Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

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William Paterson University strives to make education affordable for all and to provide assistance to students and their families for understanding various funding options. The University has held tuition increases to 2 percent or less in each of the last six years and the increase for 2016-17 is 1.7 percent. The William Paterson University Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing tuition, fees, housing, and board plan rates. Rates are set by the Board each year at an open public meeting following an annual public hearing each April at which students and the campus community can express their views. Tuition and fee schedules are subject to change without notice and upon the action of the Board of Trustees.

Costs: For the 2016-17 academic year, an undergraduate student who is a resident of New Jersey taking between 12 and 19 credits per semester would pay $12,573 ($6,287 per semester) for tuition and mandatory fees.

Funding options: The University administers a number of financial aid programs (grants, scholarships, waivers, loans and campus employment) designed to assist students in funding their college education.

Scholarships: William Paterson maintains a merit scholarship program for incoming freshman and transfer applicants. Additional scholarship opportunities for incoming and currently enrolled students are also available. Click here for more information about our scholarship program. Outside scholarships, which students research and apply for on their own, are also accepted.

Financial Aid: To help eligible students afford a William Paterson education, the University offers grants, student employment, information about loans, tuition waivers programs, and tuition payment plans.
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Tuition and Fees - Fall 2016/Spring 2017

FULL-TIME In-State Out-of-State
TUITION - per semester** $ 4,988 $8,934
MANDATORY FEES (full description below)
Student Services Fee 144 144
Campus Facilities Fee 1,093 1,093
Student Govt Assn Fee 62 62
TOTAL per semester $ 6,287 $ 10,233
PART-TIME In-State Out-of-State
TUITION - per credit $ 319 $ 579
MANDATORY FEES (full description below)
Student Services Fee 9 9
Campus Facilities Fee 71 71
Student Govt Assn Fee 4 4
TOTAL per credit $ 403 $ 663

**The undergraduate full-time rate applies to 12-19 credits. Part-time is classified as 1-11 credits. The rate for registration in excess of 19 credits is $403.00 per credit for NJ Residents and $663.00 per credit for Non-Residents.


Description of Mandatory Fees for All Undergraduate Students

Student Services Fee

The Student Services Fee is allocated for both non-salary and salary expenditures, to support the University's athletic programs and the programs and services offered by the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center.

Campus Facilities Fee

The Campus Facilities Fee is allocated for both non-salary and salary expenditures to support the improvement, operations, debt service, repair and renovation of University buildings and grounds.

Student Government Association Fee

The Student Government Association Fee, allocated for both non-salary and salary expenditures, is collected by the University on behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA) which is responsible for the allocation and management of the funds. This fee supports all clubs, organizations and committees chartered through the SGA.


Fees Required for Students in Particular Academic Programs

Fee description amount
Lab Fees Funds supplies, materials, purchase and maintenance of specialized equipment for students in any course with a lab component. $40 (maximum charge of $120 per semester)
Distance Learning Fee Funds the cost of technology infrastructure needed to provide access to online and hybrid courses. $120 per online course
Malpractice Liability Insurance Fee, communication disorders & nursing Funds the cost of providing malpractice insurance to students. $10
Malpractice Liability Insurance Fee for kinesiology, public health, and psychology Funds the cost of providing malpractice insurance to students. $20
Art: Studio Art Fee Funds classroom supplies, equipment and technical support in studio art courses. $40
Education: Student Teaching Fee Funds the cost of supervising student teachers in off campus settings. $375
Music: Electronic Music Lab Fee Funds the purchase and maintenance of equipment and technology for students in electronic music courses. $40
Music: Private Lesson Fee Funds one-to-one instruction and purchase and maintenance of music equipment for all music majors. $225
Nursing: Student Exit Test Fee Funds administration of HESI exit exam. $40
Nursing: Clinical Instruction Fee Funds the cost of specialized instruction in nursing department basic skills labs and simulation center. $200 per clinical course

Nursing: Non-Clinical Instruction Fee Funds the cost of specialized instruction in nursing department basic skills labs and simulation center. $100 per non-clinical course
Nursing: NCLEX Prep Fee Funds comprehensive testing preparation package for the NCLEX licensure exam for undergraduate nursing students. $70
Figure Skating Facility Fee Funds ice time rental at skating facility for students in skating class. $50

Miscellaneous Fees

Fee Description Amount
Partial Payment Fee Assessed to students who do not pay their balance in full by the payment due date. $25
Payment Plan Late Payment Fee Assessed to students who have made a late monthly payment on an installment payment plan. $50
Late Payment Fee Assessed to students who have been billed for tuition and fees and have not paid by the payment due date. $200
Late Registration Fee Assessed to continuing students who elect to register during the published late registration period. $150
Returned Check Fee Assessed to students whose check or electronic payment is denied for insufficient funds. $25
Application Fee Assessed to all students applying for admission. $50
Orientation Fee Funds activities associated with new student orientation. This fee is included in the admissions deposit. $75
Transcript Fee Funds the cost to process a regular transcript. Additional fee for express delivery. $10
Resnet Fee Funds upgraded voice, video, and information per semester technology equipment and related infrastructure for the University's residence halls for resident students. $40 per semester