Mar 03, 2024  
2010-2011 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2010-2011 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Tuition and Fees

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, pinless 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 The result is that funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as we receive your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.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) will be processed through PayPath, an online service easily accessible through your Hofstra portal at A nonrefundable convenience fee will be assessed by PayPath on all credit card payments. Hofstra University does not receive any portion of this fee.

Listed below are the charges for 2010-2011 which were in place at the time of this Bulletin’s publication. Hofstra University reserves the right to alter this schedule and other fees without notice. The current tuition and fee rates will be available on the University Web site,, prior to the start of each term.

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 Graduate Fees

 Description (if applicable)


 Application Fee — nonrefundable  Payable upon application for admission to the University  $70*
 Application Fee — International Students, nonrefundable  Payable upon application for admission to the University  $75
 Tuition  For 200 and above level courses, per credit hour**  $950
   For 200 and above level courses taken by graduate business students, per credit hour  $975
   Executive M.B.A. : Total fee for the 20-month program is $86,500 for the class entering in fall 2010, 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.  $86,500
 Tuition Deposit  Payable upon acceptance to the University. See specific doctoral/master’s programs.  $250
 Maintaining Matriculation   $145
 University Fees, per semester  Students registering for 12 or more credit hours  $350
   Students registering for 8-11.99 credit hours  $200
   Students registering for 1-7.99 credit hours  $110
 Technology Fees, per semester  Students registering for 12 or more credit hours  $105
   Students registering for 8-11.99 credit hours  $60
   Students registering for 1-7.99 credit hours  $35
 Activity Fee, per semester  Graduate, full-time  $30
   Graduate, part-time  $20
 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  $25
 Credit by Examination*  For 1 credit  $235
   For 2 credits  $405
   For 3 credits  $550
   Each additional credit  $165
 Prior Learning*  Up to 3 credits per assessment in one department  $550
   For each additional credit in the same assessment in the same department  $165
 Program Change Fee After the first week of the regular semester or after the first three days of a January/summer session  $25

Replacement Fee

First lost or stolen $10
  Second lost or stolen $25
  Additional lost or stolen $50
 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.  $35
 Transcript Fee  Requests submitted online via the Hofstra portal  no charge
   Requests submitted via paper form  $5
  Same-day service fee (in addition to request fee) $10
  USPS Express Mail service (in addition to request fee) $18.30
   Upon request submission to the Office of Academic Records and the payment of the appropriate fee amount, 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. Course descriptions from 1997-onward are available online by selecting “Bulletin Archives” from the upper right-hand drop-down menu here. $3
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 schedule of current rates, please call the Office of Residential Programs at (516) 463-6930.

NOTE: The deadline for filing a housing application is May 1.

 Resident Hall Fees, per person


 Per Semester


   Graduate Single  $6,750  $13,500
   Graduate Double  $5,925  $11,850
   Super Single  $5,850  $11,700
   Suite Single  $5,488  $10,975
   Single  $5,150  $10,300
   Suite Lounge  $4,925  $9,850
   Suite Without Lounge  $4,125  $8,250
   Suite Triple  $3,815  $7,630
   Tower Double  $3,915  $7,830
   Tower Triple  $3,415  $6,830
   Tower Quad  $3,175  $6,350

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

 Plan A  $1,940  $3,880
   Plan B  $1,830  $3,660
   Plan C  $1,695  $3,390
   Plan D  $1,505  $3,010
   Plan E  $1,380  $2,760
   Plan F  $750  $1,500
   Commuter Plan  $390  $780

 Resident Wellness
 Center Fee

   $53  $106
 Laundry Fee    $40  $80
 Housing Cancellation Fee    $750  
 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 2 for the fall semester and January 3 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, 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 Student Financial Services Suite, 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 Student Financial Services Suite on or before 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 (800) 635-0120 or visit 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 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 3 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, require the student’s prior written authorization to use current financial aid for late payment fees.

 Fall Semester
 Payments after August 2       $50
 Payments after September 15 additional $100
 Payments after October 18 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 3 $50
 Payments after February 15 additional $100
 Payments after March 16 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 $300

Refund Policy


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

The University shall refund student payments, other than Title IV aid, in accordance with the following schedule. Please note that all University fees (e.g., University, technology, activity) are nonrefundable. Students must apply for all eligible refunds in writing. An application for refund is available in the Student Financial Services Suite or on the University Web site.

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

Date of Withdrawal

Refund of Tuition and Fees

(less nonrefundable fees)

Prior to 1st day of classes 100%
1st week of classes 10%
2nd week of classes 75%
3rd week of classes 50%
4th week of classes 25%
Thereafter 0%

The refund policy associated with housing is available from the Office of Residential Programs.

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, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, 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. Note: The Federal regulations for return of Federal aid does not affect a student’s liability for tuition charges. This often results in students owing additional money to the University after a withdrawal.

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
  • ACG
  • Federal SEOG
  • Other Title IV Programs

Sample worksheets are available in the Financial Aid Office.



**Excluding graduate business students