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Tuition and Fees

Residence and Meal Plan Rates

Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy

Billing and Payments

Special Course Fees and Additional Program Costs

Other Administrative Fees and Charges

Financial Petitions

Refunds

2014–15 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Students must pay in full or arrange payment via a payment plan for all semester charges (minus applicable financial aid) by August 1, 2014, for the fall semester and January 5, 2015, for the spring semester.  Students are responsible for monitoring their account balance and for verifying payments regardless of who is handling the finances.

Charges that are incurred after the term begins are added to the student account when the action occurs and are due immediately. The College reserves the right to change fees at the beginning of any semester.

Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

  Semester Academic Year

Tuition1

$20,809

$41,618

ASMC Fee2

$75

$150

AC Transit Fee3 $53 $106

Campus Comprehensive Fee4

$522

$1,044

Student Health Plan5

$1,980

$3,960

Part-Time Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

  Semester Academic Year
Per Course Credit1 $6,937 Varies
ASMC Fee2 $75 $150
AC Transit Fee3 $53 $106
Campus Comprehensive Fee4 $522 $1,044
Student Health Plan5 $1,980 $3,960

Auditor Fees
Full-time students are not charged for auditing classes. Part-time Mills students are charged $500 per audited course. Non-Mills students are charged $750 per audited course.

1Tuition
Students enrolled in 3 or more credits will be charged the full-time tuition rate. Students enrolled in fewer than 3 credits will be charged the per-course-credit rate.

2ASMC Fee
The Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) collects this fee to support student activities.  This fee cannot be waived or petitioned.

3AC Transit Fee
The ASMC voted to participate in the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit EasyPass program, which allows all undergraduate students an unlimited bus pass. Students are charged this fee in exchange for the bus pass. This fee cannot be waived or petitioned.

4Campus Comprehensive Fee
The Campus Comprehensive Fee supports basic medical services at the Mills Student Health Center, the technology infrastructure, and some public safety services such as the Mills shuttle and on-campus parking. Each Mills student is allowed one parking permit and the use of the Mills shuttle. The Campus Comprehensive Fee cannot be waived or petitioned.

5Student Health Plan
The Student Health Plan consists of medical coverage provided by Kaiser Permanente and dental insurance provided by MetLife. Fall semester insurance coverage runs from August 15–January 14. Spring semester insurance coverage runs from January 15–August 14.

All enrolled undergraduate students are charged for the Student Health Plan. The health plan charge may be waived with proof of comparable insurance coverage and when a Student Health Plan Waiver is completed online at the StudentNet website during the open enrollment period, July 1–August 31 for the fall semester or December 1–January 31 for the spring semester. Student Health Plan Waivers may be accepted up to 10 days after the published deadline with a late health plan waiver fee of $150, but no waivers will be accepted after the 10-day late period. International students are required to purchase the Student Health Plan.

All Mills students are required to waive or enroll in the Student Health Plan each fall term by going to the StudentNet website during open enrollment. Students returning from study abroad, a leave of absence or who are readmitted or reinstated to Mills must waive or enroll in the Student Health Plan at the StudentNet website during open enrollment of the semester that they return to Mills. Students who are readmitted/reinstated after open enrollment closes must contact the Manager of Wellness and Community Outreach in the Division of Student Life. These students will be granted an extension of 10 days beyond the closure of open enrollment to waive or enroll in the plan through the director of wellness and community outreach. Students who fail to do so will be enrolled in the Student Health Plan and charged for the full semester. Students who are readmitted/reinstated beyond the 10-day grace period will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Plan and their student accounts will be charged for the full semester. If a student's health insurance provider changes, she must submit new insurance information with her new health insurance provider's coverage information to the director of wellness and community outreach in the Division of Student Life within 30 days of the change.

Students who have a waiver on file and wish to reverse it due to loss of coverage may submit a Student Health Plan Enrollment/Change form to the director of wellness and community outreach in the Division of Student Life. The date of enrollment will be the day following the termination date from the prior plan. Students who enroll for coverage in the fall term after September 11 or in the spring term after February 15 will pay the appropriate semester health plan charge, which will be prorated. Waiver reversals may be submitted anytime throughout the year.

Dependent Rates*

The student must be enrolled in the student health plan to be eligible to add dependents or partner/spouse coverage.

