Tuition and Fees | Course Catalogue

2020-2021 Catalogue

Financial Information - Student Accounts

Student billing and other financial services are managed by the Business Office, located in Tate Hall. Regular office hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday (summer hours may vary). The Business Office can be contacted at 478-757-5120 or at businessoffice@wesleyancollege.edu.

The following information is organized in four sections:

  1. Tuition and Fees
  2. Billing and Payments
  3. Refunds
  4. Other Financial Information

 

TUITION AND FEES

Enrollment Deposit

After admission (or readmission) to the College, day program students must secure their spot with an enrollment deposit of $200 for commuter students or $300 for residential students. Enrollment deposit payments help offset the overall cost of student matriculation and are not applied to individual student accounts. The enrollment deposit is non-refundable after May 1st.

Nursing Program Deposit

Students who have been admitted to the nursing program are required to pay a $200 non-refundable nursing deposit which will be applied as a credit on their bill upon successful matriculation into the program.

Nursing students who wish to live on-campus for the first time must pay a $100 residential fee in addition to the nursing deposit. This fee is non-refundable after the first day of classes.

Tuition and Required Fee Rates

Tuition and institutional fee rates are set by the Wesleyan College Board of Trustees each year. Rates are subject to increase on an annual basis, though every effort is made to keep pricing as low as possible while continuing to employ quality faculty and provide solid student services. Institutional fees are required to help support access to services, technology, and programs available to Wesleyan students. Fee rates are not tailored or adjusted based on service usage.

Some or all instruction for all or part of the academic year 2020-2021 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and institutional fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the academic year.

Full-Time Day (12-18 credit hours):

  • Tuition: $23,990 per academic year
  • Institutional fees: $1,200 per academic year
  • Nursing program fees (in addition to institutional fees): $2,000 per academic year

Part-Time Day (1-11 credit hours):

  • Tuition: $570 per credit hour
  • Institutional Fees: $48 per credit hour
  • Nursing program fees (in addition to institutional fees): As adjusted by Nursing Department

Per Credit Hour Rates:

  • Day Program – Summer: $485
  • Dual Enrollment Program: $250
  • Online Program: $448
  • Online Program (GEICO MOU): $350
  • Online College Consortium: $200*
  • Transient: $200

* Regular Wesleyan tuition rates apply for Wesleyan students taking online College Consortium classes at outside institutions.       

Room and Board

Room and board charges include the cost of campus housing and all meals for residential students during the fall and spring semesters. Rates are all-inclusive and not adjusted based on actual meal consumption.

Residence Hall - Double Occupancy:

  • $10,365 per academic year
  • $5,182.50 per semester (non-refundable after drop/add period)
  • Includes 19 meals per week

Residence Hall - Private Room:

  • $11,415 per academic year
  • $5,707.50 per semester (non-refundable after drop/add period)
  • Includes 19 meals per week

Apartments:

  • $11,465 per academic year
  • $5,732.50 per semester (non-refundable after drop/add period)
  • Includes 10 meals per week

Commuter students may purchase meals on a per-meal basis or in blocks directly from the College’s dining services provider.

Additional charges may apply for housing and/or meals during breaks or summer terms.

Mandatory Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all full-time day students. Enrollment in the College’s student health insurance plan is automatic and the full charge for coverage will show each year on the initial fall semester bill.

Students who already have valid health insurance coverage may submit a waiver for participation in the student health insurance program. The waiver application process is managed by the Office of Student Affairs. Upon approval, the health insurance charge will be reversed from the student’s bill and no payment will be required. Students who do not successfully complete the waiver application process will be required to pay the full insurance cost.

Course Fees

Certain academic departments may charge a fee for courses requiring extra materials or services of instruction. These include program fees, lab fees, testing fees, and/or travel fees as applicable. Fee rates are set by faculty and managed through the Office of Academic Affairs. A list of course fees is available on WesPortal.

Graduation Fee

A one-time $150 graduation fee is assessed to all students in or near their final term. This fee is required whether or not a student elects to participate in graduation activities. The graduation fee does not cover the cost of regalia. Regalia is available for separate purchase through the Campus Store.

All financial obligations to the College must be paid in full in order for a student to be cleared for graduation. No student who owes an outstanding balance of any amount will be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony. No degree will be conferred to any student who owes an outstanding balance of any amount to the College. Degrees held due to financial obligations will be conferred in the next commencement ceremony after all obligations to the College have been met.

Other Student Fees (as applicable)*

1098-T copy: $10

Applied music lessons: $350 - $500

Audit fee: $450

Career/life assessment fee: $125

Course challenge fee: $570

Diploma replacement fee: $75

Equestrian team fee: $600

Late payment fee: $75

Late registration fee: $25

Leave of absence: $570

Overload fee: $570 per credit hour above 18 credits

Student ID replacement: $10

Student ID + key badge replacement: $15

Study abroad (non-direct exchange): $500

Thesis binding: $25

Transcript copy (in house, paper delivery): $12

Transcript copy (online, electronic delivery): $5.50

W-2 copy: $10

* As circumstances arise, Wesleyan College reserves the right to assess additional fees (including fines and penalties) that are not included in the list above.

