Apr 19, 2024  
2016-2017 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fees

This document contains information about the following topics:

Undergraduate Student Expenses

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The cost of attendance at Springfield College varies with the individual’s program and personal expenditures (e.g., entertainment, travel, and personal goods). However, each student can compute basic costs from the information supplied within this section. The schedule of fees and charges described herein is neither intended to indicate that charges have been finally determined for the current academic year nor that charges and fees will not increase during the student’s years at Springfield College. The following tables give the probable cost to a student who lives in the College residence hall and eats meals in the College dining facility for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Undergraduate Student Fees
Residence hall double occupancy
Board (14 meal plan*)
Estimated annual cost


$ 34,980
$      495
$   6,470
$   5,420
$ 47,365

Undergraduate student fees include class dues, recreation and student government fees.

* This figure is the minimum for resident students. See further details below under “Board.”

Additionally, first-year and transfer students are billed for the following applicable nonrecurring items:


New Student Orientation
Outdoor pursuits
PE uniform


$ 125
$ 365
$ 110

Basic Charges

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Tuition and Fees - The flat rate tuition charge for full-time, undergraduate students covers twelve to eighteen credits per semester and undergradutae student fees. The 2016-2017 flat tuition charge is $34,980.

Part-time, undergraduate students (those taking fewer than twelve credits per semester) and full-time, undergraduate students taking more than eighteen credits per semester are charged $1,050 per credit plus undergraduate student fees. Graduate students (both full- and part-time) are charged $988 per credit plus graduate student fees.

Application Fee - A nonrefundable fee of $50 must accompany each application for admission to the College.

Enrollment Deposit - A nonrefundable deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance for admission. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges for the first semester.

Course Fee Schedule

View the latest course fee schedule for a specific list of individual fees.

Housing Fee Schedule

View the latest housing fee schedule.

Meal Plans

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Weekly Meals

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The weekly meal option will provide students the opportunity to enjoy “all you care to eat” meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Fresh Food Company in Cheney Hall. You receive a specified number of guaranteed meals per week each semester, based on the meal plan you select. Each time you eat at the Fresh Food Company in Cheney Hall, one meal is reduced from your weekly meal plan allotment.

Dining Dollars

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All of the dining plans offer Dining Dollars which are accepted like cash in all of our dining locations. Dining Dollars function using the same concept as an ATM or debit card. Whenever you buy food items on campus using this option, the total amount of your purchase will be subtracted from your Dining Dollars and you can add additional Dining Dollars to your card at any time.

The minimum meal plan required for resident students is the 14-meal plan.

Note: The minimum meal plan requirement is not applicable to the students residing in the Townhouses, the Living Center, Senior Suites or off-campus housing.

Meal Plan Fee Schedule

View the latest meal plan fee schedule.

Tuition, Housing and Meal Plan Refund Policy

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The Business Office, or a designated representative, shall be responsible for refund calculations for tuition, room, and board charges for all students withdrawing from Springfield College. No refunds will be processed until all necessary withdrawal information has been completed and submitted for processing to the Academic Advising Office. Please refer to the “Withdrawal Policy” section of this catalog for additional information.

NOTE: The first day of classes referred to is defined as the date on which classes officially begin for the course period, which is not necessarily the student’s first class day.

View the Tuition, Housing and Meal Plan Refund Policy

Residence Life

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The mission of the Office of Residence Life is to create a living environment that promotes academic achievement and personal growth. Because of the belief in the value gained from the residential experience, all students are required to live on campus through their junior year and many choose to live on campus through their senior year. Students whose families reside locally, who are married, or who are of non-traditional age are exceptions to this rule.

Room Rental

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Residence life is considered an integral portion of the student’s educational experience at Springfield College. Residence in the College facilities is required of all students in the first-year, sophomore, and junior classes, except those students enrolled as commuters. Students desiring to live at home with their families and commute to the College should request a housing waiver form when applying for admission. Seniors, commuters, and married students may take the option of living in College facilities or in off-campus housing. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the cost of living accommodations ranges from $6,470 for most rooms to $11,950 for some accommodations in the Living Center and $17,620 for accomodations in off-campus housing for married students for the entire year. Depending on a student’s individual choice for room furnishings, a fee may be required.

Health Insurance


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that health insurance coverage be provided to all students attending Massachusetts colleges and universities who are registered for 75% of full-time curriculum. If a student is registered for 75% of full-time curriculum, they will be automatically enrolled in the Springfield College Health Insurance Plan for $2,100 (est.) per year.

If a student already has health insurance coverage, issued by a US-based insurance carrier that meets coverage limits mandated by the Commonwealth, they will be required to complete a Springfield College Health Insurance waiver form online. Go to springfield.edu, search for “Business Office” and click the first link, select “Health Insurance”, and then scroll down and select “Click Here” to accept or decline enrollment. The online waiver must be completed and received bySeptember 15th for the $2,100 (est.) charge to be credited.

Payment Plan Options

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The College offers several payment plan options. One option is to pay the balance, net of estimated financial aid, at the beginning of each semester


Credit Balance Refund Policy

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Students are encouraged to sign up for electronic refunds (eRefunds) to have their money automatically deposited into their bank account. To enroll, students can log into their PrideNet account, click the ‘My Profile’ tab, click ‘My Student Account’, then click the ‘Go to CashNet’ link. Go to the eRefund section (located below the recent payments section) and follow the steps. This is the most secure and quickest method for receiving a refund.

Students not enrolled in direct deposit will be issued a check within 14 days, unless the student authorizes the College in writing to hold the credit balance for future semester. Click here for the Credit Balance Form (PDF). Refund checks will be made payable to the student, unless the student requests in writing that the refund check be made payable to another party. Plus loan refunds will be made payable to the parent borrower


Tuition Payment Policy

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eBlls for tuition, housing, and fees will be generated on July 15 for the fall term, December 15 for the spring and intersession and April 15 for the summer term. Payments not received by the due date for the perspective term will be subject to a late fee of $75 for each month a balance is past due.

Term Due Dates:

  • Fall Term August 1
  • Intersession Term January 1
  • Spring Term January 1
  • Summer Term May 1

Registered students are considered enrolled at the College unless they complete a withdrawal request form at the registrar’s office. Not attending classes does not constitute withdrawing or dropping a class. Students will be held responsible for all charges on their account. Please refer to the college’s withdrawal refund policy at www.springfieldcollege.edu/business-office/refund-policy.

Past-due Account Policy

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Students whose accounts are not paid in full by the tuition due date are not able to participate in residence hall room selection, receive transcripts, or a diploma and are not permitted to register for a new semester until the balance is paid in full. Payments not received by the due date will be subject to a late fee of $75 for each month a balance is past due.

Accounts with a past due balance of 30 days or more may be placed in collections. If an account is referred to an outside collection agency, the student is responsible for all collection costs, including agency fees, attorney fees and court costs, in addition to the amounts owed to the college. Additional action, including credit bureau reporting and a requirement of upfront payment for any future registration may also apply.

For additional information, you may also click here to go to the Business Office home page.