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Tuition and Costs for On-Campus Programs

The value of a Christian education is one of the few really important investments in life. Southern Wesleyan University provides an outstanding educational experience at a reasonable cost. We offer many resources and are committed to assisting you. We can help in obtaining institutional scholarships and grants, federal and state aid, campus employment and/or loans to help you finance your education at Southern Wesleyan.

Basic Full-Time Expenses (per year)

Tuition for the year (2019 - 2020) $24,926
Combined fees for the year $590
Room for the year (double) $4,110 (minimum)
Board for the year $4,920
Total Basic Costs $34,546

This amount is prior to any financial aid being awarded. Campus Apartments have a different room & board structure. Other fees may apply for those students taking labs, private music lessons, or other course fees.

Full list of costs and fees below

2019-20 Tuition and Fees

SWU Scholarships & Grants

Federal & State Aid Options


Further Reading

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
(Pew Research Center)

Student Debt: Myths and Facts PDF
(The Council of Independent Colleges, 2018)


Bachelor's Degree in Three Years

Another way to cut down on tuition and room and board costs is by earning your bachelor's degree in three years. With the right work ethic and planning, it can be done. Here are four ways to earn your bachelor's degree in three years.


Value Added Services

The following services are offered to every student without any additional costs or fees:

 

Complete Tuition and Fee Schedule
2019-2020 On-Campus Program

(All prices are in US dollars and per semester unless otherwise indicated.)

Tuition

Tuition - block of 12-18 credit hours
$12,463
Part-time Tuition - fewer than 12 hours (per credit hour under block)
997
Overload Tuition - more than 18 hours (per credit hour over block)
374
Summer School Tuition - On campus (per credit hour)
350
Summer School Tuition - Online (per credit hour)
350
Senior Citizen Tuition - 65 and older (per credit hour) (10% part-time tuition)
100
High School Student Tuition (per credit hour) (10% part-time tuition)
100

 

Room and Board

Joiner Hilson Complex — Double
$2,055
Joiner Hilson Complex — Single in designed single room
2,466
Joiner Hilson Complex – Single in designed double room
2,672
Joiner Hilson Complex – Triple in designed triple room
2,055
Joiner Hilson Complex – Quad in designed quad room
2,055
Jericho House - Double
1,000
Mullinax Hall - Double
2,055
Mullinax Hall – Single in designed double room
2,672
Campus Apartments — Occupancy of 4
2,466
Evatt Residence Hall
2,055
14 Meal Plan*
2,160
21 Meal Plan**
2,460
Housing security deposit (all housing)***
225
Key Replacement (per key) Residence Hall
35
Key Replacement (per key) Apartments
85
Key Replacement (per key) Unreported****
100

* The 14 meal plan is a minimum requirement for apartment residents.

** The 21 meal plan is required of all students who reside in Mullinax Hall and Joiner Hilson Complex.

*** Rooms are reserved upon receipt of the housing security deposit and tuition deposit (incoming students). The room security deposit is refundable upon graduation or transfer, provided that rooms occupied have been returned to the school in the condition in which they were rented and the accounts have been cleared.

****Lost keys must be reported and replaced immediately by students for the safety of the entire living community. This charge is representative of the respective student not initiating replacement of a lost key.

