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Financial Information

Bluffton University is a nonprofit institution. The tuition, fees and other expenses paid by the students cover only a part of the cost. The balance is met by income from endowment, gifts and contributions from churches, alumni, faculty, staff and other friends of the university. The following fees apply to the 2021-22 academic year. Bluffton reviews fees annually and reserves the right to make changes in fees and deposits.

Standard costs vary from student to student because each student is an individual case. Some courses require special fees. Some students can reduce their total cash requirements by working or obtaining a scholarship or a grant-in-aid. The standard cost shown below does not take this into account. Neither does it include the cost of books nor incidental personal items, which vary greatly with individual needs and tastes.

Billing and refund information

The following information has several purposes: 1) to acquaint you with Bluffton University billing periods and financial policies; 2) to help you calculate what your costs will be; 3) to help you determine a suitable payment plan. Please read this material carefully.

BILLING AND REFUND INFORMATION
The Business Office will send a bill in June for the fall semester and December for the spring semester. You can view your student account informaiton online by going to my.bluffton.edu and logging in with your student username and password. Select Student / Financial information.

Thoughout the semester, the Business Office will notify students regarding their unpaid balance. If you are needing to request a printout of your student account balance transactions, please contact the Business Office.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Bluffton offers two payment plans.

  1. Payment-in-Full by Semester (preferred method)
  2. Monthly Payment by Semester
    1. Fall semester (August - December)
    2. Spring semester (January - May)

You must select one of these options by indicating your choice on the Payment Information Form. The Payment Information Form needs to be completed, signed and returned to the Business Office no later than June 15, 2021. If you choose the monthly plan your first payment is due by Aug. 2, 2021, and spring semester first payment is due by Jan. 3, 2022. Subsequent payments will be due on the first business day of the month.  

While Bluffton prefers that families subscribe to one of the two payment plans listed above, we recognize that some family income patterns may warrant an alternate arrangement. We can usually accommodate such arrangements if first approved by the Business Office. Please call the Business Office if you wish to discuss another option.

ADVANCE DEPOSIT

Upon notification of admission to Bluffton University and the student’s decision to attend, a nonrefundable deposit (applied to the first semester fees) of $100 is due.

ROOM DAMAGE DEPOSIT

Rooms are engaged for the college year. A deposit of $100 is charged each student rooming in a university residence hall. This will be returned after graduation or withdrawal if the room is left in good order and after the value of any damage to the room or furniture has been deducted.

PAYMENT OPTIONS DESCRIPTIONS

  • Payment-in-Full by Semester: The fall semester bill is due by Aug. 2, 2021, and the spring semester bill is due by Jan. 3, 2022, for all students. The bill is calculated on the costs for that semester as of the date the bill was generated. Additional charges that are added to your student account must be paid at the time they are incurred. An example of these charges may include, but are not limited to: Bookstore charges, lab fees, change in tuition hours (e.g. overload), cross-cultural program fees, etc. 
  • Monthly Payment Plan by Semester: This payment option is divided into five equal installments. There will be a $30 non-refundable fee each semester for being on the payment plan. Payments will be August - December for fall semester and January - May for spring semester. Your first payment for fall semester is due by Aug. 2, 2021, and spring semester is due by Jan. 3, 2022, with subsequest payment due on the first business day of each month. Additional charges that are added to your student account must be paid at the time they are incurred. An example of these charges may include, but are not limited to: Bookstore charges, lab fees, change in tuition hours (e.g. overload), cross-cultural program fees, etc.

NOTE: All costs per semester are an estimate. Please check your balance frequently.

