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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Policies

McDaniel College has always attempted to keep its fees within the reach of those students coming from families with moderate incomes while offering a liberal arts education of outstanding value.

The regular academic year for undergraduates consists of a fall semester, the January Term, and a spring semester. Students enrolling for 12 or more credit hours in the fall and spring semesters are charged tuition as full-time students. Students enrolled for more than 22 credits per semester are billed for each credit hour over 22. Students enrolling for less than full time will be charged at the part-time rate. However, all resident students, whether full or part time will pay the full-time tuition rate.

Degree-seeking undergraduates are entitled to enroll in one three-week January Term without paying additional tuition. Board and special fees are billed to the student’s account. Students electing to enroll in two or more January Terms are charged a flat tuition rate. More information on Jan Term charges for tuition and housing requirements is provided in the Undergraduate Student Expenses section.

Tuition and Payment of Bills


 Full-time students are charged a flat tuition fee of $19,175 per semester. The tuition for part-time and special students is $1,198 per credit hour.

McDaniel College divides basic charges into two half-year billings, the first payable by August 8, 2014, and the second by January 9, 2015. An additional charge (late payment penalty) of 1 percent a month on the unpaid balance or $25, whichever is greater, will be added if payment is not received in the Bursar’s Office on or before the payment due date and on the unpaid balance of each succeeding month throughout the session. The proceeds of Federal Direct or PLUS Loans are exempt from the late payment penalty provided a completed application is received by the Financial Aid Office at least four weeks prior to the first day of the semester. Additional bills for miscellaneous fees, library fines, property damages, etc., are mailed as charges are incurred. Checks should be mailed to the Bursar’s Office. No student will be permitted to enter class, receive grades or transcripts, advance from one class to another, or be graduated until all financial obligations are met. The student is responsible for attorney’s fees and other costs necessary for the collection of any amount due.

Students normally pre-register for the following semester during assigned periods as outlined in the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes booklet.

Students may print their class schedules from the Archway and complete their registration prior to the first day of the semester. A $50 late registration fee will be charged to students completing their registration on or after the first day of the semester.

For the convenience of parents desiring monthly payment arrangements, McDaniel College in partnership with Tuition Management Systems offers choices to make education affordable. Whether students prefer to pay the annual expenses by an interest-free, 10-month Tuition Contract or a low interest loan, TMS’s counseling services help keep payments affordable and loan debt at a minimum. Families may make inquiries at TMS’s toll-free number 1-800-722-4867 or online at

Schedule of tuition and fees follows:

 Undergraduate Student Expenses

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College Year 2014-2015    
Standard Fees per semester Resident Non-Resident
Tuition1 $19,175 $19,175
Residence Hall Room2 $2,275  
Board3 $2,275  
Standard Semester Total $23,725 $19,175
Non-Recurring Fees    
Matriculation Fee4 $400 $400
Residence Security Deposit5 $250  
1 Students enrolled for more than 22 credit hours are billed an additional $1,198 for each credit hour over 22.
2 Rate for a standard double room in a traditional Residence Hall.
3 Rate for the 210-meal per semester plan which averages to 14 meals per week. Freshmen living in Residence Halls are required to take the 210-, 240- or the unlimited meal plan. Board is optional to residents of Garden Apts. with kitchens, North Village and Pennsylvania Avenue houses, and commuters.
4 One-time initial enrollment fee.
5 One-time deposit to secure against residence hall damage. Unused balance returned when student leaves campus housing.

January Term 2015

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    Resident Non-Resident
Tuition (2 credits)*   $740 $740
Physical Education class (1/2 credit)**   $200 $200
Internships/special studies per credit*   $240 $240
Audit (2 credits)**   $455 $455
Math Workshops MAT1001 and MAT1002   no charge  
Room   no charge  
Meals***    36 meals $355  
  45 meals $452  
  60 meals $540  
* Students are required to complete successfully one two-credit-hour January Term course as a requirement for graduation. Full-time undergraduates are entitled to enroll in one January Term without paying additional tuition. However, any special fees required by the courses must be paid. Study tours typically do not have tuition billed.

** PE classes and audited classes do not meet the two credit graduation requirement. They will be billed for every Jan Term.

*** Students remaining in the residence halls during January Term are required to have at least the 36-block meal plan. Athletes who are not taking classes during January Term, but who are remaining in the residence halls for the duration, are billed for the 36-block meal plan.

If students take a study tour as their first January Term, they may register for one future January Term on-campus course without additional tuition. Students on leaves of absence or not enrolled at the College in the fall and who return for the January Term will be charged tuition, if applicable, and board for the session.

Modest increases in tuition, room, and board may be expected each year.

Miscellaneous Fees

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A complete listing of miscellaneous fees, including physical education fees and internship fees, is available in the Bursar’s Office. All fees are subject to change. Some of the fees are as follows:

    Per Semester
Audit Tuition Rate  $599 per credit
(1/2 of regular credit hour)   
Student Teaching Fee  $750
Music Fees:   
Private lessons, 1/2 hour per week  $275
Private lessons, 1 hour per week  $550
Course Field Trips  $25-$50
Poster Fee  $40-$60
Late Registration Fee  $50
Parking Registration Fee Annual                      Juniors-Seniors $150
                                                                           First year and sophomores $200
    Per Request
ID Replacement  $35
Post Office Key Replacement  $25
Transcript Fee Per Official Copy  $5

Room Fees

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Freshman, sophomore, and junior students are required to live on campus unless they live with their parents, are married, or are over age 25. Exceptions are made by the Residence Life Office. Students are assigned single, double, or triple rooms in the Residence Halls. Double and single rooms are available in North Village, Garden Apts. and Pennsylvania Avenue houses. The semester rates for these rooms follow:

Residence Halls
  double $2,275   single $2,750
Blanche, Forlines and MacLea Residence Halls
  double $2,500   single $2,900
North Village
  double $3,200   single $3,550
Pennsylvania Avenue Houses
  double $2,600   single $2,950
Garden Apts. with kitchen    
  double $2,925   single $3,300
Garden Apts. without kitchen
  double $2,625   single $3,000

North Village and Pennsylvania Avenue houses are equipped with kitchen facilities.

