Oct 01, 2022  
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Tuition and Fees

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The Tuition and Fee Policy for graduate students is outlined below. Hofstra University reserves the right to alter the policy and schedule of charges without prior notice.

The privileges of the University are available to students only upon completion of registration and the payment of all tuition and fees. Students may not register for a new semester until all prior financial obligations have been satisfied and paid. The University shall withhold diplomas, certificates, transcripts and other University services until all financial obligations have been met.

All payments shall be applied first to past-due balances, and then to current charges. The University’s refund policy is summarized in the Withdrawal from the University section of this Bulletin.
For your convenience, the University offers a variety of payment options. Payments may be made electronically by check, debit card or credit card through the Hofstra Portal, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Cash, money order or check payments may be submitted in person at the Student Financial Services Suite, Room 206, 2nd floor Memorial Hall. Checks may be mailed to our Lockbox facility at W9845, Hofstra University, P.O. Box 7777, Philadelphia, PA 19175-9845.
Checks must be made payable to Hofstra University. When paying by check, you are authorizing check payments to be processed as Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions, which immediately debit the account. The process will read the information from a paper check and convert it to an electronic payment or debit transaction. The result is that funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as we receive your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.
Effective July 1, 2009 tuition and fee payments made by credit card (MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted) and debit card will be processed through PayPath, an online service easily accessible through your Hofstra Portal at My.Hofstra.edu. A non-refundable convenience fee will be assessed by PayPath on all credit card payments. Hofstra University does not receive any portion of this fee.

Hofstra University reserves the right to alter this schedule and other fees without notice.

Graduate Tuition and Fees


Graduate Fees

Description if applicable


Application Fee Payable upon application for admission to the University - nonrefundable (including International Students)

$60 *

Tuition For 200 and above level courses, per credit hour **


  For 200 and above level courses taken by graduate business students, per credit hour


  Executive M.B.A.: Total fee for the 20-month program is $82,000 for the class entering in fall 2009, payable on a prorata basis each semester. This amount includes tuition, all student fees, books, software, meals, and all foreign travel expenses. There will be an additional fee for students seeking a private room during the trip abroad.


Tuition Deposit Payable upon acceptance to the University. See specific Doctoral/Master’s Programs


University Fees, per semester Students registering for 12 or more credit hours


  Students registering for 8-11.99 credit hours


  Students registering for 1-7.99 credit hours


  Maintaining Matriculation


Technology Fees, per semester Students registering for 12 or more credit hours


  Students registering for 8-11.99 credit hours


  Students registering for 1-7.99 credit hours


 Activity Fee, per semester Graduate, full-time


  Graduate, part-time $20
  Law, full-time


  Law, part-time


Late Filing Fee for Application for Graduation Filing after October 1 for December graduates; March 1 for May graduates; June 15 for Summer I; July 15 for Summer Session II and August 15 for Summer Session III for August Graduates.


Program Change Fee After the first week of the regular semester or after the first three days of a January/summer session


Credit by Examination *    
  For 1 credit


  For 2 credits


  For 3 credits


  Each additional credit


Prior Learning * Up to 3 credits per assessment in one department


  For each additional credit in the same assessment in the same department


Diploma or Certificate Replacement Once a student has graduated from Hofstra, a replacement diploma or certificate with a name other than the name shown on the original diploma or certificate will be ordered upon request if the student can provide proper documentation that he/she was legally entitled to use the proposed name change on or before the date of graduation.


Transcript Fee Student Copy


  Official Transcripts, no charge  
  Upon written application to the Office of Academic Records and the payment of the above fee for each Student Copy ordered, the University will furnish transcripts of each student’s scholastic record. (A student in good standing may receive a transcript required by the armed forces without charge.) No transcript may be issued for a student who is in arrears. Official transcripts are not given to students or mailed to private addresses, but are mailed directly to institutions or persons considering the applicant for admission or for employment. NOTE: during peak periods, particularly at the end of each semester and each summer session, there may be a two-week delay. Transcripts are processed in the order in which applications are received at the Office of Academic Records.  
Course Description Fee (copy per page) Requests for course descriptions processed through the Office of Academic Records upon written request and payment of the appropriate fee amount.


Fee for Uncollected Check Returned by Bank A personal check returned by the bank will be charged back to the student’s account and the student’s account will be assessed a $25 returned check fee. In addition, a hold will be placed on the student’s account prohibiting many of Hofstra University’s services.

In cases where a personal check has been returned, the student must remit payment in the form of cash, certified bank check, money order or credit card to satisfy the outstanding balance or the student will also be subject to account restrictions, including, but not limited to, cancellation of current term and future term classes for non-payment, restriction from payment by personal check, etc.

Hofstra University reserves the right to rescind the option to pay via personal check.




For further information and a schedule of current rates, please call the Residential Programs at 516-463-6930.
NOTE: The deadline for filing a housing application is May 1.

