Mt. Sierra College Mt. Sierra College Mt. Sierra College Mt. Sierra College Mt. Sierra College

  • 800 Royal oaks drive suite 101
    monrovia, CA 91016


All students are charged tuition and fees each quarter. Tuition is due and payable in advance of the first day of each term unless the student has arranged an alternative payment option with the College.

The College reserves the right to adjust payment options at any time if a student’s aid eligibility changes for any reason, including but not limited to a change of program or enrollment status or failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Tuition does not include room and board, books, software, supplies, fees of any kind, or transportation to and from the College. Tuition and fees are adjusted annually.

However, Mt Sierra College reserves the right to change tuition and fees at the start of any term. The College will provide written notification of any changes no later than 90 days prior to the first day of the term in which the increase will take affect.

Estimated Cost

Estimated cost of attendance per academic year (9 calendar months) for 15 quarters is listed below:

Direct Cost
Tuition ($395 per unit) $ 14,220
Application fee (non-refundable) $ 50
Registration* $ 100
Lab Fee (Per course)
Technology Programs ($50) $ 150
Media Arts & Design Programs ($152) $ 456
Technology Lab Fee $ 50
Facility $ 10
Total $ 15,036
Bachelor of Science Degree
Network Communications
Bachelor of Science Degree
Information Technology
with concentrations in
Computer Information Technology
Information Technology
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Media Arts & Design
with concentrations in
Game Arts & Design
Visual Design
Total Credits per Program 180 180 180
Total Changes for the Entire Program Tuition
Cost Based on Current Tuition Rate
$71,100.00 $71,100.00 $71,100.00
Estimated books & supplies $10,440 $10,440 $10,440
Estimated software $150.00 $150.00 $4,058.00
Estimated Course fees (nonrefundable) $450.00 $1500.00 $4,712.00
Estimated cost of Notebook Computer
(one time purchase)
$500.00 $500.00 $1,600.00
Registration Fee (refundable) $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Total Estimated Cost of Degree $82,740.00 $83,790.00 $92,020.00
Student Tuition Recovery Fund Assessment 0 0 0
Total Estimated Cost for Entire Program $82,740.00 $83,790.00 $92,020.00

Tuition Cost Per Credit – Non Matriculating Student $ 395.00 Any student seeking additional information about comparable degree programs such as those listed above related to tuition, fees, and program length may contact the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) at:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone (703) 247-4212 | Fax (703) 247-4533

Military Pricing

Active duty U.S. Military personnel or veterans and their spouses are eligible for a 15% tuition reduction off the current tuition rate. This benefit is open to all branches of the military, including the National Guard and Reserve members and their spouses. Spouses are not eligible if legally separated or divorced. Students may use tuition assistance or GI Bill benefits in conjunction with the reduced tuition. This discount must be requested at the time of enrollment and may not be applied retroactively. Proof of active duty or veteran status is required.


Fees provide funds for services and facilities as well as technical

All students are required to pay the following mandatory fees:

Mandatory Fees

  • Application fee (non-refundable)-$50
  • Waived for active-duty personnel and their spouses
  • Registration fee (refundable) – $100
  • Graduation fee – $100
  • Facility Fee – $10

Student Tuition Recovery Fund Assessment (STRF)

(Non-refundable. Mandatory fee subject to change without notice by the State of California. Based upon Program of Enrollment)

  • Network Communications – $0

Information Technology

  • Computer Information Technology – $0
  • Information Security – $0

Media Arts & Design

  • Game Arts & Design – $0
  • Visual Design – $0

Media Arts & Design

  • Game Arts & Design – $0
  • Visual Design – $0

Course Fees

(Non-refundable; charged per course as applicable)

  • Media Arts & Design Lab Fees – $0
  • Technology Lab Fees – $0

Other Fees

  • Proficiency Exam Fee (per exam) – $10
  • Veterans are exempt from Proficiency Exam Fee
  • Late Registration Fee (per occurence) – $50
  • Transcript Fee (per transcript) – $5
  • Auditing Fee – per credit/unit – $0
  • ($0 with permission of the School Director)
  • Late payment fee per occurrence – $25
    • (7 day grace period)

In addition to the fees listed above, Mt Sierra College reserves the right to charge a student for expenses incurred due to excessive waste, loss, or damage by that student.

Student Tuition Recovery Fund

Students must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery (STRF) if all of the following appllies:

  1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
  2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program, or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

Students are not eligible for protection from the STRF and are not required to pay the STRF assessment if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
  2. 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.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by California residents who were students attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

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

  1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 cost.
  4. 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.
  5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

The assessment is based upon the total cost of the student’s program of enrollment. The College is required to collect the full assessment at the time of the first payment from or on behalf of the student at or after enrollment. The College is required to collect this fee whenever an enrollment agreement is signed, even if the student has previously paid the STRF fee. This assessment is non-refundable, except as required under the Cancellation Policy. The College forwards the collected assessments to the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education quarterly.

Tuition Refund Policy

Students retain the right to withdraw from the College following the reversal period. A student who submits a signed Program Withdrawal form or who is withdrawn by the College for cause such as lack of attendance is entitled to receive a prorated refund of tuition paid if the student has completed 60% or less of a period of attendance (quarter). If a student has completed more than 60% of the quarter, the student is not entitled to receive a refund. Fees are non-refundable.

The withdrawal date for refund calculations is the last date of recorded attendance of the student. Refunds will be issued within forty-five days of the official date of withdrawal as required by applicable laws and regulations.

For example, if a student pays $1,000 in tuition for a quarter and withdraws after attending through the 30th day of the quarter, the student has completed 38.9% of the quarter and is therefore due a prorated refund of $611.

If a student’s tuition is paid by a third party organization, any refund due will be issued directly to the third party. In the event that the College discontinues a program of study prior to a student’s completion, or should the College close prior to a student’s completion of his or her program, the student will receive a prorated refund of all prepaid tuition and fees.

Continuing students who withdraw or who are withdrawn by the College on or before the Sunday of week one in any quarter will not be charged tuition for that quarter, and any sum paid in advance will be refunded.

Notice to Recipients of Federal Grants and Loans

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 require continued eligibility for federal grants and loans to be based on a student’s satisfactory academic progress and successful completion of his or her program of study. If a student withdraws from school, the amount of financial aid that can be used to pay his or her education expenses will be prorated based on the amount of time spent in attendance if the student has completed 60% or less of the period of enrollment (quarter). The College must return excess funds to Title IV programs in the sequence required by the U. S. Department of Education. Students should be aware that they remain responsible for all appropriate charges that are not covered by Federal Student Aid due to the student’s withdrawal.

Tuition Credit Deadline

Tuition is charged on Tuesday of the second week of each quarter. Once tuition has been charged, no reduction of tuition will be made if a student withdraws or is withdrawn from an individual course. Students who withdraw from all courses in a given quarter (program withdrawal) are entitled to a prorated/ Return of Title IV refund as outlined above.

Student Financial Responsibility

Registration for any term at Mt Sierra College signifies agreement to pay all charges incurred during that term, including any assessed late fees. If necessary, the College will employ the services of a collection agency if students fail to meet the monetary terms of their agreement. In addition, it is important that students realize that they are responsible for repaying all charges incurred while attending college, even if they do not complete their education, are dissatisfied with their education, or are not able to get a job after graduating.

A student who obtains a loan to pay for any portion of his or her educational program will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If a student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

A Financial Aid Advisor will provide students with information on applying for a deferment or forbearance if students are having difficulty in meeting loan repayment obligations.