College Fees, 2016-17

Sweet Briar College has an endowment of approximately $ 93 million, the income from which supplements the student fees to meet the College’s operating costs. Additional financial support continues to be provided by gifts from alumnae and friends of Sweet Briar. Below are links to the contents of this section.

Payment of Tuition, Room, Board, Fees, and Other Costs and Charges
Tuition and Other Required Fees
Payments Due Schedule
Refund Policy
Student Health Insurance
Applied Music Fee
Books and Academic Supplies
Health Center
Student Life Fund
Room Damage Deposit
Vehicle Registration
Riding Program Fees
Late Payment Charge
Payment Plans

Payment of Tuition, Room, Board, Fees, and Other Costs and Charges

All amounts due for tuition, room, board, fees and other costs and charges must be paid as and when due, and each student is responsible for timely payment. All statements are mailed to the student’s home address. Student accounts can also be viewed online.

The College also holds the parents and/or guardians of the student responsible for the full and prompt payment of all tuition, room, board, fees, and other costs and charges, jointly and severally with the student. Arrangements for borrowing funds are between the student and/or parents/guardians and the lending institutions. Any amounts not paid to the College by lending institutions or third parties on the due date must be remitted by the student and/or parents/guardians on the scheduled dates. You are urged to make any necessary financial arrangements well in advance of the dates on which amounts are due the College.

No student will be permitted to attend the College unless her tuition, room, board, and fees are paid in advance. All financial obligations for tuition, room, board, fees, and other costs and charges of a student to all departments or enterprises of the College must be satisfied in full before she will be permitted to receive transcripts, to receive a diploma, or register for or enter classes in any succeeding term. The College reserves the right to change its tuition, room, board, fees, and other costs and charges at the end of any term. This Catalog statement is considered sufficient notice of the time and terms of payment. Statements are sent, however, as reminders, for the convenience of students before each payment is due.

 

Tuition and Other Required Fees

Residential Students:

- Tuition $35,800

- Room and board $12,635 (Single room and Green Village additional.)

- Student Life Fee $275

- Technology Fee $350

- Post Office Box Rental $48

- Room Damage Deposit $75

 

Non-residential Students:

- Tuitiion $35,800

- Student Life Fee $225

- Technology Fee $350

- Post Office Box Rental $48

 

Payments Due Schedule

New Student Reservation Fee $500

This non-refundable fee will be credited on the first-term fees and is due on May 1 for all new first-year students, and later per notice for all new advanced-standing (transfer) students.

 

Returning Student Re-enrollment Fee $200

This fee will be credited on the first-term fees and is refundable only if the student is declared by the Committee on Eligibility to be academically ineligible to return. It is due March 15 for returning students.

 

Due by August 1 $24,790.50 (Residential Students)

Due by August 1 $18,348.00 (Non-residential Students)

 

Due by January 2 $24,392.50 (Residential Students)

Due by January 2 $18,075.00 (Non-residential Students)

 

Part-Time Student Fees*

$1,050 per credit hour

Amherst County High School honors students - $307 per course

Amherst County teachers - $307 per credit hour

 

Auditing Fees*

$125 per credit hour

 

Summer Credit Fees*

Independent studies $250 per credit hour

 

Overload Fee*

Overload fee $600 per credit hour (over 19 credits in a semester)

 

* Fees are paid at the time of registration. Our semester fees are based upon each student taking an average of 15 hours for credit per semester. However, the student may take as many as 19 credits with no additional fee. Any credits in excess of 19 will be billed at $600 per credit hour. The overload fee will be added in the third week of classes and will be due upon receipt of the next statement.

 

Payment of Amounts Due

All amounts due must be paid promptly at the times specified. Checks should be made payable to Sweet Briar College and sent to the Business Office.

 

Refund Policy

Students are enrolled at Sweet Briar College for the full academic session. However their tuition will be billed on a semester basis.

 

Students who withdraw before a semester begins will be given a full refund of all tuition, room, and board charges less the room reservation deposit. The withdrawal date is established by the date of receipt by the Dean of the Faculty of written notice of intent to withdraw. For purposes of calculating refunds, a school week is defined as beginning on Monday and ending on the following Sunday. All refund calculations take into account any charges that are unpaid at the time. Charges for student health insurance, tuition refund insurance, student life fee, applied music fee, special fees, and riding program fees are not included in the refund policy calculations. Refund requests must be made in writing to the College Business Office.

