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Parent Handbook

Fees

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202 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: (610) 436-3305
Email: orientation@wcupa.edu

Fees

All fees and expenses are subject to change without notice.

Tuition and fees can be paid by check, electronic check (e-check), money order, or cash. The University does not accept credit cards for tuition and fee payment. However, the University recognizes the convenience of credit card use and has partnered with a third party vendor to allow secure credit card payments through our web-based QuikPAY system. If the student chooses to pay via credit card, a fee will be assessed for this service. Refer to the Office of the Bursar's web page for payment instructions.

Bill Payment

All students are expected to pay their tuition bills by their due date or their schedule will be canceled. Fall semester bills are due in early/mid-August, and spring semester bills are due in mid-December. Students will receive one tuition bill mailed to their home address at the beginning of each semester. However, all mid-semester statements, including those for the partial payment plan, will only be sent electronically to the student's WCU e-mail address. Students will be required to check their WCU e-mail often for important dates and deadlines. For students who rely on parents/guardians to pay their bills, it is highly recommended that students select parents/guardians as authorized payers through the Web-based QuikPAY system. Doing so will ensure that both students and parents/guardians will receive notification e-mails when new bills/statements are available. For those experiencing financial difficulty, the partial payment plan (see below) is a viable option. Any concerns or questions regarding bill payment can be addressed to your personal counselor in the Office of the Bursar. For last names beginning:

  • A to G: call 610-436-3078
  • H to O: call 610-436-3079
  • P to Z: call 610-436-3080

Partial Payment Plan

All students are eligible for the partial payment plan. If the anticipated financial aid (including bank loans) will not be available by the bill's due date, we urge students to use the payment plan to avoid cancellation of their schedule. The plan allows students to make four payments on their semester bill. There is a nonrefundable fee of $35 per semester for this service, and students can sign up via a check-off box on their semester bill. An initial payment should be 25 percent of the balance due plus the $35 fee. Subsequent partial payment statements will only be sent electronically to the student's WCU e-mail address and authorized user's e-mail address.

Basic Undergraduate (as published in the 2015/2016 undergraduate student catalog)

  • For Legal Residents of Pennsylvania
    • Full-time students (between 12-18 semester hours): $3,410.00 per semester
    • Part-time students (11 credits or less), or per credit for each credit over 18: $284.00 per credit
  • For Out-of-State Students
    • Full-time students (between 12-18 semester hours): $8,525.00 per semester
    • Full-time students (11 credits or less), or per credit for each credit over 18: $710.00 per credit

Housing Fee (as published in the 2015/2016 undergraduate student catalog)

North Campus Residence Halls: Goshen, Killinger, Schmidt, and Tyson Halls are $2,574.00 per semester, double occupancy, air-conditioned.

South Campus Apartment Complex: For students residing in a four- or five-person apartment with bedroom occupancy, the following rates apply per semester:

  • Single Occupancy Bedroom: $3,064.00
  • Double Occupancy Bedroom (per person): $2,816.00

North Campus Affiliated Suite-Style Housing: For students living in any of the University Student Housing properties (affiliated housing) the costs are as follows:

  • Allegheny, Brandywine and Commonwealth Hall rates range from $4,320.00 to $4,940.00 per semester
  • University Hall rates range from $4,320.00 to $4,525.00 per semester
  • The Village and East Village on South Campus (apartment-style affiliated housing) have rates of $4,745.00 to $4,810.00 per semester

Meal Plan Fees (as published in the 2015/2016 undergraduate student catalog)

 

All North Campus residents are required to select one of the following four meal plan options:

  • The Ram Ultimate Plan (unlimited daily access to Lawrence Dining Hall): Up to three Meal Cash Credit (MCC) swipes daily with $250 flex dollars - $1,597.00
  • Ram Gold Plan: Any 14 meals per week with $250 flex dollars - $1,293.00
  • Ram Purple Plan: Any 12 meals per week with $250 flex dollars - $1,264.00
  • The WCU Plan: Any nine meals per week with $250 flex dollars - $1,188.00

Commuter and Off-Campus Students

 Students may select from any of the plans listed above, or College Arms and South Campus residents as well as commuters may choose the Off-Campus Plan which is any seven meals per week with $250 flex dollars - $1,122.00.

Instructional Technology Fee (as published in the 2015/2016 undergraduate student catalog)

 
  • Full-time in-state: $211.00 per semester
  • Full-time out-of-state: $321.00 per semester
  • Part-time in-state (1-11 credits): $18.00 per credit hour
  • Part-time out-of-state undergraduate (1-11 credits): $27.00 per credit hour

General Fee (as published in the 2015/2016 undergraduate student catalog)

 

The following fees are incorporated into the general fee:

  • Community Center
  • Health Center
  • Student Services, Inc.
  • Educational Services
  • Student Union Expansion
  • Parking Improvement
  • Student Recreation Center

The fee implementation schedule is as follows:

  • Full-time students: $ 950.90 per semester
  • Part-time students: $79.24 per credit hour

Privacy of Information in University Records

 The confidentiality of a student's record is guaranteed by both state and federal laws and regulations. Basically, access to confidential information may be granted only to the student. Mailings are addressed locally or at home, depending on where the student is expected to be when the mailing occurs.