Student Charges and Financial Aid

Last updated Monday, July 20, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.

Student Charges

Tuition will be the same regardless of the mode of course delivery. The Residential Comprehensive Fee (RCF) for the Fall 2020 Semester contemplates an on-campus residential model until Thanksgiving break (after which point it's possible instruction may move online). If we can safely continue the residential experience after Thanksgiving break, students will not be assessed additional fees.

Students who are studying remotely will not be charged the Residential Comprehensive Fee (RCF). Students who will be living off-campus but commuting to Wesleyan will receive an adjustment to their RCF charge for the housing (and meal plan, if applicable). Students who wish to attend Wesleyan remotely or live off-campus should notify their class dean. Confirmation of the change in status will be sent from the class dean. The RCF will be adjusted approximately 2-3 days after the enrollment status change has been confirmed.

The fall semester bill (expected to be sent to students around July 15) will be based upon the assumption that students will be on campus for the fall semester. The fall semester bill will be due on or around August 17. Please see payment options.

Wesleyan will not be reducing tuition for the 2020-21 academic year. Faculty and staff have been planning for months in order to offer students the full range of educational opportunities they’ve come to expect from Wesleyan, and we will provide an extremely high-quality educational experience, whether courses are offered in-person, online, or a hybrid. Furthermore, we are investing heavily in our academic programs and have increased our financial aid budget to support families whose circumstances have changed because of the COVID-19 crisis. Thus, we’re not in a position to lower tuition at this time.

Financial Aid

Financial aid award notifications will be sent to returning students on or before July 15. Initial award notifications will be based upon the assumption that students will be on campus for the 2020-21 academic year. The Financial Aid Office will be revising the aid packages for students who are learning remotely once the enrollment status change has been confirmed by the class dean. 

Students who are fully remote will not be charged the Residential Comprehensive Fee (RCF). You can expect your billed costs to be lower, and your family contribution to be the same but allocated differently (to living expenses and personal expenses) based on what is on the bill. Students studying remotely who qualify for financial aid will be provided an allowance for living and personal expenses, as well as books and supplies. Additional information on the cost of attendance budgets for students can be found on the Financial Aid website.

Regarding work-study recipients, students will be permitted to have campus jobs, assuming they can be performed in accordance with all applicable health and safety guidelines. Students studying remotely will be permitted to have campus jobs if their supervisor approves remote work.

If students choose to take a leave of absence or deferral, their financial aid eligibility will not be impacted. Students are eligible for up to eight semesters of financial assistance, provided they reapply each year. Students with previous educational loans should contact the Financial Aid Office to inquire how a leave or deferral might impact their loan status during their time away. The deadline to request a full refund for cost of attendance payments if students are not matriculating is prior to the first day of classes on August 31.