Tuition and Fees: July '12 - June '13
July 1, 2012- June 30, 2013
Pillar College is committed to providing an excellent cost-effective education for its students. Tuition and fee rates, payable each semester, are set
annually according to economic conditions within the college and industry standards.
|$16,912||Estimated Annual Full Time Student Tuition and Fees|
|$7,956||Block Rate (12-17 credits per semester) |
Online and independent study courses not included in block rate
|$663||Per credit rate (11 or less; 18 or more credits per semester)|
All Online and Independent Study Courses are charged at per credit rate
|$150||Audit rate per credit + $125 in semester fees |
Summer and Audit classes are charged 1/2 of the semester fees
Note: Tuition for LEAD program courses are locked in at the cohort start date rate for the duration of the program. Courses taken outside of the LEAD program are charged at current tuition rates.
|Online Services Fee:||$85|
|Media Lab Fee:||$65|
|Student Activity Fee:||$15|
|Per Semester Total:||$250|
|All fees are non-refundable.|
New Student Enrollment Deposit
$100.00 Non-refundable, applied toward tuition and fees.
Deposit is required upon registration to secure a slot in the upcoming class and confirm your commitment to attend Pillar.
Deposit is required at time of the Graduation Plan Audit.
|Application Fee:||$35.00 Payable upon submission of application|
|Health Insurance:||$497.00 Annual charge for full time students with no health coverage|
|Transcript Fee:||$10.00 Official transcript (first transcript issued free of charge)|
|CDC Evaluation Fee:||$45.00 Evaluation fee for each credit hour by demonstrated competency for which the student applies|
|CDC Transfer Fee:||$45.00 Per credit accepted for transfer by Demonstrated Competency|
|Graduation Fee:||$100.00 Payable upon the last semester of degree completion|
|Returned Check Fee:||$35.00 Per occurrence|
|Books and Materials Fee:||$600.00 Per semester for LEAD students only|
|Online Course Transfer Fee||$50.00 For deferring start date of an online course already in session|
Payment of Student Accounts
All semester expenses must be paid in US currency. Students are billed for tuition based upon their registration schedule. Fees are charged according to the schedules shown above. After Financial Aid eligibility is verified, students must then pay in full any remaining balance by the first day of class, or have made the first payment of an authorized installment payment plan. Class registration is not complete until the balance is paid or installment payments have begun.
1) Students will not be seated for class at the beginning of a semester unless any remaining balance is paid in full or an authorized installment payment plan is in effect to satisfy the balance.
2) If a student reneges on an installment payment plan, or if for any reason there is a balance remaining on the student’s account, Pillar will make a determination as to whether the student may continue in the semester.
3) If a student has a balance remaining on account for any reason, Pillar may determine to withdraw the student from all courses and grant no academic credit. Should this occur, transcripts will display a WP for “Withdrawn Passing” or a WF for “Withdrawn Failing” based upon course work completed at the time of the withdrawal
4) Should Pillar determine to allow a student to remain in class even when there is an outstanding balance on the student’s account, Pillar shall not forfeit their right to enforce these policies or make other determinations at any time.
Student Account “HOLD” Status:
Students who have not paid their balance in full, or who fail to maintain their payment schedule on an installment plan, may be placed on “FINANCIAL HOLD”. When a student’s account is in “FINANCIAL HOLD” status, the student will not be able to receive grades or academic credit for classes attended, recommendation letters will not be permitted to be sent in the students behalf, transcripts will not be sent to other academic institutions, and the student will not be permitted to graduate or enroll in additional classes.
A late payment fee may also be added to any unpaid balance according to the following schedule:
Balance of $100 to $1,000 Monthly Fee $25
Balance of $1,000 to $5,000 Monthly Fee $50
Balance in excess of $5,000 Monthly Fee $75
Accounts with a past due balance of 120 days may be given over to a collection agency who shall pursue all legal channels for collecting the monies owed; the student will also pay for all collection fees.
Payment Plan Options:
Students who wish to pay all or any portion of their balance on an installment basis may take advantage of a payment plan made available through Tuition Management Systems, Inc. (TMS). TMS charges a setup fee for their service. For information, and to apply for a TMS payment plan, log onto www.afford.com/somerset or call 1-800-722-4867. (Pillar College is contractually prohibited from generally making payment plan arrangements with students. If a student is not eligible for a plan through TMS the student must pay 100% of the semester balance, minus any expected financial aid, before the first day of class.)
Please note: if a student misses payments on the TMS payment plan, TMS will charge late fees and may deactivate the account. If TMS deactivates the installment payment plan, the student is expected to satisfy the entire balance with Pillar immediately. Pillar College may, at their sole discretion and for any reason, deny the students eligibility to participate in the TMS payment plan option.
Withdrawal of Course(s):
Students who withdraw from or drop courses are eligible for refunds of tuition according to the following schedule:
Fall/Spring Terms: Week 1 - 100%, Week 2 - 80%, Week 3 - 50%, Week 4 - 0%
LEAP/Summer/Online Terms: Week 1 - 100%, Week 2 - 50%, Week 3 - 0%
Any LEAD Term: Week 1 - 100%, Week 2 - 80%, Week 3 - 50%, Week 4 - 0%
Note: Enrollment in any LEAD term financially obligates the student for the entire four class semester. Unlike a Traditional program, the courses in a LEAD program semester are taken one after another in a series. A student enrolls in the entire four class semester, not only the first class of the semester. Because of this, no tuition refunds will be issued under the LEAD program after the third week of a semester, even if classes enrolled for have not yet begun.
Withdrawing from or dropping classes may result in a change to a student’s Financial Aid status. Certain Federal or State grants and loans, as well as Pillar scholarships and grants, are based upon how many credits a student is attempting at any one time. If withdrawing from or dropping a class changes the student’s status, funds that have been credited to the student will be removed, which may result in the student owing a balance to Pillar that had previously appeared to be covered by the financial aid. Money that had already been disbursed to the student as a refund (or “stipend”) might have to be repaid to Pillar immediately so it can be returned to the Federal Government. This is not a Somerset Christian College policy; this is required by the Federal Government and other granting agencies.
Every student should be very careful about withdrawing from or dropping classes without first considering the implications.