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2013-2014 Academic Catalog: Financial Information

Wen-Hsin Chen, Director, Student Financial Services
Student Service Center, Williston Hall, Room 101
Phone: 617-989-4020


Fees and Deposits

Application Fees

Undergraduate students in day and CPCE programs must submit a $30 fee with their application to Wentworth. Master of Science students must submit a $50 fee with their application.

Tuition Deposits

New undergraduate students entering in the fall semester must pay a $150 tuition deposit by May 1. Deposits are also non-refundable after May 1. New undergraduate students entering in the spring must also make a $150 tuition deposit, which is non-refundable.

New graduate students must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit of $200 following notification of acceptance.

Housing Deposits

Any day program or Master of Architecture student who requests to live on campus for the fall and spring semesters must make a $500 deposit. For new undergraduate students, the deposit is non-refundable after May 1. For all other students, deadlines will be published by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. New students starting in the spring who request to live on campus must also make a $500 deposit, which is non-refundable.

Students planning to live on campus for periods other than the fall and spring semester also pay a housing deposit based on the semester(s) they intend to live on campus. These rates will be announced by the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

For returning students, housing deposit refund requests received in writing (or e-mail) and postmarked before the start of room selection will be granted. No verbal requests will be honored.  

All housing deposit refund requests must be e-mailed to or in writing to:

Director of Housing and Residential Life

Wentworth Institute of Technology

550 Huntington Avenue

Boston MA 02115


At the discretion of the Institute, tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.


Full Time

(annual based on two semesters)

Per Credit

Day Undergraduate



College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE)



Master of Architecture



Master of Construction Management



Master of Facility Management




Undergraduate students who take fewer than 12 credits in a semester will be charged per credit rather than the flat full-time rate. Undergraduate students who overload (take more than 20 credits in a semester) will be charged at the per credit rate for each credit over 20.

CPCE students who are approved to take a day undergraduate course will pay the day per-credit rate for that course.

Graduate students who take an undergraduate course will pay the graduate per-credit rate for that course.

Living Accommodations

Annual Room Rates with $2,990.00 Mandatory Board Plan Included






Baker Hall





Evans Way

$13, 640.00




Tudbury Hall

$13, 640.00





All first-year students are required to purchase a $2,990.00 annual board plan regardless of their actual room assignment.

Annual Room Rates with $790.00 Mandatory Board Plan Included


Studio Single




Louis Prang















555 Huntington





610 Huntington






Any student in Edwards/Rodgers, Vancouver, Louis Prang, 610, and 555 Huntington Avenue may elect to increase his or her board plan to the following amounts:

Optional Board Plan B ($395.00 per semester)                                                           $790.00

Optional Board Plan C ($1,495.00 per semester)                                                        $2,990.00

Other Expenses

Health Insurance

Massachusetts state law requires all students registered for 9 or more credits (or for a semester of co-op) to have health insurance coverage. To comply with this law, students who meet the criteria are assessed a charge for a student health insurance plan. If a student is already covered by an alternate plan that offers comparable coverage and would like to waive the school’s insurance plan, the student MUST complete a waiver online by the deadline. Information and deadlines for completing the waiver are published by Student Financial Services on L-Connect and by targeted communications.

The standard fee for health insurance for the 2013-2014 academic year is $1,250.00.


Pass Type

Cost per Semester

Applicable Lots and Times

Day (Commuter) 


Annex, Parker, Sweeney (7 am – 10 pm)

West (3 pm – 10 pm)

Evening and Weekend     


Annex, Sweeney, West

(3 pm – 10 pm M-F, 7 am – 10 pm Saturday)

Overnight (On-campus residents only)


Annex, East (overnight)


Students must be financially clear to purchase parking passes. Passes are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and must be paid for at the time of purchase. Students cannot use an anticipated refund to purchase a parking pass.

Overnight parking passes are only sold to upper class or master’s students.

