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Early Childhood Education Program Tuition

Take the first steps towards a career in the child care industry with our Early Childhood Education online program. Simply choose from one of our customized payment plans below and get started today!

Semester One Price
Flexible Payment Plans
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Diploma
Diploma w/ Pathway
* California residents please click here for Required California Disclosures.
Your program consists of four semesters. You must complete a separate re-enrollment application for each semester. The tuition is based upon $79 per credit for semesters one through three (Semester Four is included at no cost.) The A.S. in Early Childhood Education degree consists of 63 credits (Semester One: 14 credits, Semester Two: 15 credits, Semester Three: 16 credits, Semester Four: 18 credits). Penn Foster College reserves the right to adjust the tuition and fees in subsequent semesters. In addition, a non-refundable shipping and handling fee of $65 for each semester will be charged.
* The Final Semester at No Cost promotion does not include any practicum or resident lab training fees. To qualify for this offer, A.S. degree students must complete and pay in full for at least 30 Penn Foster credits and B.S. degree students must complete and pay in full for at least 60 Penn Foster credits prior to the final semester.
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Compare Our Tuition

Penn Foster College offers a wide range of affordable, online degree programs. We do not want tuition costs to stand in the way of you taking the next step to gain the skills you need. Our tuition remains among the lowest in the nation compared to other online colleges. With flexible and customizable payment plans, you can start when you want and pay as you go.
Included in your tuition
Mobile-friendly
Mobile-friendly coursework
Dedicated success coach
Dedicated success coach
Textbooks and study materials
All study materials
Goal setting-progress tracking tools
Goal setting-progress tracking tools
Unlimited student support
Unlimited student support
Career services
Career services
Transfer Credits
Transfer Credits​
To have previous Early Childhood Education coursework considered for transfer credits, contact the college you attended and request for your official transcript(s) to be sent to Penn Foster College for evaluation.
  • Minimum grade of "C" required for transfer credit.
  • Approved transfer credits will be deducted from your tuition.
Read more about Penn Foster College's credit transfer policy.
Payment Methods

Payment Methods

  • Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express
  • PayPal
  • Checks
  • Money orders
  • Authorized automatic withdrawals from checking and savings accounts from U.S. banks
Refund Policy

Refund Policy

At Penn Foster, we continue to develop new ways to expand and improve student satisfaction. However, if you are not satisfied or can no longer continue your studies, we offer a generous refund policy. If you cancel within the first 6 days of enrollment you will receive a full refund. After the first 6 days your refund amount will be based on:
  • Lessons completed
  • Tuition collected
  • Enrollment date
For more information, visit Penn Foster College's refund policy page.
Learn even more by viewing a sample enrollment agreement.
Military Benefits

Military Benefits

Many Penn Foster programs are approved for veteran’s education benefits. Reservists may also qualify for veteran’s education benefits. If you think you may be eligible or would like more information, you can check with your local or regional VA office, or call Penn Foster at 1-888-427-2900 to speak with a VA Support Specialist.

If you are interested in using your MyCAA benefits, please call 1-800-238-9554 to speak to an Admissions Specialist for more information or to enroll.
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¹ This chart is for illustration only. Fees may vary by institution or degree program offered. Actual results will vary depending on the number of credits needed to complete a specific program. Tuition rates can be found on competing websites as of March 2018.

² Average in-state tuition is based on 2016-2017 data found here on page 8, Table 1A.

³ Penn Foster College tuition costs are based on the average 4-semester Associate degree mail-pay payment plan total cost and also includes the final semester at no cost. Per credit breakdown assumes the average 66 credits required to complete a Penn Foster College 2-year Associate Degree program.
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