Goucher College 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    Jul 14, 2024  
Goucher College 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalogue PLEASE NOTE: This is an archived catalog. Programs are subject to change each academic year.

Fees and Expenses, 2015-16 Academic Year


Fees and Expenses, 2015-16 Academic Year


Tuition (Full-Time)


Two semesters (12-18 credits)


One semester (12-18 credits)




Note: Tuition overload charge of $1,380 will be charged each semester for each credit over 18. Students auditing dance courses may be subject to additional tuition charges (see Dance Audit Policy).



Tuition (Part-Time)


Per Credit hour

Fall and Spring semesters *

Summer (2014)*




Audit fee per course

(excluding music private instruction)

*Applies to all Undergraduate courses including Independent work and Internship credits.




Two semesters

$6,030       Triple room rate                    (Stimson building only)


$7,070       Basic room rate


$7,270       Special double room


$7,694       Single room





One semester


$3,015     Triple room rate                    

                (Stimson building only)

$3,535     Basic room rate


$3,635    Special double room


$3,847     Single room







One semester



190-block meal plan + $300 dd*

$2,695 (kosher, add $286)

150-block meal plan + $350 dd*

$2,436 (kosher, add $295)

140-block meal plan + $325 dd*

120-block meal plan + $300 dd*

100-block meal plan + $300 dd*

$2,378 (kosher, add $224)

$2,330 (kosher, add $191)

$1,929 (kosher, add $185)




Commuter plans


50-block meal plan + $50dd*

$880 (kosher, add $90)

 * dining dollars


Please note that meal blocks and dining dollars do not carry over to the next semester. Meal plans and dining facility hours are subject to change. Please refer to www.goucher.edu/billing/meal-plans-options for more information.

A student enrolled for 12 or more credits per semester has full-time status. A student enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per semester is considered part-time. Half-time status is an enrollment of six credit hours per semester. A normal course load is 15 credits per semester and 30 credits per academic year. Students enrolled for more than 18 credits during a semester will be charged the part-time rate for each additional credit. Billing is issued on a per-credit charge to part-time students. Full-time students are charged the Health and Counseling Center fee, Campus Green Fund fee, Technology Fee, and Student Activity fee annually, even if enrolled only for the fall or spring semester. Part-time students are charged the per-credit tuition rate for any courses taken for credit but are not charged any of the mandatory fees.

Tuition, fees, and board charges are based on course loads and meal plan selections as of the drop deadline each semester. Housing fees are based on whether a student is in a single, double, or triple room. Refer to the Housing Fee Policy below. A student may not register for classes, participate in room draw, participate in Commencement, or receive a transcript or diploma unless there has been a satisfactory settlement of all college bills and all student disciplinary matters.

Dance Audit Policy

Students who enroll for 18 or fewer credits in a semester, including the credit value of audited dance courses, will not incur any additional tuition charges. Students who enroll for more than 18 credits in a semester, including the credit value of audited dance courses, will be assessed a tuition charge of $300 per credit, or $150 per half credit, over the 18 credit limit. For example, a student who enrolls for a total of 18.5 credits in a semester, including the credit value of audited dance course(s), will have an additional tuition charge of $150. A student who enrolls for 19 credits, including the credit value of audited dance course(s), will have an additional charge of $300. 

Semester billing is based on a student’s course load as of the drop deadline. Students dropping/withdrawing from an audited dance course(s) after the drop deadline of semester classes will not receive a reduction in their dance audit tuition charge.

Housing Fee Policy

Goucher College charges different housing fees depending on whether the student is in a single, double, or triple room.  Fees may change when the number of roommates changes, as described as follows. Housing fees are based on the number of roommates as of the drop deadline each semester, with the exception of double rooms as noted below.  Changes after the drop deadline each semester will not result in any fee change to the remaining students.  Housing fee changes will be based strictly on the number of roommates in the room.  Reasons why a student may have left the room are irrelevant. If a triple room becomes a double by the drop deadline for the semester, the housing fee for the remaining two roommates will be increased to the double room rate. If a double room becomes a single by the drop deadline for the semester, the housing fee for the remaining student will not increase, in anticipation that the remaining student will be assigned another roommate at some future time in the semester. If the number of roommates increases by the drop deadline for the semester (such as a double room becoming a triple or a single room becoming a double), the housing fee for the original student(s) will be reduced to the appropriate room rate.

The charge for room and board provides a furnished room and board from the official date of opening in the fall and spring through the respective closing dates each semester, exclusive of the recess periods at Thanksgiving, winter break (between semesters), and spring break. All hall residents are charged a $175 room damage deposit annually. These deposits are credited back to student tuition accounts in June (or January if the student leaves after the fall semester). Final hall and/or room damage charges are also assessed at that time. 


Other Fees

Health and Counseling Center fee


Student Activities fee


Campus Green Fund fee $35
Technology fee $105

Parking fee for students



Per year:



Spring semester:





Health Insurance Fee (12 months):


Late Registration Fee


Late Payment Fee


Cap and Gown Fee $80
Cap and Gown Late Fee $20

Music fees:



Surcharge for private music lessons taken for credit, per semester





Audit fee for vocal or instrumental instruction, including practice fee, per semester (noncredit)





Horseback-riding semester fees (14 weeks)



One session per week



Two sessions per week



Three sessions per week



Five sessions per week



Boarding privately owned horse
(excluding riding fee) per month:


The Health and Counseling Center fee, Campus Green Fund fee, Technology fee, and Student Activities fee are mandatory fees that are charged annually to full-time undergraduate students attending one or both semesters. The Health and Counseling Center fee funds the Health and Counseling Center, which provides services to all full-time undergraduate students. The Student Activity fee funds all SGA activities. The Campus Green Fund fee will be used towards the goal of making the Goucher College Campus more environmentally sustainable. The Technology fee supports enhanced network infrastructure and bandwidth, equipment replacement and software upgrades, and additional technology demands over the academic year. The Health Insurance charge will be assessed to all full-time undergraduate students who either opt for this insurance or do not submit an insurance waiver form by the published deadlines (see Health Insurance).

