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Mark Coen, Associate Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Williston Hall 103
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115
Wen-Hsin Chen, Director, Student Financial Services
Student Service Center, Williston Hall, 2-101
Wentworth is a non-profit educational institution; the tuition charge does not cover the full cost of a student’s education. Over one-fourth of the funds required for current expenses is obtained from sources other than tuition and fees. These include income from the endowment, contributions from corporations, foundations, alumni, friends, and auxiliary operations. All money received by the Institute is used exclusively for its educational programs. Wentworth reserves the right to change the charges for tuition and fees at the discretion of its Board of Trustees. Such changes shall apply to all students at Wentworth, including former students who may re-enroll.
TUITION AND HOUSING DEPOSIT - NEW APPLICANTS
Each entering day student must pay an advance tuition deposit of $150 following notification of acceptance. If the admitted student plans to live in on-campus housing, an additional $500 advance housing deposit must be submitted. For fall semester admission, the tuition deposit and the housing deposit are nonrefundable after May 1. For spring semester admission, the tuition and housing deposits are non-refundable.
DAY TUITION FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED BEFORE FALL 2005
The annual charge for students admitted before Fall 2005 term and enrolled in a full-time program is $19,800 per year - this is based on enrollment of two semesters; $9,900 is due approximately a month prior to the beginning of each semester. Those students registered for less than 12 credit hours per semester are charged tuition at the rate of $620 per credit hour. Students taking more than 20 credit hours in any one semester will be charged an excess credit charge of $620 per credit hour over 20 in addition to the full-time tuition charge.
DAY TUITION FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED DURING OR AFTER FALL 2005
The annual charge for students admitted or readmitted for, or after, Fall 2005 term and enrolled in a full-time program is $21,800 per year - this is based on enrollment of two semesters; $10,900 is due approximately a month prior to the beginning of each semester. Those students registered for less than 12 credit hours per semester are charged tuition at the rate of $680 per credit hour. Students taking more than 20 credit hours in any one semester will be charged an excess credit charge of $680 per credit hour over 20 in addition to the full-time tuition charge.
TUITION FOR PART-TIME EVENING & WEEKEND CREDIT COURSES
Evening and weekend Arioch Center students are charged $420 per credit hour. The tuition fee is due and payable on or before the day of registration in any given semester. Students who choose (with academic approval) to register for Day courses will be charged the Day tuition rate of $620 per credit. Day students who choose to register part-time for evening and weekend courses will be charged the appropriate Day tuition rate according to their term of admittance - ($680.00 or $620.00 per credit).
A technology fee of $1,000 per semester ($2,000 per academic year) will be included on the statement of account for students enrolled in the Architecture or Design and Facilities programs (BAET, BARC, BIND, BINT, and BFPM) who were admitted prior to the Fall 2005 semester. Students in these programs will be billed for this fee each term as long as they remain in the program, but no more than twice during each academic year. The semester technology fee may increase in future years.
HEALTH INSURANCE FEE
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that all students, registered for 9 or more credits, enroll in a health insurance plan. The following fee is compulsory for all students registered for 9 or more credits, or on co-op work semester, during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. This fee is non-refundable.
- Annual Health Insurance $925
- Spring and Summer Health Insurance $600
- Summer Only Health Insurance $260
For information about waiving the health insurance fee, please refer to Health Insurance on page 293.
Wentworth has a limited amount of student parking spaces which are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis by Public Safety during the registration periods. The following parking fees are applicable to the 2009-2010 academic year:
- Day Student Commuter Parking (per semester) - $175
- Evening/Weekend Student Parking (per semester) - $50
- Overnight (per semester) - $350
- Daily Permits (per day) (Purchase at Public Safety) - $7
(Fees are subject to change)
RETURNED CHECK FEE
A $30 fee will be placed on the student’s account for any check returned to Wentworth by the bank. This fee may not be reversed. In certain circumstances, the Student Service Center will not accept a personal check from a student. (For example, if a student has two (2) returned checks, pays a past-due balance in order to request a transcript, or makes payment within two weeks of graduation).
DUE DATES, LATE PAYMENT FEES, AND ACCOUNT DELINQUENCY
Failure to pay a student’s account balance in full on or before the bill due date (which is approximately 1 month prior to the beginning of each semester) may result in cancellation of a student’s class schedule as well as a student’s housing assignment (if applicable). Wentworth reserves the right to charge a $100 late fee to any past due account balances.
The Arioch Center students who participate in the Deferred Payment Plan, may also be subject to a per payment late fee of $50 or more for each late installment. Students with a delinquent account balance will not be allowed to register or attend classes for future semesters. Wentworth reserves the right to hold diplomas, grades, and transcripts from all students who have not paid all bills due the Institute.
It is a Wentworth policy that only those students who have met all the academic and financial requirements for graduation are to participate in the graduation ceremony. If Wentworth refers a delinquent account balance to a collection agency, a collection fee will be added to the student’s outstanding balance, as well as any legal fees incurred if the account is sent to an attorney.
MONTHLY PAYMENT OPTIONS
To better serve our Day students, Wentworth has contracted an outside payment plan company, Tuition Management Systems, to help students meet their educational expenses. For evening and weekend Arioch Center students, Wentworth offers a Deferred Payment Plan so that students can pay their tuition in three installments. For more information, please contact the Student Service Center at 617-989-4020 or 1-800-222-9368.
VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL FROM WENTWORTH
Before withdrawing, it is suggested that a student seek counseling from his/her faculty advisor or the Counseling Center. Students should also consult with the appropriate Student Financial Services and Financial Aid specialists in the Student Service Center to discuss any financial consequences of voluntary withdrawal.
