College Expenses

Students will receive eBills monthly while they are attending Mount Mercy. It is the student’s responsibility to check their eBill online each month. Fall tuition, room and board fees must be paid in full by August 15th and Spring tuition, room and board fees by January 15th, unless the student enrolls in the Mercy Payment Plan. If the student is not enrolled in the Mercy Payment Plan and their tuition, room, and board is not paid in full, all future course registrations and financial aid will be cancelled. If additional financial aid is received after the full payment has been made, the student may request a refund of the credit balance of his/her account. Payments may be made by cash, check, debit, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). Payments made by debit or credit card are subject to a 2.75% convenience fee.

If payments are not received by the due date, a late fee will be added to the student’s account. Late fees can only be waived due to University responsibility causing a delay in payment or the failure to act by a student because of sudden disabling illness or accident.

Late Fees

Type Cost
$500 - $1,000 Outstanding Balance $10 Late Fee
$1,000 - $2,500 Outstanding Balance $25 Late Fee
$2,500 - $5,000 Outstanding Balance $50 Late Fee
$5,000 - $7,500 Outstanding Balance $75 Late Fee
$7,500 - $10,000 Outstanding Balance $100 Late Fee
>$10,000 Outstanding Balance $150 Late Fee

Because of rapidly changing economic conditions, it may become necessary to alter tuition and fee structure before the next edition of this Catalog is published.

Tuition, Room and Board and Other Fees 2017-18

Full-time students

A student is considered full-time if she or he is registered for 12 or more hours per semester. Enrollment in more than 16 credit hours will result in additional tuition being charged at a rate equivalent to the part-time tuition rate per hour.

Full-time Fees Fall semester Spring semester Total
Tuition (12-16 hours) $15,191 $15,191 $30,382
Room & Board* $4,583 $4,583 $9,166
Total $19,774 $19,774 $39,548
*

Blue Meal Plan (avg. 2 meals per day) and Double Occupancy Room.

Mount Mercy has a two year residency requirement because it considers the residential program integral to the educational experience. Students are expected to live in campus housing during their first four semesters of full-time college attendance (typically freshmen and sophomores). These students will automatically be charged for room and board.

Students may request an exemption from this requirement if the student:

  • Lives with parents
  • Has “independent status” with regard to federal financial aid regulations
  • Turned 21 years old before July 1st of the current year

An exemption request must be approved by the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Life. Upon approval of the exemption request, the room and board charges will be removed from the student’s account. Exemption request forms are available from the Admissions and Student Services Offices. Exemption forms will be available at registration.

Winter Term Tuition

Winter term tuition for three credit hours is included in the full-time tuition rate for students who are enrolled full-time in both fall and spring semesters. Students must be enrolled and billed as a full time Mount Mercy student in both semesters. (This does not apply to students in Accelerated, Graduate, or Online programs). Students enrolled in a winter term course that are not full time in both the fall and spring will be billed at the part time tuition rate. Students taking more than three credit hours will be responsible for the cost of the additional credit hours. Students who are full time in both fall and spring and are taking a winter term course(s) at no additional charge, are still responsible for any course related fee such as lab fees. There will be no refund of tuition or room and board for winter term if a full time student chooses not to enroll in winter term.

Part-time Students

A student is considered part-time if he or she is enrolled in less than 12 hours per semester. Tuition for part-time students is assessed based upon the number of hours for which a student is registered.

Type Cost
Part-time tuition (1-11.5 semester hours) $920/semester hour

Accelerated Program Students

Tuition for students in the Accelerated Program is due the first night of class. If you are reimbursed by your employer, and you have a completed Deferred Payment Plan Enrollment Form on file in the Student Financial Services Office, tuition is due 45 days from the end of each block. Please refer to the Accelerated section of this Catalog for a description of this program for non-traditional, working students.

Type Cost
Accelerated $456/semester hour
PREP and TEACH Program $456/semester hour

Online Program Students

Tuition for students in the Online Program is due the first night of class. If you are reimbursed by your employer, and you have a completed Deferred Payment Plan Enrollment Form on file in the Student Financial Services Office, tuition is due 45 days from the end of each block. Please refer to the Online section of this Catalog for a description of this program.

Type Cost
Online Program $490/semester hour

Graduate Program Students

Tuition for students in the Graduate Program is due the first night of class. If you are reimbursed by your employer, and you have a completed Deferred Payment Plan Enrollment Form on file in the Student Financial Services Office, tuition is due 45 days from the end of each block. Please refer to the Graduate Programs section of this Catalog for a description of these programs.

Type Cost
MBA, MSL, MSN* $590/semester hour
MBA (online program) $630/semester hour
MA of Criminal Justice (online program) $490/semester hour
MA in Education $460/semester hour
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy $490/semester hour

Room and Board Options

Academic Year:
Students have a number of options regarding both room and board. Please note that the charges below are adjustments to the room and board charges previously detailed.

Residence Halls:

Room Type Amount per semester
Regina Double and McAuley Double/Triple $2,215.00
Andreas Triple $2,615.00
Lower Campus Double $2,765.00
Single Room, Regina $2,765.00
Double-in-triple McAuley $2,765.00
Hazel House $2,915.00
Single-in-double Regina, McAuley, Andreas House, and Lower Campus $4,225.00

Board Plans:

Board type Amount per semester
Blue Plan - an average of 14 meals per week $2,368.00
Gold Plan - an average of 19 meals per week $2,498.00
Mustang Plan - an average of 7 meals per week $1,928.00

Other Board Options

Summer Housing: Current Mount Mercy students (were enrolled spring semester) who are enrolled in summer courses or have pre-enrolled for fall semester classes may choose to live on campus in either Andreas or Lower Campus. There is no board plan for the summer. Summer housing rates:

Room Type Amount per semester
Double Room $1,460.00
Single-in-Double $1,760.00

If the student ceases enrollment during the summer, he or she will be asked to move out of campus housing. Students new to Mount Mercy must be enrolled in summer courses in order to choose summer housing on campus.

