Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate 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 20 credits per semester are billed for each credit hour over 20. 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.

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 $24,336 per semester. The tuition for part-time and special students is $1,521 per credit hour.

McDaniel College divides basic charges into two half-year billings, Fall 2023 due July 15, 2023 and spring 2024 due January 15, 2024. 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 available online as charges are incurred. 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 days as listed on the academic calendar.

Students may print their class schedules from the Portal and should complete their registration prior to the first day of the semester. A $30 late add fee will be charged to students completing their registration after September 4, 2023 for the Fall 2023 semester and January 29, 2024 for the Spring 2024 semester.

McDaniel College offers payment plans for the Fall and Spring semesters. Families are required to enroll each semester. The Fall Undergraduate payment plan starts July 1–November 1 and the Spring Undergraduate payment plan runs December 1–April 1. Payment plans are accessible through the my.mcdaniel.edu. There is a $75 per semester enrollment fee.

Schedule of tuition and fees follows:

 Undergraduate Student Expenses

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College Year 2023-2024    
Standard Fees per semester Resident Non-Resident
Tuition1 $24,336 $24,336
Residence Hall Room2 $2,954  
Board3 $3,343  
Standard Semester Total $30,633 $23,400
Non-Recurring Fees    
Comprehensive Fee4 $975 $975
Residence Security Deposit5 $250  
1 Students enrolled for more than 20 credit hours are billed an additional $910 for each credit hour over 20.
2 Rate for a standard double room in a traditional Residence Hall.
3 Rate for the Gold Plan (285 meals) per semester which is 19 meals per week. Freshmen living in Residence Halls are required to take the Gold or the Platinum (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 2024

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    Resident Non-Resident
Tuition (2 credits)*   $1,135 $1,135
Physical Education (KIN) class (1/2 credit)**   $284 $284
Internships/special studies per credit*   $263 $263
Audit (2 credits)**   $520 $520
Room   no charge  
Meals***   36 meals $487  
  42 meals $565  
  57 meals $703  
* Students are required to complete successfully one two-credit January Term course as a requirement for graduation. Full-time degree-seeking undergraduates are entitled to enroll in MDC 1100: My Design and one additional January Term (on campus course or study tour) without paying additional tuition. However, any special fees required by the courses must be paid. All study tours will be billed separately.

** KIN 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.

Modest increases in tuition, room, and meal plans 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 (1/2 of regular credit hour) $761 per credit
Overload (per credit) $910
Music Fees:  
Private lessons, 1/2 hour per week $390
Private lessons, 1 hour per week $780
Course Field Trips $25-$50
Poster Fee $40-$80
Parking Registration Fee Annual (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)   $300
Parking Registration Fee Annual (Freshmen)   $500
Parking Fines: Ticket #1   $45
Parking Fines: Ticket #2   $55
Parking Fines: Ticket #3   $65
Parking Fines: Ticket #4   $105
Parking Fines: Ticket #5   $135
Parking Fines: Ticket #6 and up   $185
Late Registration Fee (per course)   $30
ID Replacement $35
Post Office Key Replacement $50
Transcript Fee Per Official Copy $12

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 $2,954   single $3,637
Blanche, Forlines and MacLea Residence Halls
  double $3,360   single $3,898
North Village
  double $4,296   single $4,775
Pennsylvania Avenue Houses
  double $3,306   single $3,798
Garden Apts. with kitchen   
  double $3,926   single $4,435
Garden Apts. without kitchen
  double $3,522   single $4,031

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 non-refundable 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.

Meal Plan Fees

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The College offers the traditional “meals per week” plans that cater to student needs. Meals are allotted per week so students do not run out of meals. 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 are required to be on the Platinum meal plan (unlimited entrance to the dining hall) or the Gold meal plan (allows 19 meals per week) for two semesters. Upper class students residing in the residence halls are required to be on at least the Silver meal plan (allows 12 meals per week). Residents of North Village, Garden Apts. with a kitchen, Pennsylvania 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 2023-2024 are as follows:

Platinum Plan: $3,595 per semester. The student is given $150 debit per semester and 3 guest meal passes. 100 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. This plan allows unlimited entrance to the dining hall.

Gold Plan: $3,343 per semester. The student is given $100 debit per semester and 3 guest meal passes. 75 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. This plan allows 19 meals per week.

Silver Plan: $2,909 per semester. The student is given $125 debit per semester and 3 guest meal passes. 45 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. This plan allows 12 meals per week.

Bronze Plan: $1,264 per semester. The student is given $100 debit per semester and 3 guest passes. This plan allows five (5) meals in the Dining Hall per week and can be used for any mealtime- breakfast, lunch or dinner, and 20 meals may be used in the Pub/Grille as a meal exchange. Students choose the meal that fits best in their schedule. This meal plan is available to commuter students or provide another option for those students living in non-traditional residence halls.

January Term Meal Plans: 36 meals for $487, 42 meals for $565 or 57 meals for $703 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. The online waiver maybe be found at https://wellfleetstudent.com. The deadline to waive is July 15, 2023.

Refund Policy


The 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.

