Student Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Tuition and Fees

The Undergraduate Catalog statement is considered sufficient notice of the time and terms of payment. Statements, however, are sent monthly via the my.converse.edu portal, as reminders and for the convenience of parents and guardians. All traditional undergraduate students should set their parents up for use on the parent portal. This will be the only means of seeing your billing statement. Fees must be paid promptly at the times specified.

Residential Students

Comprehensive Fee $31,448
Includes tuition of $19,500
and room and board of $11,948

Room and board fee includes local telephone service, high-speed internet access, laundry, and cable television.

Student Government Association (SGA) Fee of $175 per semester.  

All new students (freshman and transfer) will be assessed a matriculation fee of $250 in the first semester of enrollment.  The matriculation fee covers up to 5 academic transcripts and some graduation regalia and supplies.

Residential students will pay a $100 room damage deposit in the first semester of enrollment.  This deposit is refunded when the student separates from Converse and there are no room damage charges or fees.

Schedule of Payments

Non-refundable reservation fee (will be applied toward tuition): $200
For new students, due on or before May 1
For returning students, due on or before the Friday before Spring break

Tuition and Fees Due Dates

Fall Term due August 15 $15,724
Spring Term due Jan 15 $15,724
For Students entering at Jan Term due December 15 $15,724

Commuting Students

Comprehensive Fees $19,850
Includes tuition of $19,500
Student Government Association (SGA) Fee $350

All new students (freshman and transfer) will be assessed a matriculation fee of $250 in the first semester of enrollment.  The matriculation fee covers up to 10 academic transcripts and some graduation regalia and supplies.

Schedule of Payments

Non-refundable reservation fee (will be applied toward tuition) $200

For new students, due on or before May 1
For returning students, due on or before the Friday before Spring break

Tuition and Fees Due Dates

Fall Term due August 15 $9,925
Spring Term due January 15 $9,925
For students entering at Jan Term due December 15 $9,925

NOTE: Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the due date for a student to be eligible to enroll for the term. A $100 late fee per term will be added to any student account, not paid in full by August 15 and January 15. All financial aid must be completed and approved, including approval of outside loans, with any remaining balance paid by the due date, in order to avoid this late fee. All NelNet Payment Plan accounts must be up-to-date to avoid this fee. Interest will accrue at a rate of one and one-half percent per month on any past due balance.

Any questions, please call Student Accounts at 864.596.9032 or 864.596.9592.

A student may matriculate for the Fall and Jan Terms or the Jan and Spring Terms only. No refund will be granted to a student who matriculates for the Fall and Jan Terms and does not register for the Jan Term. Please note: A student who is only enrolled in Jan Term, will owe tuition for the term at the part-time rate. Also, a student who is only living on campus for Jan Term will owe a prorated amount for room and board based on the number of days on campus.

The non-refundable reservation fee is applied to tuition for the upcoming year only. If a student elects not to return to Converse University, the fee will be forfeited and will not apply toward tuition for the previous year.

The University accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express for payments of tuition and fees. For more information, contact Student Accounts at 864.596.9032 or 864.596.9592. Payments may also be made through the student or parent portal online at my.converse.edu.

SPECIAL FEES

Student Government Fee $350
Converse II tuition (per hour) $380
Part-time undergraduate tuition (per hour) $875
Converse II access fee (Fall & Spring semesters) $80
Converse II access fee (Jan & Summer terms) $50
Late registration fee $50
Drop/Add fee, per course. $20
Directed Independent Study (per hour) $450
Transcript fee $10
Audit fee (per class) $75
Super Single Room Fee (annual) $1,000
Course Overload (per hour over 19 hours) $500
Matriculation Fee (New Freshmen & Transfers, one-time payment) $250

Converse alumnae who are below the age of 24, have graduated from Converse University, and wish to pursue either a second degree, a second major, or take specific classes, such as student teaching, may do so at prevailing tuition costs for Converse II students. A student has graduated from Converse when the student has a diploma. These fees are not available for students who have not completed their early commencement requirements or who are returning to Converse to take the hours required for receiving a diploma.