Books, Supplies, and Equipment

Each student provides at his/her own expense the necessary textbooks, equipment and instructional supplies. The cost of books and supplies is estimated at $800 to $1200 per year. Costs will vary depending upon the curriculum and whether new or used books are purchased. Payments for books and supplies are made directly to the bookstore which is located in the basement of Beatty Hall and accessible online through the LConnect Campus Services tab.

Wentworth provides all freshmen with a laptop computer outfitted with the software used in their academic programs. Information on Wentworth’s laptop program may be found at


Students in undergraduate day programs and the Master of Architecture program are billed prior to the start of each semester they are expected to attend. Bills are electronic only, and can be accessed through Leopardweb. Payment is due approximately one month prior to the start of the semester.

Students in CPCE undergraduate, certificate and workforce development programs, and students in the Master of Construction Management or Master of Facility Management, will be notified with the specific bill due date. They must pay for each semester’s classes by the due date or class schedule will be cancelled due to non-payment. Many students in these programs are also eligible to participate in the Deferred Payment Plan.

Alternative Payment Options

Monthly Payment Plan

To better serve our Day undergraduate and Master’s Architecture students, Wentworth has contracted an outside payment plan company, Tuition Management Systems, to help students meet their educational expenses. For more information, please contact the Student Service Center at 617-989-4020 or 1-800-222-9368.

Tuition Deferment

3 Payment Plans are available for eligible CPCE degree seeking students and for individual non-credit courses with tuition in excess of $1,000. The first payment is due prior to or at the time of registration. The 2nd and the 3rd payment due dates are printed on the contract.  If payment is not made according to schedule, a late payment fee of $50 may be assessed for each late installment. Students who fail to meet these terms will not be eligible to participate in this plan for future semesters. Students who were referred to outside collection agencies in the past or have more than 2 late fees on the account may not qualify for payment plans and must pay in full at the time of course registration. 

A tuition deferment contract must be signed to participate in this plan. This contract is available online at

Employer Deferment Plan

CPCE students who are eligible to receive tuition reimbursement from their employers, and are charged at least $1000 for tuition, may apply for tuition deferment beginning with their second consecutive semester of study. Tuition and fees for the first semester must be paid at registration or under a tuition deferment contract (see next section). To apply for tuition deferment, students must submit, with each semester’s registration form, a completed employer deferment application form signed by their employer. This form is available on the Financial Services page Tuition payment is required on or before the end of the fourth week of class. If payment is not made according to this schedule, a late payment fee of $100 may be assessed. Students who fail to meet these terms will not be eligible to participate in this plan for future semesters.

Returned Check

A $30 fee will be placed on the student’s account for any check returned to Wentworth by the bank. This fee may not be reversed. In certain circumstances, the Student Service Center will not accept a personal check from a student. (For example, if a student has two (2) returned checks, pays a past-due balance in order to request a transcript, or makes payment within two weeks of graduation).

Late Payments and Delinquent Accounts

Failure to pay a student’s account balance in full on or before the bill due date (which is approximately 1 month prior to the beginning of each semester) may result in cancellation of a student’s class schedule as well as a student’s housing assignment (if applicable). Wentworth reserves the right to charge a $100 late fee to any past due account balances.

College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) students who participate in the Deferred Payment Plan, may also be subject to a per payment late fee of $50 for each late installment. Students who default on the Deferred Payment Plan may lose the eligibility to participate the program in the future semesters; furthermore accounts with outstanding balance will not be allowed to register or attend classes for future semesters. Wentworth reserves the right to hold diplomas, grades, and transcripts from all students who have not paid all bills due the Institute. It is a Wentworth policy that only those students who have met all the academic and financial requirements for graduation are to participate in the graduation ceremony. If Wentworth refers a delinquent account balance to a collection agency, a collection fee will be added to the student’s outstanding balance, as well as any legal fees incurred if the account is sent to an attorney.


