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Tuition + Housing Costs

The following is the direct cost of education for one academic year (two semesters). Each year's price depends on the semester in which the student begins taking courses. Housing costs are subject to change each year. These housing costs are for students living in AMDA's Student Housing. Students who choose to secure housing on their own should expect housing costs to be higher than those listed here.

For Students who begin study in Summer 2016

Tuition and fees (per academic year): $33,920
Housing and fees (per academic year): $8,750
Total Tuition and Housing (per academic year): $42,670

For Students who begin study in Fall 2016, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017

Tuition and fees (per academic year): $35,600
Housing and fees (per academic year): $8,900
Total Tuition and Housing (per academic year): $44,500

Student Tuition Recovery Fund

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California Residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  • The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  • The school's failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
  • The school's failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.
  • There was a material failure to comply with the Act or the Division within 30-days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30-days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
  • An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

You may also be eligible for STRF if you were a student that was unable to collect a court judgment rendered against the school for violation of the Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act of 1989.

AMDA participates in contributing to the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF if either of the following applies (we expect most AMDA students to be eligible):

  • You are not a California resident or are not enrolled in a residency program, or (all AMDA students are considered enrolled in a residency program, therefore we do not anticipate AMDA students to be not eligible)
  • Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party. (Most AMDA students will not qualify under this exemption)

Living Expenses

Living expenses for the year are ESTIMATED to be about $200 per week. This estimate includes the cost of food, transportation, laundry and miscellaneous living expenses. Please remember that this is an estimated average cost, and individual student expenses may be more or less than this amount depending on personal needs and living habits. Students are encouraged to make a budget for their living expenses. Students who would like additional assistance and budgeting resource materials may contact the Financial Aid Office.

Books & Supplies

Book requirements vary based on the semester and the program of study. Estimated costs for textbooks for the first academic year are approximately $1,000. Students will be provided detailed information regarding books and supplies upon acceptance.