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APU Tuition Reduction Scholarships are offered in percentages of 30%, 50%, 65%, 80% and 100%, and cover the least amount of academic credits needed to graduate within the standard period of time. These scholarships are made available by the financial contributions of domestic and international companies and individuals, together with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), to support the ideals of APU, with the purpose of helping to reduce the financial burden for outstanding international students of lesser financial means.

Eligibility

Individuals who will obtain a student visa (as described in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act) before enrollment are eligible to apply this scholarship. In the case that your student visa application is not approved by the Japanese Immigration Bureau or you enroll at APU under another type of visa, your scholarship will be revoked.

How to Apply

Complete the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application Form, which requires you to write an essay, and send it together with your general application documents.

Evaluation

Scholarship decisions are based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, past academic performance, language ability, extracurricular activities, personal achievements, economic factors, application documents and interview. It is strongly recommended that you submit official language test scores such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JPLT), Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), International Language Testing System (IELTS), or EIKEN as these test scores strengthen your scholarship application. If successful, you will be notified of your reduction amount when you receive your application screening result by post and online.

Other Information

Students awarded with these scholarships are expected to maintain a good academic record, serve as role models for other students, and complete all tasks assigned to them. In the case of inappropriate behavior unbefitting of a scholarship recipient, the scholarship will be revoked. A review of academic performance and other criteria will be conducted each semester to determine whether or not recipients qualify for renewal of this scholarship.

APU Tuition Reduction Scholarships for First Year Students (2016)

Percentage of Awarded ScholarshipAnnual Scholarship SubsidyAnnual Tuition Borne by Student
30%approx. 390,000 JPYapprox. 930,000 JPY
50%approx. 660,000 JPYapprox. 660,000 JPY
65%approx. 850,000 JPYapprox. 470,000 JPY
80%approx. 1,060,000 JPYapprox. 260,000 JPY
100%approx. 1,320,000 JPY0 JPY

Tuition and Aid

Delivering high quality graduate programs takes a comprehensive support system. Your investment in an advanced degree includes a complete network of student services and access to a community of faculty and staff who partner with you in your pursuit of your TESOL master’s degree.

Cost Estimate Breakdown

On Campus and Online M.A. in TESOL

See the table below for the tuition charges and fees that comprise your estimated total program cost for the on campus or online TESOL master’s degree. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Graduate Application Fee for U.S. Students$45
Graduate Application Fee for International Students$45
Tuition (on campus or online) ($533/unit)$17,589
Textbooks (approximately $100/course)$1,200
Intent to Commence and/or Graduate Fee$80

Field-based M.A. in TESOL

See the tables below for the tuition charges and fees that comprise your estimated total program cost (excluding food and travel) for the field-based TESOL program. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Graduate Application Fee for U.S. Students$45
Graduate Application Fee for International Students$45
Tuition ($371/unit)$12,243
Housing (13 days*)$351
Textbooks (approximately $100/course)$300
Tuition ($371/unit)$3,339
Housing (13 days*)$130
Textbooks (approximately $100/course)$300
Tuition ($371/unit)$3,339
Housing (13 days*)$351
Textbooks (approximately $100/course)$300
Tuition ($371/unit)$3,339
Housing (13 days*)$130
Textbooks (approximately $100/course)$300
Intent to Commence and/or Graduate Fee$80

Field-based students must procure a check to pay for tuition, housing, and miscellaneous fees the first day of class each term, and pay for housing in Thailand on their own. Students purchase textbooks in advance (July) for the entire academic year (two terms) at the University Bookstore.

View a complete list of university fees for graduate programs.

Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students who are U.S. citizens. The resources range from federal loans and state grants to, for some graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid available for your program, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services at (626) 815-4570.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University, Military Friendly School, and Best for Vets College, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Field-based Tuition Discount

Students enrolled in the field-based program receive a tuition discount, reflected in the costs above, and pay a percentage of the regular graduate TESOL tuition.

The Tsern Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Scholarship

The Tsern TEFL Scholarship is open to new graduate students who have been accepted to APU’s field-based TESOL program and who are committed to teaching English in China during the two years of their academic program. This award recognizes Christian scholars who will perpetuate the mission of Azusa Pacific University during their academic studies and later as language educators. A two-year, renewable grant of $5,000 (totaling $10,000) will be awarded to up to five different recipients.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time and should be in good standing with the program and university (not on academic probation or conditionally admitted). Recipients will be distinguished by the rigor and dedication they apply to their graduate studies, the skill and effort they apply to their craft of teaching, and the integrity and Christ-like compassion they demonstrate to their students and colleagues. Apply by April 1, for priority consideration for one of five available scholarships. The final deadline is May 1. Download The Tsern TEFL Scholarship Application (PDF) for more information.

Charles and Shirley Stapleton Graduate Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students enrolled in APU’s on-campus, online, and field-based TESOL programs. Each Fall and Spring term, $500 is awarded to two different recipients. Applicants must be enrolled full-time, and should be in good standing with the program and university (not on academic probation or conditionally admitted). Scholarship recipients will be notified by mid-November and June after review of a 500-word essay. Download the Charles and Shirley Stapleton Graduate Endowed Scholarship Application (PDF) for more information.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Tuition Discounts

APU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) offers a 15 percent alumni tuition discount for APU alumni starting in the following graduate programs:

Students must maintain continuous enrollment at least half-time for the fall and spring terms. Students must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. If qualifications are met, the discount may be renewed each year until graduation. This discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.