All students living in College-owned housing will be charged full-time tuition.

All students desiring College housing must make a deposit of $200 in the spring before room assignments will be made for the following fall. This is subsequently credited toward the room charges when billed.

Board Fees

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The College offers a “block plan” rather than the traditional “meals per week” in order to provide maximum flexibility. This plan provides a block of meals to be allocated by the student over the course of the semester. The number of meals consumed each week (or day) is at the discretion of the student and unused meals may be carried forward throughout the semester. Changes or cancellations to the meal plan must be made within the first two weeks of the semester.

All first year students residing in a traditional residence hall are required to be on the unlimited, 240- or 210-block plan for two semesters. The meal plan averages 14-16 meals per week for the 15-week semester. Upper class students residing in the residence halls are required to be on at least the 150-block plan. Residents of North Village, Garden Apts. with kitchen and Pennsylvania Avenue houses and commuters may select any meal plan option by submitting a request to the Bursar’s Office. The meal plans and the semester costs for 2014-2015 are as follows:

Unlimited Plan: $2,910 per semester. The student is given $50 debit per semester and 3 free guest meal passes. 70 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. Unlimited entrance to the dining hall.

240 Block Plan: $2,430 per semester. The student is given $50 debit per semester and 3 free guest meal passes. 60 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. Averages 17 meals per week.

210 Block Plan: $2,275 per semester. The student is given $50 debit per semester and 3 free guest meal passes. 50 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. Averages 14 meals per week.

180 Block Plan: $2,110 per semester. The student is given $50 debit per semester and 3 free guest meal passes. 40 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. Averages 12 meals per week.

150 Block Plan: $1,940 per semester. The student is given $50 debit per semester and 3 free guest meal passes. 30 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. Averages 10 meals per week.

90 Block Plan: $1,235 per semester. The student is given $50 debit per semester and 3 free guest meal passes. 25 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. Students completing their Student Teaching Certification who reside in a residence hall may select this plan for that one semester. Averages 6 meals per week.

5 Lunch Only Plan: $665 per semester. Students may have lunch in Englar Dining Hall Monday through Friday. This meal plan is available to commuter students or another option for those students living in non-traditional residence halls.

January Term 36 Meal Plan: $355 for 36 meals, $425 for 45 meals and $540 for 60 meals for the 3-week session. All students residing in the campus residence halls must choose at least the 36-meal plan (12 meals per week), whether they are here for athletics, as student workers, or taking classes.

Students with meal plans have their I.D. cards activated as 1card debit accounts. Commuter students also have debit card capabilities. The card is used to gain access into Englar Dining Hall; purchase books, supplies, and clothing at the College Book Store; purchase meals and snacks at the Pub/Grille, Caseys’ Corner and Green n Go. Please refer to the 1card Dining Plan for more information.

For more information on any of the meal plans, contact the Bursar’s Office.

Health Insurance Fees


A Student Health Insurance fee is charged to all students each academic year. Students who have comparable coverage under another policy may waive the cost by submitting an on-line waiver by the due date. Instructions for completing the waiver are included in the Bursar’s billing cover letter, the insurance brochure, or by contacting the Bursar’s Office.

Refund Policy


McDaniel College must make financial commitments to its faculty, staff, and service contractors on an annual basis. It is assumed a student will not withdraw from the College during a semester. Should withdrawal become necessary because of prolonged illness or similar unusual circumstance, the following refund policy will prevail:

Tuition refund in event of withdrawal:

First week 80%
Second week 60%
Third week 40%
Fourth week 20%
After fourth week no refund


Room & Board

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A pro rata refund will be made from date of withdrawal. For students who have an 1card Debit Account, all remaining funds will be refunded less a $20 administrative fee.

The effective date of withdrawal is the date upon receipt of the Withdrawal Form in the Office of Academic Affairs. Should a credit balance be generated due to a reduction in tuition or other charges when a student withdraws, policies regarding refunds to federal aid programs will take precedence. Any remaining credit balance will be mailed to the billing address at the end of the academic semester.

It may happen that financial aid postings may exceed the cost of tuition, room, and board. If this occurs, a credit balance will appear on the billing statement. The College will maintain the credit and apply other cost-of-attendance charges such as books, supplies, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, or other institutional charges incurred at the student’s discretion. The student may rescind this procedure at any time. The student may request a refund of the credit from the Bursar’s Office at any time.

Return of Financial Aid


Students who withdraw from the College during the semester may not be eligible for some or all of the financial aid they received for that semester. Funds for which students are no longer eligible must be returned to the appropriate program fund.

Return of Title IV Funds


The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60 percent of a payment period or term. The federal Title IV financial aid programs must be recalculated in these situations.

If a student leaves McDaniel prior to completing 60 percent of a payment period or term, the Financial Aid Office recalculates eligibility for Title IV funds. Recalculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

Percentage of term completed = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the 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 percent 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 College 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 may owe a debit balance to the College.

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

The College must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 30 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
  • Federal Parent (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)