Tuition & Fees
All financial regulations, tuition and fees, residence hall and meal plan fees are current as of the date of the publication and are subject to change. Questions regarding these matters should be directed to the Bursar’s Office, or you can visit the Bursar’s Office website.
Tuition and Fees
For the 2013-2014 tuition and fees rates, click here.
Fall semester and spring semester charges are billed separately and semester bills are sent out prior to the start of each semester. Thereafter, bills are produced on a monthly basis. An email will be sent to the student’s Salem State email account when the bill is available online, usually on the first of each month (billing schedule subject to change). Bills are available online through Navigator. The university does not mail out paper bills. Payment must be made by the due date, specified on the bills, usually the 25th of each month. The university also offers an interest-free monthly payment plan. For specific information about billing and payments, please visit the Bursar’s Office website.
For information on the university’s refund policy, click here
The non-refundable online application fee is $40.
Acceptance and Housing Deposit
The non-refundable acceptance deposit of $225.00 is to be paid when an undergraduate day division student notifies the University that its offer of admission is accepted. This deposit will be deducted from the tuition charges in the first semester if the student enrolls. A non-refundable housing deposit of $225.00 is to be paid by students who are accepted as resident students. This deposit will be deducted from the residence hall fee if the student establishes residence on campus.
Bills must be paid by the due date indicated on the bill or the student must be on the university’s monthly payment plan. Students with past due balances will not be furnished transcripts and may not be permitted to register. Failure to comply with the university’s payment due dates may result in late payment penalties and past due accounts will be subjected to the university’s collection policy and procedures. For more information on the university’s collection policy, please contact the Bursar’s Office. Returned checks will be charged a fee. Students whose checks are returned may also be prohibited from using personal checks as a form of payment.
The primary purpose of the College’s financial aid program is to assist students in meeting the costs of their education. Student financial aid, consisting of grants, scholarships, loans, and employment, is intended to assist the family in closing the gap between the University’s direct and indirect costs and the family’s resources. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) at Fafsa.gov. Salem State University’s priority deadline for filing for both newly accepted and returning students is March 1st. If your tax information is not available at the time of filing, you may initially use either estimates or the previous year’s information to complete the application, provided you update the data once your tax information is available. Failure to meet priority deadline can result in reduced award eligibility. For additional information, including award adjustments, verification and incomplete files, please refer to the “Important Information About Financial Aid” brochure found on our website salemstate.edu/finaid.
In estimating the cost of attendance, the University includes direct expenses for tuition, fees, residence hall and board charges, indirect expenses include books, transportation, personal expenses, and room and board for students living at home with their parents/relative or living off campus. Costs vary depending upon where the student lives: at home with parents/relative, off-campus, or in a residence hall. Each student is given a budget based upon residency status.
The majority of aid awarded by Salem State’s financial aid office is Federal and State, need based, financial aid. The amount and type of aid received is contingent upon the student’s financial need relative to that of the total population, the availability of funds, and the various program regulations when their application is received.
In addition to the need based awards there are a number of institutional scholarship and grant awards that are given based on merit and academic excellence. These awards are generally awarded as student enters the university and a number of them will carry year to year, providing the student maintains certain academic standards.
Scholarships and Awards
Annual Endowed Scholarships
The Financial Aid Office encourages all students to apply yearly for a variety of scholarships offered by Salem State University. Endowed Scholarships are not wholly reliant on FAFSA information and are based on a variety of criteria, which may include scholastic achievement, extracurricular and co-curricular involvement and community service. The Endowed Scholarship decisions are made by a Scholarship Committee whose membership includes faculty, administrators and students.
Applications are available in November and may be downloaded from the Financial Aid Office’s website. Students are reminded to adhere to all guidelines as they are strictly enforced.
The Student Life Office is responsible for coordinating the selection of students for the following awards: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (national award for Juniors and Seniors) and Silver Key Award and Special Recognition Award (for Seniors only). Juniors and Seniors interested in applying for the Who’s Who Award may check at the Student Life Office for application forms during the first semester. A selection committee comprised of faculty, administrators and underclass students reviews applications and makes recommendations. All applicants receive written notification of the results.Awards for Silver Key (requiring academic excellence) and for Special Recognition (University involvement) are open to Senior applicants only. At the end of the second semester, the traditional banquet is held to honor student recipients of the awards.