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Tuition and fees semester due dates:

Fall semester: August 1st
Spring semester: December 1st
Summer semester: May 1st
Students on the payment plan have due dates on the first of each month August 1 through May 1.


Tuition and Fees

All students are charged for tuition, department fees, and health insurance. Information on health insurance, waiver information, and miscellaneous fees are listed in the menu below. Any course fees that may apply are listed in the registration book. 

Billing and Payment

A student's registration for a semester is not complete until all bills due for that and any prior semester are paid in full. Billing statements are mailed to all registered students as follows:

Mid-June for the Fall semester. Due on August 1.
Early November for the Spring semester. Due on November 1.
Early May for the Summer semester. Due on May 1.

Please note, all bills are also uploaded for online viewing. Students may access their online bills at www.sva.edu/paybill.

The Office of Student Accounts will impose a late charge if any part of the semester bill is not paid when due.

Payment Information and methods can be found here

All payments are to be made in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. SVA does not accept checks drawn on a foreign bank or a foreign branch of a domestic bank. An additional fee of $75 plus any other balance incurred for conversion of foreign currency to U.S. funds will be charged for processing money orders or bank checks drawn on a foreign bank or a foreign branch of a domestic bank. To avoid the processing fee, payments from foreign banks may be made by wire transfer.

No degrees will be conferred and no certificates of attendance or transcripts will be furnished until all bills due the School of Visual Arts are paid in full.

Enrollment Fee

Once an offer of admission has been extended, applicants must submit a nonrefundable enrollment fee to the Office of Admissions in order to secure a space in their intended program of study. Enrollment fees will be processed only as space remains available in each department.

The Undergraduate enrollment fee is $500.
The Graduate enrollment fee is $1,000. ($500 of this fee will be applied to the first semester’s tuition.)

Health Insurance Fee

All students will be charged the health insurance fee for the fall and spring semesters. See further information below. (Exceptions are the fall and spring semesters for the Graduate programs for Digital Photography Online and Visual Narrative.)

For Art Practice, Digital Photography and Visual Narrative summer Graduate semesters, there is a summer insurance fee charged for your first summer semester.

The health insurance fee for 2016-2017 is $970 per semester for students who do not waive the health insurance and are enrolled for the year. (Health insurance is waivable at www.sva.edu/uhp)

For students enrolled for the fall semester health insurance only, the Fall 2016 fee remains $970.

For students enrolled in the spring semester health insurance only, the Spring 2017 fee is $1,228.

Students are automatically enrolled in the SVA-sponsored accident and sickness insurance and billed the Health Insurance Fee. Students who want to remove this charge must have sufficient insurance coverage and waive the fee online before the applicable deadline. For more information about the insurance, deadlines and waiving the fee, go to www.sva.edu/uhp or contact Health and Counseling Services at SVA, www.sva.edu/health.

For Summer 2016 qualifying programs, the health insurance fee was as follows: 

Art Practice: $385
Digital Photo: $601
Visual Narrative: $453

For all ESL summer fees, please see the ESL billing page at sva.edu/eslbilling.

Honors Program (Undergraduate)

For students in the Honors Program, some Honors courses can be taken at no additional cost. For special pricing of Honors credits above 15 credits, please see the Registration book. 

Housing

SVA housing costs in one of the college's residences range from $11,400 to $16,250 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

SVA housing costs in one of the college's residences range from $13,000 to $18,500 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Should an offer of admission be extended, the nonrefundable enrollment fee and an $800 housing deposit ($300 nonrefundable placement fee and a $500 security deposit) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

New students will be placed in housing on a first-come, first-served basis. The housing deposit will be returned only if a student cannot be placed in housing.

Please visit the Office of Residence Life pages here for more specific cost information on SVA’s residences.