When registering for educational courses at McDaniel College, students are fully responsible for the cost and expense of all tuition, fees, housing, meal plans and other related educational expenses associated with their enrollment and status as a student at the College. Payment for any amounts due for these educational expenses must be made by the deadline that is published in this section, “Tuition, Fees, and Financial Policies,” for the semesters/terms they are enrolled. Should students incur any expenses for items not set forth therein, payment is due at the time they are incurred or students are otherwise informed they are due. Any payments not made by these deadlines will be considered an unpaid balance on the student’s account.

Tuition refund in event of withdrawal (for a 2023-2024 academic semester includes both KIN Sessions A and B):

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

Effective Date of Withdrawal

The effective date of withdrawal is the date upon receipt of the Withdrawal Form in the Office of Academic Affairs. Students receiving financial aid may have a portion of their original award returned to the program as required by federal regulation and the McDaniel College refund policy, thus creating a balance due to the College. If the result is a credit balance, the credit balance will be mailed to the billing address within three weeks of the withdrawal date. Review the financial aid brochure for more information.

Credit Balances

It may happen that financial aid postings may exceed the cost of tuition, room and meal plan. If this occurs, a credit balance will appear on the billing statement. Refunds are automatically processed starting the second Friday of each semester. Student refunds must be picked up from the Bursar’s Office by the student. PLUS loan refunds will be mailed as designated per the PLUS loan application. If you would like to use a portion of the credit towards books we can transfer up to $600 to your McDaniel 1Card by completing the 1Card deposit form which can be found in the Student Portal under Billing/Bursar’s Office > Forms.

Room and Meal Plan

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.

Force Majeure

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There may be instances beyond the control of McDaniel College that result in a modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of the college. Such instances may include, but are not limited to: (a) acts of God; (b) flood, fire, earthquake or explosion; (c) war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot, or other civil unrest; (d) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; (e) action by any Governmental Authority; (f) national or regional emergency; (g) strikes, labor stoppages, or industrial disturbances; and (h) epidemic or pandemic (each a “Force Majeure Event”).

The Tuition, Room and Meal Plan Withdrawal Refund Policy above will not be offered in the case of modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of McDaniel College resulting from a Force Majeure Event, and students waive any and all claims against McDaniel College arising out of or related to the modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of McDaniel College that arise out of or relate to a Force Majeure Event. However, in the event of a campus closure, the college will provide a pro-rata refund of the meal plan.

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 Federal Student Aid

To remain eligible for federal student aid during the semester, the student must be attending classes, taking exams, and completing required course work.

Federal Regulations require the College to calculate a return of federal student aid funds for students who withdraw (officially or unofficially) from all classes on or before the 60 percent attendance point in the semester and for students who withdraw from any module-based courses.

If the student officially withdraws, the determination date is the date McDaniel College determines the student began the withdrawal process. If the student does not provide official notification of his/her intent to withdraw, the determination date will be determined as the date McDaniel became aware the student was not attending class. For official withdrawal, McDaniel uses the date the student provided official notification to withdraw as the withdrawal date. For unofficial withdrawals, the last date of academically related activity as given by a professor is used as the withdrawal date. 

The calculation required determines a students earned and unearned Title IV aid based on the percentage of the enrollment period completed by the student. The percentage of the period that the student remained enrolled is derived by dividing the number of days the student attended by the number of days in the period. Calendar days (including weekends) are used, but breaks of at least 5 days are excluded from both the numerator and denominator.

Until a student has passed the 60% point of an enrollment period, only a portion of the student’s aid has been earned. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60% point is considered to have earned all awarded aid for the enrollment period.

The unearned portion of federal student aid funds will be returned to the appropriate aid program(s). The funds are returned in the following order:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG Grant

Students withdrawing from classes are responsible for payment of any balance due after the required return of federal student aid funds. Earned aid is not related in any way to institutional charges. In addition, the College’s refund policy and return of Title IV funds procedures are independent of one another. A student who withdraws from a course may be required to return unearned aid and still owe the College for the course. Unearned funds will be returned within 45 days of the date that McDaniel College determined the student withdrew.

Students who stop attending all classes without officially withdrawing will be subject to a return of federal student aid funds at the end of the semester based on the last documented date of attendance as determined by McDaniel College.

The responsibility to repay unearned Title IV aid is shared by McDaniel College and the student. For example, the calculation may require McDaniel College to return a portion of federal funds to the federal Title IV programs. In addition, the student may also be required to return funds based on the calculation. A student returns funds to the Federal Direct Loan program based on the terms and conditions of the promissory note of the loan. A student who receives federal grants may be required to repay 50% of the funds received.

Post-withdrawal Disbursements

Post Withdrawal disbursements happens when Students that receive less Title IV aid than earned will be offered a disbursement for the amount of the earned aid that was not received. If the post withdrawal disbursement is a Federal Pell Grant and FSEOG, the student account will be automatically credited. If a post-withdrawal disbursement includes federal loan funds, McDaniel College must obtain the students, or parent if there is a Plus loan permission before the loan is disbursed.  The borrower will be notified within 30 days of the date that McDaniel College determined the student withdrew and must respond within 30 days.

