Financial Information

Financial Aid. Walla Walla University assumes that each graduate student has the primary obligation for his/her educational costs. For students unable to meet this obligation while attending Walla Walla University, financial aid is available in the form of student employment, long-term loans, grants, and scholarships. Interest rates for long-term loans are low and repayment does not begin until after a student leaves a full-time graduate program. In order to receive maximum financial assistance, students should plan their finances for the entire academic school year several months prior to the first quarter of enrollment. Financial counselors are available to provide help in financial planning, applying for financial aid, and in developing plans for payment. The Federal Government now requires that the college have a copy of the baccalaureate transcript prior to disbursements of financial aid to graduate students. Adding or dropping a class on or before the tenth day of the quarter may affect a student’s Financial Aid package.

Federal Direct Loan Program. Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year. Interest rate on the Federal Direct Loan is determined by the federal government each year. Principal repayment begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. Loan origination fees are deducted from the loan amount before funds are issued to WWU. The student is responsible for the interest and may either make payments on the interest or have it added to the principal of the loan. Students receiving a Federal Direct Loan will need to complete a separate application form, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) via the internet at: fafsa.ed.gov. Graduate students applying for financial aid must also complete a WWU Graduate Financial Aid Application at: .sfs.wallawalla.edu/application. Students sign an on-line Master Promissory Note when they first borrow under this program. No further promissory note is required for any additional loans taken out during the next 10 years. Borrowers must also complete the Entrance Loan Counseling on-line.

Graduate Tuition. Graduate tuition is $592 per quarter hour.

General Fee. All tuition paying graduate students registered for 4 or more hours are charged $50 per quarter. This fee covers internet access while on campus, Student Accident Insurance, new technology for classrooms, graduation fee, etc. Students on the College Place campus also receive access to the library, gym and pool, and printing for first 00 pages in the computer labs.

Since the General Fee for graduate students does not include ASWWU dues, graduate students wanting campus publications such as the Mask and the yearbook may purchase these publications for prices set by the ASWWU editors.

Payment Plans. The University is not able to finance student accounts. However, several payment plans are available and may be arranged through the Student Financial Services.

Books and School Supplies. Textbooks, school supplies, and other class materials are available at the University Shop. Students should plan on approximately $550 for such purchases each quarter.

Student Insurance. All enrolled, tuition-paying graduate students on the College Place campus, Missoula or Billings sites or Rosario campus are covered by WWU’s Student Accident Insurance Policy, with a maximum coverage of $3,000 per incident. For questions regarding coverage, claims or a brochure outlining the benefits, please contact the Adventist Health University Clinic at 509/527-2425. WWU requires all international students to have medical insurance coverage.

Personal Property Insurance. WWU is not responsible for loss of personal property. Students are encouraged to carry their own insurance for coverage of personal belongings.

Change in Expenses
Because of fluctuations in the economy, the University Board of Trustees reserves the right to adjust costs and policies throughout the school year, or to supersede statements published in this bulletin.

Special Fees

Application (non-refundable)
$50
Adding/dropping a class after the fourth day of the quarter
$25
Auditing a class
$296
Diploma replacement: Graduate
$45
Field education lab fee (per quarter)
$30
Field trips
actual cost
ID card replacement
$15
Late registration
$75
M.A. and M.S. thesis binding (2 copies)
$35
Out-of-schedule examination (per exam)
$100
Returned check (including electronic check) plus any international bank fees
$25
Transcript request:
Online–electronic copy $8
Online–mailed paper copy $10
Hard copy $15
Examination Fee
$30
Challenge Examinations
Credit fee $60 per credit hour
Examination fee $30

Housing Costs

Walla Walla University owns several studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments in College Place.  In addition, houses with up to four bedrooms are available for families. Rental rates are comparable with rates in the community. This off-campus housing in College Place is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Financial arrangements must be made with the Office of Student Financial Services before a student/family may move into college housing. Students may contact WWU Village Housing Office at 509/527-2109 for more information about housing availability.

