Open Course Tuition Information

To earn a degree from Thomas Edison State College, you must be an enrolled student. Becoming an enrolled student requires you to select an annual tuition plan. While there are no costs for taking the Saylor courses associated with the Open Course option at Thomas Edison State College, students must also register for and successfully complete Thomas Edison State College (TECEP®) exams and portfolio assessments and other assessments to earn credit for the course requirements. In addition to the cost of TECEP® exams and portfolio assessments, there are also costs associated with the application and enrollment process and tuition costs for the PLA-100 and PLA-200 courses.

The cost of earning the Associate in Science in Business Administration at Thomas Edison State College through the Open Course option varies depending on several factors, which include whether you are a New Jersey resident who qualifies for in-state tuition, how many credits you are able to transfer to your degree program, how many credits you have to complete to earn the degree, which assessments you use to earn credit and how long it takes you to complete your degree.

The chart below lists a summary of the tuition and fees associated with the Open Course option:

Tuition and Fees In-State Out-of-State
Application Fee $75.00 $75.00
Annual Enrollment Tuition $1,642.00 $3,062.00
Technological Services Fee $121.00 $121.00
TECEP® Exams (cost for single exam) $102.00 $108.00
CLEP® Exams (estimated cost for single exam) $80.00 $80.00
NCCRS Exam* (estimated cost for single exam) $25.00 $25.00
Course Tuition for PLA-100 & PLA-200 $510.00 $687.00
Course Registration Fee for PLA-100 & PLA-200 $56.00 $56.00

*The $25 fee for NCCRS exams comes from using the online proctoring service, Proctor U. If you use your own qualified proctor, this fee is waived.

The costs associated with earning credit via Portfolio Assessment are structured around how many credits a student earns after they complete the PLA-100 and PLA-200 courses. The first 12 credits a student attempts through portfolio assessment costs $350. After the first 12 credits earned via portfolio assessments, students pay $200 for every additional six credits. These prices are consistent for students using in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

Most students who benefit from in-state tuition rates who complete the Associate in Science in Business Administration through the Open Course option in one year using credit-by-exam options when possible should be able to complete the program for less than $4,000, excluding optional course materials some students may want to purchase. Most credit-by-exam options, including those associated with the Open Course option, do not require students to purchase course materials.

Most students using out-of-state tuition rates who complete the Associate in Science in Business Administration through the Open Course option in one year using credit-by-exam options when possible should be able to complete the program for less than $5,500, excluding optional course materials some students may want to purchase. Most credit-by-exam options, including those associated with the Open Course option, do not require students to purchase course materials.