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Tuition, Fees and Refunds


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2020

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This page was modified on 13 November 2020.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.

The tuition rates listed below are for the 2020-2021 academic year and are subject to change. Due to different degree completion lengths, students requiring a schedule of total charges for a period of attendance and an estimated schedule of total charges (institutional and noninstitutional) for their educational program may request an individualized report through the Office of Admission during their admission process.

Undergraduate Tuition

The tuition rates listed are subject to change.

Full-time undergraduate tuition
(Except for Conservatory students)
Per academic year
Conservatory full-time undergraduate tuition
Per academic year
Cost for students who enroll in more than 18 hours in one semester
This rate applies only to the additional credit hours above 18
$725/credit hour
Part-time RN to BSN undergraduate tuition*
(St. Louis home campus and online only)
$350/credit hour
Part-time undergraduate tuition
(Gateway, Westport, WingHaven and St. Louis home campus only)
$725/credit hour
Part-time undergraduate tuition
(Metropolitan campuses, excluding California)
$520/credit hour
Part-time undergraduate tuition
(California metropolitan campuses only)
$585/credit hour
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes $610/credit hour
Online courses $725/credit hour
*The RN to BSN program is excluded from both the corporate partner tuition rate program (CPTR) and corporate partner cohort discount pricing.


Per-credit-hour charges for off-campus programs are based on program designation rather than student classifications. Students who have completed bachelor's degrees and who are seeking teacher certification will pay per-credit-hour tuition rates.

Active Duty Military, Selected Reserve and National Guard

Tuition for Military (active duty, selected reserve and National Guard)
(per credit hour)*
Metropolitan locations* $250/credit hour
Military locations* $250/credit hour
Online courses* $250/credit hour
Civilian students on military campuses (excluding California)*†
$520/credit hour
Civilian students on military campuses (California)*† $585/credit hour
*excluding Flat Fee

† Several scholarships are available to support Military Spouses, Military Dependents, Children of Fallen Patriots, Folds of Honor designees, First Responders, Civilian Service Employees and Federal Contract Workers. For information on these scholarships, please see the Office of Military Affairs Scholarships website.


Credit by Exam

The service charges for all internal credit by examination will be computed per examination according to the following schedule:

1-11 credit hours $315 per credit hour
12-16 credit hours $3,725 total
17-32 credit hours $4,075 total
33-48 credit hours $4,255 total
49-64 credit hours $4,450 total


University Housing

New Freshmen

All new freshmen students taking a minimum of 13 credit hours and enrolling in classes at the Webster Groves campus will be required to live on-campus for the duration of their first two years, unless they plan to commute from the home of their parents or legal guardian, providing that this home is within a commutable distance (approximately 35 miles). After the completion of the second year of studies at the Webster Groves campus, they may choose to move off-campus.

New International Students

All new undergraduate international students enrolling in classes at the Webster Groves campus will be required to live on campus for the duration of their first year. New freshmen have a two-year on campus living requirement. After the completion of the first year of studies at the Webster Groves campus, students other than new freshmen may choose to move off campus. An exception to the live-on requirement can be requested for international graduate students.

World Traveler Students

All World Traveler participants, both undergraduate and graduate, enrolling in classes at the Webster Groves campus will be required to live on campus for the duration of their study abroad experience. If they choose to permanently transfer to the Webster Groves campus, they may choose to move off campus after the completion of their first year of studies at the Webster Groves campus.

Housing Options

Student housing includes traditional suite-style residence halls and apartments. Housing options for first-time freshmen include West Hall and Maria Hall.

Transfer students, as well as returning sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students may apply for housing in the Webster Village Apartments, one of our Off Campus Apartment Options, or East Hall.

All housing and meal contracts are for the full academic year, or if the student assumes residence during the year, for the remainder of the academic year. A deposit of $175 must accompany the housing request for space. This amount includes a $150 security deposit and a nonrefundable $25 application fee.

Residence hall charges are based on the 17-week undergraduate class schedule. The Office of Housing and Residential Life may approve additional weeks at a per-week rate. Residence halls open throughout the week of new student on boarding, specific times available by placement, and close the Friday of finals week. The halls are closed during the break between fall and spring semesters, and meals are not served on campus during that time. The housing rates do not cover the winter or summer break periods for the residence halls. Apartment areas remain open for the break between fall and spring semesters. 

Room and Board Rates 2020-2021

All Residence Halls and Apartments come equipped with internet capabilities and furniture.

Rates listed below are for the semester. These rates include all utilities, including electricity. Housing charges will be placed on your Webster University student account.

Building Room Type Cost per semester,
per person
East Hall Single $3,600
East Hall Double $3,190
East Hall Triple $2,350
Maria Hall Double $3,060
West Hall Double $3,060
Webster Village Apartments 2 Bedroom $4,615
Webster Village Apartments 4 Bedroom $3,880
Webster Village Apartments Efficiency-Double Occupancy $3,880
Off Campus Rates Varies Varies


Meal Plan Rates 2020-2021


Blue and Gold Meal Plan

Cost = $2,500 per semester. Students get $1,700 in points to spend at any Dining Services location on campus. ($800 goes to University overhead).

This meal plan operates on an "all points" or "declining balance" basis. This offers students the ultimate in flexibility and spending options at our Campus Dining Services locations. This plan allows students to get whatever they want at any time when Dining Services is open. This is an à la carte plan, and any past restrictions such as meal exchanges or meal combos, have been eliminated.

Students can dine at Marletto's, the Crossroads food court in the University Center, the Library Café featuring Kaldi's, or the Simply-to-Go unit in the East Academic Building. Everything will be priced à la carte and you will only pay for what you get.

Points not used during the fall semester carry over to the spring semester. Points not used by the end of the academic year are forfeited.

