For all part-time students (fewer than 12 credits), 2016-2017 academic year tuition is $740 per credit hour. For re-admit, transfer, or new full-time students (12-18 credits), 2016-2017 academic year tuition is $11,129 per semester ($22,258 yearly). Tuition for credits over 18 per semester is $740 per credit. Full-time, returning student tuition charges will depend on Finlandia University’s tuition initiatives. For returning student tuition charges, contact the Office of Student Accounts. Students who drop classes prior to the end of the published semester drop/add period will not incur tuition charges for those classes. Students who withdraw from classes after the end of the published semester drop/add period are responsible for full semester tuition charges for those classes, unless the student withdraws from all classes for the semester. See REFUND FOR WITHDRAWALS section in this publication for details. Tuition rates for the academic year are typically established by the Board of Trustees each spring. For current tuition rates, see the university website at finlandia.edu/tuition or contact the Office of Admissions.
Residence Hall Charges
Students living on-campus during the 2016-2017 academic year are required to pay residence hall charges of $4,400 per semester ($8,800 yearly). The charges cover a shared room and the resident student meal plan in the university dining hall, which is required of all resident students. The charge for a single room in the residence hall, if available, is an additional $750 per semester. Students who move off-campus prior to the end of the published semester drop/add period will not incur room and board charges but are charged a $200 fee. Students who move off-campus after the end of the published semester drop/add period are responsible for full semester room and board charges. The Board of Trustees typically establishes residence hall charges for the academic year each spring. For current residence hall charges, see the university website at finlandia.edu/tuition or contact the Office of Admissions.
A one-time $100 matriculation fee is charged to all degree-seeking students (new, transfer, readmits) their first semester of attendance. This fee covers various administrative costs incurred throughout the student’s education.
All regular, enrolled students are charged a general fee of $250 per semester ($500 per year) to cover costs such as instructional technology and student activities.
Departmental fees are charged to students enrolled in specific programs. The fees cover various instructional materials and lab maintenance expenses. College of Health Sciences majors (Nursing, PTA, Medical Assistant) are charged a $250 lab fee each semester. Art & Design program students are charged a $360 fee per semester. All non-Art & Design majors (including audit, guest, and dual-enrolled students) are charged a $120 fee per Art & Design (ARD) course ($360 per semester maximum). Departmental fees are not charged during the summer semester.
Dual Enrollment Tuition Charges
The non-refundable cost for dual enrollment is $140 per credit hour, plus additional fees as applicable. Dual enrolled students who withdraw from classes after the end of the published semester drop/add period are responsible for full semester dual enrollment costs for those classes, Although school district state funding normally covers dual enrollment charges, students are responsible for any balance not covered by the school district.
The non-refundable fee to audit a course is $75 per credit, plus additional fees as applicable. Audit students who withdraw from classes after the end of the published semester drop/add period are responsible for full semester audit fees for those classes.
Books and Supplies
Textbooks and supplies are available at North Wind Books, the university’s on- campus bookstore. Total semester book costs vary according to the student’s program of study and the availability of used books. Books may be purchased by cash, check, credit card, or charged to a student account. Student accounts must be arranged through the Office of Student Accounts prior to charging purchases. Student accounts can be used, with student ID, one week prior to the first day of class.
Textbooks may also be purchased or rented online (credit card only) through bookstore.finlandia.edu. Purchased textbooks must be picked up at North Wind Books; rented books will be shipped to the student by Follett Higher Education. North Wind Books is the official return depot for rented textbooks.
To review return/exchange policy please visit bookstore.finlandia.edu. North Wind Books offers textbook buyback the final week of each semester; days and hours are posted prior to the event.
All resident and commuter students are issued a student identification card. If the card is lost, the student must purchase a replacement card at the Campus Safety & Security office. A replacement ID card is $10.
Refund for Withdrawals
Students who wish to withdraw from the university must obtain a withdrawal form from the University Registrar’s office and process it through the offices listed on the form.
Finlandia University complies with the revised Higher Education Act Amendment of 1998 as it applies to students receiving Title IV funds. Tuition refunds are allocated according to the provisions of the Higher Education Act in the following order of priority (starting with Title IV funds):
- Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan
- Subsidized Federal Direct Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal PLUS Loan (Parent)
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal SEOG
- Other Title IV Aid Programs
- Other federal, state, or private aid.
Tuition, fees, and room and board refunds are disbursed to students who completely withdraw or are dismissed from the university. The refund is based on the portion of the semester completed at the time of withdrawal, measured from the first day of that semester’s classes.
