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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

Tuition and Fees

Willamette University is committed to focusing its financial resources on providing a quality academic program. We strive to provide a low student-to-faculty ratio and strong compensation packages that allow us to recruit and retain an excellent faculty. We encourage innovation and quality in all our academic programs. Tuition and fees provide the primary source of revenue for the University, but a large endowment and generous giving from our alumni help to offset tuition cost through endowed scholarships and gifts.

Annual Undergraduate Costs (2006-07)
Tuition and fees $30,018
Room and meal plan $7,250
Personal expenses (estimated) $1,050
Books and supplies (estimated) $850
Total estimated costs $39,168
If You Need Help, You've Got It
Percentage of entering students who receive financial aid (2004) 92%
Range of WU merit-based scholarships for entering students (2004) $3,000 to full tuition
Average WU combined scholarship and grant award for entering students (2004) $12,902
Average total need-based aid package for entering students (2004) $20,205
Total scholarship/grant dollars awarded to entering students in 2004 (including state and federal sources) $7.47 million
Meeting Their Obligations
Percentage of College of Liberal Arts graduates who pay back their student loans on time 99.7%
Average outstanding student loan amount for College of Liberal Arts graduates $18,690

The above costs for room and meal plan are for Meal Plan B and a multiple-occupancy room.

Health Insurance: $465–$765 (optional)

Health insurance coverage is a two tier rate based on age at the beginning of the school year. This coverage is optional. Students can be exempt from health insurance charges by completing a waiver with the Business Office within 10 days of the start of the Fall semester. The health insurance is offered for students not already covered by an existing policy. For further information about health insurance please contact the Health Center (503) 370-6062.

Application Fee: $50

This nonrefundable application fee is charged to cover the cost of processing and evaluating the applicant for admission, which is submitted with the application.

Advance Deposit: $200

A nonrefundable advance deposit submitted by students who have been accepted is due by May 1, which is National Candidate Reply Date. This guarantees an entering student a position in the incoming class, and on housing and registration rosters. This deposit is credited toward the student’s first-semester tuition bill.

Room and Meal Plans

All students living in a residence hall or fraternity are required to participate in the Willamette Meal Plan Program. The Willamette Meal Plan has been designed with flexibility to meet the unique needs of each student. The meal plan program has two parts. Part I consists of "all you can eat" dinners from Sunday through Friday and brunch on Saturday. Part II is a meal plan points program, which offers four different points options. Meals are breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday and brunch Sunday. Food at these meals is offered "a la carte".

Meals are served throughout the school year in three locations: Goudy Commons, Kaneko Hall, and the Bearcat Cavern in the University Center (Monday through Friday, breakfast and lunch only). No meal service is provided during Thanksgiving break and winter and spring vacations.

For more information on room and meal plans, please visit the Residential Services website.


Tuition fees and charges for room and board are payable in full by the start of each semester and are paid to the Business Office. If a student fails to complete fee payment through the Business Office by 4:00 p.m. of the day designated to pay fees each semester, the student will be assessed a $50 late fee and interest will accrue at 12 percent APR (annual percentage rate). If payment is still not received within 30 days of semester start date the student will be disenrolled for nonpayment of fees and his/her housing contract cancelled.

The 10-Month Payment Plan

This plan offers parents a program through which educational expenses for the year can be spread out over a 10,9 or 8-month payment plan. The monthly payment plan option is administered by Tuition Management Systems and has a $65 application fee for the year. Under this plan you estimate the amount of net expenses for the year and come up with your annual Budget Amount divide your Budget Amount by 10, 9, or 8 to determine your monthly payment. Payments begin July 15 and end April 15. Please call TMS at 1-800-722-4867 or visit their website.

Major Credit Cards

Willamette University does not accept credit or debit cards for the payment of tuition or fees.


Students are admitted to Willamette University with the understanding that they will remain until the end of the semester unless unforeseen circumstances necessitate their withdrawal. Students who are suspended or expelled from the University forfeit all refunds.

In Compliance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 (Section 668.22). Willamette University's refund policy is as follows:
  • A student's withdrawal date is; the date the student began the institution's withdrawal process or officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw; or the midpoint of the period for a student who leaves without notifying the institution.
  • Refunds for tuition will be prorated on a per day basis based on the academic calendar up to the 60% point in the semester. There are no refunds for tuition after that point in time.
  • Withdrawing students are responsible for applicable room and meal plan charges through the date they checked out of their campus housing with Residence Life.
  • Students withdrawing for medical reasons may petition for a Medical Withdrawal. In the case of an approved Medical Withdrawal, the student refund is the same as a student who withdraws from the University; however, the student's transcript will indicate a withdrawal for medical reasons. Applications for a Medical Withdrawal may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.
  • Health insurance charges and student body fees will not be refunded to withdrawing students.
  • In the case of a student's death during a term, a full tuition refund will be granted to the student's estate.
Students, who withdraw and have received financial aid, will receive their refund (if any) after the required portion of their financial aid is returned to the aiding programs. The required portion of financial aid that is returned to the aiding programs are calculated as follows:
  • Title IV aid and all other aid is earned in a prorated manner on a per day basis based on the academic calendar up to the 60% point in the semester. After the 60% point no refunds are granted for tuition.
  • Recalculation of financial aid is based on the percent of earned aid using the following formula: Percent Earned = Number of days completed up to the withdrawal date Divided by total days in the semester
  • Federal financial aid is returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula: Aid to be returned = (100% - percent earned) X the amount of financial aid applied to the student's account
  • When financial aid is returned, the student may owe a balance to the University. The student should contact the Business Office to make arrangements to pay the balance.

Questions regarding this refund policy should be directed to the Assistant Controller located in the University's Business Office.

The term "Title IV funds" refers to the Federal Financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and includes the following programs: unsubsidized FFEL loans, subsidized FFEL loans, subsidized Federal Direct Stafford loans, FFEL PLUS loans, Federal Direct Stafford loans, Federal Perkins loans, FFEL PLUS loans, Federal Direct PLUS loans, Federal Pell grants, and Federal SEOG.