  Semester Annual
Partner/spouse $2,200 $4,400
Child(ren) $1,835 $3,670
Family $4,035 $8,070

*All rates are in addition to the Student Health Plan charge and will be assessed to the student's account. Dependent coverage includes medical through Kaiser only. Dental is not included.

Reduced Tuition Program
Seniors needing no more than 2 credits to fulfill all remaining graduation requirements may be eligible for reduced tuition. Eligibility requirements are outlined in the Graduation section of this catalog. The reduced tuition is $1,500* per credit (maximum of 2 credits).  Only 2 credits may be completed through the Reduced Tuition Program. Students will be charged mandatory fees including ASMC, AC Transit, Student Health Plan and Campus Comprehensive.

Summer Tuition and Fees

Mills offers a limited number of academic opportunities during the summer. The nonrefundable, administrative costs for these opportunities are:

  • Course credit: $2,500
  • Independent study: $1,550
  • Internship: $1,550
  • Directed research: $1,550

Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy

Leave of Absence or Withdrawal
All students considering a leave of absence or withdrawal should refer to the Leave of Absence and Withdrawal sections in the Academic Regulations part of this catalog for the official procedure. All financial aid recipients considering a leave of absence or withdrawal should also review the Return of Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Policy in the Financial Aid section of this catalog.

The leave of absence/withdrawal date is the date the student provides official notification to the Division of Student Life of her intent to take a leave of absence or withdraw from the College. Once a student has completed the procedure for a leave of absence or withdrawal from the College, a tuition adjustment will be applied to her student account which, in turn, may or may not result in a refund to the student. A student will receive a refund only if there is a credit balance on the student's account after the tuition adjustment has been made and after federal, institutional, and/or state financial aid has been returned to the programs, according to the Return of Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Policy.

As of the first day of instruction, all mandatory fees such as the campus comprehensive fee, ASMC fee, AC Transit fee, and installment fees if enrolled in a payment plan will not be credited.

Tuition charges will be adjusted as follows:

Official Date of Notification

Adjustment

Before first day of instruction
  • All tuition charges and fees credited 100%
  • Enrollment deposit is forfeited.
First day of instruction through add deadline
  • Credited 90% of tuition charges only.
  • Mandatory fees will not be credited and the enrollment deposit is forfeited.
  • The Kaiser Student Health Plan charge will be credited 100% only if neither the student nor their dependents (if dependent coverage is purchased) have used any health services.
After add deadline through drop deadline
  • Credited 50% of tuition charges only.
  • Mandatory fees and the Kaiser Student Health Plan charge will not be credited. Student and dependents (if dependent coverage is purchased) will remain insured until the end of the coverage period. The fall coverage period is August 15 – January 14.
  • The enrollment deposit is forfeited.
After drop deadline
  • No credit of any tuition or fees including the Kaiser Student Health Plan charge.
  • Enrollment deposit is forfeited.

This policy is only for tuition and fees related to your registration.  Residential students who take a leave of absence or withdraw from the College will be released from their obligation to pay housing charges only if they are released from their Residence Agreement prior to the commencement of the occupancy period (see Deposits and Refunds). Meal plan charges are adjusted based on the date of check-out from the assigned residence.

Change in Enrollment Status

Full-time students who drop from full time to part time or part-time students who reduce credits or drop courses will have their tuition charges adjusted according to the below schedule. Financial Aid may also be adjusted to reflect a change in enrollment status. Students should consult with a financial aid counselor before changing their enrollment status. This adjustment may or may not result in a refund to the student. The change in enrollment status may also impact the student's ability to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility for future semesters.

The campus comprehensive fee, ASMC fee, AC Transit and Student Health Insurance fees are not prorated for part-time status.

Official Date of Change Adjustment
Before first day of instruction
  • Credited 100% of tuition charges associated with the reduction of credits
First day of instruction through add deadline
  • Credited 80% of tuition charges associated with the reduction of credits
After add deadline
  • No credit

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Billing and Payments

Billing Statements
Registered students will receive an electronic bill one month prior to the payment deadline for each semester. New and continuing students who have not registered will receive an estimated bill based on their designated enrollment status.

Semester

Student Billed

Payment Deadline

Fall Early July August 1
Spring Early December January 5

eBilling enables students to view, print, and download their billing statements from the web. Students may authorize any third party to receive a copy of their eBill by creating an authorized user account, which permits Mills College to release information regarding their student account to parents, spouses, and other designated individuals.