Miscellaneous Fees

$100 Late registration fee
$250 Late payment fee assessed to accounts not paid in full by the tuition due date
$20 Replacement of lost student identification cards
$20 Returned check fee
$100 Course adjustment fee charged after the course adjustment period is over

Payment Plan

Students may choose to pay the annual cost of tuition and fees in 10 monthly installments, 5 installments per semester. The agreement is for the fall and spring semesters and payments begin on August 1 and end on May 1. Students will be asked to sign the Payment Plan Application and Agreement Form. SVA offers this option free of any interest or finance charge. There is a $200 processing fee for participating in the plan. SVA will consider all financial aid awards when calculating the payment plan, thereby reducing the amount of the monthly installment.

Please note, International students are eligible for the payment plan only after they have attended at least one full-time semester at SVA as a student and paid tuition in full.

The Payment Plan Application and Agreement form can be found on the Forms page of the Student Accounts web pages here.

Per Credit Charge

2015 - 2016

Undergraduate:
Students registered for more than 15 credits per semester (16 credits per semester for BFA Visual and Critical Studies) will be billed for each additional credit at $1,170 per credit. 

In the spring semester of their sophomore year, Interior Design majors may take up to 16 credits at the base tuition rate.

Tuition for more than 15 credits is fully refundable during the drop/add period. After the drop/add periods, refunds for extra credit tuition charges will be prorated based on the institutional refund policy.

Graduate:
Students registered for less than 12 credits or more than 15 credits per semester for Graduate Division courses (16 credits for Art Writing and for Design Research, Writing and Criticism fall semesters) will be billed at the rate of $1,310 per credit ($1,400 for Branding, Design, Interaction Design, Design for Social Innovation, Products of Design; $1,595 for Social Documentary Film).

Tuition for more than 15 credits (16 credits for Art Writing and for Design Research, Writing and Criticism fall semesters) is fully refundable during the course adjustment period. After the course adjustment periods, refunds for extra credit tuition charges will be prorated based on the institutional refund policy. 

NOTE: Graduate students may audit one undergraduate or one continuing education course each semester that they are enrolled as matriculated and full-time students. All applicable course fees will be charged. Courses open to auditing are subject to availability.

2016 - 2017

Undergraduate:
Students registered for more than 15 credits per semester (16 credits per semester for BFA Visual and Critical Studies) will be billed for each additional credit at $1,220 per credit. 

In the spring semester of their sophomore year, Interior Design majors may take up to 16 credits at the base tuition rate.

Tuition for more than 15 credits is fully refundable during the drop/add period. After the drop/add periods, refunds for extra credit tuition charges will be prorated based on the institutional refund policy.

Graduate:
Students registered for less than 12 credits or more than 15 credits per semester for Graduate Division courses (16 credits for Art Writing and for Design Research, Writing and Criticism fall semesters) will be billed at the rate of $1,365 per credit ($1,460 for Branding, Design, Interaction Design, Design for Social Innovation, Products of Design; $1,665 for Social Documentary Film).

Tuition for more than 15 credits (16 credits for Art Writing and for Design Research, Writing and Criticism fall semesters) is fully refundable during the course adjustment period. After the course adjustment periods, refunds for extra credit tuition charges will be prorated based on the institutional refund policy. 

NOTE: Graduate students may audit one undergraduate or one continuing education course each semester that they are enrolled as matriculated and full-time students. All applicable course fees will be charged. Courses open to auditing are subject to availability.

Refund Information

Course Adjustment:
There is no penalty or liability for any course adjustment completed during the course adjustment period. The course adjustment period is typically held during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semester. You can find the specific dates for each semester's course adjustment period listed in the academic calendar.

However, if you drop any course after the course adjustment period is over, you will be charged for the percentage of tuition for which you are liable. The only exception being if you stay within full time tuition (12-15 credits for most programs). The percentages of liability for course adjustment after the course adjustment period are the same as the percentages of liability upon withdrawal. See below for those percentages.

Please note, there is a $100 late course adjustment fee charged to all students who add any courses after the course adjusment period has ended.


Withdrawing from SVA:

The enrollment fee is nonrefundable. The health insurance fee is refundable only if withdrawal occurs prior to the applicable semester waiver deadline. The waiver deadline is located on the Student Health and Counseling Services webpage. 

