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Virginia Beach’s First University Lowers Tuition - Change Aims to Reduce Student Debt


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Virginia Beach’s First University Lowers Tuition

Change Aims to Reduce Student Debt


Virginia Beach, Va. – While higher education costs continue an upward trajectory, the nonprofit Atlantic University (AU) is breaking the trend by lowering tuition for students beginning with the upcoming Fall 2017 semester. In addition, the university is restructuring its academic calendar from 14-week to 12-week semesters, enabling students to complete their studies in a shorter period of time.

“With these reductions, our primary goal is to help students avoid the massive, crippling education debt that is so prevalent in our nation,” said Rachel Alvidrez, Atlantic University’s Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Services. “But also, we hope these changes will make it easier and possible for more people improve their lives through the unique education Atlantic University offers. With these reductions, students can earn a graduate degree for less than $15,000.”

Shortening the semester length allowed for an additional semester to be added to the academic calendar. Beginning in 2018, AU will operate using four semesters rather than the current three. Adding in an additional semester will enable students to complete their degree in a shorter amount of time, allowing them to get out into the world and share their knowledge.

Founded by spiritual philosopher and holistic healing pioneer Edgar Cayce in 1930, Atlantic University was the first university to be founded in the City of Virginia Beach.  Today, AU offers two master’s degree programs—one in Transpersonal Psychology and the other in Mindful Leadership—as well as graduate and noncredit certificate programs, predominantly through an online platform. The Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology has an emphasis on the fundamental oneness of all life, the notion that our essential nature as human beings is spiritual, and that learning must enrich and deepen our relationships to ourselves, to our families and communities, and to the global community. This degree offers five areas of specialization: General Studies, Applied Spirituality, Consciousness, Creativity, and Leadership and Conflict Resolution. The Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership is designed to entwine leadership theory and application with personal and professional growth and the empowering and transformational practice of mindfulness; this degree is a holistic approach to a significant and much needed social science. For those who are not interested in a 36-39 credit hour graduate degree, graduate and noncredit certificate programs are offered.

Few people know that Cayce began Atlantic University even before establishing the nonprofit Association for Research and Enlightenment Atlantic University’s mission is to provide a high quality education that integrates body, mind, and spirit to help individuals achieve higher human potential and transform their lives, better understand their relationship to all life, and be of profound service to others. The mission of A.R.E. is to create opportunities for profound personal change in body, mind, and spirit through the wisdom found in the Edgar Cayce material.For more information, visit and