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, a graduate student who is a resident of New Jersey would pay between $688 and $831 per credit for tuition and mandatory fees. See below for specifics.
Funding options: The University administers a number of financial aid programs (scholarships, waivers, loans and campus employment) designed to assist students in funding their college education.
Scholarships: Scholarships are available for graduate students. 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 graduate students afford a William Paterson education, the University offers graduate assistantships, student employment, information about loans, tuition waiver programs, and tuition payment plans.
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Description of Mandatory Fees for All Graduate Students
Student Services Fee
The Student Services Fee is allocated for both non-salary and salary expenditures to support 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
||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 for kinesiology, public health, and psychology
||Funds the cost of providing malpractice insurance to students.
|Art: Studio Art Fee
||Funds classroom supplies, equipment and technical support in studio art courses.
|Music: Electronic Music Lab Fee
||Funds the purchase and maintenance of equipment and technology for students in electronic music courses.
|Music: Private Lesson Fee
||Funds one-to-one instruction and purchase and maintenance of music equipment for all music majors.
|Nursing: Graduate Nursing Physical Assessment Fee
||Funds the cost of specialized instruction in the practice of physical assessment.
|Partial Payment Fee
||Assessed to students who do not pay their balance in full by the payment due date.
|Payment Plan Late Payment Fee
||Assessed to students who have made a late monthly payment on an installment payment plan.
|Late Payment Fee
||Assessed to students who have been billed for tuition and fees and have not paid by the payment due date.
|Late Registration Fee
||Assessed to continuing students who elect to register during the published late registration period.
|Returned Check Fee
||Assessed to students whose check or electronic payment is denied for insufficient funds.
||Assessed to all students applying for admission.
||Funds activities associated with new student orientation. This fee is included in the admissions deposit.
||Funds the cost to process a regular transcript. Additional fee for express delivery.
||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