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Tuition, Fees and Expenses


Financial Regulations

Any student with outstanding financial obligations will be denied the privileges of attending classes and using university facilities. Every student must satisfy his or her financial obligations in full to the university in order to receive certification of graduation. Official transcripts and certifications will be withheld until financial obligations to the university have been discharged.

Failure to discharge financial obligations includes, but is not limited to, an overdue balance with the university or the delinquency of a borrower in repaying a loan administered by the Office of Student Financial Services and the inability of that office to collect such a loan because the borrower has discharged the indebtedness through bankruptcy proceedings.

A student who defaults in the payment of indebtedness to the university shall be subject to suspension, dismissal and refusal of a transfer of credits or issuance of an official transcript. In addition, the university may refer the debt to an outside collection agency. The student is responsible for costs associated with the collection of the debt.

Application, Matriculation, and Orientation Fees

Each application for first-year or transfer admission must be accompanied by a fee of $55. All application fees are nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward other fees.

A university deposit of $500 must be paid by each candidate upon notification of acceptance. This deposit confirms each candidate's intention to begin studies at Brandeis.

The university deposit is not deducted from the first semester's charges. The deposit will be held in reserve for possible future punitive charges posted to a student's account, (i.e. unpaid parking fines, unpaid library fines, residence hall damage, returned check fees, etc.).

The statement of account mailed and/or the student account update emailed by the Office of Student Financial Services will reflect any transactions charged and paid for by the deposit. At the start of each academic year, the deposit will be replenished to the original amount. Any amount used to pay the prior year's punitive charges will appear on the fall semester bill and will be due by the published fall due date.

When the student graduates or withdraws from the university, any unused portion of the deposit will be refunded to the student. If a student decides not to enroll at Brandeis, the deposit will be forfeited.

All new students are charged a mandatory $185 orientation fee, which is nonrefundable.


The tuition fee for 2009-10 is $37,530 and the fee for each semester course required for degree credit is $4,690 or $1,172.50 per credit, per term.

Library privileges and use of athletic facilities for the academic year are included in the full tuition fee.

Students who return to the university after withdrawing will pay the prevailing tuition and other fees. In view of the constantly increasing costs of education, students may expect tuition increases during their academic careers.

Financial Implications of Course Load Variation

Extra tuition charges are not incurred when course loads exceed maximum rate of work limits, and charges are not reduced or refunds applied for course loads below the normal rate of work.

Room and Board Fee

The total charges for a standard residence hall room (double-occupancy) and a 14-meal per week board contract for the 2009-10 academic year are $10,792. Other meal contract options are available.

For upperclass students, other living accommodations are available at annual rates ranging up to $2,030 more than the standard residence hall room (double-occupancy) rate of $6,070.

Students residing in residence hall rooms must sign room licenses and board contracts binding for the full academic year. If a student has a room change and is placed in an area which does not require a board plan, and wishes not to have a board plan, the student must be in contact with the campus card office.

Nonresident students may eat in the university dining halls on a cash basis.

Transcript Fee

Students are entitled to 20 official transcripts of their academic work without charge. A charge of $5 may be charged for each subsequent transcript. The student will pay the transcript fee in advance at the Office of the University Registrar (Kutz Hall). Official transcripts will be issued only to those students whose financial records with the university are in order.

Other Fees

The following are other mandatory annual fees for 2009-10:

1. Student activities events fee, $394.

2. Student health service fee, $612.

3. Technology fee, $226.

4. Student Health Insurance Plan (single coverage), $1508 (estimated). Mandatory unless proof of other coverage is provided.

There are other university fees that a student may incur for specific services or failure to meet commitments. These fees include but are not limited to the following for 2009-10:

1. Laboratory fees, $15-$50.

2. Studio fees, $10-$80.

3. Medical school application processing fee, $50.

4. Monthly payment plan fee, $70 (full year) or $50 (one semester)

5. Parking fees, $35-$150.

6. Off-campus study fee, $400 per semester.

7. Returned check fee, $25.

8. International health and accident insurance, mandatory for students participating in study abroad programs, $36 per month, if required.

9. Late fee. A late fee will be assessed to all student accounts with outstanding balances after the stated due date. The amount of the late fee will be $100, or 2 percent of the outstanding balance, whichever is greater.

10. Senior program fee: $36.