All boarding students will maintain a damage deposit of $100 with the Student Billing. This fee will be refunded upon the student’s separation from the University after the room has been inspected and no damage noted.

ADDITIONAL COURSE FEES

Special fees for laboratory, studio, computer programming, and other courses involving additional expenditures will be charged.

Music Lesson Fees

Fee for students taking one hour lesson per week

Fall Term $530
Jan Term $175
Spring Term $530

Fee for students taking one half-hour lesson per week

Fall Term $265
Jan Term $87.50
Spring Term $265

Teacher Education Fee

The fee is applied to student teaching for degree completion $45
Equitation Fees Individual Lessons (per lesson) $35

Off-Campus Study-Travel Fees

Students participating in study-travel programs conducted by another institution will pay Converse the actual cost of the program plus an administrative fee (currently $500 for Spring and Fall Terms and $250 for Summer and Jan Terms). When Converse receives a bill from the other institution, Converse will bill the student the cost of the other institution’s program as well as the administrative fee. Converse will remit payment to the other institution only after payment in full has been received from the student.

Students participating in a study-travel program with a Converse University professor must pay the costs of the program, in addition to normal tuition and fees. Deadlines for payment of the appropriate fees will be announced by the professor.

SPECIAL PROVISIONS

Refund of Fees

Only tuition and board (meal) fees are eligible for a refund. 

If a student, after registration, is dismissed from the University, he/she is not entitled to any refund of fees, or cancellation of any sum due and payable to the University.

If a student withdraws from the University during the first four weeks of the semester, tuition will be refunded according to the following schedule:

Through the first Friday after the first day of class - 100% refund

Through the second Friday after the first day of class - 75% refund

Through the third Friday after the first day of class - 50%

Through the fourth Friday after the first day of class - 25%

After the fourth Friday after the first day of class - 0%

All students withdrawing must file the appropriate paperwork with the appropriate officials prior to a refund being granted. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for details.

No refund will be granted to an undergraduate student who matriculates for the Fall and Jan Terms and elects not to register for the Jan Term.

Students withdrawing in Jan and Summer terms should refer to the current year academic calendar (available at www.my.converse.edu) for refund dates.

Students withdrawing during or after Jan term will be charged for the meals for the Jan term.

Delinquent Accounts

Until all tuition, fees, and other charges of the student are paid in full, Converse University:

  1. will not provide a diploma or transcript.
  2. reserves the right not to allow a student to enroll in a new term, participate in graduation exercises, or register the student’s course grade on the transcript.
  3. After all reasonable attempts at collecting a past due balance have failed, accounts will be referred to a collection agency. In the event of collection, with or without suit the student is responsible for all fees of such collection, which may be up to 29%. The student is also responsible for any attorney fees and court costs. In addition, interest at a rate of 18% annum will be charged on outstanding balances. Students should understand that their financial obligation to Converse University constitutes an educational loan to assist in financing their education and is not dischargeable under the United States Bankruptcy Court.
  4. It is the student’s responsibility to drop a course from your schedule and if you fail to do so you will be responsible for all tuition and fees related to the course. Please refer to the academic calendar for drop dates.

Veteran Administration Pending Payments

We will not impose any penalties including late fees, denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or require that any covered individual borrow additional funds because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the VA under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33,  Army Tuition Assistance or ROTC Scholarships. If your tuition benefit does not fully cover your bill for the term, the difference must be paid prior to registration in subsequent semesters, but any amount due from the VA will not prevent registration.

Miscellaneous

Students desiring to register for less than a full course of study should consult Student Billing for rates and terms.

Students may use their Financial Aid credit to purchase textbooks in the campus bookstore. Students with credit will be notified by email when their book voucher is ready to use. Students may not purchase apparel, and personal toiletries using your financial aid book voucher. The bookstore is located in the Montgomery Building.

A service fee of $20.00 is assessed each time a check is presented to the University which is subsequently returned for insufficient funds.

The University does not carry insurance on the personal belongings of students and therefore cannot be responsible to students for losses incurred by theft, fire, water, or other damage.