WSU Fee Structure and Refund Policy FAQ
Beginning with Fall 2017, Wichita State University is changing the method used for which tuition and fee refunds are calculated when students withdraw from some or all of their classes. Under the new method, students who drop within the first two weeks of a 16-week class will not have the course(s) appear on their record and tuition and fee charges will be removed. Students who withdraw from courses after the two-week cutoff date will be assessed the full tuition and fee charges for the credit hours in which they are enrolled.
Federal Student Aid recipients who withdraw from classes may owe back a portion of the aid received. Depending on a variety of factors, these funds may be owed to the University or to the United States Department of Education. Please review the Office of Financial Aid’s 2017-2018 Terms and Conditions for more information on how withdrawing from classes impacts your current financial aid awards as well as future aid eligibility. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid to review the impact of withdrawals prior to dropping courses.
Q: How will student fees be changed for students?
Q: What are the rates?
Q: What is the Student Activity Fee used for?
Q. What are the Campus Infrastructure & Support, Technology and Transportation Fees used for?
Q: How will the refund policy change?
Q: When will this change take place?
Q: What is the difference between a flat fee and a per-credit-hour fee?
Q: What will the difference be for undergraduate and graduate students?
Q: How will students benefit from this change?
Q: How will the university benefit from this change?
Q: How does the new refund policy affect financial aid (scholarships, grants and other aid)?
Q: Will my financial aid (grants and scholarships) be decreased if I drop a course?
A: Wichita State plans to eliminate the current per-credit-hour fee and replace it with a more equitable tiered system. Students will fall into one of three tiers based on the number of credit hours they take. All the students within a tier will pay the same flat fee to support athletics and access to student services.
Wichita State continues to face uncertainty as the Kansas Legislature considers budget plans that may still include additional funding cuts to higher education. The new fee structure will spread any increase more equitably.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (3)
|Tier||Fall/Spring (1)||Summer (2)|
|9.00 or more credit hours||$658.00||$329.00|
|6.00-8.75 credit hours||$439.00||$219.50|
|Up to 5.75 credit hours||$220.00||$110.00|
GRADUATE STUDENTS (3)
|Tier||Fall/Spring (1)||Summer (2)|
|7.00 or more credit hours||$658.00||$329.00|
|4.00-6.75 credit hours||$439.00||$219.50|
|Up to 3.75 credit hours||$220.00||$110.00|
1) Amount to be assessed in each semester per student.
2) Summer I and/or Summer II per student.
3) Students enrolled in online majors are exempt from the semester fee.
A: Student fees support the student union, Heskett Center, student health services, Student Government Association, student publications, concerts, drama, opera productions, athletics and similar items. Supports Health and Wellness initiatives campus wide.
A: The Campus Infrastructure and Support Fee supports registration costs and the OneStop service center which provides 24/7 support for students in the areas of admissions, financial aid, registration, advising and student accounts. All students have access to such services virtually or at the physical OneStop service center. The Technology Fee is assessed to all students to help offset the cost of technology upgrades and replacement. The Transportation Fee is assessed to all students to help offset the cost of the campus shuttle bus service.
A: The university will discontinue its prorated refund schedule in 2017-18. Students will be eligible for a 100 percent refund for a period of time at the beginning of each semester (or after a class begins). After that period of time, refunds will only be given through the tuition refund petition process. Students will still have the option to switch to another class with the same credit hours without penalty.
|No. of Weeks Course is Offered||Days to Receive 100% Refund*|
|3 weeks or less||1|
|Accelerated Nursing courses (ACN)||10|
|Executive MBA courses (EMBA)||5|
* All deadlines are expressed in terms of businesses days (Monday through Friday) – the specified number of business days beginning with the first business day of each Part of Term (POT). If a class starts on a Saturday or Sunday, the first business day is the following Monday (unless that is a holiday). A business day is any day that most university offices are open for business. For refund and RSTS code purposes, it does not matter if the business day is one when classes are in session or not. For Withdrawal with a W purposes, only business days when classes ARE in session are counted.
To withdraw completely from the University, students must process withdrawals for all classes in which they are enrolled. Students are eligible for refunds as shown below:
A: Fall 2017
A: The flat fee means that within a tier, each student will pay the same price regardless of how many credit hours they are taking. Before, student fees were assessed on a per-credit-hour basis, meaning that student paid incrementally more in fees for each credit hour they carried.
A: Undergraduate students and graduate students will be on different tier systems. For instance, undergrads will enter the top tier at 9 hours, while graduate students will enter the top tier at 7 hours. This is an adjustment allowing for the fact that grad students take fewer credit hours.
A: The change was spurred by student concerns that the fee structure forced full-time students to pay considerably more than part-time students for equal access to services.
A: There is no benefit from a university standpoint other than creating a more equitable system of paying for access to student services. The new fee structure, undertaken in response to student concerns, will spread any increase in student fees more equitably.
?Q: How does the new refund policy affect financial aid (scholarships, grants and other aid)?
A: If a student drops any classes between the time financial aid disburses and during the 100% refund timeframe, the financial aid, including scholarships, Federal Pell Grants, and student loans may be partially or totally reversed.
?Q: Will my financial aid (grants and scholarships) be decreased if I drop a course?
A: If you decrease your enrollment during the 100% refund date, your aid will be decreased to match your enrollment if you are no longer a full-time student.