The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Tuition & Fees

2014-15 Tuition and Fees for Degree Programs

Pre-registration deposit:  $50
Paid when applicant accepts admission; nonrefundable but credited at registration to the tuition charge when the admitted applicant registers.

All regular students (full-time) and non-degree-seeking students (full-time)*
Tuition:  $15,630
One-half payable by due date each semester.
*A person taking 12 credit hours per semester is considered a full-time student and will be charged full tuition and fees.

Academic Year Fees

Activities fee:  $260
Wednesday lunch fee:  $278
Vehicle registration fee:  $100

Medical insurance:  The student must provide a copy of his or her health insurance card to the registrar at registration.

University housing:  $456-1,298 per month

Estimated cost for books:  $1,700 per year.

Part-time students:
Fee per credit hour at the seminary:   $652
AUDIT fee per credit hour at the seminary:   $225

Summer Term (June 2014 Program) Fees

Tuition and fees are payable no later than June 11, 2014
Registration deposit: $50 (paid when applicant accepts admission and with each summer’s registration; nonrefundable but credited to the tuition charge at registration)

Fees:  $56
University Housing:  $494 (Subject to change)
Board:  $475
Tuition per course:  $1,320 (Courses are three-credit hours)

Tuition per credit hour:   $440

Audit fee per course:  $252

There is a $150 continuance fee to stay in the program for those missing a summer.

Spouses of seminary students

Seminary student spouses may audit one course each semester, for no fee, at The School of Theology with permission of the instructor.  They may also, with the approval of the Dean, take one course each semester for credit at The School of Theology for a fee of $50.  Spouses may also, with the approval of the Dean, audit one course per semester at the College of Arts and Sciences for a fee of $100.  Additional courses for audit or credit may be taken for the full appropriate tuition.

Tuition covers the following:

  • All regular course work at The School of Theology
  • Up to two courses any semester in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Services of the health and counseling offices while school is in session. (Health office services are available to students only.) Special costs such as emergency room treatment, hospitalization costs, surgery, medicine, and x-ray examinations are not included in this coverage. These special costs are covered to some degree by the university-sponsored medical insurance plan (see below) and recommended for all students who do not already have adequate health insurance.
  • Use of the facilities of the student union (Bishop's Common).

Student Activity Fee Covers the Following:

Admission to the performing arts and film series, the Sewanee Purple, Cap and Gown, and Sewanee Theological Review, a variety of student activities, SPO box rental, transcripts, counseling services, and athletic privileges, including free admission to intercollegiate events.  The fee does not cover use of the golf course.

Vehicle registration fee is required and covers one or more cars belonging to the same owner.

Penalty fees may be charged for late or incomplete registration, re-examinations, make-up examinations, or for removal at the end of a grading period of a mark of “Incomplete.”

In addition to general expenses, students will have other living expenses that will vary in accordance with their individual situations. Applicants who work out comprehensive budgets should communicate with the Office of Financial Aid in order to obtain detailed information on living costs in Sewanee. There also will be room and board expenses connected with the clinical pastoral education program in the summer following the junior year and summer immersion field education programs. An estimate of these expenses can be obtained from the director of field education.

Payment of Fees

Full-time, academic-year tuition is billed each semester as one-half of the total annual amount and is due in August and January, 10 days before each semester starts. Part-time, academic-year tuition is billed in full for each semester and due in August and January, 10 days before each semester starts. Academic-year fees are billed in full at the start of the first semester and are due 10 days before the semester starts. Summer term tuition, fees and expenses are billed in April and payable by June 1 each summer.

For many academic-year students with sufficient financial need, the actual amount of financial aid is more than the fees payable. The difference will be refunded to the student, subject to holdback for rental housing commitments or outstanding debt. Students who prefer to pay educational expenses in installments may want to consider one of the deferred payment plans offered by commercial lending organizations. Information about such plans is available from the Office of Financial Aid. The university accepts installment payments of semester charges only by means of one of these plans.

Any balance remaining on the student bill, after credit for financial aid, must be paid in full by the due date; the University accepts monthly payment only by means of the plans mentioned above. No student who has any past due balance on his or her account will be permitted to register for classes or obtain a transcript of grades.

Health Insurance

All students at The School of Theology must have adequate health insurance coverage for themselves and if applicable, family members. Students are required to furnish evidence of such insurance prior to registration. Failure to provide evidence of insurance may preclude registration at the university’s option. A student medical insurance plan is available for those students who do not already have insurance. Information about this plan is sent to new students before the beginning of the school year.

Campus Identification Card

A SEWANEE Card is issued to all students as a means of identification.

  • The card must be presented for cashing checks at the University Cashier’s Office, using the library, entering McClurg Dining Hall, and using the Fowler Center.
  • The card is not transferable; its loss should be reported immediately to the Telecommunications Office for replacement. Cash stored on the low-dollar CashStripe will be lost. There is a $25 charge to replace a lost, stolen, damaged or misused card.         
  • The card becomes void upon interruption or termination of enrollment.  

Students will have the options of using cash, check, commercial credit card, or ATM card at many University facilities. A full-service automated teller machine (ATM) is located in front of the College Bookstore.

Summer Term Housing

Single men and women may be housed in conference housing for the three-week period. Conference housing generally consists of houses turned into mini-dorms, rather than traditional dormitories. Students in conference housing must provide their own bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillows) and towels. All dormitory residents must also purchase the board plan. Some student and faculty houses and apartments may be sublet from persons who will be away for the summer. The board plan is optional if you choose this type of housing. The housing form must be submitted by May 1. Sublet information will be available in the spring.

Summer Term Board

Students who stay in conference housing must purchase the board plan. The plan is optional for others. The plan provides for breakfast and dinner at McClurg Dining Hall and lunch in the Hamilton Hall refectory. Those not on the board plan may purchase lunch on weekdays.

Other Charges

Students who have account balances will receive a statement. This statement is due within 30 days to avoid a late payment penalty. Statements will be sent to the student mailbox at the Seminary. If there is a credit shown on the statement, please contact the Student Accounts office at ext. 1432 or 1347 to receive a refund. Please call a few days in advance of the date that you need the refund.

Policy on Financial Refunds for Withdrawal

  • Refund of costs is made only for reasons of illness; withdrawal because of illness must be recommended by a physician and certified to the dean.
  • Refunds for a withdrawal because of illness are calculated by prorating fees for the period from the date of withdrawal to the end of the semester. The amounts to be prorated are one-half of the semester’s total tuition and room charges, if any, and three-fourths of the board charge, if any. No refund is made for the activity fee or any other fees. Refunds are credited to financial aid accounts, to the extent of any financial aid; any balance is credited to the student’s account.
  • Any student who is a federal loan recipient will have his or her refund subject to the provisions of federal regulation (specifically, 34 CFR 668.22).
  • Payment of a credit balance occasioned by a refund for withdrawal is made during the month following withdrawal by check payable to the student at the home address.

Other Financial Matters

  • Students should take precautions to protect personal belongings from theft, fire, water damage or other loss. University insurance does not cover personal losses.
  • A student using a personal automobile for a class or field education trip or other university business should have vehicle liability insurance. The University insurance does not cover the vehicle, owner, driver, or passengers if an accident occurs.
  • Checks may be cashed at the Cashier’s Office, Room 118, Carnegie Hall.
  • Special arrangements will be made available for a student who is unable by reason of physical handicap to go to the Cashier’s Office.