Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the “general fee”?

General fees, which apply to all full time undergraduate students, include four fees that were previously charged and billed separately. These are the registration fee, technology fee, building assessment fee, student government fees, MSG and green energy fee. Beginning with the summer 2013 term these fees will total $950 per term for full time students. The charge will be pro-rated for part-time students.

Will I be charged for laboratory or other course fees?

Depending on your major you may be charged fees for such items as science labs, music lessons, art supplies, student teaching, etc. These fees are charged in addition to the “general fee” that all students pay. You can find a list of these ”occasional fees” here

Will the new tuition rates apply to the 2013 summer terms?

Yes. The new rates go into effect for the summer 2013 terms.

What does “cost of attendance” mean? What is included in this cost?

The “cost of attendance” is a figure that is used along with the data you provide on your FAFSA form to determine your financial need. The cost of attendance for students residing on-campus includes your tuition, fees, room and board expenses, as well as an estimate of your book, supplies, travel and personal expenses. The cost of attendance for students residing off-campus, including commuters, includes tuition and fees, as well as estimates of your housing, food, book, supplies, travel and personal expenses. Cost of attendance figures change each academic year.

How does Mercyhurst Univeristy tuition compare to other private colleges?

Mercyhurst undergraduate tuition is lower than most of our peer institutions. According to data published by U.S.News & World Report, Mercyhurst tuition is in the lowest 25 percent of all “top-tier” private institutions in the northern U.S.

Why does tuition go up every year?

The single most important reason is the increased expense involved with operating the institution, such as employee salary and benefits, utilities, insurance, equipment, maintenance, etc. Virtually all colleges and universities experience these expense increases. Institutions with significant revenue from gifts and endowments are sometimes able to absorb some of these operating expenses. Institutions like Mercyhurst, which derive most of their revenue from student tuition, must pass most of their expense increases to their students in the form of tuition increases.