Points on this meal plan cannot be used at off-campus restaurants.

Buy-Up Option – After a full meal plan is purchased, there is a 2-for-1 buy-up option available for students who would like to add more points to their meal plan. For every $100 in additional points purchased, students will get 200 points. This buy-up option can be purchased at the Campus Dining Services offices in Maria Hall or via the Housing Office in West Hall.

All students living in the residence halls must purchase a Blue & Gold meal plan for the entire year they reside on campus.

Activity Fee

Each resident is charged a $60 residential activity fee for each semester which supports educational, cultural, and social programming efforts.

Other Fees

Application fee None
Matriculation fee
(St. Louis campus, full-time students)
One-time; covers various orientation activities and materials; non-refundable
Deferred payment fee
Per semester
Student Activity Fee
(St. Louis campus, full-time flat fee students only)
Per semester; funds campus-wide programs and activities; non-refundable
Graduation fee $100
Transcript fee $15
Re-admission fee $35
Resident Student Activity fee
Per semester; funds residential programs and activities; non-refundable
Applied Music fee
(Fifteen 60-min. private lessons)
Per semester; this fee is in addition to tuition charge
Applied Music fee
(Fifteen 30-min. private lessons)
Per semester; this fee is in addition to tuition charge
Study Abroad fee
NOTE: Courses in various academic programs sometimes require expendable supplies or services, and in these cases the student may be billed a class fee for such costs.



Tuition and fees are due and payable in full no later than two weeks prior to the first day of classes each semester. 

Every attempt is made to help the student secure financing to meet personal needs. The payment options offered include:

  • Financial aid
  • Direct billing to a third party (i.e., employer)
  • Tuition assistance paid by a government agency (e.g., military)
  • Deferred payment plan
  • Payment in full

Some options require the submission of appropriate documentation. The deferred payment plan and employer reimbursement options may require a deferred payment fee to be paid at the time of registration. The University reserves the right to refuse deferred payment privileges to any student whose account is overdue or has been overdue in the past.

Students are encouraged to make electronic check payments online, but personal checks made payable to Webster University are also accepted. A $30 returned payment fee is charged if payment is returned. Webster also accepts MasterCard, Discover, VISA, and American Express payments online with a 2.75% convenience fee.

Students are financially responsible for all courses not officially dropped by the deadline. Webster University reserves the right to withhold transcripts and diplomas, and refuse enrollment for future terms, if any tuition or other fees or charges owed to the University are not paid when due. In the event an account is referred to an agency or attorney for collection, a 25% fee will be added to the account, and the student promises to pay, in addition to all amounts otherwise due to Webster University, the costs and expenses of such collection and/or representation, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses (whether or not litigation is commenced), to the extent permitted by applicable law.

Advance deposit payments are non-refundable unless otherwise stated for specific academic programs. Non-refundable tuition deposits will be forfeited when a student withdraws from their academic program.

Tuition Refunds

Undergraduate tuition refunds depend on the drop or withdrawal date. It is the undergraduate student's responsibility to file the drop or withdrawal form(s) with the Office of the Registrar by the deadline. Refunds are for tuition only; all fees in connection with these courses (e.g., lab fees, music fees, parking fees, matriculation fees) are non-refundable. Housing and meal charges are refundable on a pro rata basis.

The student tuition refund rates apply when a student drops or withdraws from a course in accordance with University enrollment policies and the refund has been approved. Tuition waivers for dropped courses are automatic; the charges are expunged from the student's account. Tuition refunds for withdrawals are made automatically, based on the date of withdrawal, as authorized by the University official who signs the withdrawal form. Account adjustments shall be made within 30 days of the date that the institution has determined that a tuition refund is due to a student.

Flat-fee tuition refunds are made only if drops and/or withdrawals reduce the credit load below 13 credit hours. This policy does not apply to U.S. students studying at an international campus.

If you have been awarded financial aid contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine the effect that dropping or withdrawing from class will have on your aid eligibility. 

Students attending on-campus classes in California and Texas will receive a refund of tuition as dictated by State requirements. See State Licensures in the University Overview section of this catalog for more information. Refunds for affected Department of Defense Tuition Assistance students attending Webster University classes are dictated by our memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the DoD. The deposit and refund policies at our international campuses may differ; please refer to the catalog of the international campus you are attending for details. All other student refunds/tuition waivers are made according to the following schedule:

Refund Schedule
Class Length
Date 16 weeks 9 weeks 8 weeks 5 weeks 3 weeks
Week 1 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Week 2 75% 75% 75% 25% 0%
Week 3 50% 50% 50% 0% 0%
Week 4 25% 25% 25% 0% N/A
Week 5 0% 0% 0% 0% N/A
Week 6 0% 0% 0% N/A N/A
Week 7 0% 0% 0% N/A N/A
Week 8 0% 0% 0% N/A N/A
Week 9 0% 0% N/A N/A N/A


Late Refund Request

In cases where the student does not qualify for a refund of tuition, the student may petition for the one-time exception to the Refund Schedule due to special circumstances (e.g., medical emergency, military orders, or work related issues). The student must file a tuition refund form with the Office of Student Affairs and attach a letter of explanation of special circumstances, and appropriate supporting documentation must be included e.g., a doctor's verification letter of medical treatment and diagnosis, military orders, or supervisor's letter on company letterhead stating withdrawal from course(s) is work related. Any requests for tuition refund that are granted will be considered as one-time exception. Students are limited to only one tuition refund during their career as an undergraduate.

Refund of Fees

Housing and food plan charges may be adjusted on a pro rata basis. Housing terminations are subject to contract termination fees. Class fees and other matriculation fees are non-refundable.

This page was modified on 13 November 2020.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.