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2005-2006 GRADUATE CATALOG

Seattle Pacific University is committed to providing high-quality Christian education at a reasonable price. This is achieved through a dedicated faculty that provides nationally recognized excellence without primary regard for personal remuneration; 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. The goal of the staff is to 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.

2006–2007 GRADUATE TUITION AND FEES
Summer 2006–Spring 2007 (per quarter for courses numbered 6000–7999)

Business Administration (M.B.A.) courses, per credit hour $590
Education courses, per credit hour $415
Education, School Counseling, per credit hour $415
Education Alternative Routes to Residency, per credit hour $325
Education Curriculum and Instruction courses, per credit hour $415
Education, Teaching (MAT) $415
Principal Certification $492
Superintendent Certification $534
Fine Arts (M.F.A.), per credit hour $368
Information Systems Management courses, per credit hour $590
Marriage and Family Therapy courses, per credit hour $482
Nursing courses, per credit hour $475
Organizational Psychology (Masters), per credit hour $482
Organizational Psychology (Doctoral), per credit hour $537
TESOL courses, per credit hour $415
Doctor of Education courses, per credit hour $534
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology courses, per credit hour $537

Continuing Education courses and fees are published in a separate bulletin. 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.

CERTIFICATION AND OTHER CREDIT FEES

Teacher Education $75
Internship fee, graduate, per quarter  
   
   
Special Examination Fees
 
Credit-by-examination or challenge fees:  
Per-course examination fee $100
Per-credit-hour fee: Graduate 6000–7999 level courses $60
   
   
Administrative and Special Fees  
Application fee (master’s) $50
Application fee (M.S.N.) $55
Application fee (Ed.D.) $50
Application fee (Ph.D.) $75
ARC Internship Fee, per quarter $90
Matriculation fee* $50
Change of registration fee† $50
Official transcript fee $3
Dissertation fee varies
Thesis binding, per copy varies
I.D. replacement card (for lost/stolen card) $20
I.D. replacement card (for damaged card) $8
Temporary I.D. replacement card $3
Parking fee, per quarter†† $50

*A student who has been admitted to the University and subsequently registers for courses is considered a matriculated student. A matriculation fee of $50 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 or on weekends. See campus map for location of lots. If students wish, they may obtain parking permits through the Office of Safety and Security for $50 per quarter.

STUDENT SERVICES/PLACEMENT FILE FEES
Teacher, school counseling, and administrative placement file fees are paid every placement year (November–October) in which a file is actively used.

Mailing credits for prepayment of first-class file mailings are as follows:

  • Teaching/school counseling placement files, $6 per mailing. (Excludes fax or special handling, which will incur additional costs.)
  • Administrative placement files, $11 per mailing. (Excludes fax or special handling, which will incur additional costs.)
  • Re-activation fee: If a placement file is not used during any given placement year(s), a reactivation fee of $5 will be charged.
  • Psychological testing (administration, interpretation, and counseling with regard to aptitude, skills, personality, analysis, and placement), based on actual costs of materials and scoring.
  • Counseling Center services (per session, variable).
  • Student Health Center services, residential students, included in room-and-board charges. Commuter students, faculty and staff, $15 per quarter on first visit.
  • Tests and pharmaceuticals, based on actual costs of materials.

MEDICAL INSURANCE FEES
The University Student Health Center offers basic medical services for students. To provide complete health care coverage, the University recommends that all students review their current plan to determine if their current insurance will cover them out of their home area. The University offers information on a medical insurance plan for accidents and illness, 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 the Student Health Center and in SFS.

All international students are required to enroll in the University International Student Insurance plan. Any exceptions to this requirement are subject to the approval of the Health Center. Proof of comparable coverage meeting the following requirements is necessary for waiver approval:

  1. Provisions defined in English and premium rates in U.S. dollars.
  2. Coverage for all pre-existing conditions within a reasonable period. (The University plan has only a three-month waiting period.)
  3. Inpatient and outpatient coverage for both illness and injury.
  4. The deductible must not be in excess of $500 per person, per policy year.
  5. Maternity benefits. Maternity benefits should be the same as benefits for illness. If they are not the same, the maternity benefit should meet all applicable waiver standards (i.e., deductible, maximum benefit, etc.).
  6. Coverage for inpatient and outpatient treatment of mental and nervous disorders.
  7. Maximum benefit of not less than $50,000 per injury or per illness.
  8. Payment of benefits worldwide. (Exemption from coverage in an international student’s home country is acceptable.)
  9. Benefit for medical evacuation to an international student’s home country must not be less than $10,000.
  10. Benefit for repatriation of remains to an international student’s home country must not be less than $7,500.
  11. Coverage for HIV infection, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), AIDS-related complex, and positive HIV test.
  12. Coverage effective dates matching the University’s international-student health insurance plan.

