Please note: The information displayed here is current as of Thursday, March 22, 2018, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.
This catalog was created on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance
Effective for new admits and transfers admitted for Fall 2012 or any term thereafter.
Students who are degree-seeking and are registered for more than 22 units (excluding music ensembles) in an academic term will be charged additional tuition. $1,273 per unit is the fee charged for academic year 2017–18. The per-unit fee is waived for 23-24 units for the first overload only (the fee is still charged for 25 units or more) so that every eligible student may overload once up to 24 units at no additional cost.
Students who are non-degree seeking and are registered for more than 22 units in an academic term will be charged additional tuition. $1,273 per unit is the fee charged for academic year 2017–18. Music ensembles will not be excluded from the unit calculation as they are for degree-seeking students. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for a fee waiver for any overload.
Tuition is charged for courses in which the student is officially registered, regardless of attendance or final grade. Overload fees will be charged based on a student’s official registration for the term (attempted units). Failure to successfully complete and earn credit for all registered courses will not cancel or modify any overload fees that have been assessed.
For information on eligibility to overload, see "overloads/underloads" under Academic Procedures and Regulations.
Continuing students are required to pay a non-refundable $200 housing deposit to secure their housing contract for any/all term(s) in the next academic year. The housing deposit is due at the start of the third week of Spring Term of each year and will be applied to the student’s account for the first term they are on campus in the next academic year. The deposit must be made in order for students to participate in housing selection for the upcoming year.
The deposit is refundable only under the following circumstances:
- A student is not progressing academically and is required to withdraw by the university
- A student is required to withdraw by the action of the Dean of Students or designee, Judicial Board or Honor Council
Other fees and costs
- 13th-term student teaching fee: $1,204 for Lawrence undergraduates who have met all other graduation requirements (see Education)
- Music lesson fee for non-music majors: $300 per term for a half-hour of instruction per week
- Textbook cost: Approximately $300 per term
A 12% annual-percentage-rate late charge will be assessed on all accounts 30 days past due. A $20 non-refundable charge will be incurred if charges billed directly to students by a department are not paid to that department by their deadline; such charges are then added to a student’s account along with the non-refundable fee (this includes overdue library items and computer mini-hubs).
Note: Medical insurance is not provided for students by the university. A student insurance plan offering accident and sickness coverage is available through a local agent. Details may be obtained from the Dean of Students office.
December Term courses have separate tuition and fees for room and board. For December 2017, tuition is $1,525, and room and board for on-campus courses is $560. On-campus courses may charge additional fees for travel or supplies. Travel courses charge a program fee for lodging, meals, museums/tours and insurance, and students are responsible for their own airfare to the course location. Tuition is significantly discounted to make the courses affordable, so no additional financial aid is available.
Room and board
Lawrence University is a residential college, and all students are expected to live on campus throughout their entire enrollment. Exemptions are granted to students who have been Lawrence students for four academic years, students beginning their fifth year or later after high school, married students, students in documented domestic partnerships, or students with dependent children. Students meeting any of these criteria should submit a written request for a housing exemption to the vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Housing charges will be canceled only after reasons are verified. Students must keep the registrar’s office informed of any address or telephone number changes.
Room charges are: double occupancy, $4,989 per three-term year, single occupancy, $5,652 per three-term year. Changes of occupancy will be reflected on the student account as they occur. Residence hall rooms are provided with essential furniture; students must provide their own linens.
All residential students are required to have a board plan. Board plans do not vary in price, only in the balance between meals per term and declining balance monies on the meal card. Students choose the plan that best meets their individual needs and schedules.
Residence halls open for new students on the first day of Welcome Week. Rooms for returning students will be available on the Saturday prior to registration. The first board meal is served on Sunday evening.
The obligations of the university to resident students for room and board cease after breakfast on the day following the last examination at the end of each term or after the last class before each vacation period within a term. In the third term, a 24-hour period after the individual student’s last examination is allowed for packing.
The room and board charge does not include the winter break, or any other period when dining halls or residences are closed. Residence halls will remain available during spring break but the regular board options will not be available. Retail dining options are available in the Warch Campus Center on a reduced operating schedule during breaks.
Bills and payments
Bills are available electronically via CASHNet. Students will be able to access their statements through Voyager. Students are able to grant others access to their student account. These other authorized users will receive login information once they are set up by their student. Monthly statements are generated on or around the 15th of each month. No paper bills will be sent. CASHNet also offers a “dynamic billing” function, which allows students and any authorized user to see live student account balance information and activity. The bill reflects appropriate adjustments for merit awards and financial aid awards based upon receipt of signed Lawrence financial aid awards that have been accepted by a student. Students are responsible for accessing their billing information in CASHNet. Email notifications are sent as a courtesy when billing statements are generated. Not receiving an email notification does not excuse late payments.
