May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Main Campus Fees and Financial Information


Tuition and other fees do not meet the total cost of supporting the students at the University. The Mount makes every effort to keep costs at the lowest possible level and reserves the right to change these costs annually.

Bills of approximately one-half of the annual charges will be sent prior to the start of each semester and will be due and payable on the date indicated thereon. Payment is to be made by check or money order, payable to Mount St. Mary’s University, and sent to the Accounting and Financial Affairs Office, Mount St. Mary’s University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Credit card payments and e-check payments can be made through MyMount/Cashnet Portal.

Installment Payment Plan

The University offers parents and students a payment plan under which they may pay tuition, room, and board costs on a monthly schedule instead of in the customary manner of two large semester payments. A finance charge, at the rate of 6% per annum, =(1/2% at the end of each month) will be assessed on any unpaid balance. Before the beginning of the first semester, a payment-plan agreement will be (available on MyMount) If you would like to make payments for the semester. You will need to complete the set up and consent on MyMount under the Account Balance tab. This option must be completed at the beginning of each semester. Any inquiries should be directed to the Accounts Receivable Office at 301-447-5353 or

Payment of Bills

All bills are normally due and payable upon receipt. For special payment terms and other financial assistance programs, please refer to the installment payment plan as defined above and to the Financial Aid section.

Normally, no student may begin a semester with an unpaid balance on his/her account. Such indebtedness also precludes the possibility of receiving a degree or honorable dismissal. Students who fail to honor their obligations may be dismissed from the University. Upon nonpayment, Mount St. Mary’s University may declare any remaining balance due and payable. In the event a student account is referred to an attorney for collection through legal proceedings or otherwise, the student will be responsible to pay reasonable collection costs and fees, attorney’s fees, court costs and other related costs to Mount St. Mary’s University. Default interest shall accrue at the rate of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month (18% APR) from the date of default until the date of payment, and shall be the rate of interest applicable to any judgment. A transcript release hold will be applied to the student record. Transcripts and grades will not be released until the debt is paid in full.

Veterans Receiving Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® or Chapter 31 VocRehab Benefits

In compliance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, any student using Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® or Chapter 31 VocRehab benefits who has been certified for benefits by the School Certifying Official, is exempt from the deadlines and penalties listed above for the semester(s) certified. In order to be certified, the student must provide the VA’s Certificate of Eligibility and complete Mount St. Mary’s University’s Declaration of Intent form, available here:

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Annual Expenses

(2023-2024 academic year)

  Residential Student Nonresidential Student
Tuition $45,660 $45,660 (up to 16 hours maximum each semester)
Comprehensive fees* $1,580 $1,580
Board (basic charge)** $7,250  
Room*** $7,500
Suites/Apt $8,250
Cottages $8,750
Powell Hall $8,250  
TOTAL (Based on Standard room) $61,990 $47,240

* The comprehensive fee includes academic labs, graduation, student activities, and technology fees.

** Multiple meal plans are available to resident and nonresident students. All resident freshmen are required to carry the 21+ meal plan for their 1st semester. All other students, except those residing in the cottages and apartment complex, are required to carry a meal plan, and these meals will be served in the school’s dining hall, Patriot Hall. Meal plans may not be changed after the deadline stated on the meal plan contract. For additional information concerning meal plans, please contact the MOUNTcard Office.

*** Resident students are reminded that they contract for their rooms for the entire school year and normally will not be permitted to withdraw during the year in order to live off campus. University owned houses are also included in the suite/apartment pricing.

Enrollment Deposit Fee

A one-time only $300 fee is required of all new full-time students. Undergraduate students should refer to their acceptance letter for deposit refund timelines. $300 will pay for June and August orientation.

In addition, the Financial Responsibility form requires a parent(s)/guardian(s) signature as well as a student signature and must be returned before the beginning of the first semester of attendance. A student may not register or begin classes until the form is completed online through MyMount by the parent. The student must then sign and upload the completed form. 

Part-Time Tuition

The student enrolled for 11 or fewer semester hours during a regular fall or spring semester will be billed at the rate of $1,440 per semester hour and any other applicable charges.

Supplemental Tuition Charge

The fall and spring semester full-time tuition charge entitles the student to enroll for not less than 12 or more than 16 semester hours. Ordinarily, semester hours beginning with the 17th will be billed at a supplemental tuition charge of $720 per credit hour.

Students pay no supplemental tuition for additional credit with the One Credit Option in service-learning or credits in ROTC, Chorale, Ensemble, Lighted Corners or Echo Practicum.

Applied Music Fee

A fee of $515 per course is payable by all students registered for music courses (FAMU) that indicate private instruction. The lesson fee is waived for declared Fine Art Majors and Minors with concentration in Music. Students enrolled in a departmental ensemble course pay a discounted fee of $250 per lesson-course.