Waivers may be obtained only in the Health Center and must be completed prior to the 10th 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 10th day of the quarter.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS AND SERVICES

Registration
When a student has made a selection of preferred courses and accomplished the necessary preliminary steps of the enrollment process, registration materials are returned to the appropriate graduate office or Student Academic Services (SAS) for entry into the system. When the student’s enrollment is accepted by SAS, the student is obligated to pay for the contracted services in accordance with the University’s current schedule of charges. The registration contract between SPU and the student remains binding to both parties unless either party provides proper written notification (see also Refunds and Account Adjustments).

Student Account System
An electronic notification of an available online statement reflecting tuition and fee charges, payments, and past and current-due amounts will be sent to the student’s SPU email address each month. 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, 3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 114, Seattle, Washington 98119-1122, or delivered in person to SFS.

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. Information related to utilizing the echeck payment mechanism can be found on the University’s Web site at www.spu.edu/sfs/. 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. Information related to utilizing this service can be found on the University’s Web site at www.spu.edu/sfs/.

PAYMENT POLICIES

Students may choose to meet their financial obligations in three ways: (1) payment in full by the paymentin- full due dates, (2) the Quarterly Payment Plan, or (3) the Combined Payment Plans.

Payment in Full
Students may meet their financial obligations and avoid any late charges by paying in full by October 10 for Autumn Quarter, January 10 for Winter Quarter and April 10 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.

Quarterly Payment Plan
If students choose this option, the total charges, after all financial aid* is applied to the account, will be divided into three payments. SFS will complete a payment plan worksheet and notify you of your monthly payment schedule. In order to participate in this plan, the student must return a completed application along with a $30 application fee each quarter to SFS according to the following schedule. Please see www.spu.edu/sfs for more details.

Autumn Quarter 2005  
Application and $30 fee September 1, 2005
First payment September 12, 2005
Second payment October 10, 2005
Final payment November 10, 2005
   
Winter Quarter 2006  
Application and $30 fee November 15, 2005
First payment December 12, 2005
Second payment January 10, 2006
Final payment February 10, 2006
   
Spring Quarter 2006  
Application and $30 fee February 15, 2006
First payment March 10, 2006
Second payment April 10, 2006
Final payment May 10, 2006

Combined Payment Plans
The Seattle Pacific University Combined Payment Plans combines Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarterly Payment Plans into one application and agreement. Students who plan to attend Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters may choose the Combined Payment Plans. The plan will divide the total quarterly costs (after financial aid* is applied to the account) over three payments instead of one for each quarter (Autumn, Winter, and Spring). SFS will complete a payment plan worksheet and notify you of your monthly payment schedule. In order to participate in this plan, the student must return a completed application along with a $70 application fee to SFS according to the following schedule (a new application and fee must be submitted each academic year). Please see www.spu.edu/sfs for more details.

2005-2006 Academic Year  
Application and $70 fee September 1, 2005
   
Autumn Quarter 2005  
First payment September 12, 2005
Second payment October 10, 2005
Third payment November 10, 2005
   
Winter Quarter 2006  
First payment December 12, 2005
Second payment January 10, 2006
Third payment February 10, 2006
   
Spring Quarter 2006  
First payment March 10, 2006
Second payment April 10, 2006
Third payment May 10, 2006

Example of Payment Alternatives
An MBA student registers for 9 credits per quarter. The total balance per quarter is:

Tuition $5,094
Parking Fee $50
Subtotal $5,144
Financial Aid* -$2,750
Balance Owed $2,394

Students and families have three options to meet their University cost obligation:

Payment in full
$2,394 due October 10, 2005

Quarterly Payment Plan (QPP)
(Autumn Quarter Example) $30 Application Fee and Application due September 1, 2005 $2,394 ÷ 3 = $798 is the monthly payment plan amount and follows the QPP schedule for Autumn Quarter.

First payment Due September 12, 2005
Second payment Due October 10, 2006
Final Payment Due November 10, 2006

Combined Payment Plans (CPP)
$70 Application Fee and Application due September 1, 2005
$2,394 balance owed for each quarter
$2,394 ÷ 3 = $798 (due monthly in Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters.)
$798 is the monthly payment plan amount and follows the CPP schedule:

Payments Due Date
Autumn Quarter 2005  
First payment Due September 12, 2005
Second payment Due October 10, 2005
Third payment Due November 10, 2005
Winter Quarter 2006  
First payment Due December 10, 2005
Second payment Due January 10, 2006
Third payment Due February 10, 2006
Spring Quarter 2006  
First payment Due March 10, 2006
Second payment Due April 10, 2006
Third payment Due May 10, 2006

*Financial Aid includes SPU scholarships, outside scholarships and grants, and student loans. Work study cannot be used in the calculation of payments.

Late Payments
Students who are not able to pay their account in full and who do not enroll in the Quarterly Payment Plan will have a late fee assessed to their student account. The monthly late fee of 1.25 percent will be assessed on the balance owed after the payment in full due dates. Students with past due account balances will not be permitted to register for future quarters or obtain an official academic transcript.

