2022-2023 Graduate Catalog w/ November Addendum 
    May 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog w/ November Addendum [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition Charges, Refund Policies and Business Office Policies

All graduate tuition, charges and policies listed in this publication are effective as of July 1, 2022 and are subject to change, without notice, by the University’s Board of Trustees.

Admission Application Charge

There is no charge for application for admission to the University.

Tuition Deposit

A non-refundable tuition deposit must be paid in advance of course registration for the initial semester of attendance.

Tuition Schedule

Tuition payment or satisfactory arrangement to pay tuition, which includes financial aid resources, is due generally one week prior to the beginning of the semester. Tuition is charged according to the tuition schedule shown below. 
Full-time undergraduate tuition charges are for 12 to 17 semester hours. A student registered for more than 17 semester hours is subject to an overload charge at the per-semester hour rate. For example, tuition charges for 18 semester hours will include the full-time rate of $11,950 plus $1,000 for the additional semester hour, resulting in a charge of $12,950. A part-time undergraduate student registered for 11 semester hours or fewer is charged the per-semester hour rate multiplied by the number of registered semester hours.
Graduate students are charged a per-semester hour rate plus a flat semester fee. For example, a graduate student registered for 6 semester hours is charged the per-semester hour rate of $830 multiplied by the number of registered semester hours ($4,980) plus the $500 flat semester fee, resulting in a charge of $5,480.

Tuition Schedule

    Per Credit Flat Fee Per Semester


  Part-Time (0-11 Credits) 1,000.00
  Full-Time (12-17 Credits) 11,950.00
  Full-Time Overload (18+ Credits)* 1,000.00 11,950.00
  Dual Enrollment (1-11 Credits) 200.00
  College in the High School 100.00
  *Per credit charge applies to the number of credits that exceed 17.


  Master’s Programs 830.00 500.00
  Doctoral Programs** 830.00 500.00
  **For doctoral students, the tuition charge after 12 earned credits of the Doctoral Studies courses is $415 per credit. All other courses remain billed at standard tuition rates.

HU Online Programs

  Undergraduate 380.00
  Graduate 650.00

Tuition Payments

Payments may be made in the Business Office by cash, check, or money order. Electronic payment options including credit card, debit card, and electronic check/ACH are available online only via the Finance page of MyHU. A preregistered student can view account information online. A convenience fee of 2.75% will be added for any credit/debit card transactions involving student tuition payments or other services. Online ACH/electronic check payments will not incur a convenience fee.

Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship may be awarded to support the full-time doctoral student who works for faculty in research or as a teaching assistant. Duties may include serving on research teams; collecting, cleaning and analyzing datasets; preparing research publications or grant proposals; lecturing; grading, office hours, and other researching, teaching, or administrative tasks. An assistantship can include an annual stipend and the option to purchase health coverage through the University healthcare plan. An assistantship is awarded based on demonstrated need, academic potential, and faculty recommendation.

Computer Requirements

All programs involving face-to-face or ‘in-class’ instruction require a laptop computer to be obtained prior to the first day of class. For any fully online programs or for any secondary machine, students are free to use desktop computers that meet the requirements listed on the University’s website at https://harrisburgu.edu/hu-experience/it-resource-center/. The cost is approximately $700 to $1,200.

Please note, these are the minimum requirements for the Office365 desktop software. There may be additional degree program software requirements. Some program software may be operating system dependent. Check with your advisor or program director for more information before you make any computer purchasing decisions.


Textbooks and other supplies (if specified for a course) must be obtained by the student prior to the first day of class. Textbooks may include bound books, ebooks, journals, or software. Supplies may include a laboratory coat, goggles, gloves or any other required item specified. The estimated cost for textbooks and other supplies per course is $75. Students can find textbook information at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/harrisburgu.htm. Some courses have textbooks or learning materials embedded in the course structure, provided at no additional cost.

Prior Learning Assessment Charge

A student who submits an application for prior learning assessment is charged per semester hour amount of $350 for the number of semester hours of the course equivalent sought. This charge is imposed at the time of application. No refund will be made if the application is unsuccessful.

Other Charges

Tuition Payment Late Charge - A late payment charge of $250 will be assessed if the student fails to make payment arrangements or pay tuition on or before the payment due date.

Returned Check Charge - A charge of $20 will be assessed if a check or electronic check/ACH transaction processed for payment is returned by the issuing bank.

Campus ID Card Replacement Charge - Upon enrollment, a student receives, at no cost, a Campus ID Card to be used as an identification badge, as a library card, and for building and elevator access. A student is required to wear the Campus ID Card badge when on campus. If a student desires a photo ID, submission of a 2” x 2” photo is required and a charge of $25 is assessed to replace the card. If a Campus ID Card is lost or stolen, a charge of $25 is assessed to replace the card.

Pay to Print Charge - On-campus printing is available to the student. A charge may be assessed depending upon the nature of the print job: paper size, ink color, and quantity.

Commencement Fee - A charge of $65 (the charge is based on the cost of the cap, gown, and tassel at time of graduation) will be assessed for the student participating in the Commencement Ceremony.

Transcript Requests - The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) provides an online transcript ordering service for Harrisburg University students and alumni 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please click the link below to order your transcripts:

National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Services

Transcripts are processed during business hours within two business days of placing your order. Each official transcript requested will be charged $10.00 per transcript for standard domestic delivery.

