Graduate Tuition and Fees

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

On-Campus Courses
$965 per credit hour for graduate Education degree programs, certificate in Parenting Education, and course clusters
$990 per credit hour for graduate Child Life, Nonprofit Leadership, and Social Work programs

Off-Campus Courses (Wheelock@Worcester)
$775 per credit hour for graduate degree programs

Non-Matriculated Students
$990 per credit hour

Tuition Payments
Tuition payments for graduate courses are due at the time of registration. Graduate tuition is charged on a per-credit basis.

Health Insurance
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students enrolled at least ¾ time to have health insurance. All students are automatically billed the health insurance premium each academic year. If you have other insurance coverage you may remove this charge from your account by completing a health insurance waiver online, which documents your coverage. The Student Health Insurance Plan for graduates is $4,363. Do not include the health insurance charge in your budget if you are already insured.

Audit Fees
Students wishing to audit a course pay two-thirds of the tuition.

Application Fees
Standard Program $0
International Applicants $0
Off-Campus Program $0

Enrollment Fee
For all students, a deposit of $100 is due at the time of acceptance. This fee is not refundable but is credited towards your tuition.

Registration Fees and Penalties
For all students, a $10 fee is charged for registration every semester.
Non-Matriculated students are charged a $10 registration fee when they register for one or more courses.

Late Registration Fee
All students who register after the deadline are charged a $100 late fee.

Returned Check Fee
A fee of $25 is charged to any student who submits a payment check or money order that the College's bank cannot honor due to insufficient funds or any other cause.

Tuition Vouchers

In appreciation for the learning experience provided to our practicum students, Wheelock College issues one voucher per student to each site where students have been placed to complete a practicum (3-6 credits). Vouchers may be used only by persons employed by the site and cannot be transferred to persons outside the school system. Vouchers may only be used by persons able to demonstrate current employment at the practicum site to which the voucher was issued. The voucher must be signed by a member of the administrative staff to validate it for registration, and when you present vouchers for course registration you should be prepared to show proof of employment. Students will be responsible for payment of the $10 registration fee and general fee per credit.

Vouchers are valid for one calendar year immediately following the semester in which the Wheelock College student was placed at the practicum site with no extensions. No more than one voucher may be used per semester by any individual. Individuals enrolled in a Wheelock degree program may apply vouchers toward up to half the credits required for the degree. Individuals not enrolled in a degree program may use vouchers for up to four graduate courses.

Institutional Refund/Withdrawal Policy for Graduate Students

To withdraw or take a leave of absence from Wheelock College Graduate students must complete an official Withdrawal or Leave of Absence form (available at the Office of Academic Records) and meet with the appropriate Academic Dean. Notification of non-attendance or withdrawal to faculty alone does not constitute official withdrawal, and a tuition credit cannot be allowed on that basis. Tuition credit will be granted only on the basis of the date the college was notified on the withdrawal or leave of absence form. General fees, student activity fee, registration fees and room-retainer fees are not refundable.

As defined, "refundable Tuition" will be refunded under the following refund schedule which is available upon request through the Office of Financial Services. Room and board fees will be prorated starting from the official start date of the semester. Though room and board fees usually are inseparable, for purposes of refunds the board portion is considered to be 25% of the total room and board fee.

Students who receive institutional grants, scholarships and loans will have these forms of aid refunded in the same percent as the refund of tuition. For students receiving federal aid under Title IV, the federal refund policy (known as Return of Title IV Aid) applies and determines the amount of aid for which a student is entitled to retain for the period of enrollment. For students receiving state grants or scholarships, refunds are processed according to each state's own individual guidelines.

Graduate Refund Schedule

Semester Period Amount of Refund

  • Before classes begin 100% of net refundable fees
  • From the day classes begin 75% of net refundable fees through the 1st class meeting
  • After the 1st class meeting 50% of net refundable fees through the second class meeting
  • After the 2nd class meeting no refund is allowed

Return of Title IV Funds

Federal regulations specify how colleges must determine the amount of federal financial aid you earn if you withdraw from the college. The law requires that when you withdraw, the amount of federal aid that you have earned up to that point be determined by a specific formula. This policy applies to students who withdraw from the institution, or are approved for a leave of absence for no longer than 180 days, or are academically dismissed during the term from the institution.

