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Undergraduate study

Tuition and fees charges

University fee
Student activity fee
Student Government Association fee
Student health fee
Technology fee
Capital outlay fee
Online course fee
Off-campus fees

Students accepted into an undergraduate degree program who accept the offer of admission must pay a nonrefundable tuition deposit (amount of deposit may vary according to program). This deposit is credited toward the tuition charge for the first semester. If the student accepts the offer, pays the fee, then decides not to enroll for the intended semester, the deposit is forfeited.

Undergraduate students who are newly admitted to an undergraduate degree or certificate program beginning in or after the fall 2013 semester are classified as “new” for tuition-assessment purposes. New students registered for less than 15 credit hours are charged tuition at a per-credit-hour rate. If registered for 15 or more credit hours, tuition for the additional credits (15 and more) will be assessed at a reduced per-credit-hour rate.

Undergraduate students who were initially enrolled in a degree or certificate program prior to the fall 2013 semester and are not required to reapply for admission to the university are classified as “continuing” for tuition-assessment purposes. Part-time undergraduate students, those enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours, are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour rate based on their program. Tuition is charged at a flat rate from 12 to 18 credit hours and at a per-credit-hour rate (overload fee) for more than 18 credit hours during any semester. The overload fee will not apply to students in first-professional programs. Students classified as Virginia residents pay lower tuition than out-of-state students. See additional information on an academic overload in the “Registration policies” section of this chapter.

In addition to tuition, students must pay the mandatory fees described in this section.

Holiday Intersession courses are billed on the spring semester’s invoice, but are computed separately from the spring semester’s charges. The cost of a Holiday Intersession course is the standard per-credit-hour tuition with no fees based on the student’s classification and program.

Nondegree-seeking students who hold bachelor’s degrees are classified as DHG (degree-holder graduate) if they enroll in one or more graduate courses. DHG students registered for fewer than nine credit hours are charged a graduate per-credit-hour rate. If they enroll in nine or more credits, they are charged at the full-time graduate rate. Nondegree-seeking students who hold undergraduate degrees are classified as DHU (degree-holder undergraduate) if they enroll in all undergraduate courses. DHU students registered for less than 15 credit hours are charged tuition at a per-credit-hour rate. If registered for 15 or more credit hours, tuition for the additional credits (15 and more) will be assessed at a reduced per-credit-hour rate.

If students make changes to their course enrollment by the end of the add/drop week, their classification and charges change in accordance with these guidelines.

University fee

This fee is used by the university to support student facilities, campus development, intercollegiate athletics and other programs. Full-time students pay a flat-rate university fee each semester. Part-time students pay this fee on a per-credit basis.

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Student activity fee

This fee is used to support social, cultural and other student activities on the Monroe Park Campus. These activities include concerts, plays, student organizations and publications.

Full-time students on the Monroe Park Campus pay a flat-rate student activity fee, while part-time students on this campus pay this fee on a per-credit basis. Students on the MCV Campus are not charged this fee.

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Student Government Association fee

This fee is used to support social, cultural and other student activities on the MCV Campus. Monroe Park Campus students are not charged this fee.

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Student health fee

All full-time students on both campuses must pay the student health fee. Part-time students may participate in the University Student Health Services on an elective basis by paying the student health fee. The USHS offers unlimited office visits for acute and chronic ailments, after-hours phone advice for an urgent medical problem and most laboratory tests associated with acute illnesses ordered by the USHS staff, among other services. The fee does not cover accidental injury, emergency room visits or hospitalization. More specific information as to what is covered and not covered by the fee is available on the USHS website.

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Technology fee

The technology fee is charged to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students in all programs. Full-time students pay a flat rate. Part-time students pay a per-credit-hour rate. The fee is used to fund improved access and assistance with information technology.

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Capital outlay fee

The capital outlay fee is charged to all full-time and part-time non-Virginia resident, on-campus students. Full-time students pay a flat rate. Part-time students pay a per-credit-hour rate. The fee is mandated by the General Assembly with revenues used to reimburse the state for debt service costs attributable to nonresident students related to financing of buildings and equipment.

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Online course fee

The online course fee is charged for undergraduate and graduate online courses. The fee covers operational and personnel support to develop and maintain online courses.

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Off-campus fees

The university fee, the student activity fee, the Student Government Association fee and the student health fee are not charged to students taking off-campus classes (except School of Social Work).

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Last update: 6/3/2013

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