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academics at albright

Educational Expenses

Albright College is a not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to provide a quality education at the lowest possible cost. Tuition and fees only cover a portion of the total cost of providing a student's education in an academic year. The remaining cost of a student's education comes primarily from bequests, gifts and endowment income made possible by the generosity of alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations.

The following charges for tuition and fees apply to the 2013-2014 Academic Year. Albright College reserves the right to amend its tuition and related charges and policies and procedures from time to time without notice.


Day Division

  • Comprehensive tuition charge for full-time students (enrolled in both the fall and spring semesters taking three or more courses) is $35,860.
  • Students taking one or two courses each semester are classified as part-time students and are charged on a $4,483 per course basis.

Change of Status: The comprehensive tuition is charged for a normal load of three to five courses per semester. A student may elect to drop courses during the first two weeks of a semester. This may result in a change of status from full-time (three or more courses per semester) to part-time (one or two courses per semester). A change of status will affect tuition charges, financial aid awards and eligibility for campus housing. Withdrawing from an individual course after the first two weeks of a semester will not change a student's status from full-time to part-time and will not result in a tuition reduction or refund.

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The Interim Session

All full-time students enrolled in the Interim session are assessed a comprehensive Interim tuition fee of $345. Students who are not enrolled for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters) in the Day Division, are charged on a per course basis of $2,050.

Off-campus Interim trip charges are in addition to the Interim fee and will vary depending on travel destination, transportation, lodging selected, etc.

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Residential Housing

The following residential housing arrangements are available to full-time students:

Residence Halls (Krause, Walton, Smith, Crowell, Mohn, North, Albright Court)
Double Occupancy              $5,550 per year
Triple Occupancy                $4,400  per year
Single Occupancy               $6,720  per year
Super Single Occupancy      $6,950  per year

Albright Woods Complex
$6,640 per year

Albright Residential House Apartment
$7,350 per year

All residential housing contracts are full one-year commitments. In recognition of such guarantees, the College may be turning away other students because of these commitments. Therefore, you are urged to seriously consider the consequences of your contractual obligation if you cancel after the date specified in the residential housing and food service contract (generally mid-June). Students canceling housing contracts after this date will be assessed cancellation fees that are delineated in the residential housing and food service contract. Refunds of housing contract payments will be determined in accordance with the schedule presented in the Withdrawal and Refund Policy section below.

A one-time $300 security deposit is charged to students occupying the Albright Woods Apartments or Residential House Apartments.

Campus housing fees during the Interim session will be assessed for students occupying housing who do not have an annual residential housing contract.

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Campus Meal Plans

The following residential housing arrangements are available to full-time students:

  • Albright Gold Carte Blanche (Full Meal Plan)
    Unlimited Dining plus $75 Albright Bonus Dollars (ABD) per semester
    $4,450 per year
  • Silver 14 Plan (Flex)
    14 meals per week plus $90 ABD per semester
    $3,980 per year
  • Bronze 10 Plan (Flex)
    10 meals per week plus $100 ABD per semester
    $3,200 per year

Incoming freshmen occupying College housing must participate in either the Gold or Silver Plan.


The following meal plans are available only to commuting students and students living in Albright Woods.

  • Commuter 120 Block Plan Plus
    120 meals per semester plus $75 ABD per semester
    $2,356 per year
  • Commuter 80 Block Plan Plus 
    80 meals per semester plus $75 ABD per semester
    $1,500 per year

Like housing contracts, all meal plan contracts are one-year commitments. Therefore, you are urged to seriously consider the consequences of your contractual obligation if you cancel after the date specified in the residential housing and food service contract (generally mid-June). Students canceling food service contracts after this date will be assessed cancellation fees that are delineated in the residential housing and food service contract.

One change per year only to your meal plan selection is permitted during a limited time period at the beginning of the initial semester of the contract year.

There is no additional charge for students attending Interim if they have an annual meal plan contract. Students not participating in an annual meal plan contract may choose between the meal plans offered during the Interim session.

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General Fee

All enrolled students, full-time or part-time, are assessed an annual general fee of $800. This comprehensive fee is used to support a variety of student-related activities, official campus organizations, publications sponsored by the Student Government Association, Commencement-related activities and campus networking and telecommunication services.

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Billing and Payment

Tuition and fees described above are billed on a semester basis as a matter of convenience. The billing statement is sent to each student's home address showing the balance due after deduction for scholarships and grants that have been awarded.

Payment is required before the start of classes; a specific due date is published on the billing statement that you will receive in July and December of each year. Prompt attention is suggested to avoid delays in registration, room assignments and the assessment of finance charges associated with late payment. Accordingly, we suggest that you determine as promptly as possible, but before the due date, how you plan to meet these expenses. If you plan to obtain a loan to assist you in meeting your financial obligation, you are urged to apply promptly and should allow four to six weeks for loan application processing from your lending institution.