 

BILLING AND PAYMENTS

Payment Policy

Students are expected to meet all financial obligations when they are due. Wesleyan College reserves the right to withhold transcripts, diplomas, and other educational records, to deny readmission or to cancel the registration of any student who fails to meet financial obligations promptly. It is each student’s responsibility to keep informed of all payment deadlines and financial requirements which are communicated primarily through Wesleyan College email and via WesPortal.

Parent/Guest Access to Student Financial Records

In accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (FERPA), the Business Office is prohibited from discussing a student’s specific financial information with a parent, relative, or other party without the express written consent of the student -- even if the parent, relative, or other party is responsible for paying the student’s account. A student can grant permission for a parent or guest to speak with the Business Office concerning specific account, billing and other financial information by completing a FERPA form (available through the Registrar’s Office). A student may revoke this permission at any time.

Billing Process

Billing typically begins in mid-July for the fall semester, in mid-November for the spring semester, and in early May for the summer terms. No paper bills are mailed except in cases of significant delinquency. In all other cases, billing notifications are sent only to Wesleyan College student email addresses.

After billing, students will have 24-hour access to their account statements on WesPortal. Students are responsible for checking their account balance, monitoring any changes in account activity, and ensuring payment by the due dates.

Charges are billed by semester. Financial aid awards are typically allocated between the two semesters (for example, a student who is awarded a $6,000 scholarship can expect to receive $3,000 in the fall and $3,000 in the spring).

Payment Methods

The Business Office accepts the following methods of payment:

  • Cash, check, or credit card
  • International wire transfer
  • Financial aid awards
  • Installment payments through enrollment in the College’s third-party payment plan service
  • Documented funding authorization by a third-party agency (i.e. employer reimbursement programs, military benefits, education savings plans, outside scholarships, etc.)
  • A combination of any of the above items sufficient to cover all charges

Payments can be made in person by visiting Tate Hall. Payments by mail should be sent to the attention of the Business Office at the College’s address. Online payments can be made via WesPortal.

Payment Deadlines

Payment due dates are August 5th for the following fall semester and January 5th for the following spring semester. For summer terms, payment is due by the first day of classes. If a deadline falls on a weekend, payment is due the following business day. Charges resulting from actions taken after the payment deadline (e.g. registration for additional courses, enrollment in housing, etc.) are due at the time the charge is incurred.

Students who have not paid all outstanding charges in full by the payment deadline may be subject to a late fee of $75. Students who have not paid by the close of business on the first day of classes may incur penalties including, but not limited to, additional late fees, network access suspension, or holds on registration for future terms.

In cases where outstanding balances are deemed unreasonably excessive, as determined by the Office of the Controller, students may be immediately removed from all registered courses.

Payment Plans

Wesleyan contracts with a third party service to offer interest fee monthly payment plans each semester. Payment plans require an initial setup fee and must be paid in full by the end of the semester.

Upon successful setup of a payment plan, the full plan amount will be applied in good faith to the student’s Wesleyan account to reduce an outstanding balance. The account will remain in good standing as long as required payments are made to the plan provider. Delinquent payments may result in late fees or plan termination by the plan provider. A student can also request a voluntary cancellation of a payment plan.

If a plan is canceled or terminated, the full payment plan initially credited to the student’s account will be adjusted to reflect the amount actually paid to the plan provider. Students are responsible for payment of any outstanding balance resulting from payment plan cancellation or termination.

Third Party Payments

It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Business Office each semester of any payments that will be sent by a third party, especially if payment is not expected to be received by the payment deadline. If the Business Office is required to invoice or provide other certifications to the third party in order to obtain payment, such action will only be taken in accordance with the conditions authorized by the third party and up to a student’s cost of attendance.

In cases where a student has receives a Wesleyan scholarship or grant and also qualifies for a third party payment designated solely for tuition, the Business Office will consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine if the Wesleyan scholarship or grant must be adjusted for the term(s) in which the student receives payments.

If the third party ultimately fails to send payment, students remain responsible for any outstanding balance due to the College.

Employer Reimbursement

Students who are eligible for tuition reimbursement by an employer may contact the Business Office for assistance with obtaining any required documentation for participation in employer tuition reimbursement programs. In some cases, Wesleyan may permit students to defer payment for a term or other reasonable period until employer reimbursement funds are received. Should an employer fail to approve reimbursement, students remain responsible for payment of all outstanding charges.

 

REFUNDS

Refunds are monies returned by the College to a student and/or to the financial aid source from which payment originated. The Business Office typically processes refunds once per week (pending no system downtime or conflicts such as holidays).

