Tuition, Fees, & Aid


Tuition and Fees

Annual Tuition and Fee Rates for 2017–2018

Description Amount
Tuition $27,840
College Enrollment Fee
($380 per semester)
Technology Access Fee
($660 per semester)
Student Service Fee
($250 per semester)
Total $30,420

The annual tuition and fee rates for 2018-2019 are expected to increase based on inflation, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

Tuition covers:

  • Enrollment in any course applicable toward a student’s degree program.
  • For undergraduate students, a limit of 45 total credits per academic year (22 credits per semester).
  • For graduate students, a limit of 40 total credits per academic year (20 credits per semester).
  • For dance degree students, enrollment in the amount of private or class instruction required for the degree program and the use of dance studios and necessary equipment.
  • For music degree students, enrollment in the amount of private or class instruction required for the degree program, and the use of practice rooms and necessary equipment (other than personal instruments).

A student who takes more than total allowable credits per academic year is subject to a charge of the per credit rate in the table above for each additional credit taken.

The College enrollment fee covers expenses associated with various administrative student services, such as enrollment and degree certification, course add/drop done before published deadlines, diploma production, official transcript production, and student record maintenance. The technology access fee covers expenses associated with the campus email and Internet services, supplies for the Language and Computer Lab, and access to the studio labs. The student service fee covers expenses associated with student activities and campus services.

Estimated Annual Living and Other Expenses

To assist students in budgeting, the following table lists the estimated annual living and other non-tuition expenses for a full-time student.

Living on-campus Living at home Living in off-campus housing
Room and Board $7,120 $2,500 $10,850
Books and Academic Supplies $740 $740 $740
Artistic Supplies $1,460 $1,460 $1,460
Personal Expenses $2,720 $2,720 $2,720
Transportation $1,060 $1,600 $1,600
Total $13,100 $9,020 $17,370

*The on-campus cost of room and board depends on the room type and meal plan selected.

Total Annual Cost of Attendance for 2017-2018

Living on-campus Living at home Living in off-campus housing
Cost of Attendance $43,520 $39,440 $47,790

The table above lists the estimated total annual cost of attendance for 2017-2018, including tuition and fees, and living and other expenses. The actual total annual cost of attendance will vary depending on how many credits a student takes, where and with whom a student lives, and whether a student has dependent or independent status.

Financial Aid Information

While the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with the student and the family, the College coordinates various available resources to enable students to invest in a higher education at Fei Tian. The institutional financial aid program is administered to undergraduate and graduate students competitively on the basis of need and artistic and academic merit.

Types of Aid

Tuition Waiver

The student does not pay tuition and fees for educational costs, including, but not limited to, costs associated with academic services, instruction, facilities, student services, and institutional support.

Room and Board

The student receives free housing and meals on campus.

Supply Assistance

The student does not pay for necessary academic and artistic supplies required for instruction (e.g. textbooks, dance equipment and apparel).

Full College Scholarship

The student receives a total tuition and fee waiver, room and board, and supplies assistance. Personal expenses are not included. Refer to Tables 4.1 and 4.2 for estimated costs.

Other Sources of Financial Aid

Students may consult the Office of Admissions and Records for information on other sources of financial aid.

Financial Aid Application Procedure

A student seeking institutional financial aid should complete a Financial Aid Application and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records. Except under extraordinary circumstances, only full-time students are eligible to apply for the Tuition Waiver or Full College Scholarship.

Proof of U.S. citizenship, U.S. permanent residence, or international student eligibility to receive financial aid is required. Submitted applications will be processed by the Office of Admissions and Records and forwarded to the appropriate committee for evaluation.

Decisions on financial aid and admission are made concurrently. Fei Tian College scholarships are normally awarded for one year, or portion thereof, with the possibility of annual renewal for the student’s remaining years of study. Outstanding students may be awarded multiple-year scholarships.

In order to be eligible for continued scholarships, students must remain in good standing and be making satisfactory academic progress. Students seeking continued need-based financial aid must apply annually for renewal.

The Office of Admissions and Records will announce application deadlines and procedures for renewal applications.

Academic Standards for Financial Aid Recipients

Students receiving financial aid are expected to remain in good standing and make satisfactory academic progress. The College reviews the academic standing of every student at the end of each semester. Students in good standing are deemed to be making satisfactory academic progress toward program completion. Failure to make satisfactory academic progress can result in sanctions including, but not limited to, non-renewal of institutional financial aid.

To maintain good standing, students generally must satisfy the following criteria: (1) earn the requisite number of credits per semester (12 credits for full-time undergraduate students, 9 credits for full-time graduate students); (2) satisfactorily complete at least 75 percent of the credits attempted per semester; (3) maintain the requisite grade point average during the course of studies (at least 2.5 at graduation for undergraduate students, at least 3.0 at graduation for graduate students); (4) pay all college bills in a timely manner; and (5) comply with the law and College policies.

Students are put on academic probation when their end-of-semester reviews indicate failure to maintain good standing. During the probationary period, financial aid may still be available depending on the nature of the situation. Students are reviewed after one semester on academic probation. Those who satisfy the requisite load requirement, which may be reduced at the discretion of the program’s chief academic officer, and earn a minimum term GPA of 2.5 will return to good standing. Those who do not achieve good standing during the probationary period will have their institutional financial aid cancelled.

Such students may re-apply for financial aid in the future if they regain good standing, as determined by the College.

A student who wishes to appeal the decision to cancel financial aid may submit a formal written request, which must clearly state the basis for reconsideration (e.g. death of a close relative, injury to the student), directed to the program’s chief academic officer. Appeals should be submitted as soon as possible to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Refunds and Repayments

When a student receiving financial aid drops courses or separates from the College, the resulting bill may show a credit and/or outstanding balance of charges in the student’s account. Before a refund can be issued, any resulting credit must first be applied to the financial aid programs that administered the aid. The amount to be credited is determined by the type of aid received, the number of credits the student was taking before and after the drop or separation, the length of time the student was enrolled, and the amount of any adjustment to charges.

Any student receiving federal and/or state financial aid must comply with applicable governmental policies on financial aid refunds. If such a student officially withdraws from all classes before the ninth week of classes (60 percent into the semester), he or she will have the appropriate percentage of financial aid returned to the appropriate program and will be responsible for repaying any outstanding balance in his or her account.

If a student receiving a Fei Tian College Scholarship separates from the College, the Tuition Waiver ends the day after the official date of separation from the College, and room and board end within 48 hours of the official date of separation from the College.

If a student receives other types of financial aid, it is that student’s responsibility to promptly notify the institution administering the aid of the student’s official date of separation from the College.

Non-attendance and/or failure to officially separate from the College may result in the cancellation of financial aid and all charges being billed to the student.

Federal Tax Credits for Educational Expenses

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 created two non-refundable education tax credits—the Hope Scholarship Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. A non-refundable tax credit allows a taxpayer to subtract from the total amount of taxes owed the value of the credit for which he or she is eligible. “Non-refundable” means that the student must owe taxes in order to get the value of the credit. Students should consult the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and the Internal Revenue Service for details on income eligibility and enrollment guidelines.