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2009 - 2011 Catalog 
    
2009 - 2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fees


The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission regulations require the University to operate strictly on a cash basis with all payments and obligations being collected in advance. All tuition and fees must be collected in full for each semester on enrollment (registration) day.

If payment is made by check, registration will be considered incomplete until the check covering the required fees has cleared the bank on which it is written. The cashier will accept cash, money orders, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover), or approved personal checks written for the exact amount of the obligation. All checks must be payable to Shepherd University, and third-party checks will not be accepted. A student’s registration may be cancelled when payment is made by a check, which is dishonored by the bank. If the return check is in payment of tuition and fees, the business office is required to declare the fees unpaid and registration cancelled. The return of a check for any reason constitutes late registration, and the applicable late-registration fee shall be assessed In such case the student may be reinstated upon redemption of the unpaid check, payment of the $10 returned-check handling charge, and payment of the applicable late fee of $25. The returned-check fee of $10 will be collected for each check returned unpaid by the bank upon which it is drawn, unless the drawer obtains an admission of error from the bank.

All student charges are payable at the time of registration for each semester. Students in debt to the University from a previous semester or term will not be permitted to enroll until all obligations are paid. Any outstanding and unpaid financial obligation to the University can result in withholding the student’s grades, transcript of credits, diploma, and official reports. Students will not be permitted to attend classes until registration has been completed.

If a student has a short-term loan or has had any other outstanding financial obligation with Shepherd University and has defaulted, i.e., the student’s account has been referred to an attorney, the magistrate’s court, or a collection agent, the student will not be eligible to borrow short-term loans in the future.

2009-10 Graduate Tuition and Fees

In-State Tuition:
  1 Hour $305.00
  2 Hours $610.00
  3 Hours $915.00
  4 Hours $1,220.00
  5 Hours $1,525.00
  6 Hours $1,830.00
  7 Hours $2,135.00
  8 Hours $2,440.00
  9 Hours or more $2,745.00
     
Out-of-State Tuition:
  1 Hour $440.00
  2 Hours $880.00
  3 Hours $1,320.00
  4 Hours $1,760.00
  5 Hours $2,200.00
  6 Hours $2,640.00
  7 Hours $3,080.00
  8 Hours $3,520.00
  9 Hours or more $3,960.00
     
Metro Rate Tuition*:
  1 Hour $430.00
  2 Hours $860.00
  3 Hours $1,290.00
  4 Hours $1,720.00
  5 Hours $2,150.00
  6 Hours $2,580.00
  7 Hours $3,010.00
  8 Hours $3,440.00
  9 Hours or more $3,870.00

* For students living adjacent to West Virginia in the following states and counties: Maryland–Garrett, Allegany, and Washington; Virginia–Loudoun, Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland.

Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from all courses in accordance with University procedures may receive a refund of tuition and fees in accordance with the schedules outlined below. Refunds are determined from the first day of the school term, which officially begins with Orientation and Registration Days. The official withdrawal date is certified by the registrar. Refund checks are issues through the State Treasury and receipt of a refund may take up to six weeks. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON PARTIAL WITHDRAWALS.

Regular Session  
During the first and second weeks 90%
During third and fourth weeks 70%
During fifth and sixth weeks 50%
Beginning with seventh week No Refund
   
Summer Term  
During first, second, and third class days 90%
During fourth, fifth, and sixth class days 70%
During seventh and eight class days 50%
Beginning ninth class day No Refund

Students should go to the Registrar’s Office (110 Ikenberry Hall) to withdraw from the University. Irregular withdrawals yield failing grades in enrolled courses. Withdrawal from the University must be reported and financial clearance made at the Cashier’s Office.

Financial Aid

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Students seeking financial aid are encouraged to submit their financial aid packages sufficiently in advance to their graduate studies so that funds will be available if awarded. Please seek financial aid support at www.shepherd.edu/faoweb/.

