Section: Financial
Policy Number: 3-17
Policy Name: Student Tuition and Fee Policies
Date: October 1, 1981
Revisions: April 11, 1991; January 29, 2001; July 1, 2005; April 8, 2009; October 1, 2014


    To publish the policies which govern student tuition and fees.


    1. General

      1. University fees are established by the Board of Trustees under the authority of the University Charter.

      2. The University reserves the right to revise its policies and adjust the amount of tuition and fees whenever it is deemed advisable. Normally, students are provided advanced notice of any changes.

      3. In determining whether additional or special purpose fees should be established, consideration should be given to making an increase in the tuition-general fee charges to provide added income to pay for these special services. Only when it is established that the special service is one which benefits a limited number of students should consideration be given to the establishment of a separate or special fee.

      4. Financial Aid recipients should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid regarding refund policy.

    2. Tuition and Fees

      Current tuition charges can be viewed at Billing & Collection.

      1. For tuition purposes, a full-time student is an undergraduate or continuing education student who is registered for 12 or more credit hours or a graduate student who is registered for 9 or more credit hours or who holds a fellowship or assistantship appointment. Other students are considered to be part-time.

      2. Full-time students, by virtue of paying tuition at the full-time rate, are afforded access to campus services, privileges and extracurricular activities that are supported by their tuition and fees. These services, privileges, and activities are noted in detail in the Undergraduate/Graduate catalog and the Student Guide to University Policies.

      3. Part-time students are not eligible for services, privileges, and activities supported by full-time tuition and fees. However, part-time students may elect to pay the fee associated with a given service, privilege, or activity and thereby become eligible. For example, with the exception of emergency first-aid, part-time students are not eligible for treatment at the Student Health Service unless they pay the Student Health Fee.

      4. Out-of-state students in certain majors may be eligible for in-state rates through the Academic Common Market administered by the Southern Regional Educational Board. See for currently available major programs.

      5. Residence Status

        Entitlement to pay at the Delaware Student or the Non-Delaware Student rates is determined in accordance with the Regulations Governing the Classification of Students at the University of Delaware for Tuition and Fee Purposes. (See Financial 3-15.)

      6. Determination of Tuition Charges

        Current fee charges are available at Billing and Collection.

        1. Course fees for part-time matriculated students will be determined by their student classification.

        2. Full-time students will be charged full-time tuition for registrations up to 17 credits. Credits beyond 17 will be charged at the applicable per course hour rate.

        3. Full-time graduate students will be charged full-time tuition for registrations of 9 credit hours or more.

        4. Course fees for Professional and Continuing Studies students will be determined by the course level: 000-499 at undergraduate rates and 500-999 at graduate rates up to the full-time undergraduate rate. Credits beyond 17 will be subject to the applicable credit hour rate.

        5. Students enrolling in special or independent study and/or research projects are subject to the same tuition charges for this work as for regular on-campus courses.

        6. Fellowship, assistantship, and traineeship appointments can be awarded only to full-time graduate students in good standing. The full-time tuition rate will be assessed in each regular semester that graduate students hold such an appointment.

        7. Graduate students who hold a fellowship or traineeship must register for a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours in each regular semester and those who hold a tuition scholarship/tuition assistantship or a teaching, research, or graduate assistantship must register for a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours in each regular semester. If a student has achieved sustaining status, sustaining status meets the registration requirement for a graduate appointment. Graduate students who do not have a graduate appointment and who are completing a thesis or a dissertation must be registered for credit(s) or for sustaining (Master's Sustaining UNIV899 or Doctoral Sustaining UNIV999) in each semester until the degree is awarded. All graduate students must be registered in a course(s) for credit or for sustaining in the semester (including summer session) that the degree is awarded. Students who are supported by the University as teaching assistants, research assistants, or fellows during the summer months are required to be registered in at least three credits during the 7 1/2 week summer session under the following guidelines: the work must be related to the student's degree program and the funding must meet the minimum requirement per month in June and July. Students may register in 868-800 (research), 869 (thesis), 964 (pre-candidacy study), 969 (dissertation), 864 (internship), sustaining, or a regular course offered in the 7 1/2 week summer session. Except for 864, 869, or regular courses, all courses are graded pass/fail.

        8. Tuition charges are the same for courses taken for credit or as an auditor.

      7. Tuition Refund Eligibility

        Full-time and part-time students who withdraw in writing from the University by the end of the semester free drop/add period are eligible for a full refund of tuition and fees. No refunds of tuition or course fees will be made for withdrawal or dropped courses after the free drop/add period expires.

      8. Course Fees

        Special course fees are listed in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog.

      9. Mandatory Fees

        1. Comprehensive Student Fee is charged to all full- time undergraduate and professional and continuing study students. This fee supports the student fitness center, recreational programs, student activities, concerts, performing arts, and the activities of registered student organizations.

        2. Student Health Service Fee is charged to all full-time students entitling the student to use the Student Health Center.

