Tuition & Fees
Undergraduate programs are charged on a full-time or part-time basis. To be considered a full-time student for purposes of determining charges and full-time eligibility for financial aid, a student must be enrolled for 12 credits in the fall term, at least 12 credits for the combined Maymester-Spring terms and 12 credits in summer terms.
Graduate programs, with the exception of the Health Sciences programs (DPT and PA), are charged on a per-credit basis. To be considered a full-time graduate student, a student must be enrolled for 9 credits in the fall term, at least 9 credits for the combined Maymester-Spring terms and 9 credits in summer terms.
Late Registration Policy
Effective with the Fall 2006 registration cycle, Chatham University implemented a late registration policy. Any current student who registers after the designated open registration period each semester will be assessed a $150 Late Registration Fee. This is a non-refundable fee added to the student’s term invoice.
Financial Clearance Policy
Effective with the Fall 2006 registration cycle, Chatham University implemented a new financial clearance policy. Any pre-registered student will be responsible to make payment arrangements and financially clear by the published tuition due date each semester. Students who do not financially clear by the published tuition due date will be assessed a $150 Late Financial Clearance Fee. This is a non-refundable fee added to the student’s balance.
Withdrawal and Leave of Absence Policy
To remain eligible for Federal student aid during the semester, the student must be attending classes, taking exams and completing required course work.
The 1998 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act requires the University to calculate a Return of Federal Student Aid Funds for students who withdraw (officially or unofficially) from all classes on or before the 60 percent attendance point in the semester.
The calculation required determines a student's earned and unearned Title IV aid based on the percentage of the enrollment period completed by the student. The percentage of the period that the student remained enrolled is derived by dividing the number of days the student attended by the number of days in the period. Calendar days (including weekends) are used, but breaks of at least 5 days are excluded from both the numerator and denominator.
Until a student has passed the 60% point of an enrollment period, only a portion of the student's aid has been earned. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60% point is considered to have earned all awarded aid for the enrollment period.
The unearned portion of Federal student aid funds will be returned to the appropriate aid program(s). The funds are returned in the following order:
- Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Graduate PLUS Loan
- Federal PLUS Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal ACG Grant
- National SMART Grant
- Federal SEOG Grant
Students withdrawing from classes are responsible for payment of any balance due after the required return of Federal student aid funds.
Earned aid is not related in any way to institutional charges. In addition, the University's refund policy and Return of Title IV Funds procedures are independent of one another. A student who withdraws from a course may be required to return unearned aid and still owe the university for the course. For more information on Chatham University's withdrawal and institutional charges' policies, please consult the catalog.
Students who stop attending all classes without officially withdrawing will be subject to return Federal student aid funds at the end of the semester based on withdrawal date/last documented date of attendance as determined by Chatham University.