Refunds

If a student officially withdraws during the quarter, a refund, where applicable, will be made within 30 days. A student who leaves school without completing withdrawal procedures will be charged until proper arrangements have been made. The beginning of the quarter is considered to be the first day of class instruction.  Students withdrawing from classes during the quarter will qualify for the following rates of refund.

If withdrawal is: Tuition refund will be:
by the 7th day of classes* 100%
by the 10th day of classes 75%
by the 22nd day of classes 50%

*A tuition refund may affect awarded financial aid. Students dropping all classes during this period will be charged a processing fee of $75 or 5% of tuition, whichever is less.

For a withdrawal and refund schedule for summer courses, please contact the Academic Records Office, or consult the current on-line Summer Class Schedule at: wallawalla.edu/academics/bulletins. Please refer to the current on-line WWU Financial Bulletin at the same website for the Financial Aid Refund Policy.

Financial Statements

Itemized statements giving an account of the previous month’s expenses are issued monthly. Students may choose to receive a paper copy, and can request copies be mailed to a parent or other third party. In addition, students have access to an electronic copy of their statement, as well as access to their account history. Students can give others access to their electronic statement and account history.

 

In addition to cash and paper checks, WWU partners with HigherOne to process electronic payments. HigherOne accepts American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard®, and Visa®. Although HigherOne charges a convenience fee for payments made by credit/debit cards, they offer free options, such as payment by electronic check. Electronic payments may be made online at: wallawalla.edu/payments.

 

Finance Charges

A finance charge will be imposed on each item of your account which has not been paid by the statement due date. The FINANCE CHARGE is computed at a rate of one percent (1%) per month, or an ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE of twelve percent (12%) on the past due balance. The past due balance is calculated by taking the last month’s statement amount due and subtracting any payments, credits, or financial aid received by the statement due date. A grace period may be given until the end of the month, at the University’s discretion. The remaining balance owing, if any, is multiplied by one percent (1%) to obtain the periodic finance charge. The minimum Finance Charge is $1.

Transcripts or Diplomas - Release

By action of the Board of Trustees of the University, a diploma or transcript (official or unofficial) may not be released until the following criteria are met:

  1. The student’s account is paid in full.
  2. The student has paid off any short-term loan cosigned by WWU.
  3. The student’s Nursing, Perkins, or institutional loans are current.
  4. The student’s loan exit interviews are complete. (Diploma only).

To expedite the release of transcripts, diplomas, and other legal documents, a money order, credit card payment, or certified check should be sent to cover the balance of the student’s account. Requests for transcripts must be made in writing, signed by the student, and either faxed or mailed to the Office of Academic Records.

International Students

International students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States (except Canadian students) are asked to place a $3,000 (U.S.) deposit with the University before final acceptance can be given and the I-20 form, necessary to secure the U.S. Student visa, can be sent. International students on student visas are not eligible to fill out the FAFSA financial aid form, do not qualify for the majority of loans and grants, and may only accept employment on campus. Spouses and children who are not students may not accept employment under any circumstances. To determine the ability of applicants to meet educational costs, the University requires them to submit a declaration of finances before final acceptance is given. This is done through the international student adviser. International students will be expected to use the Regular Payment Plan described in the WWU Financial Bulletin.

Graduate Assistantships - Biology

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. They provide financial support for students during professional experiences in chosen fields of specialization or in activities that may be valuable in preparing them more fully for their future occupational roles. Duties of a graduate assistant may include participa¬≠tion in research, instructional and guidance services, and professional activities. Assistantships are open to graduate students with evidence of maturity and potential to benefit from the program. Applications will be considered from graduate applicants, postgraduates, and current graduate students. Stipends are awarded for periods up to 12 months. Full or partial remission of tuition and fees for approved courses during the period of the assistantship is also available.  Application forms for graduate assistantships may be obtained by writing directly to the department.

Grants and Scholarships

Grants are need-based awards and do not have to be repaid. Recipients of grants must fill out the FAFSA and show need through the financial aid application process.

