Skip to content

Financial Information

A man with coiffed hair on a laptop in a bright room. The pay-as-you-go policy encourages you to graduate with less debt.
We believe finances should not be a barrier to getting an education, that’s why we use a pay-as-you-go format

The Pay-As-You-Go Format Encourages You to Graduate Without  Debt

At Hawthorn University, we strive to keep tuition prices low and affordable for you. The pay-as-you-go policy makes paying for school more manageable.

Contact us to request more information, or for immediate questions call 707-986-4153.

Get Answers to Your Financial Questions

How much is tuition?

For a complete breakdown of tuition, fees, and resources needed (for the program that you are interested in pursuing) check “Tuition and Fees” section on each program and certificate page.

Can I use tuition reimbursement to pay for my courses?

Some organizations have tuition remission policies for their employees. If your company is willing to reimburse you for your coursework, Hawthorn University will work with you and make the appropriate arrangements.

What does it mean to “pay-per-course”?

You are required to pay for each course prior to the course being released online to the student portal. This provides you with a more economic way to budget expenses.

Are my textbooks included in my tuition?

Textbooks are not included in the price of tuition. To see an estimated cost of textbooks for your program of interest look at the Tuition & Fees section of that particular page.

What books do I have to buy and where?

You’ll be provided with a list of textbooks for each course. Choose the program you are interested in pursuing. On that program page, you will find the Tuition & Fees section. This area will provide you with an estimate of textbooks for the entire program and the course-by-course outlay for textbooks. You are required to purchase your own textbooks, which will form the basis for a professional library. We provide you with a book list and suggestions of online sources where you can purchase your textbooks. The program book list is located on the student portal, under Forms / Publications > Program Resources.

Do you offer financial aid?

Federal student loan funds cannot be applied to your education at Hawthorn. However, state vocational financial aid funds can be applied to Hawthorn. The California Department of Rehabilitation has funded Hawthorn students in the past, as have California employment insurers. You may want to check into this for your state if you qualify.

Additionally, it may be helpful for you to know that our “pay-as-you-go” policy allows you to pay as you progress through the program, which may ease your financial concerns. There may be benevolent Education Funds in your area – you should do an advanced Google Search using a variety of keywords for this purpose. You can do a free online scholarship search at or

Each year agencies and authors publish guides detailing all sorts of grants and scholarships available to individuals based on a myriad of qualifications. Go to your local library and ask the reference librarian to show you the relevant books. Some available books to search include Peterson’s Scholarships, Grants and Prizes, The Scholarship Book by Daniel J. Cassidy, The Complete Scholarship Book by Student Services, and The A’s and B’s of Academic Scholarships.

Are private scholarships available to Hawthorn students?

Some private scholarships may be available. We encourage you to seek private funding or to inquire if your current employer has a tuition remission policy. Military spouses should check the status of their MyCAA account.

General School Fees

Each program course has tuition and textbook fees associated with it. Please see the specific program or course page that you are interested in and look for the Tuition & Fees section for details. Click here for general school fees.