Students who wish to withdraw from SVA must notify their academic advisor in writing. Written approval from a parent or guardian must be included if the student is under 18 years of age. The effective date of the withdrawal is the date written notification is received by the academic advisor. Lack of attendance alone does not entitle a student to a refund. 

Refunds, less the nonrefundable enrollment fee and health insurance fee (if applicable), are made after the prorated percentages of liability are applied, unless superseded by an existing state or accrediting agency refund policy. Upon withdrawal from the semester, SVA does not charge any department or course fees. However, payment plan fees, late fees and any other administrative fees are not prorated. Only tuition and housing costs are prorated. Prorated housing costs are based on the check out date, not the official date of withdrawal. 

EFFECTIVE AS OF FALL 2016

The NEW prorated percentages of liability (tuition and fees owed) are based on the official date of withdrawal, as follows:

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

0% liability if withdrawal occurs through the first week of the semester

25% liability if withdrawal occurs during the second week of the semester

50 % liability if withdrawal occurs during the third week of the semester

75% liability if withdrawal occurs during the fourth week of the semester

100% liability if withdrawal occurs after the fourth week

No refund will occur for withdrawal after the fourth week of the semester. 

Title IV recipients should note that the amount of the student refund will be calculated only after the aid proceeds are appropriately returned to each program. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on Title IV refunds.

Graduate Summer 2016 Programs (and previous summers)
Please note that the length of the summer semester Graduate program varies by department. This information is located on the webpage of each individual department.

Programs 12 weeks and over:
0% liability if withdrawal occurs prior to the start of classes
10% if withdrawal occurs during the first and second week of the semester
50% if withdrawal occurs during the third and fourth week of the semester
75% if withdrawal occurs during the fifth through eighth week of the semester
100% if withdrawal occurs after the eighth week of the semester
No refund will be made for withdrawal occurring after the eighth week of the semester.

Programs 9-11 weeks:
0% liability if withdrawal occurs prior to the start of classes
25% if withdrawal occurs during the first and second week of the semester
50% if withdrawal occurs during the third and fourth week of the semester
75% if withdrawal occurs during the fifth week of the semester
100% if withdrawal occurs after the fifth week of the semester
No refund will be made for withdrawal occurring after the fifth week of the semester.

Programs up to and including 8 weeks:
0% liability if withdrawal occurs prior to the start of classes
25% if withdrawal occurs during the first week of the semester
50% if withdrawal occurs during the second week of the semester
75% if withdrawal occurs during the third week of the semester
100% if withdrawal occurs after the third week of the semester
No refund will be made for withdrawal occurring after the third week of the semester.
 
Title IV recipients should note that the amount of the student refund will be calculated only after the aid proceeds are appropriately returned to each program. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on Title IV refunds.

The Fall 2015-Spring 2016 refund policy, undergraduate and graduate, is as follows*:

0% liability if withdrawal occurs prior to the start of classes
10% if withdrawal occurs during the first and second week of the semester
50% if withdrawal occurs during the third and fourth week of the semester
75% if withdrawal occurs during the fifth through eighth week of the semester
100% if withdrawal occurs after the eighth week of the semester
No refund will be made for withdrawal occurring after the eighth week of the semester.

*Please note, this policy is in effect for all fall, spring and summer registration for undergraduates, up until Summer 2016 and all fall and spring registration for graduate students, up until Spring 2016. The summer 2016 graduate percentages of liability are listed above.

 

Supplies

Students must purchase their own supplies necessary for their courses. Full-time students should budget between $1,050 and $3,150 for art supplies each year.

Withdrawal for Non-Payment

SVA requires that the enrollment fee and all tuition and fees be paid in full in order to complete registration and enrollment. The housing deposit must be paid in full in order to reside in SVA housing. Attendance in classes or residing in SVA housing without payment or without making approved arrangements for payment will result in involuntary withdrawal from SVA for non-payment. You will be held responsible for all costs and fees incurred through the date of withdrawal for non-payment.

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