Residence Hall Fees, per person


Per Semester


  Graduate Single $6,650 $13,300
  Graduate Double $5,925 $11,850
  Super Single $5,800 $11,600
  Suite Single $5,325 $10,650
  Single $5,000 $10,000
  Suite Lounge $4,775 $9,550
  Suite Without Lounge $4,000 $8,000
  Suite Triple $3,700 $7,400
  Tower Double $3,800 $7,600
  Tower Triple $3,315 $6,630
  Tower Quad $3,050 $6,100

Dining Plans, (for residence students, per term; optional)

Plan A $1,865 $3,730
  Plan B $1,760 $3,520
  Plan C $1,630 $3,260
  Plan D $1,445 $2,890
  Plan E $1,325 $2,650
  Plan F $720 $1,440
  Commuter Plan $375 $750
Resident Wellness Center Fee $53 $ 106
Organization of Resident Student Activity Fee, per term   $5 $ 10
Room Damage Deposit, paid once per year     $ 300

Payment Policy


Tuition and fees are due and payable by August 1 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester. Students will be billed in June for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester. Students are responsible for all charges regardless of billing, and may access their student account through the Hofstra Web site, hofstra.edu. Students are required to notify the Office of Academic Records of any change in billing address, and/or update their billing address through the University Web site. All payments must be made in accordance with prevailing University policy. Students should consult the University Web site for current policy.

Tuition and fees are due and payable in full at the time of registration for new students accepted and registered after the established payment dates.

Deferred Payment Plan


Students may defer up to 50% of total current term charges, less financial aid pending approval, to a maximum of $3,500 for undergraduate students. Any amounts deferred must be paid in full by October 15 for the fall, and March 15 for the spring. Students must complete a Deferred Payment Agreement, available through the Office of Student Accounts, or through the Hofstra Online Information System. The completed agreement, along with a nonrefundable fee of 2% of the amount deferred (a minimum fee of $50) and the balance due must be submitted to the Office of Student Accounts by the bill due date.

Monthly Payment Plan


To assist students wishing to distribute their annual payments over several months, Hofstra University works with a payment plan service, TuitionPay. To participate in the plan, call 1-800-635-0120 or visit www.tuitionpay.com/hofstra. TuitionPay is an interest-free plan that splits lump-sum payments due at the beginning of each semester into smaller monthly installments. TuitionPay offers interest-free, manageable, monthly installments for each semester enrolled.

TuitionPay allows for automatic payments from your Credit Card account or automatic electronic withdrawals from your bank account, providing a convenient way to ensure your monthly tuition payments are consistently made on time.

Late Payment Fees


Tuition and fees are due and payable by August 2 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester. For new students accepted and registered after the established payment dates, payments are due at registration. Failure to make payments on time will result in the assessment of late payment fees. Moreover, students with balances due will not be permitted to register, receive a transcript, or receive a diploma or certificate. Federal and state regulations, along with University policy, preclude the use of current financial aid for the payment of past due charges.

Fall Semester
Payments after August 1


Payments after September 15

additional $100

Payments after October 15

additional $100

Payments after term ends will be subject to interest at the rate of 1% per month of the outstanding balance due.
Spring Semester
Payments after January 2


Payments after February 15

additional $100

Payments after March 15

additional $100

Payments after term ends will be subject to interest at the rate of 1% per month of the outstanding balance due.

Late Registration Fees


(See current Semester Planning Guide for specific registration dates)

Continuing students are expected to register during the scheduled registration periods, which are outlined in the Semester Planning Guide and on the University’s Web site for each term. Students wishing to register after the appointed periods are subject to late registration fees.

All Graduate Students: For registration, after the first week of classes (additional fee), per term


Refund Policy


(Law School students should consult the Dean’s Office for the Law School policy on refunds.)

The University shall refund student payments, other than Title IV aid, in accordance with the following schedule. Please note that the University fee is nonrefundable. Students must apply for all eligible refunds in writing. An application for refund is available in the Office of Student Accounts or on the University Web site.

Students wishing to withdraw from the University must meet with an adviser in the Office of Graduate Admission, 105 Memorial Hall. All official withdrawals must be certified by the Office of of Graduate Admission prior to the processing of refunds.

Date of Withdrawal

Refund of Tuition & Fees
(less nonrefundable fees)

Prior to 1st day of classes


1st week of classes


2nd week of classes


3rd week of classes


4th week of classes




The refund policy associated with housing and meal plans is available from the Office of Residential Life.

Students are required to withdraw from classes in accordance with established policy. Students may not withdraw from classes or the University without official notification. Nonattendance from classes does not constitute withdrawal. Students remain fully responsible for all financial obligations, subject to the refund schedule above.

Note: Nonattendance of classes does not classify as official withdrawal, and does not relieve the student of his or her financial obligation, or entitle the student to a refund.

Title IV Refund Policy for Undergraduate and Graduate Students


Students who withdraw from the University and have received, or were eligible to receive, funds from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Family Education Loan Program (Unsubsidized, Subsidized and/or PLUS), are subject to federal regulations relating to the Return of Title IV aid, and to the University’s refund policy for all other payments. The amount of refundable institutional charges shall follow the University’s refund schedule detailed above.

Upon official withdrawal from the University, the University shall compute the amount of Title IV aid that has been earned by the student, and the amount that must be returned to the program(s). This federal formula considers the date of withdrawal, the form of aid, and the amount of aid credited to the student or previously refunded to the student.

Unearned financial aid dollars, which must be returned to the federal aid programs, may create a balance owed by the student to the University. Students remain responsible for all such financial obligations.

In addition to the amount of federal aid that the University must return, students receiving federal aid directly from Hofstra or otherwise toward other educational costs, including off-campus living expenses, may be required to repay a portion of those funds to the federal programs. Failure to return the aid to the federal aid programs may result in loss of eligibility for additional financial aid assistance.

Federal aid funds to be returned are distributed to the programs in the following order:

Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
Federal PLUS Loans
Federal Pell Grant
Federal SEOG
Other Title IV Programs

Sample worksheets are available in the Financial Aid Office.


** Excluding graduate business students