Master of Arts in Media Ministry Need Grant. This grant is awarded to students who show need through the financial aid application process. This grant is disbursed at a rate of $585 each quarter a student is enrolled full time.

Master of Arts in Teaching Need Grant. This grant is awarded to students who show need through the financial aid application process. This $2,600 grant is disbursed at a rate of $650 each quarter—fall, winter, spring, and summer.

Master of Social Work Need Grant. This $2,600 grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who show need through the financial aid application process. Grants are disbursed at the rate of $650 each quarter—fall, winter, spring, and summer.

Master of Social Work Child Welfare Training Grant (available only at Missoula MT extension program). Contact the School of Social Work at 509/ 527-2590 for more information.

Scholarships

Students registered for less than 12 credit hours will receive prorated grants and scholarships.
Students registered for less than 6 credit hours are not eligible for grants and scholarships.

Master of Arts in Media Ministry Departmental Scholarships of $1,360 are awarded to each student who holds a bachelor’s degree from WWU and whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) was at least 3.0. One-fourth of the scholarship ($340) is disbursed each quarter—fall, winter, spring, and summer—of the recipient’s first year in the program.

Master of Arts in Media Ministry Merit Scholarships
are awarded in recognition of an outstanding under-graduate GPA. One-fourth of the scholarship is disbursed each quarter—fall, winter, spring, and summer—of a recipient’s first year in the program.

Undergraduate GPA           Award
3.90-4.00 $1,000              ($250 per quarter)
3.80-3.89 $750                ($187 per quarter)
3.70-3.79 $600                ($150 per quarter)
3.50-3.69 $500                ($125 per quarter)

Master of Arts in Teaching Departmental Scholarships of $1,360 are awarded to each student who holds a bachelor’s degree from WWU and whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) was at least 3.0. One-fourth of the scholarship is disbursed each quarter —fall, winter, spring, and summer—of the recipient’s first year in the program.
Master of Arts in Teaching Merit Scholarships are awarded in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate GPA. One-fourth of the scholarship is disbursed each quarter—fall, winter, spring, and summer—of a recipient’s first year in the program.

Undergraduate                     GPA Award
3.90-4.00 $1,000                 ($250 per quarter)
3.80-3.89 $750                   ($187 per quarter)
3.70-3.79 $600                   ($150 per quarter)
3.50-3.69 $500                   ($125 per quarter)

Master of Social Work Departmental Scholarships of $1,360 are awarded to each student who holds a bachelor’s degree from WWU and whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) was at least 3.0. One-fourth of the scholarship is disbursed each quarter —fall, winter, spring, and summer—of a recipient’s first year in the program.

Master of Social Work Merit Scholarships are awarded in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate GPA. One-fourth of the scholarship is disbursed each quarter —fall, winter, spring, and summer—of a recipient’s first year in the program.

Undergraduate                   GPA Award
3.90-4.00 $1,000               ($250 per quarter)
3.80-3.89 $750                 ($187 per quarter)
3.70-3.79 $600                 ($150 per quarter)
3.50-3.69 $500                 ($125 per quarter)

Ethnic Diversity Scholarship. In order to increase the ethnic diversity of students enrolled in the graduate programs, WWU has a limited number of scholarships available to members of under-represented ethnic groups. Scholarships are awarded first come, first served and are based on the financial need of the student. Please contact the School of Education and Psychology or the School of Social Work to request an application.

GRADUATE DEAN’S SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Prior to each graduation, graduate students with exceptional academic records are nominated by the graduate faculties for the Graduate Dean’s Scholastic Achievement Award. This award consists of: (1) a certificate of distinction and (2) a cash award.

Continued Enrollment Requirement

Graduate Students who have completed their program requirements, except for Thesis Research and/or Thesis, must register for GNRL 501 Continued Enrollment for 8 credits per quarter for up to three quarters (24 credits maximum). Students must enroll for GNRL 501 starting with the beginning of their 7th quarter (excluding summers) in the graduate program. A course fee applies. See financial bulletin.