If it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw from Wentworth during the semester, the student must complete an official Voluntary Withdrawal Petition and follow the Voluntary Withdrawal Procedure in Section D. Laptop computers must be returned to the DTS Helpdesk located in Beatty Hall, Room 320. If the laptop is not returned, students will be billed a recovery fee equal to the cost of the computer system as stipulated in the Laptop Program Student Agreement. All students are liable for tuition, room and board, and laptop fees in accordance with the adjustment policy below.
TUITION ADJUSTMENT POLICY
Students who withdraw before the end of the fourth week of the semester must follow the Voluntary Withdrawal procedure on page 241 of this catalogue. An adjustment of the tuition charge will be initiated according to the following schedule:
Withdrawal Notice filed and approved within:
- 1st full week of classes Reverse 100% of tuition charge less
non-refundable deposit of $150.00
- 2nd full week of classes Reverse 75% of tuition charge
- 3rd full week of classes Reverse 50% of tuition charge
- 4th full week of classes Reverse 25% of tuition charge
- 5th full week of classes No reversal of tuition charges
NON-ATTENDANCE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL.
Students who withdraw from Wentworth and receive Federal Student Financial Aid are subject to a refund policy as prescribed by Federal Regulations. Students should contact the Student Service Center to obtain the appropriate Financial Aid refund schedule as well as to discuss any remaining financial obligations with a Student Financial Services and Financial Aid specialist.
TECHNOLOGY FEE ADJUSTMENT POLICY
Students who withdraw before the end of the fourth week of the semester must follow the Voluntary Withdrawal procedure on page 241 of this catalogue. Students seeking proration of the Technology Fee must return their laptop to the Division of Technology Services and present proof of receipt to the Student Service Center. If return of the laptop is confirmed within the first four weeks of the current term for which the student is enrolled, the Technology Fee will be reversed. No charges will be prorated after this four-week period. Additionally, students who do not return their laptop will be assessed a Laptop Recovery Fee equal to the value of the laptop.
ROOM AND BOARD ADJUSTMENT POLICY
A student’s room and board charges are determined by the date he/she returns his/her room key(s) to his/her Resident Hall Director. If a student withdraws within the first four weeks of the semester, he/she is responsible for board charges based on actual meal points used. From week five through the end of the semester, the student will be responsible for the entirety of the board plan charged.
A student is eligible to receive a pro-rated room charge within the first four weeks of the current semester if they withdraw in writing and check-out with a Resident Hall Director. After the fourth week of classes, no adjustment will be made to a student’s room charge if he/she decides to withdraw from Wentworth or leave the residence halls.
No adjustments to tuition, room or board charges will be made to the account of any student who is withdrawn for discipline sanctions. For more information, please contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at email@example.com or 617-989-4160.
HOUSING AGREEMENT RELEASE
Students living on campus for the fall and spring semesters sign a two-semester Housing Agreement. Students who withdraw from housing without a valid reason will be charged a Housing Agreement Release Fee of $1,000 under the following circumstances:
• Withdrawal from the residence halls after the fourth week of the fall semester
• Withdrawal from the residence halls through the fourth week of the spring semester.
Students who withdraw from the residence halls after this point will be responsible for the full spring room charge
For more information please refer to www.wit.edu/reslife/polproc.html or contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 617-989-4160.
REFUND OF PAYMENTS
After all necessary adjustments have been made to a student’s account, any credits resulting from payments made will be refunded in accordance with the manner in which they were received.
FEDERAL FUNDS REFUND POLICY
If a student withdraws from Wentworth during the semester, the total refunded amount is determined according to federal and institutional refund policy. The refund will be returned to the individual programs in the following order: 1) Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, 2) Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, 3) Federal Perkins Loan, 4) Federal PLUS Loan, 5) Federal Pell Grant, 6) Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, 7) State funded Grants, 8) Private funded programs, and 9) Wentworth Institutional Aid. Specific questions regarding the refund policy can be addressed with the Financial Aid specialist in the Student Service Center.
BOOKS, SUPPLIES, AND EQUIPMENT
Each student provides at his/her own expense the necessary textbooks, equipment and instructional supplies. The cost of books and supplies is estimated at $800-$1200 per year. Costs will vary depending upon the curriculum and whether new or used books are purchased. Payments for books and supplies are made directly to the bookstore which is located in the basement of Beatty Hall and accessible online through the LConnect Campus Services tab.
Wentworth provides all freshmen with a laptop computer outfitted with the software used in their academic programs. Information on Wentworth’s laptop program may be found at www.wit.edu/laptop.
THE FENWAY CARD
Students must carry their Wentworth identification card, also called the Fenway Card, with them at all times. When students purchase a board plan, money is placed onto the Fenway Card for use in the Wentworth cafeteria and convenience store, Massachusetts College of Art cafeteria, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences coffee shop. Students may also open a Fenway Cash account to be used for purchases in the Wentworth bookstore, convenience store, some vending machines, as well as all six of the Colleges of the Fenway cafeterias and at many off-campus businesses. Refer to the Student Handbook for additional information.
DELIVERY OF SERVICES
Wentworth Institute of Technology assumes no liability, and hereby expressly negates the same, for failure to provide or delay in providing educational or related services or facilities or for any other failure or delay in performance arising out of or due to causes beyond the reasonable control of the Institute, which causes include, without limitation, power failure, fire, strike by Institute employees or others, damage by the elements, and acts of public authorities. The Institute will, however, exert reasonable efforts, when in its judgment it is appropriate to do so, to provide comparable or substantially equivalent services, facilities or performance, but its inability or failure to do so shall not subject it to liability.