Seattle Pacific University is committed to providing high-quality Christian education at a reasonable cost. This is achieved through a dedicated faculty that provides nationally recognized excellence; administrative staff who work continually to provide needed services with greater efficiency; and trustees, alumni, churches, and other friends of the University who provide necessary financial support.
All expenditures related to educational and support activities are carefully planned and budgeted. The trustees and administration are committed to a high level of stewardship in the handling of Seattle Pacific's financial resources, with a goal of maintaining financial stability for both current and future students.
All programs and policies at the University are under continual review. Therefore, SPU reserves the right to change its financial policies or charges at any time without previous notice. After the beginning of a quarter, however, no change will be made that is effective within that quarter. Every student is presumed to be familiar with the payment schedules and other financial policies and procedures published in this Catalog.
While every effort has been made to provide helpful and understandable explanations of the University's fees and financial policies, students may still have questions from time to time. Student Financial Services (SFS), located in Demaray Hall, is responsible for providing service to students regarding tuition and other fees, financial policies, financial aid, and payments on accounts.
Staff are prepared to assist any student who has questions and provide helpful, friendly service to all inquirers. It is the hope of Seattle Pacific University that students will not only have exceptional educational experiences, but they will also feel that same commitment to excellence and service throughout all of the support areas of the institution.
Note: Above costs applicable to 6000–7000 graduate-level courses.
Continuing education courses in education and fees are published in Spiral; business certificate programs’ information is available on the School of Business and Economics site. Undergraduate courses and fees are published in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students enrolled in a combination of undergraduate courses (numbered 0000–4999) and graduate courses (numbered 6000–7999) will be charged according to each category without aggregation of the total credits. In other words, the total credits taken in courses numbered 0000–4999 will be charged according to the undergraduate rate schedule without regard to the number of credits taken in 6000–7999 level courses.
In general, courses will be charged the rate associated with the discipline or school offering the course as listed above instead of being based on the degree program the student is pursuing. Doctoral students who take 6000-level courses within their school/ department are charged at the doctoral rate. If doctoral students take 6000-level courses from other schools/departments they are charged at that program rate.
*A student who has been admitted to the University and registers for courses is considered a matriculated student. A matriculation fee of $80 is assessed only once, at the time of an admitted student's initial registration. This fee covers the costs associated with maintaining students' academic files over the duration of their stay at Seattle Pacific. A student's academic file may contain admission records, transcripts, and evaluations of coursework from other institutions, academic appeals, and graduation check sheet, etc.
**Students may register for evening courses (courses beginning at 4:30 p.m. and later) through the first class session. However, a $50 change of registration fee is charged when registration is completed after the first week of the quarter. See the University Calendar for dates.
++There is no charge for parking in commuter lots (C, N, NC, NW) after 4 p.m. weekdays, on weekends, or during Summer Sessions. See the campus map (PDF) for location of lots. If students wish, they may obtain parking permits through the Office of Safety and Security for $100 per quarter.
Payment for mailing a teaching, school counseling, or administrative credential file is by credit or debit card via the online system as follows:
The University offers information on a medical insurance plan for injury and sickness, which is available to all enrolled graduate students (and their families). The University recommends this medical coverage to cover unanticipated expenses, which could otherwise interrupt educational endeavors. Enrollment, benefit summary information, and applications for this voluntary plan are available in Health Services.
All international students are required to enroll in the University International Student Insurance plan. Any exceptions require documentation of a comparable plan.
Waivers may be obtained only in the office of Health Services and must be completed prior to the 5th day of the quarter to ensure appropriate coverage enrollment. Any changes in coverage (i.e., addition or deletion of spouse or child) must be submitted prior to the fifth day of the quarter.
Expenses for 2013-14 Graduate Student, per year*
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS AND SERVICES
You will be notified via your SPU email about when your quarterly registration appointment is scheduled. Once web registration has ended, you must go to Student Academic Services (SAS), or mail or fax in a written request to withdraw from classes.
The registration contract between SPU and you, the student, remains binding to both parties unless either party provides proper written notification (see also Refunds and Account Adjustments).
Student Account System
Checks for the correct amount due should be made payable in U.S. dollars ($US) to SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, and should include the student's name and student identification number. Checks may be mailed to:
Seattle Pacific University
Student Financial Services
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 114
Seattle, Washington 98119-1922
Or checks may be delivered in person to Student Financial Services.
In addition to checks, the University accepts automated payments via an e-check (automated payment directly from a checking or savings account) toward student accounts. The University does not directly accept any credit cards for payment of student account balances. Rather, it has arranged for a third-party provider to facilitate this type of payment if desired. Additional fees apply for this service.
Options A and C are available each quarter. Option B must be selected by September 13, 2013.
Option A: Pay in Full
You can meet your financial obligations each quarter by paying in full by October 15 for Autumn Quarter, January 17 for Winter Quarter, and April 16 for Spring Quarter.
If payment in full is not received by these dates, the account will be subject to late charges at 1.25 percent per month, 15 percent per annum. You are automatically placed in this standard payment option, unless you are approved through the application process for Option B or C.