Students and authorized users are notified by email when an eBill is available for viewing. Paper bills are only mailed if special arrangements are made with Student Accounts. A writen request will need to be made to stuaccts@mills.edu.  There will be a $25 per semester per address charge for requesting paper bills. The charge will appear on the student's account.

Students who take a leave of absence from the College and who have an outstanding balance will be billed within 50 days of their official leave of absence date. Students who have withdrawn from the College and who have an outstanding balance will be billed by Mills College Collections.

Payments in Full
Students wishing to pay their tuition and fees in full can pay by cash, check, foreign currency bank transfer, wire transfer, or electronically through a checking or savings account. Payments by electronic checking or savings accounts can be made online. All fees are payable in US dollars.

Payments by Installment
Students who prefer to pay their balance in installments may set up a monthly payment plan online through the Mills Portal. Each semester, students pay an enrollment fee and then equal monthly installments, by automatic bank withdrawal, check, cash, or credit card. All fees are payable in US dollars. Students who do not meet the installment payment deadlines may be assessed a late payment fee each month.

Late Payments
Students who do not meet the payment deadlines will not be allowed to register for classes, or occupy on-campus housing. Accounts with past due balances are subject to late payment fees. 

Mills College reserves the right to place a hold on a student's account for overdue balances. This hold will prevent students from accessing services such as registration, ordering transcripts, and receiving their diploma or certificate. Students' accounts must be paid in full before a diploma, transcript, or certificate can be issued.

Students on leave of absence who do not pay their outstanding balance by the due date on their first bill will be assessed an incremental late fee that starts at $25 and increases by $25 increments, e.g., $25. All College services, including transcripts and readmission, will be withheld until the student account is paid in full.

Billing for Academic Opportunities Off Campus
Domestic Exchange
Mills students participating in the domestic exchange program pay Mills' full-time tuition, fees, room, and board. Students must pay or arrange payment by the regular payment deadline of August 1, for fall or January 5 for spring.

Students participating in the domestic exchange program from another institution pay their home institution's full-time tuition, fees, room, and board. These students should contact their home institution for payment deadlines.

Domestic Visit
Mills students participating in the domestic visit program will have the invoice for tuition and housing sent by the domestic visit program to the M Center. The M Center will pay the program directly. The amount billed by the program is posted to the student's account and a bill with the payment deadline will be sent to the student. If the student does not end up participating in the program, and Mills has already paid the program, the charge will remain on the student's account. In this case, the student should contact her specific program to determine if she is eligible for any adjustment to her program charges. Students going on domestic visit are not required to meet the August 1, for fall or January 5, for spring, payment deadlines.  However, students who typically pay their charges through installments are encouraged to set up a monthly payment plan online and begin making payments based on the estimated costs provided by the program. Once the bill is received, the student's payment plan budget can be adjusted to reflect the actual program costs.

Students attending Mills under the domestic visit program will be billed by their home institution for Mills tuition, fees, room and board. These students should contact their home institution for payment deadlines.

International Exchange
Mills students participating in the international exchange program pay Mills' full-time tuition, ASMC fee, room, and in some cases, board. Students must pay or arrange payment by the regular payment deadline of August 1, for fall or January 5, for spring.

Students attending Mills under the international exchange program will be billed by their home institution for Mills tuition, fees, room and board. These students should contact their home institution for payment deadlines.

Study Abroad
Mills students participating in study abroad can expect the invoice for tuition and housing to be sent by the study abroad program to the M Center. The M Center will pay the program directly. The amount billed by the program is posted to the student's account and a bill with the payment deadline will be sent to the student. If the student does not end up participating in the program and Mills has already paid the program, the charge will remain on the student's account. In this case, the student should contact her specific program to determine if she is eligible for any adjustment to her program charges. Students going on study abroad are not required to meet the August 1 or January 5 payment deadlines.  However, students who typically pay their charges through installments are encouraged to set up a monthly payment plan online and begin making payments based on the estimated costs provided by the program. Once the bill is received, the student's payment plan budget can be adjusted to reflect the actual program costs.

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Special Course Fees and Additional Program Costs

Art (Studio)
An additional materials fee is required for each studio art class. The fee varies for each area of concentration ($125–$300*). If a student drops by the add deadline a class that has a course materials fee, the fee will be reversed; otherwise, the fee will remain on the student's account.

