The Western Orthodox University Faculties of Theology and Church Music are administered as a non-profit organization and as an integrated auxiliary of the Apostolic Episcopal Church/Catholicate of the West. As such, its fees are maintained at as affordable a rate as possible while ensuring that there is enough income to cover operating costs. This balance is necessary because, as a fully independent institution, fees income and donations are our only source of funding. The Western Orthodox University has no endowment fund and receives no support from the state or other funding bodies.
The facility of a modular payment plan is offered for those who prefer this method, but this is the only available fee concession. There is no scholarship or bursary scheme, since we prefer to keep fees at an affordable rate for all. A wide range of external organizations offer financial help, often in the form of loans, to students whose fees are not paid by an employer or sponsor and who are not able to fund themselves.
Although fees are subject to change without notice, it is our policy not to increase fees for students already enrolled on a programme.
The fees given below apply to students studying via distance learning only. For students studying at an affiliated campus, the fees are set individually by that campus and will be different from those below.
Fees are given in US Dollars (US$). We can also accept payment in Euros or UK Pounds, and some other currencies by arrangement.
All students are liable for the Initial Fee and Graduation Fee. The Annual Continuation Fee is payable by those students who have not submitted for graduation by the first anniversary of their matriculation and is further payable each year thereafter to maintain good standing.
Students who transfer in a small number of credits from other institutions will not be entitled to any amelioration of fees. Where substantial credit transfer is accepted (for example in ABD doctorate programmes) some reduction pro rata may be applied at the University’s discretion.
Programme Fees for Western Orthodox University degree programmes
Annual continuation fee
|Certificate of Higher Education||$453||$439||$428|
|Bachelor top-up programme and Bachelor for holders of an Associate’s degree.||$631||n/a||$642|
|Doctorate by Published Work and Doctor of Music in Composition||$2,346||n/a||$1,323|
Reciprocal (dual) degree programmes
Graduates of the Western Orthodox University may opt to proceed to an additional reciprocal degree from one of the University’s validating universities, currently the Universidad Panamericana, Costa Rica (UPA), the Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica (UNEM), and the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (USJDLC). Not all programmes are eligible for a dual award; in particular, Associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas are excluded. The reciprocal degree does not require any additional academic work. A fee is payable for the reciprocal degree and details of the current fees are available on enquiry.
The programme fees do not include the following: the purchase or hire of books or other resource materials; the cost of printing and binding dissertations; any ancillary costs such as postage or telephone/internet contact which may be incurred during the programme; additional copies of graduation documentation (including replacement of lost documentation) or any other letter issued by the University; the supply of Apostilles.
Students should budget separately for these costs, and should be aware that most programmes will require between 10 and 20 books – some will require more. There are extra fees applicable for dual degree programmes with partner universities.
There is no fee for application.
If a student fails to respond to contact from their mentor and the administration for a period of thirty days, they will be de-matriculated. Re-matriculation is possible but carries a fee of $150.
No student may graduate until all applicable fees have been received.
All errors and omissions excepted. All fees are subject to change without notice.
It is possible in some cases to arrange for Embassy legalization/Apostille for degree documentation. This service is only required in certain countries. We do not provide this service itself but can suggest third party providers with whom the graduate can contract on their own initiative and at their own expense. Intending purchasers should note that this can be a very expensive process.
Payment of Fees
Methods of payment
Details of how to send payment will be sent to students at the time of enrolment. All payments received must be net of any bank or currency transfer fees which are the responsibility of the student.
1. PayPal (for Credit/Debit Card Payments)
PAYMENT ONLINE: You can use PayPal’s secure payment server to pay using any major credit card. Once your application is accepted, let us know this is your favoured method of payment and we will send you a PayPal invoice that you can pay online. Please note that this option is not available for all countries.
If you are paying in a modular payment plan (see below), we can make things even easier for you. Once your payment plan has been approved, you can set up a schedule for online credit card invoicing at specified intervals.
Always remember to label your payment clearly and accurately. Under no circumstances should you send cash through the post or send us your credit card details; we do not process credit cards directly.
2. Bank to Bank (wire) Transfer (preferred)
Instruct your bank that we must receive the exact amount invoiced. Only the amount received will be credited to your account. Please inform us that this is your favoured payment method and we will send you our bank details. Note that for certain high-risk countries we will not release bank details under any circumstances. In this event, you will need to use an alternative form of payment.
3. Western Union
Under certain circumstances (which need to be cleared with us in advance) you may transfer funds via your local Western Union branch. This is often both at least as fast as and less expensive than other payment methods. However, the Western Union commission fees (which can be much more than other methods of transfer) must be met by the student.
4. Payment via Bank Drafts, Cheques (checks)
We do not accept bankers drafts or cheques because of the increased prevalence of fraud using these methods.
Modular payment plans
A modular payment plan may be proposed by the student for agreement by the University. Where modular payment of any portion of fees has been granted, the payments must be received on or before the due date. Where arrears occur, we will not send a reminder, but instead will automatically de-matriculate the student. Re-matriculation is possible, subject to a $150 fee, payment of arrears, and the University’s discretion. If re-matriculation does not occur within 90 days of de-matriculation, the student will be dismissed from their programme without any refund of fees already paid. Students at risk of falling into arrears should contact the administration to discuss their situation. DO NOT engage in a modular payment arrangement unless you are absolutely confident that you can meet the associated terms. Unless all fees have been received (and all academic requirements completed satisfactorily), a student cannot graduate.
A modular payment plan is not a credit plan or an instalment scheme, because there is neither a loan nor a debt and each payment is for a specified time period of registration (so if a programme is of one year’s duration and a modular payment scheme of four equal payments is agreed, each payment covers registration for three months). The arrangement can be cancelled by the student by withdrawing from their programme at any point without further payments being due. Each payment is also subject to a separate 14-day cooling-off period during which the decision to withdraw from the programme may be communicated to us and a refund of the payment in question processed.
No liability can be accepted for payments not received and cleared by our bankers. Payments received are normally paid to the bank on the same day, and should be expected to clear ca. 7-10 days after. We accept no responsibility for cash payments, or any means of payment which is not specifically made out as directed. Proof of sending does not constitute proof of receipt. All charges made to us for banking transactions will be added to the candidate’s account balance.
You have the legal right to cancel and receive a refund within 14 days of your payment being received by us. Please see our Terms and Conditions which contain details of our Cancellation Policy (in Schedule 1).
After enrolment, with the exception of arrangements for students on modular payment plans as detailed above, there is no obligation for us to offer any refund.
Agents and representatives
The Western Orthodox University designates specific agents and representatives in certain countries whose duties include the handling of payments on behalf of the University. The candidate will be informed of any applicable arrangements at the time of matriculation. The candidate should ensure that no payment is made to any third party who is not specifically authorized in writing by either the Western Orthodox University or its agents and representatives. No liability can be accepted for any unauthorized payments.