The Late Registration Fee will be charged to current undergraduate students who register after May 15 (for the fall semester) and/or December 15 (for the spring semester).  The Cap and Gown fee is based on the date the Online Application for Degree form is submitted.  December/January completers are charged $75 up until October 1 and $90 after that date. May/August completers are charged $75 up until February 1 and $90 after that date.  No refunds of the Cap and Gown fee are issued after February 28.


Enrollment Deposit

An annual nonrefundable Enrollment Deposit in the amount of $500 is due for all full-time undergraduate students. Returning students are required to submit the fall deposit by April 1 for the following fall semester. Students are not required to pay the Enrollment Deposit for the spring semester unless they did not pay this deposit for the previous fall semester. Spring semester deposits, if required, are due by December 1. Students who are reinstated should submit their Enrollment Deposit upon notification from the college that they have been reinstated.

Students who are required to pay a $500 Study-Abroad deposit for a fall program do not need to pay an additional enrollment deposit for that semester.

Housing Deposit

Resident students are required to submit an annual non-refundable $100 Housing Deposit, along with the Enrollment Deposit, following the same schedule for the Enrollment Deposit above. All full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus and participate in one of the college meal plans. Exceptions may be made for students who choose to commute from their permanent home address within 30 miles of Goucher’s campus. In addition, a limited number of upper-class students may receive permission to live off campus on a first-come, first-served basis, upon approval by the Office of Community Living.

Health Insurance 

The college requires all full-time students to be covered by the college health and accident insurance plan. This requirement will be waived, however, if proof of comparable coverage is provided through the online waiver site of the college’s insurance broker.  Health insurance information will be available on the Billing website by late May and in mailings from the insurance broker in early July.  No insurance waivers will be accepted after September 30 for full-time students enrolled for the fall semester (February 28 for new spring semester students). The annual health insurance policy covers a 12-month period, from August 20, 2015 to August 19, 2016.

Schedule of Payments

E-bill statements for semester charges are available around July 8 (fall semester) and December 8 (spring semester). Email notifications are sent to all registered students and their parents (or other billing parties) to whom they have granted E-bill access through their myGoucher account. Instructions on granting E-bill and webpay access can be found on the billing website (www.goucher.edu/ebilling). Payment of charges for the fall semester is due by August 4; for the spring semester, by January 5. Online payment information and other payment methods are listed on the Goucher website under Billing: Payment Options. An Account Correction Worksheet and Undergraduate Billing Worksheet are available on the Billing website to assist with the calculation of the net balance due. A late fee of $200 will be assessed if payment in full has not been received by the due date.

A student whose billing account is delinquent will be denied the privileges of registering, attending classes, living in the residence halls, obtaining transcripts, using college facilities, and/or participating in graduation ceremonies. A transcript of a student’s record will not be released if any of the student’s accounts are in arrears, whether or not the student is currently enrolled.

Students and their billing parties will be responsible for payment of all costs, including reasonable attorney fees and collection agency fees, incurred by the college in collecting monies owed to Goucher. The college will assess a $25 fee for any check or ACH returned by the bank and reserves the right to invoke the laws of the state of Maryland governing bad checks.

Refund Policy

Credit balances are automatically refunded if required under Title IV (federal aid exceeds allowable billing charges) or a student has graduated or withdrawn from the college. All other credit balances can be refunded if a written or website request has been received by the Billing office and the drop deadline has passed for the semester that the credit balance occurred.

Students Withdrawing From College 

An adjustment of semester charges may apply to students who withdraw from all courses of their own accord, based on the refund periods below. Federal Aid will be adjusted in accordance with the Federal Return to Title IV calculation based on days of attendance as a percentage of total days in the semester up until 60%. For example, if the Return to Title IV calculation calculates that the student earned 20% of their federal aid based on the length of time spent in school the aid would be adjusted to 20%. No adjustments to federal aid will be made once 60% of the semester has passed. Institutional aid will be refunded according to the Tuition and Fee refund schedule below. Any credit balance remaining after these adjustments to the student’s account will be refunded. Any remaining balance due must be paid by the student.

Refund/Credit Allowed

 If Withdrawal occurs during:

Tuition & Fees


First week of classes



Second week of classes    90%     0%
Third week of classes    75%     0%
Fourth week of classes    50%     0%
Fifth week of classes    25%     0%
After 5th week of classes      0%     0%

Refund for board charges (meal plan) is based on the lesser of days of attendance or meal plan usage during the semester.

Students are billed semester tuition charges based on course loads as of the drop deadline during the beginning of the semester. Semester tuition charges will not be affected if courses are dropped after that date, unless the student withdraws from the college. The refund policy applies to both matriculating and non-candidate undergraduate students. No adjustment of semester charges will be granted to students who are suspended or expelled for academic or disciplinary reasons. The college reserves the right to suspend or dismiss at any time a student whose academic standing or general conduct is considered unsatisfactory.  

Other Programs 

Information concerning current tuition and expenses for other programs, including the Goucher II, Post-Baccalaureate Premedical, Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification, Advanced Placement Summer Institute, Teachers’ Institute, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Arts Administration, Master of Arts in Digital Arts, Master of Arts in Historic Preservation, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction, Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability, Master of Arts in Environmental Studies, Master of Arts in Management, and Master of Fine Arts Digital Arts can be obtained by contacting the respective offices.