As a private institution of higher learning, Westminster receives very limited financial support from public taxes. Each student registering at the college is charged tuition at a rate that covers approximately 70% of the cost of his/her educational program. The balance of the cost must be met by income received from gifts and endowments from trustees, alumni, faculty, churches, and other friends of the college who help to underwrite the education that Westminster provides. The Board of Trustees of Westminster College reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2019-2020)
|Fall and Spring Part-time students, (1–11 hours)||$1,436 per credit hour|
|Fall and Spring Full-time students (12–16 hours, inclusive)||$17,492 per semester (inclusive)|
|Fall and Spring Overtime per hour surcharge (above 16 hours)||$17,492 + $1,436 per credit hour above 16|
|Audits (any semester)||$718 per credit hour|
|May Term||$1,436 per credit hour|
|Summer Term||$954 per credit hour|
May Term: The tuition charge per credit hour is $1,436. Payment of full-time tuition for Fall semester earns a student two tuition-waived hours for the following May Term. Payment of full-time tuition for Spring semester earns a student two tuition-waived hours for the following May Term. Students who have earned 2 or 4 tuition-waived May term hours are still responsible for covering any course fees and required materials. All students not eligible for the 2- or 4-hour tuition waiver will be charged $1,436 per hour.
RN to BS and BBA Programs: The current tuition rate for the RN to BS program is $525 per credit hour. The current tuition rate for the BBA program is $687 per credit hour.
Tuition Refund Schedule
Please refer to the Student Accounts Services web page for information on tuition refunds.
|Student Activity Fee||Per Semester|
|Full-time undergraduate students (12 hours and above)||$55|
|Part-time undergraduate students (7–11 hours)||$42|
|Part-time undergraduate students (2–6 hours)||$29|
The student activity fee covers the following items:
- Associated Students of Westminster College (ASW) membership and class membership dues.
- A series of social events.
|Technology Fee||Per Semester|
|Full-time undergraduate students (12 hours and above)||$134|
|Part-time undergraduate students (7–11 hours)||$101|
|Part-time undergraduate students (2–6 hours)||$68|
|Part-time undergraduate students (1 hour)||$0|
|Audits||$0-134 depending on hours enrolled|
|Myriad Fee||Per Semester|
|Undergraduate students (2 hours and above)||$1|
|Environmental Fund Fee||Per Semester|
|Undergraduate students (2 hours and above)||$2|
|Student Publication Fee||Per Semester|
|Undergraduate students (2 hours and above)||$6|
|Ellipsis Fee||Per Semester|
|Undergraduate students (2 hours and above)||$2|
|*Health, Wellness and Athletic Center Membership Fee||Per Semester|
|Full-time undergraduate students (12 hours and above)||$60|
|Student ID replacement||$10|
|Alumni Audit||$100 per course plus
$50 Technology Fee per semester
|Private Music||$150 per credit hour|
Certain courses require additional fees, which are listed in the course information on Self-Service. Alumni audits of ceramics courses require a $250 materials fee.
*Membership fee of $13.50 per month for part-time undergraduate students is optional and would be paid directly to the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center. Summer fee is waived for students taking summer courses.
Residence Hall Charges (2019-2020)
|Gold Meal Plan||$2,059||$4,118|
|Purple Meal Plan||$1,629||$3,258|
May Term Residence
Students needing a room on campus for May Term who were not enrolled during either Fall or Spring semesters will be charged $733 plus a $200 refundable deposit.
The room deposit becomes a damage deposit, which is refundable less any charges for damage when students leave the residence halls.
Payment of Tuition and Fees
Tuition, fees, and room and board charges are due in full on the first day of the given semester. Students registering late must pay in full when they register. Students unable to pay in full must make other arrangements with the Student Account Services Office by the second week of the semester. The college reserves the right to grant or deny financing for any student based on his or her credit worthiness. In addition, the college reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who fails to comply with all terms of his or her financial obligation with the college. Additional information on this policy is available in the Student Account Services Office. Statements of credits, certificates of graduation, or transcripts are issued only to students who are current in their obligations with the college. All outstanding charges are due and payable at the time students leave the college.
Late Withdrawal for Unusual or Extenuating Circumstances
Students sometimes face unusual or extenuating circumstances that prevent them from finishing a course or semester or otherwise complying with institutional deadlines. A Review Committee meets monthly to examine petitions made by students regarding retroactive record changes (e.g., medical withdrawal) and/or full or partial charges of tuition and fees. A student’s petition, which includes a detailed letter and appropriate documentation of the unusual or extenuating circumstances, can be submitted to the Registrar’s Office (Bamberger Hall, Upper Floor or firstname.lastname@example.org). A form and specific instructions are available on the Registrar’s Office website.
All petitions must be submitted within six weeks after the end of the semester in question. Absent serious extenuating circumstances, requests submitted beyond six weeks after the end of the semester will not be considered. Because tuition insurance is recommended, petitions for removal of tuition charges are rarely approved even if the committee decides to approve a change to the academic record. If a petition for refund is granted, changes will be made retroactive only to the last date of attendance, and tuition charges will be adjusted according to Westminster College’s posted refund schedule found on the Student Account Services webpage. Reevaluation by the student’s physician or counselor may be required prior to re-enrollment.
Following these guidelines, the Review Committee will either approve or deny all petitions. A student who thinks there has been unfair bias or encountered a procedural error made by this committee may appeal it in writing within ten calendar days to an Appeals Committee chaired by the Vice President for Finance and Administration. The decision reached by this committee is final.
NOTE: The Review Committee cannot change rules regarding the amount of federal financial aid that must be returned when a student does not fulfill program requirements. Students are encouraged to read “Withdrawing and Its Effect on Financial Aid” section in the academic catalog and call or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine specific implications for anticipated registration changes. In many cases, if a student withdraws from classes both the federal and institutional financial aid award may be adjusted and all unpaid tuition resulting from the cancellation will become due immediately.
Health and Accident Insurance
Students are encouraged to carry health and accident insurance. Many plans carry students on their parents’ coverage if they are 26 years of age or younger. Westminster’s website has a list of many plans, as there are different options and rates available to students. Cost may vary somewhat due to the student’s age. Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information. All international students and student athletes attending Westminster College are required to carry insurance coverage. Students admitted to the nursing program are required to provide evidence of health insurance coverage. All students traveling on a college trip (May Term, Retreats, Conferences, Study Abroad, etc.) must also show proof of insurance.
In addition, the following website link provides useful information regarding insurance options for college students. Topics covered include the industry as a whole, the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and healthcare for the uninsured:
The following list provides some resources to review health insurance options that may be available to you.