Book Art
Book art studio fees range from $100–$250*. If a student drops a studio class by the add deadline the fee will be reversed; otherwise, the fee will remain on the student's account.

Dance
Dance majors should expect to incur additional costs related to performances and their senior recital. Contact the department for additional information.

Music
Individual instruction fees, which are in addition to the course credit fee, provide for 14 hours of lessons for voice and insruments, and 7 hours for composition lessons. Fees range from $700–$2,000*, depending on the instructor. A list of instructors and their fees is available from the Music Department. Practice rooms may be rented for $60* per semester.

Physical Education
Course fees are charged for classes that result in American Red Cross certification ($45–$100*) which include textbooks, training materials, and ARC fees. The nutrition course has a materials fee of $75*. If a student drops a class by the add deadline, the fee will be reversed; otherwise, the fee will remain on the student's account.

Equestrian classes have a fee payable to the stables ($450–$500*). Sailing classes have a fee payable to the boathouse on Lake Merritt ($75–$80*). Fees payable to outside vendors are subject to the vendor's refund policy.

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Other Administrative Fees and Charges

Late Fees1
Late Add, Drop, or Withdrawal up to $250
Late Emergency Loan Repayment $25
Late Health Plan Waiver $150
Late Payment (Aug. 1/Jan. 2) up to $250
Late Payment Plan Payment $50
Late Registration $250
 
Other Fees
Credit by Examination Fee $300
Housing Damage Charge Variable
"In Absentia" Fee $300
Overload Fee $375/.25 credit*
Payment Plan Enrollment Fee Variable/semester
Reinstatement Processing Fee $150
Returned Payment Charge2 $35*
Returned eRefund $35*
Reissued Refund Check $20*
Traffic Fine Variable

1Late Fees
Any late fees that are reversed due to a student's status changing from active to inactive may be reinstated if the student becomes active again.

2Returned Payment Charge
There is a charge for each returned payment. After a payment is returned, the College will only accept payment via guaranteed funds (cash, cashier's check, money order, or electronic transfer) for one calendar year.

*Fees shown are 2013-14 academic year rates.  Rates for 2014-15 have not been determined yet, but will be updated as soon as they are available.

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Financial Petitions

The Financial Petition Committee reviews all petitions that relate to the late payment fee, late registration fee, and tuition adjustments related to leave of absences or withdrawals. Petitions must be submitted to the M Center in writing during the semester in which the charge has been assessed or it will not be reviewed. Students may not re-petition the same charge once a decision has been made unless new information is presented. The Financial Petition form is available online.

Late health plan waiver fee petitions are available through the Health Programs Office in the Division of Student Life. If the Student Health Plan Waiver was not submitted by the published deadline, the Student Health Plan charge cannot be petitioned.

Traffic fines must be appealed directly to Public Safety.

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Refunds

If there is a credit balance on a student's account, a refund may be issued.

Credit balances resulting from financial aid disbursements will be refunded automatically without a request from the student. Refunds generated by a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan will be issued as a paper check to the parent borrower unless the parent specifies that the refund should be issued to the student.

Credit balances resulting from cash, check, or payroll/stipend overpayments will be refunded to students upon written request to stuaccts@mills.edu. The College reserves the right to hold a refund resulting from a check overpayment for 14 days. Credit balances resulting from credit card transactions will be credited back to the original card and are not refundable in the form of a check.

Financial aid for students participating in a Mills-approved international visit, domestic visit, international exchange, or domestic exchange program is disbursed upon receipt of enrollment verification from the program. Refunds resulting from the disbursement of financial aid will be issued at this time.

Students who would like their refund deposited directly into their bank account can enroll in eRefund in the portal. Paper checks are issued and mailed by the Finance Office. Electronic and paper refunds are issued weekly. A fee is charged to the student account for any refunds that are returned due to inaccurate bank account information or reissued due to non-receipt.

Tuition adjustments caused by an official leave of absence, withdrawal, or change in enrollment status may or may not result in a refund to the student. Please review the Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy for detailed information.

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Undergraduate Catalog
Table of Contents

About Mills

Academic Requirements

Academic Regulations

Transfer Credit

Graduation

Advising and Registration

Course Descriptions

Majors and Minors

Graduate Degree and Certifcate Programs

Student Life

Admission

Expenses

Financial Aid

Last Updated: 4/8/14