 

If withdrawal occurs

- Within the first or second week of a semester: 90% reduction of tuition, room, and board

- Within the third or fourth week of a semester: 50% reduction of tuition, room, and board

- Within the fifth to eighth week of a semester: 25% reduction of tuition, room, and board

- After the eighth week of the semester: no reduction of fees.

 

Federal law requires the return of unearned federal aid funds to their respective programs when a student withdraws from the College before completing 60 percent of any semester for which she received such aid. “Unearned” funds mean the amount that would have been used to cover the student’s charges for the portion of the semester she was not enrolled, according to a federally prescribed formula. If, as a result of the return of these funds, an unpaid balance is left on the student’s bill, she or her family is responsible for paying it. No refund will be given to any student who is suspended or expelled from the College for disciplinary reasons.

 

Student Health Insurance

Students are required to enroll in a health insured plan. Unless a waiver form is submitted and approved, Student Health Insurance is provided by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk.

 

Applied Music Fee

Music Department facilities for practice are available for use by students registered for credit or non-credit music courses in the Department of Music and students preparing applied music placement auditions or other departmental auditions (with permission of the Music Department). An applied music fee of $450 per semester per class will be charged to the student.

 

Books and Academic Supplies

The cost for any year will vary with the courses elected but may range in excess of $500.

 

Health Center

The student will be charged for any laboratory studies or medications ordered.

 

Student Life Fund

This charge covers the annual dues of various student organizations and supports other student enterprises. By vote of the student body, a fee of $275 is paid annually by every resident student. Non-resident students pay $225. This fee will be billed on the tuition statement, and is due August 1.

 

Room Damage Deposit

Each student must make a room damage deposit of $75 by August 1. This deposit will be used to pay for any damage to College property beyond normal wear and tear, and for violations of room decorating regulations. If there are no damages or violations of decorating regulations and the room is left in the same clean condition as when it was first occupied, the room deposit will be refunded.

 

Vehicle Registration

Non-residential, residential, and day students with vehicles on campus are assessed a registration (parking) fee for the academic year:

Parking permit $100

 

Riding Program Fees

Students who elect to participate in activity courses offered by the Riding Program pay an applied riding fee of $1,120 each semester. The riding fee covers two lessons per week and includes some independent riding privileges for qualified students.

Entry-level riders may participate by taking RDPR 162. This course is taught by a student teaching assistant and includes eight horsemanship lessons (mounted and unmounted) for an administrative fee of $160.

Program fees for students using college-owned horses:

- $1,120 for 2 lessons a week for a full semester course (includes some independent riding privileges for qualified students)

- $560 for 1 lesson a week for a full semester course (includes a lesson only and no additional indepeendent riding privileges)

- $480 for 2 lessons a week for a quarter term course

- $240 for 1 lesson a week for a quarter term course

-$160 for 8 beginner lessons for a quarter term with a teaching assistant

 

Boarding Fees:

- $3,360 per semester for full board in the main facility ($30 per day) OR

- $2,880 per semester for cottage board ($24 per day and only 8 stalls are available) OR

- $2,160 per semester for field board ($18 per day and only 4 sposts available for geldings) AND

- $560 per semester for the program fee for the required 2 lessons per week ($20 per lesson). This program fee is required for any student boarding a horse.

 

  • Rides in excess of the above contracted rates are $25 per ride.

 

Late Payment Charge

Fees, charges, and account balances for monies owed the College for which no specific due date is mentioned in this policy statement shall be due and payable within 30 days after the date of billing by the College. A late payment fee of 1.5 percent per month will be charged on the unpaid balance of any amounts not received by the due dates indicated in this policy statement.

 

Payment Plans

As a convenience to our parents and guardians, Sweet Briar has arranged with Tuition Management Services to handle requests for deferred payment under their plans. In addition, the College has instituted two installment payment plans that allow payments of the comprehensive fee in equal installments over the academic year. These plans are with the Tuition Management Systems (800-722-4867 or sbc.afford.com).