The total charges to attend Alma College for the 2013-14 academic year are $42,050 for returning students and $42,400 for first-time students. As shown in the accompanying chart, these charges include tuition, board and double room, and the student activity and technology fees for the Fall and Winter terms. Spring Term charges are reflected in the schedule below. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to change any charges prior to the opening date of any term.
The tuition charge shown ($32,400 and $32,750 for the Fall and Winter terms) is for a term load of 13 to 18 credit hours. Students registering for more than the normal allowable credit hours per term are charged at the rate of $1,050 per credit hour for the overload.
If a student goes from full-time status to part-time status after the official census date for the term (generally at the end of the second week) there is no tuition or financial aid adjustment. If a student adds a class and goes from part-time status to full-time status after the official census date, tuition is increased to the full-time rate but financial aid is not adjusted.
Students enrolled full time are required to live in Alma College residences and dine at the College's food service. Exceptions to this policy must be approved through the Student Life Office.
|Costs for Full-Time First-time Students in 2013–14|
|Term||Tuition||Student Activity Fee||Technology Fee||Double Room and Board||Total|
|Costs for Full-Time Returning Students in 2013–14|
|Spring Term Expenses|
Spring Term costs for full year students and those students who have been enrolled for only one term or who are entering as new students are shown below.
|Student Category||Tuition||Double Room and Board||Total|
|New or One-Term Student||$2,100||$900||$3,000|
Students may elect to participate in an off-campus Spring Term program. The costs — airline, hotel, meals, fees, etc. — for these opportunities are in addition to the Spring Term tuition charge. Room and board charges are assessed for the days spent on campus.
Housing Expenses. Costs shown for 2013-14 reflect double room occupancy. Students living in small single rooms will be charged $5,132.50 each term for room and board.
Deposits. All accepted applicants are required to pay a Commitment Deposit of $200, refundable until May 1. Special deposit requirements for international students are described elsewhere in this catalog. Half of the Commitment Deposit is applied as credit to the student's account for the Fall Term. The other half serves as a security reserve from which the College may recover expenses incurred by the student for damage to or loss of College property. Any unexpended portion of this fee is refunded to the student after separation from the College providing all student charges have been paid in full.
Tuition-Exempt Credits. All students are permitted to enroll in a maximum of two ensemble credits above the normal load of 18 credits without incurring a tuition overload charge. Contact the Registrar's Office for exempt courses.
Auditing Courses. Tuition for students who audit classes (for no credit) is $525 for each credit hour.
Health Insurance Plan. All Alma College students are required to have health insurance and must participate in the Student Insurance Plan unless proof of comparable coverage is furnished. Students covered under a family plan, or who have other comparable coverage to the Alma College Plan, may waive coverage under the College Plan.
Alma College makes a comprehensive student insurance program available to students that is compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The plan provides for physician visits, prescription drug expense benefit, outpatient services including medical emergency, x-rays, lab procedures and miscellaneous tests, room and board, hospital miscellaneous, surgery (inpatient and outpatient), wellness benefits and a 24-hour Nurse Advice Line. Full details about the plan and costs are available at http://www.CIRStudentHealth.com/Alma or at the Wilcox Health Center.
All international students or exchange visitors who attend Alma College on F, J, or other visa status must purchase and enroll in the Alma College Student Injury and Sickness Plan before the start of classes for any given term, or the College will purchase coverage and place the charges on the student's account.
Off-Campus Programs. Alma College students will pay Alma College published tuition, fees, room and board for off-campus programs. Alma College will pay on behalf of the student, the tuition, room, board and associated academic fees charged by our partnering host institutions. Alma College student financial aid to such students will be reduced by the smaller of the amount paid to the off campus institution or the actual aid received from the college. If the total costs of the off-campus program exceed the published tuition, room and board rates for the same semester at Alma College, the student is responsible for the additional costs.
Orientation. All incoming students are required to attend Orientation before the Fall Term. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend Orientation. The charge for Orientation is $325 and includes room and board.
Student Activity Fee. The students of Alma College have elected to assess a fee on themselves at the rate of $260 per year. This fee is used to sponsor social events such as dances, movies and live entertainment; support the yearbook, student newspaper and campus radio station; and admit each student to athletic events. All students enrolled for eight or more credits are charged this fee.
Technology Fee. Alma College students are charged a technology fee of $125 per year. This fee covers the cost of wireless internet service and allows the College to enhance technology services as new technology arises.
Summer Session. Tuition for the 2014 summer session is $525 per credit hour or $2,100 for a four-credit course.
Payment of Tuition and Fees. Charges for tuition, room, board and fees are billed to students each term. There are three alternatives for paying these charges:
- Full payment is due on or before August 26, 2013, and January 2, 2014, respectively, for the Fall and Winter terms.