Employer Reimbursement Program/Third-Party Billing
Students whose tuition is reimbursed by their employer or a third party (such as an embassy) may be eligible for this program. Documentation confirming enrollment in an employer-reimbursement program is required annually and allows deferment of tuition 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 been given the appropriate documents. All other fees and charges are due when billed. Call SFS for more details.

Students participating in the Boeing Tuition Voucher Program are subject to approval by the Boeing Company. Once the employee is approved, Boeing will send a list of all approved students to SFS. This information authorizes Seattle Pacific University to bill the company for the student’s tuition and tuition-related fees only. Until the student is approved by the Boeing Company for participation in their employeereimbursement program, the student will receive monthly account statements and be responsible for all charges. Once the process has been completed, the tuition charges will be paid on the student’s account. The student will continue to receive a monthly statement if they have incurred fees not covered by Boeing.

Fees not covered include, but are not limited to, change of registration, add/drop, entrance exams, room and/or board, parking, books, tools, software, and activity fees.

For more information about this program, contact SFS at 206.281.2061.

Late Charges on Past-Due Accounts
A monthly late fee (15 percent per annum; 1.25 percent per month) will be assessed each month against any owing balance shown on the student’s last statement of account.

Unpaid Student Charges
A student who has delinquent financial obligations will not be permitted to register for subsequent quarters, attend classes or order official transcripts until such obligations have been satisfied. The University reserves the right to deny enrollment to any student who does not meet past-due obligations or fulfill financial commitments to the University.

A continued failure to meet financial obligations may result in the referral of the delinquent account to an outside agency for collection of the total amount due, plus all collection costs applicable.

Change of Registration Charges
A change of registration fee of $50 is charged if a student changes his or her class schedule after the first week of the quarter. Refer to the University Calendar for specific dates. Students may register for evening courses (courses beginning 4:30 p.m. or later) through 5 p.m. on the fifth day of the quarter.

Registration Petitions
It is expected that all students adhere to registration deadlines. However, registration petitions are requests for exceptions to regular policies and procedures. The petition process provides students and faculty with the possibility of a response outside the normal bounds of policy when extenuating circumstances are judged to warrant such a response. Extenuating circumstances include illness, injury, death in the family, or problems with immigration. 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.

Petition forms are available on the forms rack in the Demaray Hall lobby (first floor) and on the Web at www.spu.edu/depts/sas. Instructions for completing this process are listed on the back of the petition.

A student seeking late registration 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.

Credit Balances
If financial aid overpays the student account, SFS will contact the student via their SPU email account when the credit balance is available.

REFUNDS AND ACCOUNT ADJUSTMENTS
If a student decides to add or drop courses, withdraw from school, or delete other contracted services, an official change of registration must be processed. This may be handled by filing the change of registration form on the Seattle Pacific home page using the online BANNER Information System (through 5 p.m. on the first week of the quarter), or by visiting SAS.

If a student does not provide proper written notification to the University or on the SPU home page using 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 a student’s 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 the student via their SPU email account when the check is available. If there is an owing balance on the account, the refund will first be applied against the owing balance. Any questions regarding tuition refunds should be referred to SFS.

Schedule of Tuition Refunds for Day and Evening Classes
(A week is defined as five business days beginning on the first day of the quarter. The summer refund policy and schedule is published in the Online Time Schedule.)

First week of the quarter 100%
Second week of the quarter 75%
Third week of the quarter 50%
Fourth and fifth week of the quarter 25%
Sixth and following weeks of the quarter 0%

Examples: Tuition Refunds and Adjustments
A student who was originally enrolled for 9 M.B.A. credits drops one 3-credit course the second week of class. The refund is as follows:

Tuition (9 credits) $5,094.00
Tuition for 6 credits ($566 x 6) $3,396.00
Difference $1,698.00
75 percent refund $1,273.50
Tuition due for dropped course $424.50

A student completely withdraws from all M.B.A. courses in the second week:

Tuition (9 credits) $5,094.00
75 percent refund $3,820.50
Student owes $1,273.50

Effect on Financial Aid
Dropping courses may affect a student’s current and continued eligibility for financial aid. Please refer to the “Satisfactory Progress” section. It is recommended that a student discuss the impact of dropping credits with their SFS counselor prior to completing the drop or withdrawal process.

Complete Withdrawal
If, during a quarter, a student who receives financial aid completely withdraws from the University, the tuition refund is calculated as described above. However, if the student received, or was entitled to receive, any Title IV funds, the return of the Title IV funds will be calculated by determining the percentage earned and applying this percentage to the total amount of Title IV assistance disbursed (and that could have been disbursed) to the student for the period of enrollment as of the student’s withdrawal date. 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
If a student who receives financial aid drops courses during any given quarter to below the number of credits that were listed on the post-baccalaureate/graduate information sheet given to SFS, a reassessment of the financial aid award may be made for that quarter. This may affect the amount actually credited to the student account. Contact an SFS counselor for further information.



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