The table below outlines approximate refund percentages. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for actual amounts. The student and the school are both responsible for returning unearned federal financial aid to the federal government.
|Portion of Semester Completed||Percentage Refunded|
|60.1% and over||No Refund|
School’s Portion to be Returned
Finlandia University will calculate the refund according to the Federal Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) formula and determine the amount of Federal aid that must be returned to the federal government both by the school and the student. If a recipient of Title IV aid withdraws during a period of enrollment, Finlandia University must calculate the amount of Title IV aid the student did not earn. Unearned Title IV funds are returned to the Title IV Federal programs in the amount equal to the lesser of the student’s institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of funds, or the entire amount of the unearned funds.
Student’s Portion to be Returned
When the total amount of unearned aid is greater than the amount returned by Finlandia University from the student’s account, the student is responsible for returning unearned aid to the appropriate program(s). The same priority as above should be used. Any loan funds that must be returned by the student will be repaid according to the terms of the promissory note. There is a 50-percent discount on any grant funds that are to be repaid. Grant funds that must be returned are considered a federal grant overpayment. The student can either repay the amount in full or make satisfactory arrangements with Finlandia University or the Department of Education to repay the amount due. These arrangements must be completed within forty-five days of the date Finlandia University notifies the student of the overpayment status or the student risks losing eligibility for further federal financial assistance.
A student would be owed a post-withdrawal disbursement of Title IV funds upon withdrawal from Finlandia University if the amount already received is less than the amount the student earned, and for which the student is otherwise eligible. The student would be then eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of the earned aid that was not received. Finlandia University must offer any amount of a post-withdrawal disbursement that is not credited to the student’s account within 30 days of the determination. A Pell disbursement can be posted without the student’s approval/notification; however, a Federal loan disbursement will require the student consent of approval prior to the school disbursing such funds. The student has fourteen days from the date of notification to respond to Finlandia University.
Refund of Credit Balances
Students with a credit balance on their account will receive a refund check from the Office of Student Accounts within 14 days after the credit appears on the account. However, refund checks will not be disbursed until all tuition and fee charges are paid.
Room and board charges (on-campus students), tuition, and all other costs not covered by financial aid (federal loans, federal and state grants, and institutional grants and scholarships, not including work-study), are payable on or before the first day of class, unless a Finlandia Payment Plan has been arranged.
Students who pay the balance of their bill in full for the fall semester, or for the entire academic year, by June 30 (postmarked) will receive a 5% discount. The discount amount is calculated after all secured federal and state aid (not including work-study) and institutional scholarships and grants are deducted from the total cost of attendance. The pre-pay discount is also available to international students.
Finlandia Payment Plan
Students enrolled and in good standing are eligible to pay their semester charges using the Finlandia Payment Plan. There is a $25 non-refundable fee per semester to enroll in the payment plan. The payment plan splits each semester’s charges into four monthly payments for the fall and spring semesters, and three monthly payments for the summer semester. Fall semester payments are due in August, September, October, and November. Spring semester payments are due in January, February, March, and April. Summer semester payments are due in May, June, and July. Payments are required every month and due by the 20th of each month. Failure to make an installment payment when due can result in cancellation of the privileges of attending classes, registering for classes, eating in the dining hall, and residing in the residence hall. Diplomas and transcripts, official or unofficial, will not be released until all balances are paid in full. If a student makes no payments on an outstanding balance for three months, the account is subject to collection procedures. All reasonable collection costs, including attorney’s fees, will be added to the student’s account balance.
All student accounts must be settled by 4:30 p.m. on the final day of each semester’s drop/add period. The fall 2016 drop/add date for full semester courses is September 2, 2016; the spring 2017 drop/add date for full semester courses is January 13, 2017. Students whose accounts are not settled and complete on these dates may be dropped from all classes and dismissed from the university. Students with an outstanding account balance from a prior semester cannot re-enroll unless the account is settled in full prior to registering for courses, or approval is received from the Office of Student Accounts. Upon final departure from Finlandia University, before a diploma is issued or any transcripts, official or unofficial, are released, all outstanding balances must be paid in full, including library, parking and disciplinary fines, and any other charges. Students are responsible for fees incurred in collecting the account balance. For information, contact the Office of Student Accounts.
Tuition and Fees (2016-2017)
|Fee||One Time||Per Credit||Per Semester||Per Year|
|Room & Board||$4,400||$8,800|
|Single Room Fee||$750||$1,500|
|Art & Design Fee (majors)||$360|
|Nursing Lab Fee||$250|
|Medical Assistant Fee||$250|
|Late Registration Fee||$50|
Art & Design Fee (non-majors, per course): $120 ($360 maximum/semester)
CLEP, ICE Fee (per exam): $95 for Finlandia students (Subject to change without notice.)