- A deferred payment option provides for payment of half the balance due (after financial aid credits have been applied), plus a $20 processing fee for the Fall Term that must be paid by August 26, 2013, with a deferred second payment for the remaining balance on or before October 18, 2013. The first payment for Winter Term, plus a $20 processing fee is due on or before January 2, 2014, and the deferred second payment on or before February 14, 2014. A signed Deferred Payment Agreement form must be received by the Business Office by the due date of the first payment for each term, August 26, 2013 and January 2, 2014 respectively.
- An educational financing plan that permits payment of the annual expense over the academic year is available through Sallie Mae. Information can be obtained from Sallie Mae directly at 1-800-635-0120 or through their Web site at https://tuitionpay.salliemae.com/alma. Some literature is also available from the Business Office or Admissions Office.
Payment of tuition and fee charges can be made with cash, personal checks, bank drafts, or money orders. Payments can also be made online with a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card, or with an e-check at the Business Office Web site: http://www.alma.edu/paymybill. A 2.5% convenience fee is charged for all credit and debit card payments. There is no fee to make an electronic check payment.
If the amount of the payment is more than the amount due, students may request a refund or the amount will be credited to their account.
|Early Examination Fee||$125|
|Late Registration Fee||$125|
|Motor Vehicle Registration|
|Resident Students - Silver Parking||$175/year|
|Opera House Students||$100/year|
|Room Change Fee||$50|
|Summer Tuition (2014)||$525/credit|
All drafts and checks should be made payable to Alma College.
Advance billings are sent approximately two weeks before the start of each term. Payment may be made by mail, online or in person at the Alma College Business Office.
Payment must be received by the College prior to registration, or the student will have to make payment at the Business Office during registration. Students are not permitted to attend class without making satisfactory financial arrangements.
Late Payment Fees. Tuition and fees are due before classes start for each term. A late payment fee of one percent per month is assessed on all outstanding balances.
Failure to Meet Financial Obligations. In accordance with standard practice at colleges and universities, students are required to make satisfactory arrangements with the Business Office for the settlement of all financial obligations. These include student accounts, student loans, parking fines, library fines, music record rentals and other expenses.
When a student fails to meet financial obligations, Alma College reserves the right to withhold the issuance of grades, transcripts and diplomas, and to suspend a student until the obligations are met. Unpaid balances on inactive student accounts will be referred to a collection agency. The student has responsibility for all costs and fees associated with the collection of the debt.
Financial Aid. Any financial aid other than a work-study grant awarded by the College for the entire year will be prorated; 50 percent to be available Fall Term and 50 percent to be available Winter Term. A work-study grant may not be deducted from charges because this aid represents funds to be earned during the year. Scholarships and grants awarded by organizations other than Alma College will not be credited until actually received. The Director of Financial Aid must be notified of any scholarship or grant awarded by organizations and agencies other than Alma College.
Withdrawals from College. Students who wish to withdraw from Alma College must complete the withdrawal process by contacting the Academic and Career Planning office. If this process is not completed, students will forfeit their deposits and refunds. The College assumes that students beginning a term intend to complete it. Students who leave during a term without completing the withdrawal process may receive failing grades for course enrollments and will be responsible for any tuition, and room and board charges for the term.
Withdrawal Refund Policy. Tuition, room fee and student activity fee are refunded according to the following table.
|Refunds for Fall and Winter Terms|
|Withdrawal During Calendar Week No.||Refund Percentage|
|10 and after||No Refund|
College scholarships, grants and/or loans received by the student will be refunded on a comparable percentage basis.
Refunds for other non-College financial aid will be made in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to those programs.
Refund of Federal Title IV Financial Aid. The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 require that when a student withdraws before completing 60% of the term, the institution must determine the percentage of Title IV assistance the student has earned. For Title IV financial aid regulations, the withdrawal date is the date on which the student states his or her intention to withdraw from the institution. The percentage is determined by dividing the total number of calendar days in the semester into the number of calendar days completed as of the withdrawal date. Any unearned aid must be returned to the Title IV program(s). Funds are returned in the following order: Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Subsidized Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Pell Grant, SEOG and other Title IV programs. The student must either repay the federal overpayment in full or make satisfactory arrangements with either the Alma College Business Office or the federal Department of Education. The payment or arrangement for payment must be made within 45 days of the date of notification of the federal overpayment or the student will lose further eligibility of federal Title IV aid until the debt is paid in full.
Full refunds will be made for overload charges up to the second Friday of the term. No refunds for overloads will be allowed after that time.
Room and Board. The room and board charge is refundable on a prorated basis during any term.
Course Fees. Course fees are assessed for courses which incur unusual or extra expense. These expenditures are made on the basis of course registrations. Therefore, no refund is allowed for these fees.
Spring Term. No refund of tuition for withdrawals which occur after the fifth day of classes. A full refund is provided for withdrawals during the first five days of classes. There is no refund for room charges and the board fee will be prorated. Spring Term trip fees will be refunded only if the trip costs, such as airlines, hotels and other travel fees can be recovered.
Summer Session. No refund of tuition for withdrawals which occur after the fifth day of the term.