Withdrawal Policy 

Full Withdrawal Refund Schedule

A student who fully withdraws from all courses at the University may qualify for a credit of the unearned portion of the tuition charge. For refund purposes, the semester begins on the first day of the semester, subterm, or session, regardless of the student’s first class day of attendance during week one. The period of time used to calculate the tuition refund is the first day of class of the semester to the University’s determination date of official or unofficial withdrawal. The refund policy applies to tuition charged and does not apply separately to the various types of payments credited to the student’s account. Please see the Academic Calendar at https://harrisburgu.edu/academic-calendar for specific semester start dates and withdrawal deadlines.

14 Week Semesters

There is a 100% tuition refund when a student fully withdraws during the add/drop period and a refund schedule for withdrawals occurring in the first three weeks of the semester.
  Prior to the first day of the semester 100%
  Prior to the end of add/drop 100%
  During the second week 50%
  During the third week 25%
  After the third week 0%

7 Week Subterms/Sessions including HU Online Programs

There is a 100% tuition refund when a student fully withdraws during the add/drop period, but no tuition refund when a student withdraws after the add/drop period.
  Prior to the first day of the module 100%
  Prior to the end of add/drop 100%
  After add/drop 0%

Tuition Add/Drop Policy

Tuition Add/Drop Policy

If a student adds or reduces the number of courses and/or semester hours during the published add/drop period, tuition will be recalculated based on the adjusted number of semester hours. 

There is no tuition refund when a student withdraws from one or more courses after the add/drop period but remains enrolled in one or more other scheduled courses.

Federal Student Financial Aid Program Refund Calculation

Refunds are calculated upon official withdrawal from all classes and, if the student was deemed eligible for Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) student financial assistance program funds, any refund due will be paid within 45 days from the date the student is determined to have withdrawn.

A student who officially withdraws up to the 60 percent point in time of the semester will incur an adjustment to the amount of financial aid program funds awarded and/or disbursed for the term based on the percentage of time attended from the first day of class to the University’s determination date of withdrawal. If a student officially withdraws after the 60 percent point in time of the 14-week semester, 100 percent of the student’s financial assistance program awards are considered earned and will be applied to the total amount of institutional charges due for the term. The refund order of Title IV, HEA program funds (as applicable to the student) is: Unsubsidized Direct Loans; Subsidized Direct Loans; Direct PLUS Loans; Federal Pell Grants; and, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

For a student who unofficially withdraws during a semester, the withdrawal date shall be the end of the semester. The student is then responsible for all tuition charges due resulting from this reduction in awards and/or payments previously credited to the student’s account.

In the event that the financial aid recalculation results in an amount to be returned that exceeds the school’s portion, the student will be required to repay some funds directly to the U.S. Department of Education. 

In the event that a financial aid recalculation results in all outstanding tuition and fees being paid, resulting in a credit balance on the student’s account, this credit balance will be refunded to the student within 14 days of the financial aid recalculation date.  All refunds are sent by check via U.S. mail.  

In accordance with federal regulations, if a student receives all F grades during a semester, the University is required, at the best of its ability, to perform an attendance review to determine if a student ceased attendance during the semester. If it can be definitively determined that a student stopped attending prior to the 60 percent point of the semester, as indicated above, the student will incur an adjustment to the amount of financial aid program funds awarded and/or disbursed for the term based on the percentage of time attended from the first day of class to the University’s determination that the student stopped attending.   

Post-Withdrawal Disbursements:  A student may qualify for a post-withdrawal disbursement of their financial aid if the aid earned is more than the amount disbursed to them. The Financial Aid Office will notify a student of their potential eligibility with a post-withdrawal notification letter, sent both email and U.S. mail.  The student will have 14 days from the date of the letter to accept or decline the post-withdrawal disbursement. If no response is received from the student, the post-withdrawal disbursement will be forfeited.  The University will offer any post-withdrawal disbursement of loan funds within 30 days of the date the school determined the student withdrew. The University will also return any unearned funds and make a post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds within 45 days of the date the school determined the student withdrew. Finally, if a student withdraws and is entitled to a post-withdrawal disbursement, it will be applied to charges still owed to the University, and any excess will be refunded to the student.

Veteran Student Tuition and Fees Policy

Pursuant to Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, a student who is entitled to education assistance under chapter 31‐Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33‐Post 9/11 GI Bill ®   benefits will be permitted to attend and participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date in which the student submits a written request to use such entitlement and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

‐ The date on which payment from Veterans Administration is made to the institution
‐ 90 days after the date the institution submitted certification of enrollment/tuition and fees to Veterans Administration

Harrisburg University will not impose any penalty, including late fees, limited access to university resources, or require additional borrowed funds on any eligible student due to the inability to meet their financial obligation to the university based on delayed disbursement of Veterans Administration funding.

A student who is entitled to education assistance under any of the available Veterans Administration  Education Benefits is expected to provide the Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits to the  Certifying Official no later than the start of the initial semester in which the entitlement is intended to be used. In addition, each semester the student must submit a written request (VA Benefits eForm) as confirmation of their intention to use the entitlement before the Enrollment/Tuition and Fees Certification can be reported by the Certifying Official to Veterans Administration for processing.

“GI Bill ®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.