        3. Health Insurance Coverage for International Students is required. All international students are required to take the University of Delaware Student Health Insurance Blue Plan or Blue Gold Plan, or submit a waiver form certifying equivalent coverage through a U.S. based company. Those who do not purchase the University of Delaware Student Insurance or complete a waiver form which is accepted by the University or the University's agent will have the cost of the Blue Plan charged to their student account and a hold placed on their academic records until the charge is paid in full. Student Health Services.

        4. New Student Orientation Fee is charged to all new undergraduate students whether or not they attend "DelaWorld 101".

        5. Registration Fee is charged to all part-time students in Fall and Spring semesters and to all students in Winter and Summer Sessions.

        6. Student Center Fee is charged to all full-time students to cover amortization of bonds used in the construction of the Trabant University Center and renovations to the Perkins Student Center, as well as operating costs of these student centers.

        7. Summer Session General Fee to cover the administrative costs of the summer sessions is charged to all students in both first and second summer sessions.

        8. Student Activity Fee is charged to all part-time students in Fall and Spring semesters and to all students in Winter and Summer Sessions. This fee supports student activities, concerts, performing arts and activities of registered student organizations.
      10. A complete list and description of miscellaneous fees and fines can be viewed at Billing & Collection.

      11. University of Delaware Employees

        1. Course Fee Waiver (see Personnel 4-66).

        2. Tuition Remission Program (see Personnel 4-79).

        3. Cooperative Tuition Exchange (see Personnel 4-65).

        4. Tuition Exchange Program (see Personnel 4-78).

        5. Delaware Student Fee Privilege - All full-time University of Delaware employees and their spouses and dependent children are considered as Delaware students for fee purposes from the date of employment.(See II.B.5., above.)

      12. Higher Education For Senior Citizens

        The University offers a Higher Education for Senior Citizens program whereby citizens of the State of Delaware who are 60 years of age or older, and are formal degree candidates may attend classes for credit without payment of tuition and are exempt from the application, course registration and other related fees. They must pay the cost of all books, supplies, laboratory fees and shop fees. This privilege will be granted on a space available basis as of the close of registration and may be limited for courses which are in programs with selective admissions criteria.

      13. Sibling/Parent Tuition Credit

        2008-2009 was the last academic year for the Sibling/Parent Tuition Credit. Please contact Billing and Collection if you have any questions.

      14. Summer School for Teachers and Instructional Aides

        Public school employees currently teaching or providing instructional assistance or wishing to prepare to teach in public elementary and secondary schools of the State whose eligibility is confirmed by the Department of Education are entitled to exemption from the payment of all regular Summer Session tuition subject to funding availability by the State of Delaware. This privilege will be granted on a space available basis. All other applicable fees must be paid.


      Occupancy of the Residence Halls and participation in dining plans are governed by the Student Housing and Dining Agreements and related department policies and procedures.

      1. Student Housing and Dining Agreements are binding for the academic year or for the period for which they are signed. The approved rates for housing and dining will be charged for the full term of the agreement.

      2. Room and board rates and fees are submitted to the Board of Trustees annually for approval. Current rates can be viewed at Billing and Collection.

      3. The President of the University is authorized to establish rates for special programs and services based on the approved room and board rates.

      4. Eligibility for partial refunds of room and board charges is determined by meeting certain qualifying conditions as specified in the Housing and Dining Agreement.


      Current payment options can be viewed at Billing and Collection.

      1. All University semester/session fees and charges are due on dates established by the Director of Billing and Collection. Payments made after the established dates,including dishonored checks that have not cleared by then, will be subject to late payment fees.

      2. University Semester Bills are made electronically available (eBilling and ePayments) to each student and their authorized bill payer four weeks in advance of the beginning of each semester. Students and authorized payers are notified at their preferred e-mail when a new statement is available. To confirm their attendance, students must pay and/or confirm if financial aid, graduate contract, fee waiver, tuition remission or other credits cover all or part of the total amount due.

      3. An installment payment plan is available at additional cost. Under this plan, one-quarter of the net semester bill may be paid on the due date established in item D.1., above. The remaining balance may be paid in three equal installments at specified times.

      4. Waiver of late payment fee.

        1. New students admitted to the University too late to pay semester fees by the established payment date will be exempted from the late payment fee. These students, however, will be subject to the late payment fee for any charges unpaid after the first day of classes.

        2. Students officially admitted or readmitted to full or part-time studies will have late payment fees waived when the late payment is clearly the result of fault on the part of the University in connection with processing admissions or readmissions. Students who receive a waiver should present the waiver approved by the appropriate official to the University Cashier at the time of late payment.

        3. If any fees, fines or miscellaneous payments are not received when due, the student is subject to being dropped from the University. Subsequent registration would then be refused and transcripts, diplomas, or other information concerning attendance at the University would be withheld. Students who fail to pay fees when due may be denied the use of installment plans for fee payment in future semesters. In addition, they shall be required to reimburse the University for its costs in connection with collection agency fees, attorneys fees, court costs and other costs and charges necessary for the collection of any amount not paid when due.

Submitted by: The Office of Auxiliary Services, Admissions, Student Financial Services, Budget, Financial Aid, University Registrar, and the Vice Provost for Academic and International Programs