Fees

Activity Fee (full-time) (per semester)
$ 125
Activity Fee (6-11 credit hours) (per semester)
63
Application Fee (non-refundable)
25
Auditing Fee (per credit hour)(10% part-time tuition)
100
Basic Painting Fee 100
Student Events & Leadership Fee 50
Challenge Exam Fee - CPSC 1103 80
Clemson Co-op Fee (per credit hour)
110
CLEP/DSST (Dantes) Posting Fee
25
Clinical for Student Teaching
250
Criminal Justice Course Fee
40
Departmental Exam Fee (10% part-time tuition) (per credit hour)
100
Directed Study Fee (per credit hour)
300
Education Practica Fee
100
Education Practica Fee  (100+ hrs.)
200
English 1003 Chalk and Wire Fee
50
Exercise Science Fee
50
Finance Charge — 2-pay, 3-pay, 4-pay
$20, $40, $60
Gymnastics Fee
250
Housing Security Deposit
225
Kayaking Fee 40
Late Fee
25
Nursing Resource Fee
100
Pre-clinical Fee
200
Private Music Lesson Fee (per credit hour)
325
Returned Check Fee
32
School of Business Resource Fee
100
Science Course Travel Fee
25
Science Lab Fee 75
Scuba Fee 300
SWOOP/Outdoor Orientation Fee
300
Technology Fee (per semester)
170
Technology Fee for High School Student (per credit hour)
15
Transcript Fee
8
Tuition Deposit (non-refundable after May 1 for Fall and Dec 1 for Spring)
200
Urban Ministry Plunge Fee 500
Vehicle Registration Fee 25

 

OneLife Students

Tuition - 12 credit hours
$9,560
Stuart-Bennett Housing
650
Meal Plan
740
Application Fee
25
Late Fee
25
Returned Check Fee
32
Housing Security Deposit
225
Transcript Fee
8
Tuition Deposit
200
Summer Courses (per credit hour)
175

 

Microsoft Office 365

Southern Wesleyan University is excited to offer Microsoft Office365 Pro Plus to all SWU students. Office365 Pro Plus allows students to download Microsoft Office Professional 2013 onto a maximum for 5 computers for free. This offering of Office 2013 is available once a student is in class and has received their SWU email account.

 

Refund Policies

On-Campus Undergraduate Program

Southern Wesleyan University considers the enrollment in at least one course as a contract binding the student for charges the entire semester.  However, when withdrawal from school or a class becomes necessary, reduction in charges (tuition-only) will be made according to the following scale:

  • During the 1st week of the semester: 100%
  • 2nd week of the semester: 67%
  • 3rd week of the semester: 33%

After the third week, there will be no reduction in tuition charges. 

There will be no refund of fees after the first week.

Meal plans will be adjusted on a weekly basis, any part of a week counting as a whole week.

Room will be adjusted by the month, any part of a month counting as a whole month (4 weeks equal 1 month). No refunds will be made on rooms after 8 weeks (2 months).

No refund will be issued to students compelled to leave school for disciplinary reasons.

No refund will be made for private music lessons missed unless the student has made proper arrangements ahead of time.

 

On-campus students must contact the Director of Retention prior to initiating a withdrawal from the university. No financial adjustments will be made if the student fails to withdraw properly, and a grade of F will be assigned for each course not successfully completed.

A permanent withdrawal during an academic award period may reduce or eliminate financial aid or VA assistance and/or eligibility and require that all or part of the assistance received be refunded to the lender.  Students who receive Title IV financial assistance are subject to refund policies for their financial aid that are different from the one described above. When a student withdraws, a refund calculation which determines the amount of Title IV aid earned will be used to determine the amount of funds that must be returned to the sources.

Refunds calculated are returned to sources in the following order:

  1. Loan proceeds
  2. Grant proceeds
  3. Other federal, state, private, or institutional sources of aid.

Students receiving financial assistance may be required to repay an appropriate amount of the assistance advanced for the semester of withdrawal.

Refund schedules and examples for all Title IV programs are available from the Office of Financial Aid.

A student who wishes to withdraw should contact his or her faculty advisor, the Director of Retention, and the Office of Financial Aid before initiating a withdrawal. 

SUMMER REFUND POLICY

If withdrawal is requested prior to the course start date, the student is eligible for a full tuition credit for that course.  If withdrawal is requested after the course start date but before the start of the second week, 90% of tuition (whether or not the student ever attended) will be credited.  If withdrawal is requested after the second week of the course, no tuition adjustment will be made.  There will be no refund of fees after the start of the course.