May 22, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Graduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition & Fees



2013–2014 Tuition Rates

The graduate and continuing education tuition charges for all students are as follows:

  Graduate $160 per semester hour of credit

2013–2014 Standard Fees

All students must pay the following fees:

  Application Fee (non-refundable; applies only to degree applicants) $25
     
     
  Educational Services Fee:  
    Graduate $115 per credit
    Technology Fee $5 per credit
     
  Capital Projects Fee:  
    Graduate $9 per credit
     
  *Late registration fee $25

Students auditing classes pay regular tuition and fees.

*Nonrefundable unless a course is cancelled by the university.

Payment Options

Payment for tuition and fees must be made at time of registration in the form of cashier’s check, money order, bank check, traveler’s check, personal check, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or American Express.

Any payment that becomes past due immediately jeopardizes the student’s enrollment. Until debts are cleared, a student is not permitted to register for a subsequent semester or be issued academic transcripts or other official statements unless otherwise mandated by law. Any outstanding debt may be assigned to a collection agency and costs associated with the collection of this debt are the responsibility of the student.

Please note: All returned checks require a $30 returned check fee to cover charges by financial institutions. Students who do not respond to notification to rectify their account will have their account placed on hold and will be placed in the collection process.

Tuition Waivers and Vouchers

Some tuition waivers and/or vouchers may be used as partial payment for course(s) taken through Graduate and Continuing Education. The appropriate original eligibility form with all required signatures must be presented at the time of registration. It is important that students check with their own human resource department to determine eligibility. Not all tuition waivers apply to non-state funded programs such as those offered through Graduate and Continuing Education.

Tuition waivers, remissions, and vouchers do not apply to non-credit Lifelong Learning courses, capstones, conferences, teleconferences, independent studies, directed studies, internship, practica, fieldwork, LECAP, selected distance learning courses, courses by arrangement or professional development seminars and lectures offered through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Unpaid Charges

Any charge incurred through registration is required to be paid by the specified due date. In the event that charges are not paid, students may be administratively withdrawn, sent to a collection agency or state intercept and will be responsible for any additional fees.

If a student receives Title IV aid and has unpaid charges owed to the college, the university may automatically credit the refund to the student’s account up to the amount owed by the student.

Refund Policy

Course Drops and Withdrawals

Course drop or withdrawal is initiated when a student either drops/withdraws from a course using Web4 Self Service, or does so by contacting the Registrar’s Office. The date of the drop/withdrawal determines the amount of refund due to the student.

Refunds

Refunds are determined by the number of hours classes have met, or by time elapsed in online courses, not by the number of hours the student has actually attended or participated. All refunds are issued by check, regardless of payment method. In the event that a class is cancelled by the university, a full refund of tuition and fees is granted. Class meeting is defined as 2.5 hours. The late fee is not refundable.

Note: Independent and directed studies, internship, fieldwork, and practica are also considered to be special scheduling courses.

Winter (3-week session):

DROP/WITHDRAWAL DATE REFUND
(Class Meeting defined as 2.5 hours.)  
Course drop prior to first class meeting; or, prior to semester start date for online courses 100%
Course drop prior to second class meeting; or, prior to 2nd day of semester for online courses 90%
Withdrawal prior to third class meeting; or, on or before the 3rd day of semester for online courses 50%
No refunds issued after third class meeting; or, no refunds issued after 3rd day of semester for online courses 0%

Summer (5-week session):

DROP/WITHDRAWAL DATE REFUND
(Class Meeting defined as 2.5 hours.)  
Course drop prior to first class meeting; or, prior to semester start date for online courses 100%
Course drop prior to second class meeting; or, prior to 3rd day of semester for online courses 90%
Withdrawal prior to fourth class meeting; or, prior to 7th day of semester for online courses 50%
No refunds issued after fourth class meeting; or, no refunds issued after 7th day of semester for online courses 0%

 Fall/Spring (15-week sessions):

DROP/WITHDRAWAL DATE REFUND
(Class Meeting defined as 2.5 hours.)  
Course drop prior to first class meeting; or, prior to semester start date for online courses 100%
Course withdrawal prior to second class meeting; or, prior to 7th day of semester for online courses 90%
Prior to fourth class meeting; or, on or before the 14th day of semester for online courses 50%
No refunds issued after fourth class meeting; or, no refunds issued after 14th day of semester for online courses 0%

Special-Scheduled or Institute-Scheduled Courses

(Class Meeting defined as 2.5 hours.)  
WITHDRAWAL DATE REFUND
One week prior to the first class meeting 100%
Less than one week prior to the first class meeting 50%
After the start of class 0%

If a course is canceled by the university, a student receives a full refund of tuition and fees.

Refunds for Federal Financial Aid

Please refer to the Federal Title IV Policy section which appears in this catalog.

Students Over 60 Years of Age

Students over the age of 60 may enroll in classes tuition-free, but are responsible for all fees, provided seating is available after the registration of tuition paying students. Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Massachusetts resident for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year and maintain such residency throughout the entire period of eligibility
  • U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
  • Enrolled in a undergraduate degree or certificate program
  • Not in default of any federal or state loan for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous student financial aid received

Health Insurance

All matriculated graduate students registering for 6.75 credits or more must be enrolled in a student health insurance plan offered by the university or in a private health insurance program with comparable coverage. Students must:

A. Complete a waiver online each fall semester if they are covered by insurance other than that offered by the university, OR

B. Enroll online for the student health insurance plan (if no waiver is submitted). To obtain a brochure about the university sponsored insurance, please call (978) 665-3130.
Please note: students who do not waive the coverage will be charged for the university insurance plan, but will not be automatically enrolled in the plan. Enrollment is the student’s responsibility.

Public Disclosure

Fitchburg State University has copies of its most recent audited financial statement available in the Finance Office.

The schedule of fees, tuition, methods of payment and refund policies are those in effect at the time of publication. They are subject to change without notice.