Academic Transitions: Price



Prices for Academic year 2024-2025

Price per semester | In Person

Item AT1 AT2 AT3
Tuition $18,840 $18,840 $11,140
Housing and food (estimate)* 7,500 7,500 7,500
Mandatory fees and insurance 1,212 1,212 1,212
Books (estimate) 400 400 400
Total (USD) $27,952 $27,952 $20,252

Price per semester | Online

Item AT1 AT2 AT3
Tuition $18,840 $18,840 $11,140
Books (estimate) 400 400 400
Total (USD) $19,240 $19,240 $11,540

What if you start in Pre-AT?

The Pre-Academic Transitions (Pre-AT) curriculum is meant for students who need additional time to improve their English skills before beginning AT1.

Important notes about prices:

  • 2024-2025 prices are effective from August 21, 2024.
  • All prices are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice.
  • AT3 is an optional semester. Students are expected to complete the program after AT2; however, AT3 enables students to earn important university credits at a significantly discounted rate per credit.

Important note about insurance: All students who are not sponsored by a governmental organization are now required to purchase the ELI’s health insurance plan. Students may not purchase their own insurance policy to replace the ELI’s plan. Health insurance fees are non-refundable.

Additional fees

Some additional fees may apply, including:

Item Description
Admissions deposit: $300
  • Students are required to pay an admissions deposit. The deposit will be subtracted from the first tuition bill. There is no application fee for this program.
Express Mail fee: $65
  • The ELI charges a US $65 express mail fee to express mail documents to students who request paper copies. Students must pay this fee at the time that they submit their application to register for ELI programs.
Airport Transfer fee: $100 – $200
  • These fees must be paid if the ELI arranges transportation for the student from the Philadelphia International Airport to Newark, Delaware.
  • For questions, please contact
  • Homestay: If the homestay family (or the homestay driver service) will pick up the student from Philadelphia International Airport, the fee is $75. If the homestay family (or homestay driver service) will drop off the student at the Philadelphia International Airport, the fee will be $60.
Late Orientation/Arrival fee: $100
  • Students must pay this fee only if they miss one of the designated Orientation days. All students are required to attend all days of ELI Orientation, as marked on their acceptance letter and in the documents that the student will receive when they arrive for Orientation.
Late Housing fee: $100
  • Students must pay this fee only if they do not meet the ELI’s deadlines for arranging housing (as listed in their acceptance documents).
Late Payment fee: $50
  • Students must pay this fee if they do not pay the entire amount listed on their bill before the date written on the bill.

How many AT semesters do I have to complete?

All Academic Transitions (AT) students are expected to finish the program after successfully completing two semesters (i.e., AT1 and AT2).

Students who begin in AT2 can complete the program in 4 months! Learn more about AT level placement >

Students who meet requirements after AT2

Students who have met all of the program requirements will have 2 choices:

  • They can begin full-time academic study at the University of Delaware; OR
  • They can choose to continue at the ELI to complete AT3 (where they can earn an additional 12 credits).
    Some students choose to continue in AT3 because it is such a good deal! See below for more information.
Students who do not meet requirements after AT2

Students who have not met all of the program requirements at the end of AT2 must enroll in AT3, where they can earn an additional 12 credits.

Learn more about AT3 >

Save Money in AT3

The price of AT3 is an excellent value because students pay a lower cost-per-credit for the 12 credits that they can earn as part of AT3 (when compared to the cost-per-credit that full-time academic students will pay).

The table below shows the difference between the price of 12 credits in AT3 compared to the price that fully-matriculated students pay (2024-2025):*

Item AT3 student UD student Difference
Tuition price for 12 credits $11,140 $18,840 $7,700
Tuition price per credit $928 $1,570 $642

AT helps students to save almost 40% of the tuition cost for courses that students must take for their degree program!

* Price is in U.S. dollars and is calculated based on 12 credits. In the 2024-2025 academic year, fully-matriculated UD students will pay the same tuition price for 12 credits or more.

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