HOW TO PAY YOUR STUDENT ACCOUNT BALANCE
Payment toward your student account may be paid with the following:

  • Cash/Check (do not mail cash)
    • If sending payment in mail, mail to:
      Bluffton University
      Business Office
      1 University Drive
      Bluffton, OH 45817-2104
  • Credit Cards (online or in person)
    • For a student to pay online, go to my.bluffton.edu. Sign in with your username and password. Select Student / Financial information / My account balances / Make a payment / follow prompts to make a payment.
    • For a parent/guareian to pay online after receiving login information. Go to my.bluffton.edu. Sign in with your username and password. Select Parent / Student name / Student account information / My account balances / Make a payment / follow prompts to make a payment.
    • Please note: a three percent conveninece fee applies to all credit card transactions for payment of tuition, room and board, and fees on student accounts.
  • ACH
    • By selecting ACH (Automatic Clearing House) payment option, your payments can be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account
  • 529 Payment
    • Notify the Business Office when a 529 Payment is being processed and on the way to the university for payment.
  • VA Payment
    • Notify the Business Office when a VA Payment is being processed ad o the way to the university for payment.

When submitting payments, identify the student by indicating the student’s name and their Bluffton University ID number.

VETERANS BENEFITS 

Pursuant to the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Bluffton University does not impose any penalties, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover financial obligations to Bluffton University due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

STATEMENTS

A monthly statement is available on my.bluffton.edu at any time. The Federal Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits the release of information on a student’s account to anyone other than that student without written permission. this authorization form (FERPA - Family Education Rights & Privacy Act) is available on my.bluffton.edu. Select Student / Give premissions to my data (FERPA). If this FERPA information is not provided, our staff will not be authorized to discuss student information with anyone other than the student. After a parent/guardian has been given permission to a student account, they will received their own login for my.bluffton.edu.

FINANCIAL AID FOR RETURNING STUDENTS

  • Submit the FASFA every year to renew your financial aid. Bluffton’s priority deadline for filing the FASFA is May 1 of each year. The FAFSA school code for Bluffton University is 003016.
  • Financial aid awards are processed beginning in April after registering for fall classes, as long as all other requirements are met.

UNPAID ACCOUNT POLICIES
Bluffton expects that all students will follow one of the payment options described above. We treat unpaid accounts as follows:

  1. Bluffton Univesity will add interest at the rate of one percent per month to accounts not current. This represents an annual interest charge of 12 percent. Interest is charged on the entire unpaid balance.
  2. Students with unpaid accounts are not allowed to enroll in a subsequent semester. All accounts past due must be paid in full before a student may register.
  3. Bluffton University will not issue transcripts, diplomas, teaching certificates or records of any kind for students having past-due accounts. 

2022-23 FEE SCHEDULE

Basic fees: Yearly Amount Semester Amount
Tuition (12-17 hours/semester) $34,716 $17,358
Technology fee 650 325
Student activity fee 150 75
Room * 5,712 2,856
Board (15 meal plan **) 5,890 2,945
Room damage deposit (new students only) 100  
Total $47,218 $23,559

  • Charge per semester hour if less than 12 hours: $1,415 per semester hour
  • Charge per semester hour over 17 up to and including 20 hours: $999 per semester hour
  • Charge per semester hour over 20 hours: $1,415 per semester hour

MEAL PLANS
Residential students are initially billed for the Premier 15-meal plan. Each meal plan includes “Beaver Bucks,” dollars that can be used to purchase food items in the snack bar or additional meals in The Commons. Residential students are required to choose one of three meal plans: Full Value 20 plus meal plan, Premier 15 Plus meal plan or Basic 10 Plus meal plan. First-year students must select between the 20 meal plan or the 15 meal plan their first semester, and have the option of selecting the 10 meal plan beginning their second semester. Commuter and apartment meal plans are also available.