Special Fees

(All fees are non-refundable except where noted.)

Student Cost Amount
Application Fee (payable on application by all except non-degree special students) $25
Art Fees Varies by course, see individual course description
Assessment of Prior Learning Experience Assessment Fee $60 per semester hour
Audit Fee for a Regular Course $500
Audit Fee for Activity or Lab Course $550
Challenge Exam Fee $25/semester hour for credit; $10/semester hour for waiving credit
Lab Course Fee (applies to all lab courses except Nursing and Biology) $25
Lab Fee - Biology $50
Meal Plan Change (after Aug 1st) $25
Medical Laboratory Science Fee $100
Mercy Payment Plan Enrollment Fee $50 per semester
Mount Mercy I.D. Card Replacement Fee $15
Music Lesson Fee Refer to Curriculum/Music section of catalog
Nursing Fee - Sophomore $500 per semester
Nursing Fee - Junior $400 per semester
Nursing Fee - Senior $500 per semester
Official Transcript $10
Parking Fees See the Good Book
Replacement Diploma $75
Returned Check $25
Room Contract Cancellation Fee $500 - $1000
Student Government Association (SGA) Fee - Traditional Students Only (Full Time and Part Time) $100 per semester
Tuition Deposit for all Full-time Students (paid at time of acceptance and credited to tuition) $200
Other student costs include:
Books and Supplies est. $1,200
Transportation (full-time students living on campus) est. $1,400
Transportation (full-time students living with parents) est. $2,280
Transportation (full-time students living off campus) est. $3,360

Mercy payment plan

The Mercy Payment Plan allows each semester’s tuition, room, and board to be paid in 4 equal installments due on the 15th of August, September, October, and November for fall semester and the 15th of January, February, March, and April for spring semester. The Mercy Payment Plan can only be used for the payment of tuition, room, and board. Students who have not paid their account in full by September 15 for the Fall semester or by January 15 for the Spring semester will need to enroll in the Mercy Payment Plan. There is an enrollment charge of $50 per semester to participate in this plan.

All enrolled students are eligible for the Mercy Payment Plan unless:

  1. The student is reimbursed by their employer.
  2. The student's account is considered delinquent (see below).
  3. A student at anytime has declared bankruptcy in which a Mount Mercy account has been written off.

International Student Accounts

International students must have their student account balance paid, in full, by the start of the semester. There is no payment plan eligibility. Students are encouraged to use Flywire to complete international payments (www.flywire.com) for convenience in tracking the payment from start to finish. 

Delinquent Accounts

All students, except those receiving employer reimbursement, are required to have their entire account paid in full by the end of the term (November 15th for fall semester, April 15th for spring semester, and by the end of the term for all other sessions). Any balance remaining after the above dates will be considered delinquent.

Students who are reimbursed by their employers are required to have their entire account paid in full within 45 days from the end of class or their account will be considered delinquent.

Students with delinquent accounts may be subject to the following actions until the balance is paid in full.

  1. All current and future registrations will be cancelled.
  2. All financial aid for future terms will be cancelled.
  3. Student will no longer be able to reside in student housing.
  4. Student will not be able to obtain official transcripts.
  5. Reimbursed students will be required to have their account paid in full before class starts.
  6. Delinquency may be reported to a credit bureau.
  7. Account may be referred to a collection agency for the full amount due plus all collection costs and legal fees.

Graduation Policy

No diplomas will be issued and no official transcripts will be released until all financial obligations to Mount Mercy have been paid in full. Graduating seniors who have an outstanding balance will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremonies.

Refunds

Tuition and Fees

Fall and Spring Semesters

A student’s final bill will be determined on the last day to add classes for each semester. This is generally seven days after the beginning of the semester and is referred to as the final bill date. Before the final bill date students may adjust their class schedules without incurring add/drop fees. Students who drop classes after the final bill date will not be eligible to receive a refund of any of the tuition charged for that class unless they withdraw from Mount Mercy.

Students who withdraw from Mount Mercy after the final bill date may be eligible to receive a refund of a portion of the tuition charged for the semester. The tuition refund schedule follows the federal financial aid guidelines. Please contact the Student Financial Services Office for more information regarding tuition refund amounts. If a refund is requested, a petition form must be filed with the Provost's Office within 30 days of the end of the term. 

Winter Term and Summer Sessions

A student’s final bill will be determined on the last day to add classes for each term which is generally one to two days after the beginning of the term (final bill date). Students may adjust their class schedules without incurring add/drop fees before the final bill date.

Students who drop classes after the final bill date will not be eligible to receive a refund of any of the tuition charged for that class unless they withdraw from Mount Mercy.  If a refund is requested, a petition form must be filed with the Provost's Office within 30 days of the end of the term. 

Room and Board

The room and board terms and conditions are stated in the contract signed by the student. During the semester there may be a proportional refund of room and board charges if the student officially withdraws from Mount Mercy or moves off campus with the approval of the Director of Residence Life. There is a $500 - $1,000 contract cancellation fee that will be imposed on any student who does not fulfill the room and board contract.

Transcripts

Official transcripts will not be released until student account charges (tuition, room & board, and miscellaneous charges) have been paid in full.

*

Nursing Informatics students are required to pay the current University of Minnesota tuition rate for any University of Minnesota courses.