Conservatory: Tuition & Fees
Financial obligations of enrolled students are indicated below. The primary responsibility of meeting the financial obligations to the school is with students, their families, and sponsors. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding charges and fees, and for meeting financial obligations to the school on time. The amounts listed here are for the 2013-2014 academic year only and are subject to change.
Annual Tuition Charges for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
| Undergraduate Diploma
|Master of Music Degree
|Graduate Performance Diploma
|*students selected for AD receive full tuition remission
Only students in the Master of Music Degree and Undergraduate Diploma programs may be enrolled less than full-time, with permission. Less-than-half-time students must pay a tuition charge of $1850 per credit. Students should expect routine increases in tuition charges from year to year.
Payment of Tuition and Fees
The deadlines for payment of tuition and fees are August 1 for fall semester billing and December 15 for spring semester billing. The school accepts personal checks, MasterCard, and Visa. Students may also make direct electronic wire transfers to the school’s bank; contact the Business Office to arrange this method of payment (students are responsible for any applicable bank fees).
The school reserves the right to administratively withdraw any student at any time and to deny use of any and all school facilities if payment of tuition and fees is not made according to published deadlines. Outstanding balances will be referred to a collection agency. Any additional costs of collection, such as agency fees, will be the student’s responsibility.
Tuition Payment Plan
The school offers a convenient payment plan through Tuition Management Systems. Please see the Business Office for details or visit the Tuition Management Systems website at www.afford.com. A student who is successfully maintaining a payment plan that covers the full amount owed to the school is considered in good financial standing. If the payment plan covers less than the full amount owed to the school, the balance is payable by the deadlines stated above and is subject to finance charges.
Finance Fee for Late Payments
Failure to meet all payment deadlines through direct payment to the school’s Business Office or by written evidence of grants or loan awards will result in a monthly finance charge of 1.5% (simple interest, compounded monthly) applied to the full outstanding balance. All payments made via mail must be received on or before the end of the business day that payment is due.
Fees Charged to All Students
(payable by all degree and diploma students enrolled in credit-bearing activity; December graduates and students matriculating in January are charged a pro-rated amount)
- Student Services Fee: $130 – helps defray a portion student services costs
- Technology Fee: $100 – helps defray a portion of technology resource costs
- Library Fee: $120 – helps defray a portion of library costs
- Facilities Fee: $200 – helps defray a portion of facilities costs
- Tuition Deposit: $500 – non-refundable deposit credited to the student’s account; required to secure an incoming student’s enrollment
- Late Registration Fee: $50 – charged to students registering after the published registration period.
- Secondary Studio Fee: $450 – charged per semester to students enrolling in secondary private lessons or other private work with a faculty member, outside the primary studio instruction required for their program. Students receive 8 hours of private lessons and must use one of their allotted credits.
- Tutorial Fee: $650 – charged per semester to students permitted to take tutorials that substitute for required coursework. Students registering for tutorials normally receive eight hours of contact time per credit. Additional contact time will increase this fee. All such tutorials must be approved by the appropriate department chair and the Dean.
- Opera Surcharge: $500 – charged per semester to students concurrently enrolled in Dramatic Coaching and Musical Coaching.
- Continuation Fee: $500 – charged per semester to degree and diploma candidates who are intending to complete their program, but who are not enrolled in credit-bearing activity, including Leaves of Absence, delayed recitals, or pending proficiency requirements. Students who are removed from the graduation list for unpassed proficiencies or other reasons must pay the Continuation Fee for the following semester and any subsequent semesters during which requirements remain incomplete.
- Enrollment Change Processing Fee: $100 – charged when a student withdraws from the school, begins a leave of absence, or lowers his/her enrollment level after the first day of classes. This amount is deducted from any tuition refund, which is calculated according to the policies in the catalog.
- Damaged or Lost Property Fee: cost plus $50 –charged in full for willful or careless damage, breakage, or loss of school property, including library materials. The documented cost of lost or damaged equipment or furnishings will be added to the responsible student’s account, plus a $50 processing fee. Failure to pay this fee may result in Disciplinary Probation, Dismissal, or criminal prosecution.
- Returned Check Fee: $35