At the 7th week of each term, students who have not paid their term fees in full, have no paid term fees as agreed under payment plan, or have not made other payment arrangements will be put on administrative leave for the next term, and all future registration will be removed. They will not be allowed to return until all outstanding fees are paid in full, along with the payment for the upcoming term. Failure to make payment for subsequent terms by the due dates, after being reinstated as a student, will result in an indefinite leave.
Additional charges incurred for course-related items, extracurricular activities, or miscellaneous purchases are due as incurred. Students are expected to pay these obligations when due.
Official transcripts, diplomas, and letters certifying completion of requirements or receipt of a degree will not be released and verbal confirmation of a degree will not be given until all accumulated fees and charges have been paid.
Payment due dates
Fall Term: August 15
Winter Term: December 15
Spring Term: March 15
In 1999 Lawrence adopted a refund policy in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s 1998 Reauthorization of The Higher Education Amendments (Section 668.22).
Leave of absence or withdrawal before the first day of classes
Full room, board, tuition, activity fee and environmental fee will be refunded upon proper notification of withdrawal or leave of absence prior to the first day of classes for any term. Written notification of leave of absence or withdrawal must be directed to the Associate Dean of Faculty for Student Academic Services. A student who remains on campus after the approved leave of absence or withdrawal date will be charged pro rata for room and board through the date on which they depart, as determined by the dean of students.
Students who fail to notify the university of their decision not to enroll for classes by the date fees for the term are due (see Bills and Payments), will forfeit their housing deposit.
Leave of absence or withdrawal on or after the first day of classes
Students who take a leave of absence or withdraw from the university after classes are in session may qualify for a reduction in certain charges that are due to the university.
A student must request a change in status, including a leave of absence or withdrawal from the Associate Dean of Faculty for Student Academic Services. Students who wish to request this change, or discuss such an option, should make an appointment with the Associate Dean of Faculty for Student Academic Services before completing the required form. If granted permission for a change of status, a student may qualify for a reduction in charges that are due the university.
If a student takes a leave of absence or withdraws prior to or at the 60-percent point of the term, the refund for tuition, room, and board charges will be pro-rated based on the number of calendar days the student was in attendance. A student who remains on campus after the approved leave of absence or withdrawal date will be charged pro rata for room and board through the date on which they depart, as determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
If a student takes a leave of absence or withdraws after the 60-percent point of the term, there will be no refund of tuition, room or board.
Computation of the 60-percent point will be based on the total number of calendar days in the term beginning with the first day of classes and ending with the last day of final examinations. For the 2017–18 academic year, the 60-percent dates are on or after:
Term I: October 23, 2017
Term II: February 12, 2018
Term III: May 7, 2018
A non-refundable $200 withdrawal fee will be assessed each time a student withdraws or takes a leave of absence from the university, unless the leave of absence or withdrawal is before the first day of classes of each term.
Federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid funds (except for earned federal work study funds) awarded to the student will be reduced based on the number of calendar days the student was in attendance up to the 60-percent point of the term. After 60 percent of the term has been completed, financial aid awards will not be adjusted. Further details and examples can be obtained at the Financial Aid Office.
Refunds for students who have withdrawn or taken a leave of absence will not be processed until two weeks after either the last date of attendance or the student’s departure date, whichever is later.
A credit balance on your student account is created when you have funds remaining (either financial aid or personal) after all eligible charges to your student account are paid in full. All credit balances remain on a student’s account and will be applied to future terms within the same academic year unless a student specifically requests a refund. Refund requests should be made to Student Accounts. Students who have requested refund of credit balances can expect to receive their refund approximately three weeks after the start of the term.
We encourage students to enroll online in CASHNet for electronic refunds (eRefund). Refunds will be processed and will be automatically deposited into a checking or savings account. If a student does not enroll in eRefund and thereby chooses to receive their refund via check, a $20 processing fee will be charged to the student’s account. This $20 fee does NOT apply to refunds of parent PLUS loans.
Returning students with a credit balance of more than $200 at the end of the academic year may submit a request in writing to Student Accounts to have their credit balance carried forward to the next academic year. For all other returning students, credit balances of more than $200 that exist at the end of the academic year will be refunded approximately three weeks after the last day of final exams. If the student is enrolled in eRefund, the entire credit will be refunded. If a student chooses to receive their refund via check, only credits greater than $200 will be refunded, minus a $20 check processing fee. Credit balances of less than $200 will be carried forward and applied to the next academic year.
Refunds of credit balances to graduating students will be processed approximately three weeks after graduation.