Credit Balances Guidelines

The term “credit balance” refers to excess money left on a student’s account after all charges have been paid. The Business office will issue refunds within 14 days of the date that a refund-eligible credit balance is generated. A refund-eligible credit balance does NOT include:

  • Financial aid awards in a “pending” status
  • Payment plans that are reflected in full on a student’s account but that have not been actually paid in full to the plan provider

Credit balances are refunded to students via direct deposit. Students can complete a direct deposit form on WesPortal in order to provide required banking information.

Financial Aid Refunds

All financial aid will remain in a “pending” status on a student’s account prior to the end of the drop/add period each term. No financial aid refunds will be processed prior to the end of the drop/add period. After the drop/add period, the Financial Aid Office will begin to disburse all aid for which a student is eligible.

If a student has not completed required documentation for a financial aid award, the award will remain in a “pending” status until the required documentation is submitted to the Financial Aid Office or the award is canceled. Students are responsible for payment of any outstanding balance resulting from a canceled financial aid award.

If a student is subsequently found to be ineligible for one or more financial aid awards after the funds have disbursed, these awards will be reversed from a student’s account and the student will be responsible for payment of any resulting balance.

If a credit balance results from the disbursement of financial aid funds, a refund will be issued to the student in accordance with credit balance guidelines.

Adding/Dropping Courses (During the Drop/Add Period)

The drop/add period is a short period at the beginning of each term when students can make schedule changes by dropping and/or adding courses. Students should exercise caution in making changes to their overall course loads (i.e. part time to full-time, full-time to part-time, overloads, etc.) during the drop/add period. Changes to course loads could affect both tuition charges and eligibility for financial aid.

If new charges result from schedule changes made during the drop/add period, the student will be responsible for payment of any outstanding balance.

If a credit balance results from schedule changes made during the drop/add period, a refund will be issued to the student in accordance with the credit balance guidelines above.

Method of Instruction Changes

Some or all instruction for all or part of the academic year 2020-2021 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the academic year

Room and Board Changes (while still enrolled)

All room and board charges are final after the drop/add period each semester and will not be refunded, in full or in part, in the event a room is unoccupied for a portion of the semester.

Withdrawing from a Course (After the Drop/Add Period)

All course charges on a student’s account are final after the drop/add period. Students who withdraw from one or more courses after the drop/add period – but remain enrolled at Wesleyan – will not receive a refund of tuition for the withdrawn course(s).

Withdrawing from the College

Students who wish to withdraw from the College entirely are strongly encouraged to speak with Business Office and Financial Aid Office staff about the potential financial implications for a full withdrawal. Depending upon the withdrawal date, the College may make the following adjustments to charges and/or financial aid:

Reversal of Charges: In the case of a full withdrawal from the College, no charges will be reversed after the second week of classes. During the first two weeks of classes, the following refund policy applies:

Withdrawal before first day of classes:

  • Tuition refund – 100%
  • Fee refund – 100%
  • Room and board refund 100%

Withdrawal during the first week of classes:

  • Tuition refund – 75%
  • Fee refund – no refund issued
  • Room and board refund – no refund issued

Withdrawal during the second week of classes:

  • Tuition refund – 50%
  • Fee refund – no refund issued
  • Room and board refund – no refund issued

The administration may adjust institutional refund percentages in special circumstances evaluated on a case by case basis.

Return of Unearned Federal Financial Aid Funds: Federal regulations require a return of federal financial aid funds for students who withdraw from the College on or before completing 60% of the term. The portion of federal aid earned is calculated using a statutory pro rata return policy set forth by the United States Department of Education. Unearned federal aid must be removed from a student’s account and returned to the government as prescribed by federal law.

Return of other financial aid funds (if required): Financial assistance received from state, institutional, or outside agencies will be returned to those sources in accordance with each originator’s policy.

Students remain responsible for payment of all outstanding charges that may result from a full withdrawal from the College.

If a credit balance results from account adjustments made as a result of withdrawal from the College, a refund will be issued to the student in accordance with the credit balance guidelines above.

 

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

1098-T Forms

In accordance with IRS guidelines, the Business Office will issue a Form 1098-T for each enrolled student who pays “qualified educational expenses.” Qualified expenses generally include tuition and required fees. 1098-T forms are mailed to the student’s address of record by January 31st of each tax year. Wesleyan College is not required to issue 1098-T statements to students whose qualified tuition and related expenses are entirely waived or paid entirely with scholarships and grants.

The Business Office does not provide tax advice and students are encouraged to consult with their personal tax advisor about use of this form for income tax purposes.

Delinquent Accounts

Wesleyan will submit past-due accounts for former students to an outside collection agency and use the full extent of the law to pursue collection of any delinquent account or defaulted institutional loan. The student will be responsible for all fees associated with the collection of this debt.

In accordance with Wesleyan’s payment policy, students with past-due accounts or defaulted institutional loans are not eligible to receive an official transcript.

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