Tuition and Fees
On acceptance of admission, new students pay a nonrefundable deposit of $500. This deposit is due two weeks after notification of admission and financial aid decisions. The balance of tuition and fees for the academic year is billed in two equal installments. Billing statements reflect tuition, fees, and credits for scholarships, fellowships, and approved student loans. Payments are due in the beginning of August and January for the fall and spring semesters, respectively.
Living expenses vary widely among students. Due to the low residency nature of the program, students may be able to work up to 30 hours a week. The estimated expenses below are provided to give students a sense of what to expect in terms of the cost of graduate school.
- Housing and food: $8,000–10,000
Books and supplies: $300–600
- Travel and personal expenses: $1,500–3,500
No refunds of any fees are made in the event that a student withdraws from the program after registration, except as specified below. In no event is the deposit or housing payment refundable. In all cases, the student must submit to the Graduate Committee an official notice of intention to withdraw. The date of receipt of such a notice determines the amount of the refund. Students who officially withdraw before the first day of classes (start of workshops) for the term in question are given a full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit.
If official withdrawal from the program occurs in the first week of classes or workshops, 75 percent of tuition is refunded; within the second week, 60 percent; within the third or fourth week, 30 percent. After four weeks, no refunds are given. Fees for registration, student health insurance, and facilities are nonrefundable.
If a student who is receiving financial aid withdraws from the program, their award or loan is prorated. Institutional fellowships are reduced by the same percentage as indicated in the tuition refund schedule above. Federal Stafford Loans are calculated according to the federal refund policy on the amount of the loan to be returned to the lender. A student who is considering withdrawal may wish to confer with the Student Accounts Office and the Financial Aid Office concerning any anticipated refund and the amount of the federal Stafford Loan that the College must return to the lender. This amount has a direct bearing on the amount of refund, if any, that the College will provide the student.
No refund is made in cases of suspension or expulsion.