Registration Information

Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 Graduate/Doctoral Tuition and Fees

* All rates are subject to change

Application Fee: All new graduate students pay $50 when filing an application for admission to the Division
of Graduate Studies. There is an additional $100 evaluation fee for doctoral candidates.

Part Time Tuition & Fees

PART-TIME DOCTORAL STUDENTS – Ed.D. IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Connecticut Resident/Non-Resident/NE Regional $875.00  per credit hour
Student Activity Fee $    3.00  per credit hour (fall and spring only)
Registration Fee $  60.00  per semester, non-refundable

Part-Time Doctoral Students – Ed.D. NURSING EDUCATION

Connecticut Resident/Non-Resident/NE Regional $1,187.00 per credit hour
Registration Fee $     60.00 per semester, non-refundable

 

Part-Time Master’s Students (Less than 9 SH per semester)

Connecticut Resident/Non-Resident/NE Regional $587.00 per credit hour
MFA Professional Writing $650.00 per credit hour
Student Activity Fee $3.00 per credit hour (fall and spring only)
Registration Fee $60.00 per semester, non-refundable

Full-Time Tuition & Fees Per Semester

The Division of Graduate Studies does not guarantee that full-time study is possible each semester for all programs.
Please check with the appropriate graduate program coordinator to obtain accurate information.

Full-Time In-State Connecticut Residents, Master’s Programs (9 SH per semester)

Tuition  and Required Fees $6,102.00
Tuition and Required Fees – MFA in Writing Program $6,275.50
Tuition and Required Fees – Master of Fine Arts (painting, illustration) $7,052.50

MFA in Writing Residency Fee $1,023.00 per session

Full-Time Out-of-State Residents, Master’s Programs (9 SH per semester)

Tuition and Required Fees $12,273.50
Tuition and Required Fees – MFA in Writing Program $12,717.50
Tuition and Required Fees – Master of Fine Arts (painting, illustration) $13,986.50

MFA in Writing Residency Fee $1,023.00 per session

FULL-TIME NE REGIONAL MASTER’S PROGRAMS (9 SH per semester)

Tuition and Required Fees $7,463.50
Tuition and Required Fees – MFA in Writing Program $7,702.50
Tuition and Required Fees- Master of Fine Arts (painting, illustration) $8,781.50

MFA in Writing Residency Fee $1,023.00 per session

Fees for Online Courses:

Course Fees Per Credit Hour (Part Time)

Graduate CT Resident/Out of State/NE Regional Program $587.00 per credit hour
Online Registration Fee $50.00 per course, non-refundable

All Online students, whether full or part-time, in-state or out-of-state residents, pay a $50.00 online registration
fee for each registered Online course.

Miscellaneous Fees

Transcript Fee $30.00   one time fee-full time students
Transcript Fee $10.00   one time fee-part time students
Payment Plan Fee $35.00   per term
Application Fee $50.00
Bad Check Penalty $20.00    per occurrence
Lost ID Card $15.00    per occurence
Teacher Certification/
Transcript Evaluation
$75.00
Ed.D Evaluation Fee $100.00
Re-registration Fee $100.00   per occurrence
Late Fee $50.00   per occurrence
Graduate Continuing Enrollment Fee $40.00
Graduate Reentry Fee $50.00
Professional Education Fee (TK20) $100.00  one time fee
Study Abroad Program Fee $150.00
Study Abroad Application Fee $75.00
Lab Fee $50.00   per course
Nursing Program Fee $396.00  (full time students) $33 per credit part time students

 

In addition to textbooks, students must furnish their own notebooks, writing implements and art supplies. Students also should be prepared to pay for field trips and regional study tours since these activities are an integral part of the education program.

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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. The Connecticut Office of Higher Education became a member of SARA in 2017, thus allowing Western Connecticut State University to apply to be a member of SARA. This allows Western Connecticut State University to accept students from all SARA approved states.

Student Complaints

Pursuant to federal regulations and the terms of SARA, the Office of Higher Education is responsible for the investigation and resolution of out-of-state students’ complaints against institutions of higher education based in Connecticut and offering distance education via SARA. Note that issues regarding student life, such as discipline, grading, etc., fall solely within the purview of the institution and are not generally investigated. Additionally, the Office of Higher Education does not investigate anonymous complaints or provide legal advice. Currently, SARA institutions are to:

  • Apply the tuition refund policies of their home state to students located in other SARA states; and
  • For students located in non-SARA states, follow any relevant tuition refund policies of those states.

Within two years of the incident complained of, out-of-state students enrolled in a Connecticut institution via SARA may file a complaint in accordance with the following steps:

  1. The student must attempt to resolve the complaint by exhausting the institution’s established internal grievance procedures. These are usually published in the institution’s catalog, student handbook and/or posted on the institution’s website. Absent extenuating circumstances, the Office of Higher Education will not investigate complaints filed by students who have not first sought a resolution with the institution.
  2. If all remedies at the institutional level have been exhausted and the complaint is not resolved, the student may file a complaint with the Office of Higher Education. To file a complaint, please follow these procedures . All documentation for review related to the complaint must be provided by the student as part of the filing.
  3. The Office of Higher Education will process the complaint and provide copies of all documents filed with the complaint to the institution. The institution has 20 days to respond. After receiving a response and conducting an investigation, the Office of Higher Education will issue a findings report to all parties. The findings report is final.

If a Connecticut student is enrolled in a distance education program offered by a SARA institution based in another state, the student should contact the portal agency in that state to pursue the complaint process. Connecticut students enrolled in Connecticut institutions must first exhaust an institution’s established internal grievance procedures, and then should contact the Office of Higher Education prior to filing a complaint.

All correspondence, including institutional applications and student complaints, should be sent via email or post to:

SARA Coordinator
Office of Higher Education
450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06105