Option B: Combined Installment Plan
This plan will divide estimated costs (less any financial aid*) into three payments per quarter, for a total of nine payments for the year. Student Financial Services will provide you with a payment plan schedule each quarter that will notify you of your estimated payments.** Please refer to your monthly statement for actual amounts due.
To participate in this plan, you must complete an application through the Banner Information System. The $80 application fee will be charged to your SPU student account with the first installment (a new application and fee must be submitted each academic year). Visit Student Financial Services for more details.
If you choose this Three-Installment Plan option, Option C, the total charges after all financial aid* is applied to the account will be divided into three payments. The plan will divide the total quarterly costs (after financial aid* is applied to the account) over three payments instead of one for the quarter (only for the quarter of enrollment in the plan). Student Financial Services will complete a payment plan worksheet and will notify you of your monthly payment schedule.
In order to participate in this plan, you must complete an application through the Banner Information System. The $40 application fee will be charged to your SPU student account with the first installment (a new application and fee must be submitted each academic quarter). Visit Student Financial Services for more details.
Example of Payment Alternatives
Students and families have three options to meet their University cost obligation:
Option A: Payment in full
Option B: Combined Installment Payment Plans
Option C: Three Installment Payment Plan
$2,092 balance owed each quarter
$2,092 ÷ 3 = $697.33 (due monthly, see schedule below)
*Financial Aid includes SPU scholarships, federal state grants and scholarships, outside scholarships and grants, and student loans. Work study cannot be used in the calculation of payments.
**If financial aid and/or account charges change after an enrollment in the payment plan, the estimated payment will change. Please consult your monthly electronic statements for actual payment amount due.
Late Fees and Payments
The monthly late fee of 1.25 percent (15 percent per annum) will be assessed on the balance owed after the payment-in-full due dates. If you have a past-due account balance, including any balance that is adjudged to be discharged, you will not be permitted to register for future quarters or obtain an official transcript or a diploma. Continued unpaid accounts may result in the referral of the delinquent account to an outside agency for collection of the total amount due, plus all applicable collection costs.
Employer Reimbursement Program/Third-Party Billing
If your tuition is reimbursed by your employer or a third party (such as an embassy or government agency), you may be eligible for the Employer Reimbursement or Third-Party Billing Program.
Documentation confirming enrollment in an employer reimbursement program is required annually and allows approved student account charges to be deferred up to approximately 30 days after the quarter ends. If a third party is involved, the University will bill the third party directly, provided SFS has received the appropriate documents, such as a purchase order, official authorization, etc. All other account charges will be due when billed.
If you participate in the Boeing Tuition Voucher program, your eligibility is subject to approval by the Boeing Company. Until SFS receives an approved voucher from the Boeing Company for participation in its Third-Party Billing Program, you will receive monthly account statements and be responsible for all charges. Once the process has been completed, the Boeing-approved charges will be paid on your student account. You will continue to receive monthly statements if you incur charges not covered by Boeing. For more information about this program, contact SFS.
Change of Registration Charges
Registration holds unresolved by the deadline do not constitute extenuating circumstances and are not grounds for petition. The petition must not only voice the request, but it must also substantiate the validity of the request.
If you are seeking late registration, you must seek permission from the instructor to sit in the class while the petition is pending. In all cases, the final decision to approve or deny a petition will be made by SAS. SAS reserves the right to deny any petition for any reason. Each approved petition will incur a $50 change-of-registration fee.
This may be handled by filing the change-of-registration form in Student Academic Services or on Banner. If you plan to withdraw from University housing, proper notification must also be provided to Housing and Meal Plan Services.
If your do not provide proper written notification to the University or via Banner, financial obligations will remain binding, regardless of whether or not classes were attended or whether or not any of the contracted services were utilized.
Refunds or additional charges for courses are posted to your student account when the official change of registration form is received and processed or the transaction is completed using Banner. Charges for added courses are made at the full quarter’s rate, regardless of when the course is added.
In the event that enrollment changes result in a refund, SPU will refund tuition according to the schedule that follows. If the refund results in a credit balance on the account, SFS will contact you via your SPU email account when the credit balance is available.
If there is an owing balance on the account or a past-due balance on a campus-based loan program, such as the SPU Institutional, Federal Perkins, and Federal Nursing Student Loan programs, the refund will first be applied to the owing balance. Any questions regarding tuition refunds should be directed to SFS.
Schedule of Tuition Refunds for Day and Evening Classes
Examples: Tuition Refunds and Adjustments
A student completely withdraws from all M.B.A. courses in the second week:
Effect on Financial Aid
The percentage of Title IV funds earned is equal to the percentage of the period of enrollment that the student completed as of the withdrawal date if it occurs on or before the completion of 60 percent of the period of enrollment. The percentage of Title IV funds that have not been earned by the student is determined by taking the complement of the percentage of Title IV funds earned.
The unearned Title IV funds will be returned to financial aid sources based on federal guidelines in the following order: unsubsidized federal Stafford Loan; subsidized federal Stafford Loan; other Title IV aid programs; other federal, state, private, or institutional aid; and the student.
Drop in Credits