The term "Title IV Funds," which refers to the federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) includes the following programs: subsidized Direct Stafford Loans, unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct PLUS loans.

The amount of Title IV funds to be returned will be based on the number of days in attendance in proportion to the number of days in the term or period of enrollment, up to the 60% point in the semester. Once you have completed more than 60% of the semester, you are considered to have earned all of your federal assistance. If Wheelock College must return part of your financial aid, and the removal of those funds from your student account creates a balance due, you will be billed for this balance. A copy of the worksheet used for this calculation and examples can be requested from the Wheelock College Office of Financial Aid.

A student's withdrawal date is:

• The date the student began the institution's withdrawal process or officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw.

Determining the amount of Title IV funds to be returned:

In accordance with federal regulations, the college must return unearned Federal Title IV funds to the federal government in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans
  • Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  • Other Title IV assistance

Institutional and student responsibilities in regard to the Return of Title IV Funds:

Wheelock College's responsibilities include:

  • Providing each student with the information given in this policy;
  • Identifying students who are affected by this policy;
  • Completing the Return of Title IV Funds calculation for students who are subject to the policy; and
  • Returning the Title IV Funds that are due the Title IV programs.

The student's responsibilities include:

  • Graduate students must contact the appropriate Academic Dean to initiate the withdrawal process. They must also complete an official withdrawal form available in the Office of Academic Records.
  • Notifying the Office of Financial Aid (email: immediately of a pending withdrawal or leave, as federal refunds must be made within 45 days of the date of withdrawal or leave; and
  • Returning to the Title IV programs any funds that were disbursed directly to the student and for which the student was determined to be ineligible via the Return of Title IV Funds calculation.

Students have the right to obtain a final calculation of the Return of Federal Funds.

The procedures and policies listed above supersede those published previously and are subject to change at any time.

Students may be subject to late fees, interest and reasonable collection costs (including attorneys' fees) for failure to pay fees and deposits by the registration and/or payment due date(s).



A Graduate student who wishes to withdraw from the College, must complete an Official Withdrawal form (available in the Office of Academic Records) and meet with the appropriate Academic Dean. Students who withdraw once the semester begins, should review the College's refund schedule and return of Title IV funds. The date of withdrawal is based on the date the withdrawal form is initiated.


Non-voluntary withdrawal can occur for the following reasons:

Academic Suspension/Dismissal

When a student is required to withdraw from the College for academic reasons, a non-voluntary withdrawal occurs. The Scholastic Review and Graduate Review Boards are the bodies that review the academic progress and standing of Graduate students. Students not making satisfactory progress may be suspended or dismissed. The Boards notify students of these decisions.


A student who does not register for courses within the first week of a semester, and who has not requested a leave of absence, will be deemed to have withdrawn from the College.


Graduate students who plan to interrupt their studies for one semester or a period longer than one semester are required to submit a Leave of Absence form. Normally, students may request a leave of absence for no more than three consecutive semesters. At the end of an approved leave of absence, and prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to resume her or his studies, the student must submit to the appropriate Academic Dean a Request for Reinstatement form in order to reactivate her or his status and to be able to register for courses. If, at the end of an approved leave of absence, a student does not submit a Request for Reinstatement form, the student will then automatically be considered withdrawn from Wheelock. All withdrawn students are automatically placed on academic hold and are not permitted to register for additional graduate courses without submitting to the appropriate Academic Dean a Request for Reinstatement form. In ordinary circumstances, all graduate students must complete their degree programs within five years of the semester of matriculation. If a leave of absence for a student is approved, the amount of approved leave time does not count as part of the five years allowed for completion. Students may not retroactively request a leave of absence but must acquire permission before the beginning of the first semester of leave of absence. Graduate students who interrupt their studies for a period longer than one semester without acquiring in advance of the first semester a formally approved leave of absence will be automatically considered withdrawn from the graduate program. All withdrawn students will be placed on academic hold and will not be permitted to register for additional graduate courses without first submitting to the appropriate Academic Dean a Request for Reinstatement form. In these cases, the semesters of unauthorized academic inactivity will count as part of the five years total allowed for completion of a degree program.

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