Course Audit Fee

The fee for auditing a course is $85, plus any special fees that would ordinarily be associated with the course.

Internship Fees

Courses requiring internship fees are identified in the semester course schedule.

Internship fees are payable each semester for each course according to the following schedule:


Internship I $275

Internship II $350

Foreign Study Fee

A fee of $130 per semester and $70 for summer sessions is payable by students studying abroad in non-Mount programs for administrative expenses connected with the program.

Books and Supplies

Books and supplies are available in the University store at standard prices.


Every student is issued a MOUNTcard for identification purposes. This card is also used to access the student’s residence hall, meal plan, flex dollars and mount money account. Mount money can be used as an alternative to carrying cash. It is accepted at many locations on campus. Deposits can be made via cash or check in the MOUNTCard office or via debit/credit card online at No cash advances are available.

Withdrawal From The University

Voluntary Withdrawal

Because the University receives more applications each year than it can accept, each student is selected on the assumption that he/she will remain for the entire academic year. If a student voluntarily withdraws before the beginning of classes, all fees are refundable provided that written notice is received by the registrar before classes begin. When a student officially withdraws or leaves the University for any reason and has no indebtedness to the University, a portion of the tuition fee is refunded, depending upon the date of formal withdrawal (that date on which the withdrawal forms have been properly completed and returned to the Registrar’s Office).

By the end of the 1st week of school 100%
By the end of the 2nd week of school 80%
By the end of the 3rd week of school 60%
By the end of the 4th week of school 40%
By the end of the 5th week of school 20%

After five weeks of school there will be no refund of tuition.

Room: same refund policy as for tuition (above). Board: Board funds will be returned on a pro-rated basis.

Involuntary Withdrawal

Involuntary withdrawal resulting from either dismissal, expulsion or as a result of other disciplinary action, regardless of whether the action took place before or after the semester began, will result in total forfeiture of tuition and room fees, as well as the student’s enrollment deposit fee for the semester in which the action took place.

Military Service Member Withdrawal

Mount St. Mary’s University will offer a full refund for service members called to active duty during the fall or spring semester. It will provide a prorated refund for service members who must leave the Mount during the fall or spring semester in order to fulfill service obligations.

Board funds will be returned on a pro-rated basis.

Federal Aid Recipients

It is important for students who receive federal financial aid, to understand that the award amount(s) could be reduced if the student does not attend classes the entire semester.   If a student decides to withdraw from the Mount prior to the end of the semester, the financial aid office is required to complete a Return of Title IV Calculation.  This calculation determines the percentage of financial aid that is earned.  The calculation determines the percentage of the semester that the student attended.  If the student attended more than 60% of the semester, the student earned 100% of the financial aid for the semester.  If the student only attended 50% of the semester, then only 50% of the financial aid was earned.  For additional information, refer to the Federal Aid Return of Title IV Calculation section in the catalog.

If the amount of federal aid earned by the student is less than the amount that was disbursed, funds must be returned to the U.S. Department of Education.  If the return of these federal funds creates a balance on the student account, the student is responsible for the balance.

If a student earned more based on the calculation than what was disbursed, the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.  If the post-withdraw funds are federal student loan funds, the student must confirm with the financial aid office that they want to receive the funds.

The university must return the amount of Title IV funds to the U.S. Department of Education no later than 45 days after the date of determination of the student’s withdraw.

Students are encourage to reach out to the financial aid office prior to making a withdraw decision to determine the impact on financial aid funds awarded/disbursed.

Federal Aid Return of Title IV Calculation

Students awarded Title IV financial aid funds must earn their aid by attending classes. When students completely withdraw from classes or stop attending during a semester and/or term, the College must follow rules established by the federal government to determine the amount of financial aid earned. The amount of Title IV aid that must be returned to the federal programs is determined by the federal formula for Return of Title IV funds as specified in the Higher Education Act of 1998 (34 CFR§668.22).

The calculation is based on the documented withdrawal date or last date of attendance of the student. For students who unofficially withdraw from a semester and/or term and earn all “F” grades, the last documented date of attendance is used in the calculation .When students receive more Title IV funds than they have earned, the unearned portion must be returned to the Federal program. When students have not received all of their earned Title IV funds, they may still receive disbursements of this aid. Funds must be returned to the Title IV Programs in the following order:

1.Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

2.Federal Direct Subsidized Loans

3.Federal PLUS Loans

4.Federal Pell Grants

5.Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

6.Iraq/Afghanistan Service


Students may obtain a sample copy of the Return of Title IV Funds worksheet with sample calculations from Financial Aid Office located in Bradley Hall.