financial aid packages! If the financial aid isn't enough, you can talk to the financial aid adviser and they may be able to work something out. They are extremely supportive! The education you get here is worth it!
Acamy from North Las Vegas, NV