Disbursements will be credited to the student’s account for any outstanding allowable charges within the semester or paid directly to the student if there isn’t an outstanding balance.

Credits that will be applied to current charges will post to the students account within 45 days of the student withdrawal date determined by the institution.  If the post withdrawal disbursement creates a credit balance, the student will receive the refund within 14 days of the disbursement day.

Federal Title IV Aid Refunds

Federal Title IV aid includes programs such as Pell grants, SEOG grants, Perkins Loans, Subsidized Loans, and Unsubsidized Loans. Federal regulations require McDaniel College to use these funds to pay for your tuition, mandatory fees, room and meals that we charge. Your bill or account may also include other charges on it, such as parking, McDaniel 1card, library fines etc. Federal regulations allow the college to use Title IV funds to pay for these other charges only if you authorize the college to do so. The authorization form is available on the Bursar’s home page on the portal.

Returned Check Policy 


A $30 returned check fee will be charged for each item returned from a bank regardless of the reason it was returned. If an electronic check (Ecommerce/Touchnet) is returned any and all applicable returned check fee(s) will be added as per the agreement signed by student/parent/guardian/spouse or proxy at the time the e-check payment is originally submitted.

Students will be sent a returned check notice specifying the exact date the returned item was presented to their bank.

Checks returned because of stopped payment, account closed or “refer to maker,” cannot be redeposited. The amount of the check plus any applicable returned check fees will become immediately due and payable by the student.

Returned check items must be paid in certified funds (cash, cashier’s check or credit card). McDaniel College will not accept a personal check to pay returned check items (this includes returned check fees). Students who have had three or more checks returned unpaid to McDaniel College for any reason will no longer be permitted to pay financial obligations of any kind using personal checks regardless of whose account the check is drawn from (parent, guardian, spouse, employer, etc.).

Students who have any questions regarding returned checks or have had a check returned to McDaniel College are encouraged to contact the Bursar’s Office as soon as possible.

Bursar Restrictions


Undergraduate account balances not paid by the deadlines are assessed a late fee of $25 or 1 percent per month of the unpaid balance, whichever is greater. McDaniel College encourages students to reach out to the Bursar’s Office and/or Financial Aid to discuss possible options.

In addition, students with past due balances greater than $1,000 will have a Bursar Hold placed on their student records. The Bursar Hold prevents students from:

  • Participating in pre-registration of the upcoming term’s classes
  • Receiving their academic transcripts (must be paid in full)
  • Receiving a diploma (must be paid in full) 

ACH payments take five banking days to clear and credit card payments are cleared within 48 business hours. Once payments have cleared and the student’s account is below $1,000, the Bursar’s restriction will be lifted for pre-registration.

All semester balances must be paid in full prior to the last day of each semester to avoid potential cancellation of the upcoming semester’s registration, room and meal plan. Account balances cannot be carried forward and will result in restriction from registration changes, access to transcripts, and issuing of diplomas.

Summer 2024


Summer tuition is due on or before June 1. Standard tuition refund/forfeiture policy applies.

Tuition per credit hour    $567.50
Internship per credit hour    $567.50
  Tuition - 4 credit course, registration April 18 and after $2,270.00
  Tuition - 4 credit course, early registration March 19 - April 17 $2,000.00
  Tuition - 2 credit course $1,135.00
  Tuition - 0.5 credit course $283.75
  Audit - 4 credit course $1,135.00
  Audit - 2 credit course $567.50
  Audit - 0.5 credit course $130.00
Senior Citizens   $25.00
Summer Rooms - Student & Depts per week rate    
  Dorm - Double per week $197.00
  Dorm - Single per week $242.00
  PA House - Double per week $220.00
  PA House - Single per week $253.00
  Garden Apts - Double with Kitchen $262.00
  Garden Apts - Single with Kitchen $296.00
  Garden Apts - Double without Kitchen $235.00
  Garden Apts - Single without Kitchen $269.00
  North Village - Double per week $286.00
  North Village - Single per week $318.00
  Suite - Double per week $224.00
  Suite - Single per week $260.00
  Suite - Triple per week $210.00
Summer Meal Plan per week    
  Student - 20 meals per week $239.00
  Student - 14 meals per week $181.00
  Student - 5 meals per week $72.00
  Conference Attendees only per day $28.00

Veterans Administration Benefits

Veterans or their dependents who are eligible for veteran’s’ educational benefits should contact the VA Certifying Official located in the Registrar’s Office for certification of enrollment at vasco@mcdaniel.edu. Veterans Administration regulations require students receiving benefits to enroll in courses that lead to a degree or certificate and maintain satisfactory progress. 

Monthly allowances, paid directly by the Veterans Administration to the veteran, are based on the student’s total credit hours per semester. Student tuition and fees are paid to McDaniel College by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Students using Post 9/11 GI Bill ® Benefits (Chapter 33) or Veterans Readiness and Employment Benefits (Chapter 31) at McDaniel College will be allowed to attend McDaniel College for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. A McDaniel College Request for Benefits Form must accompany the certificate of eligibility or Valid VAF 28-1905 and should be submitted to the Veterans Affairs Coordinator. McDaniel College will not impose a penalty, or require as student to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA. 

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.