Downers Grove Overview

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Important Information about Fees and Charges

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Fee Charges
All full and part-time degree seeking students enrolled in an academic year must pay the student services and applicable program specific fees. Students who are enrolled 3 or 4 quarters per year will be charged the full annual student services and program specific fees. Students who are enrolled in a program that ends with 1 quarter over the summer, or 2 quarters over the summer and fall will be charged 25% or 50% of the annual student services and program specific fees, respectively. The student services fee funds such areas as the recreation center, sports intra-murals, counseling services, operation of the student lounge, student government, student representation in government, and student events on and off-campus. The program specific fees fund the items described above in the Tuition and Fees section.

Charges will be re-assessed accordingly for courses added/dropped and depending on the student's revised enrollment status (i.e. full-time, half-time, less than half-time, etc.). Please note that if all courses are dropped and a student is determined to be withdrawn for the entire quarter, tuition and fee charges may be assessed and will be based upon guidelines stated in the MWU Refund Policy: Return of Title IV and VII Funds.

Students registered for courses that total fewer than 12 credit hours per quarter are considered to have a partial course load. Prior authorization from the College Dean is required before students can begin a quarter with a part-time course load. In such circumstances, tuition is charged on a per credit hour basis. The rate for each quarter hour is calculated based on the current quarterly full-time tuition divided by 12 credit hours. The per-credit hourly rate is multiplied by the enrolled credit hours to equal the tuition charge for the quarter. If a student is given "advanced standing" and registered less than full-time in a given quarter, they will be charged on a per-credit-hour basis.

Students desiring to register for more than the prescribed course load in a given quarter are considered to have registered for a course overload. These students must receive prior approval from the College Dean before starting the quarter. In addition to full tuition, tuition will be charged for each additional credit hour above the prescribed course load on the following basis:

  • The credit hour rate for courses that cause a course overload will be calculated based on the current quarterly full-time tuition rate divided by the current quarter's prescribed course load.
  • The per credit hour rate is multiplied by the enrolled credit hours that cause a course overload to equal the tuition charge for the quarter.
  • Overloads are defined as follows: CCOM > 31 credit hours; CDMI > 30 credit hours; CCP > 21 credit hours; CCO > 30 credit hours; CHS Graduate > 23 credit hours; CGS Graduate > 23 credit hours.

The Accounts Receivables Office within Student Financial Services will follow up with students to collect past due accounts. The overall goal is to encourage all students to pay their balance on time so that they are not faced with the consequences as outlined below.

Consequences of past due accounts can include any and all of the items listed below:

  1. A 1.5% late fee will be assessed at 10 days past due for all balances of $500 or more. Balances of $499 or less are assessed a fixed $7.50 late fee.
  2. Past due notices will be sent via email.
  3. Follow-up contacts will be made but are not limited to phone calls.
  4. At 15 days past due, the College Dean will be notified of the delinquency.
  5. At 30 days past due, student may be dropped from enrollment by the College.
  6. If a student is suspended or terminated from MWU, he/she must reapply for admission to MWU.
  7. Withholding of academic transcripts.
  8. Continued non-payment of account puts the student at risk of being referred to a collection agency for further action.

Note: A student may be exempt from payment deadlines and permitted to continue in school without risk of suspension. However, students must notify the Accounts Receivable office of any and all circumstances that may necessitate an exception to the payment deadlines. Exceptions to this policy may be made for the following reasons:

  1. Circumstances beyond the student's control (i.e. non-arrival of financial aid funds applied for well in advance of the due date);
  2. A payment plan has been approved by the Office of Student Financial Services

A fee may be charged on any returned check. After two returned checks a student will be required to pay by cashier's check or money order. No exceptions will be made.