Before withdrawing, it is suggested that a student seek counseling from his/her faculty advisor or the Counseling Center. Students should also consult with the appropriate Student Financial Services and Financial Aid counselors in the Student Service Center to discuss any financial consequences of voluntary withdrawal.

If it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw from Wentworth during the semester, the student must complete a voluntary withdrawal petition and follow the voluntary withdrawal procedures outlined on page 69. Laptop computers must be returned to the DTS Helpdesk located on the third floor of Beatty Hall. If the laptop is not returned, students will be billed a recovery fee equal to the cost of the computer system as stipulated in the Laptop Program Student Agreement. All students are liable for tuition, room and board, and laptop fees in accordance with the adjustment policy below.

Tuition Adjustments

Tuition adjustments for withdrawing students are initiated based on the point in the semester where the student files voluntary withdrawal paperwork with the Student Service Center. Non-attendance of classes does not constitute an official withdrawal, and no adjustments will be made based solely on lack of attendance.

Students who register for classes, fail to appear for those classes, and who do not notify Wentworth of their intention to withdraw from classes, are liable for all tuition and fees assessed for that semester.

Tuition and fees will not be adjusted until the Student Service Center receives the official withdrawal request from students. Withdrawal forms received after the proration period will not initiate adjustments.

Adjustments are made as follows:


Withdrawal Filed By

Tuition Reversal Amount

15 Week Courses

The end of the drop/add period

100%, minus non-refundable $150 deposit

The end of the second week of the semester


The end of the third week of the semester


The end of the fourth week of the semester


The fifth week of the semester and later

No reversal of tuition charges

6 or 7 Week Workforce Training Courses

The end of the first week of the course


The end of the second week of the course


The third week of the course and later

No reversal of tuition charges


Students who withdraw from Wentworth and receive Federal Student Financial Aid are subject to a refund policy as prescribed by Federal Regulations. Students should contact the Student Service Center to obtain the appropriate Financial Aid refund schedule as well as to discuss any remaining financial obligations with a Student Financial Services or Financial Aid counselor.

Fees are not refundable. Students are liable for tuition and fees in accordance with the published refund policy.

Room and Board Adjustment

A student’s room and board charges are determined by the date he/she returns his/her room key(s) to his/her Resident Hall Director. If a student withdraws within the first four weeks of the semester, he/she is responsible for board charges based on actual meal points used. From week five through the end of the semester, the student will be responsible for the entirety of the board plan charged.


A student is eligible to receive a pro-rated room charge within the first four weeks of the current semester if they withdraw in writing and check-out with a Resident Hall Director. After the fourth week of classes, no adjustment will be made to a student’s room charge if he/she decides to withdraw from Wentworth or leave the residence halls.

No adjustments to room or board charges will be made to the account of any student who is withdrawn for discipline sanctions. For more information, please contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at or 617-989-4160.

Housing Agreement Release

Students living on campus for the fall and spring semesters sign a two-semester Housing Agreement. Students who withdraw from housing without a valid reason will be charged a Housing Agreement Release Fee of $1,000 if they withdraw from the residence halls after the fourth week of the fall semester or through the fourth week of the spring semester. Students withdrawing from the residence halls after this point are responsible for the full spring room charge.

For more information please refer to or contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 617-989-4160.

Refund of Payments

After all necessary adjustments have been made to a student’s account, any credits resulting from payments made will be refunded in accordance with the manner in which they were received.

Federal Funds Refund

If a student withdraws from Wentworth during the semester, the total refunded amount is determined according to federal and institutional refund policy. The refund will be returned to the individual programs in the following order: 1) Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, 2) Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, 3) Federal Perkins Loan, 4) Federal PLUS Loan, 5) Federal Pell Grant, 6) Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, 7) State funded Grants, 8) Private funded programs, and 9) Wentworth Institutional Aid. Specific questions regarding the refund policy can be addressed with a student’s financial aid counselor in the Student Service Center.