Tuition and Other Charges

Tuition and fees are fully assessed upon completion of registration.

Terms of Payment

All tuition, room and board, and fees must be paid before the academic term begins. All bills are sent to the student’s University e-mail account. Students are encouraged to provide the billing name and e-mail address of the person responsible for payment. This will assure prompt delivery to the proper party. Students who register after the billing cut-off date pay in full at the time of registration.

Students who have a balance due on their account will not be permitted to register for the next semester and will not receive grades or transcripts. Additionally, registration may be canceled for students who fail to meet their financial obligations.

The following options are available for payment of tuition and room and board:

  1. Cash or check.
  2. Tuition Payment Plan (fall and/or spring semester only).
  3. Credit card. A convenience fee is charged for this service.
  4. Electronic check (ACH). A minimal fee is charged for this service.

The Tuition Payment Plan (TPP) allows a family to budget payments for the fall and spring semesters. Applications are made online through the student’s Banner Web account. The amount budgeted will be paid each month July 1 through April 1. Any amount not budgeted on the TPP is due before the academic term begins. Any credit balance resulting from the TPP will be refunded.

Regular Semester Charges

Tuition (2017-2018 Academic Year)

Full-time Undergraduate Students:
(12-18 credits) $19,245.00 per semester
($38,490.00 annual tuition, full-time 36 credits, that is, 18 hours each, fall and spring semesters)
Part-time (1-11 credits) and each hour over 18 credits $1283.00 per credit
Summer Term 2018 $700.00
Graduate credit courses:
College of Arts and Sciences $705.00 per credit
Boler College of Business $870.00 per credit

Students who are permitted to register as auditors are charged the same amounts as other students.


Graduation—undergraduate or graduate (payable at time of formal application for degree) $200.00
Graduation—undergraduate or graduate late application fee $25.00
International student: Application processing $50.00
International student Orientation $725.00
Orientation $325.00
Orientation, Transfer $75.00
Penalty—Late Payment of tuition, room or board $150.00
CCP (College Credit Plus): $166.00*
Return check fee $25.00
Room—Late cancellation fee. Cancellation fee dependent on date of cancellation**
Student Activities Fee, per semester (full-time undergraduates only) $200.00
Student Health and Wellness fee, per semester (full-time undergraduates only) $175.00
Student Technology Fee, per semester (full-time undergraduates only) $375.00
Study abroad fee dependent on specific program
Transcript of record $5.00
Tuition Payment Plan application fee $25.00

Laboratory, computer, and television/radio course fees vary with the nature of the laboratory or course. Amounts are published in each semester’s course schedule.

*High school students pay the regular JCU rate for a JCU course not covered by CCP.


Room and Board (2017-2018 Academic Year)

Room and Board—each semester, With the 14-meal “plus” plan and standard double room $5,790.00*

*Rate shown reflects cost of Standard double room and 14-plus meal plan. Room & Board rates vary based on the building, room type and amenities, and meal plan chosen.

Other meal plans are available. Information can be obtained from the Office of Residence Life (216-397-4408).

The board charge for a semester covers the interval beginning with the day of the opening of classes and ending the final day of the examination period, excluding Thanksgiving, spring break, and other vacations as set forth in the University calendar.

Applicants who enter into residence assume full responsibility for their rooms and room contents. All loss and damage occasioned by students are charged against their accounts.

A $300 enrollment deposit is required of first-time students and is non-refundable after May 1. If the student will be living on campus, $200 of the enrollment deposit will be retained as a security deposit. When the student discontinues living in the residence halls, the deposit (or remainder thereof) will be credited to the individual student’s account as a credit against charges due or refunded in the instance of a credit balance.

Fees listed above pertain to the 2017-2018 academic year. Owing to the uncertainty of prices, the University reserves the right to change fees without notice.


The following percentages of the charge for tuition will be refunded, or credited against a balance due.

Within course-change week 100%
Within the second week of class 67%
Within the third week of class 33%
After the third week of class 0%

These withdrawal allowances are granted only after the student has formally withdrawn through the Office of the Registrar. Withdrawals must be made in person or in writing and are dated from the day of approval.

No allowance or rebate is made to students who are permitted to register late or to student hall residents who are permitted to spend weekends or other brief periods away from campus.

Special note for students on semester-basis tuition: There will be an adjustment in tuition only if they:

  1. Drop to fewer than 12 credit hours during or prior to course change week, or
  2. Completely withdraw from the University during the first 3 weeks of the semester.

Refunds for summer terms require the student to formally withdraw by the second day of class for a full refund and by the fifth day of class for a 50% refund. There is no tuition refund after the fifth day of class.

Additional Information

Updated tuition rates, due dates, and other pertinent financial information can be found at www.jcu.edu/bursar.