As an alternative to the traditional method of paying educational costs in full at the beginning of each semester, Albright College offers a budget plan financed through Tuition Management Systems, which allows for monthly installment payments covering tuition and fees throughout the academic year. Information about this program, which is designed to assist students and their families, is mailed to all students in advance of each academic year. Additional information is available from Tuition Management Systems' web site at www.afford.com.

Throughout the year, a monthly statement will be sent to each student's home address, generally during the second week of each month. This statement will show any outstanding balance, as well as charges incurred for that month, all of which are payable by the date specified on the statement. Payments not received within the time period indicated on the billing statement are subject to finance charges. Final account balances of less than $5 will not be collected nor refunded. Delinquent accounts are subject to the assessment of interest charges and the cost of collection if referred to an outside agency.

Students are also eligible for credit privileges enabling them to charge to their student account purchases made in the bookstore, food services in the College's snack bar and for long distance telephone charges. These charges, billed monthly, are payable upon presentation of the monthly billing statement. Details of these monthly charges are provided at either the time of purchase or sent directly to the students at his/her campus mailing address. Questions relating to any charge appearing on the monthly billing statements should be brought to the attention of the Controller's Office within seven days of receipt of the billing statement. Payment may be made at the Controller's Office or by mail.

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Unpaid Accounts, Collection Policies and Transcript Holds

College bills must be satisfied before any student's transcript and/or a diploma is released.

The College reserves the right to submit all delinquent financial obligations (including unpaid tuition accounts and unpaid student loans) to any or all of the following third parties:

• Credit bureaus
• Collection agencies
• Legal counsel

Students will be held responsible for reasonable collection costs and attorneys' fees in addition to any outstanding obligation to the College.

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Withdrawal and Refund Policy

A student desiring to withdraw voluntarily from the College must obtain an application for withdrawal from the Dean of Students’ Office. For the nonresident student, withdrawal will be official when this form is completed and returned to the Dean of Students’ Office. For the resident student, withdrawal will be official when the student's room has been vacated and the completed form returned to the Dean of Students’ Office.

The Controller's Office will not issue any refunds without written documentation. Oral communication or failure to report to class is not considered formal notification of withdrawal and, therefore, no refund will be given.

As the College has expenses of a continuing nature, usually incurred on an annual basis, it assumes that students, once enrolled, will remain for the semester. However, the College recognizes that individual circumstances may dictate a withdrawal. The Controller's Office will review a request for refund of institutional charges upon official notification from the Dean of Students’, Housing and Food Services offices. The refund is subject to the assessment of an administrative fee of $200, a record fee of $20, the cancellation fees delineated in the residential housing and food service contract and the following schedule:

• First week of semester: 95%
• Second week of semester: 90%
• Third week of semester: 75%
• Fourth week of semester: 50%
• Fifth week of semester: 25%
• Sixth week of semester: no refund

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Financial Aid Refunds

In accordance with federal regulations, Albright College has instituted a refund policy for students who are recipients of Federal Title IV financial assistance (Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants, National Smart Grants, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans and Federal Work Study). This policy applies to each recipient of Title IV assistance who withdraws or is dismissed from Albright College during the first 60 percent of a semester in which that student began attendance.

Federal aid will be adjusted based on the percent of the semester completed prior to the withdrawal. That is, students will be entitled to retain the same percent of the federal financial aid received as the percent of the semester completed. This percent is calculated by dividing the number of days in the semester (excluding breaks of five days or longer) into the number of days completed prior to the withdrawal (excluding breaks of five days or longer). The date of withdrawal will be the date the student begins the withdrawal process at the Registrar's Office; the student's last date of attendance at a documented academically-related activity; or the midpoint of the semester for a student who leaves without notifying the institution. There will be no adjustment to federal financial aid after the completion of at least 60 percent of the semester.

Once the federal refund amount has been calculated, the funds will be returned in the following order:

• Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
• Subsidized Stafford Loans
• Perkins Loans
• PLUS Loans
• Pell Grant
• ACG National Smart Grant
• Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Pennsylvania and other state grants will be adjusted in accordance with the agency's stated guidelines. It is expected that PHEAA Grant funds will be reduced by the same percent reduction in tuition received by a student when withdrawing from a course or courses. Albright College grant and scholarship funds will be adjusted based on the percentage of tuition received by a student when withdrawing from the College.

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Medical Withdrawal

All students who withdraw, even those who withdraw due to extenuating medical circumstances, are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policy described above.

Notice of withdrawal due to medical circumstances must be reported to the Dean of Students Office. Readmission to the College will require certification by the student's physician regarding the student's ability to attend classes.

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Dismissal from the College

Students who are dismissed from the College for failing to meet academic standards or are suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons are not eligible to receive a refund for payments made nor have their financial obligations credited in whole or in part. Students who are dismissed are subject to the cancellation fees delineated in the residential housing and food service contract.

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