Jul 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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 the Mount St. Mary’s website.

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, will be assessed on any unpaid balance. Before the beginning of the first semester, a payment-plan agreement will be sent along with the first bill of that semester. It should be completed and returned to the Accounts Receivable Office in accordance with the instructions in the agreement. Any inquiries should be directed to the Accounts Receivable Office. Final approval of the agreement is subject to University review.

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: https://inside.msmary.edu/registrar/va_benefits_students_intent_form.pdf

Annual Expenses

(2020-2021 academic year)

  Residential Student Nonresidential Student
Tuition $42,200 $42,200 (up to 16 hours maximum each semester)
Comprehensive fees* $1,450 $1,450
Board (basic charge)** $6,690  
Room*** $6,940
Suites/Apt $7,660
Cottages $8,100
Powell Hall $7,850  
TOTAL $57,280 $43,650

* 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 $500 fee is required of all new full-time students. Undergraduate students should refer to their acceptance letter for deposit refund timelines. $250 will pay for June and August orientation, and the remaining $250 will be returned to the student if all bills have been paid and the matriculating student notifies the registrar, in writing, prior to the first day of classes that he or she will not be attending Mount St. Mary’s.

In addition, the financial consent 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 on file in the Accounting and Financial Affairs Office.

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 $1,340 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 $670 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 $475 per course is payable by all students registered for music courses (FAMU) that indicate private instruction.

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 $255

Internship II $325

Foreign Study Fee

A fee of $120 per semester and $55 for summer sessions is payable by students studying abroad in non-Mount programs for administrative expenses connected with the program.

Rush Transcript Fee

The fee for rushed transcripts (requests that can be processed and mailed within 24 hours) is $25.

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 msmary.edu/mymountcard. 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

Students who receive financial aid from federal sources other than work study and withdraw from the University during the semester are only entitled to the federal aid they have earned. The amount of aid earned is determined by a prorated calculation; multiplying the percentage of the academic term the student has completed by the total amount of federal aid disbursed, or that could have been disbursed, to the student. If the academic term is more than 60 percent complete, the student has earned 100 percent of the aid.

If the amount of federal aid earned by the student is less than the amount that was disbursed, funds must be returned from the student’s account to the federal aid programs. Should this procedure result in a balance due on the account, the student will be required to pay the balance due.

Refund Policy for Federal Aid Recipients

Aid recipients who withdraw from Mount St. Mary’s University mid-semester will have their financial aid package reviewed and may have their aid eligibility reduced. This review will include separate calculations for institutional and federal aid programs. In all cases, the date of withdrawal is determined by the associate provost, and the Financial Aid Office will calculate any necessary adjustments to the aid.

Institutional Aid

Institutional aid (Mount scholarships and grants) will be pro-rated utilizing the same percentages as the student’s tuition charges established by the accounting and finance office. Therefore,

If a student withdraws: Financial aid will be reduced:
Before the end of the first week of classes 100%
Before the end of the second week of classes 80%
Before the end of the third week of classes 60%
Before the end of the fourth week of classes 40%
Before the end of the fifth week of classes 20%
After the fifth week of classes 0%

Service members who withdraw will have their institutional aid refunded at the same rate as their tuition is refunded.

Federal Aid

The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to determine how much financial aid was earned by students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term.

For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in-time, there are no unearned funds. However, a school must still complete a return calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.

The calculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

Percentage of payment period or term completed = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid.

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:

Aid to be returned = (100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.

If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution.

If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student’s withdrawal.

The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student’s withdrawal.

Refunds are allocated in the following order:

Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans; Subsidized Federal Direct Loans; Federal Perkins Loans; Direct PLUS Loans; Federal Pell Grants for which a Return of funds is required; Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a Return of funds is required; Other assistance under this Title for which a Return of funds is required (e.g., LEAP).