Meal plan cost per semester

20 meal plan per semester $2,999
15 meal plan per semester $2,880
10 meal plan per semester $2,764
Commuter 5 meal plan per semester $1,089

Additional special fees:

Riley Court Apartment with 70 Block Meal Plan, per semester $5,143
Super single, per semester $750
Student teaching $500
Private music lessons, per credit hour, in addition to tuition $185
Accompaniment fee, per credit hour
in addition to tuition and private lessons fee
$119
Becoming a Scholar Fee (non-refundable after first day of class) $115
Rooming in Neufeld or Ramseyer, per semester $100
Audit, per course
There may be additional fees for audited courses using special supplies or equipment
$90
Digital Music Fee $50
Payment Plan Fee per semester $30
Vehicle registration, per semester $25
Returned payment fee (non-sufficient funds) $15
Additional vehicle registration $10

All students who are opted into the Slingchot Choice (formerly Textbook Butler) textbook program through the Bookstore will have their textbook fee added to their student account. The bookstore charge is added to student accounts at the beginning of each semester and must be paid in full to the Business Office within 30 days.

ACADEUM
Bluffton University has a consortial agreement with Acadeum.

Degree-completion students and students on the degree-completion pathway who take courses through Acadeum will be billed at the rate of $495 per credit hour.

Traditional undergraduate students who take courses through Acadeum in the summer session (or, in the fall or spring semester with permission granted by the academic dean due to extenuating circumstances) will be billed at the rate of $396 per credit hour.

CASH CREDIT BALANCES – FEDERAL TITLE IV FUNDS AVAILABILITY AND USE (INCLUDES FEDERAL GRANTS/LOANS)
The following statements are provided as required by federal regulations for Title IV Funds.

Disbursements of financial aid may create credit balances on student accounts. Federal regulations stipulate that if a credit balance is created by Title IV Funds, it can only be kept on the account for future charges upon written authorization from the student or the student’s parent. Bluffton University does not pay interest to students/parents on student accounts that have credit balances.

Federal regulations require that “a student or student’s parents be notified of the amount of Title IV, HEA (Higher Education Act) program funds the student can expect to receive, and how and when those funds will be paid.” Specific reference to billing and cash management is also outlined in materials sent from the financial aid office, specifically the award letter and the policies brochure. Additional copies are available upon request from the financial aid office.

Refund policies

Students who withdraw from Bluffton University and follow the approved withdrawal procedure will receive refunds for instructional fees, room and board according to the following schedule:

If a refund amount is owed to the student, but the student has outstanding institutional charges, or if the student owes a repayment of a cash disbursement for noninstitutional costs, the university will automatically apply the refund amount to those charges or repayment. Bluffton will also notify the student in writing if either situation has occurred.

Students who are Title IV (federal aid) recipients will have the return of Title IV funds and repayments calculated and distributed as prescribed by federal law and regulation. These distribution schedules are available to all prospective and currently enrolled students by contacting the business office or the financial aid office.

Cross-cultural program refunds

In the event that cross-cultural experiences are cancelled due to circumstances beyond the university's control, an affected student's remedy is to register for a cross-cultural experience in the following academic year. If this remedy is impossible, the university will refund the program fee, less airline voucher, to the student's account. 

Liability policy

The university shall not be liable for any failure, delay or interruption in performing its obligations and duties herein stated due to causes or conditions beyond its control or which could not have been prevented or remedied by reasonable effort at reasonable expense. The university’s inability to perform any term or condition of this contract as a result of force majeure conditions beyond its control such as, but not limited to, strikes, fires, flood, government restrictions, acts of nature, epidemics, damage or destruction shall not be deemed a breach of this contract. In such case, the university’s liability will be limited to a pro-rata credit for non-graduating students or a pro-rata refund for graduating seniors. In addition, neither the university nor its officials, agents and employees are liable for the loss, theft, disappearance, damage or destruction at any time or in any place of any property belonging to, used by, or in custody of any resident no matter where such property may be normally used, kept, or stored. Students are strongly encouraged to extend their family's homeowner’s insurance or purchase specific renter’s insurance to cover personal belongings.

Policy for symptomatic students who refuse COVID-19 testing

Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 and refuse testing must go to a designated quarantine space until they are symptom-free, following the Allen County Health Department (or their local health department) protocol or they will be administratively withdrawn.

August 2021

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