Policy for the Distribution of Graduate Tuition Waivers and Scholarships for all Graduate Programs

Graduate Student Tuition Waivers for Full-Time Faculty and Staff

Each year, Shepherd University awards a limited number of tuition waivers up to six credits per semester to faculty or staff employees pursuing graduate degrees at Shepherd. Preference for tuition waivers will be given to employees pursuing degrees that are directly relevant to their employment at the University. Employees desiring a tuition waiver should send a letter of application to the Office of Graduate Studies. Supporting letters from colleagues, undergraduate professors, or supervisors are welcome but not required. The letter of application should contain the following information:

  • A description of the applicant’s current position at Shepherd University.
  • The graduate program that the applicant is enrolled in or desires to apply to.
  • Information about the relationship between the degree sought and the applicant’s employment at Shepherd University.
  • Information about the applicant’s academic background and qualifications to pursue graduate studies.
  • A statement about the applicant’s ultimate career goals and the role of graduate study in those career goals.

Graduate Student Tuition Waivers (Non-Full Time Employees)

Each year, Shepherd University awards a limited number of tuition waivers for graduate students based on a competitive application. The waivers may be for partial or full time studies. Applicants need to submit the following information:

  • The graduate program that the applicant is enrolled in or desires to apply to.
  • A statement about the applicant’s ultimate career goals and the role of graduate study in those career goals.

Graduate Student Tuition Waivers for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (BRCTC) Employees

Each year, Shepherd University awards up to six employees at BRCTC an award up to three credit hours per semester. Applicants need to submit the following information:.

  • The graduate program that the applicant is enrolled in or desires to apply to.
  • A statement about the applicant’s ultimate career goals and the role of graduate study in those career goals.

Graduate Research Assistantship Scholarships (Non-Full Time Employees)

For 2009-2010 (with potential funding afterwards), Shepherd University has created 60 one credit scholarships for graduate students who are not full time employees (or combinations of one credit scholarships not to exceed one credit per course). Applicants need to submit the following information:

  • The graduate program that the applicant is enrolled in or desires to apply to.
  • A statement about the applicant’s ultimate career goals and the role of graduate study in those career goals.

Letters of application for tuition waivers and scholarships above, are due by July 1 for fall semesters, November 1 for spring semesters, and March 1 for summer terms. Letters should be addressed to:

Dr. Russell Porter, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000

In addition, the Master of Arts in College Student Development Administration program (M.A.- CSDA) receives support through the Office of Student Affairs for several scholarships to those who are interested in or are already admitted to the respective graduate program. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for the scholarships in the M.A.-CSDA in the Student Center, Suite 122.

Tuition Waivers for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate students may qualify to be teaching assistants in one or more academic department on campus. Teaching assistants are hired by individual departments or academic units (such as Academic Support Services) and must meet all qualifications for instructional faculty in the department or unit. Graduate students who are employed as teaching assistants will receive a one-course tuition waiver for each course that they teach during a semester. These tuition waivers can only be used during the semester in which the graduate student is actually teaching.

Graduate Student Support Programs

The following programs help support graduate students during their graduate studies:

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

This is an organization of graduate students created to help both on-campus and commuting students better interact with internal services. As an organization of and for graduate students, the primary objective is to help graduate students with their studies and also with the following: 1.) graduate student activities on and off campus; 2.) networking opportunities with current graduate students and graduated graduate students (alumni); 3.) enhanced health insurance options to graduate students; 4.) housing options both on and off campus; 5.) developing enhanced services for graduate student needs including longer hours for obtaining Rambler cards, library services, athletic and music/theater/art activities for graduate students; 6.) services provided by Student Affairs; and 7.) other services available such as the new Wellness Center.

Graduate Student Honor Societies

Potential memberships are in development with Phi Kappa Phi that bring potential scholarships both during and after graduate studies, as well as other honor society memberships including Who’s Who memberships.

For more information on how you can interact with the organizations above, please contact:

Dr. Russell Porter, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
304-876-5313 or e-mail rporter@shepherd.edu