Fees and Financial Regulations

The following fees and financial regulations were adopted for the academic year 2016–17. Information on tuition and fees for the summer is available on the Summer and Special Programs website.


For undergraduates entering GW in academic year 2016–17, the University continues its fixed-rate tuition plan, with the following academic-year tuition guaranteed not to increase for up to five years of full-time* undergraduate study: $51,875 for students entering Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Elliott School of International Affairs. 

The fixed-rate tuition remains in effect as previously stated for undergraduates in the schools listed above: for those who entered GW in 2015–16 ($50,367); 2014–15 ($48,700); 2013–14 ($47,290); and 2012–13 ($45,735).

Half-time and part-time undergraduate and non-degree students are charged $1,475 per credit.

For continuing undergraduate students in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, tuition and fees in academic year 2016–17 are $33,860 for full-time students and $1,130 per credit for part-time students. These rates are subject to change for the 2017–18 academic year.  Undergraduate Corcoran students who matriculated in fall 2015 or later are charged the undergraduate matriculation and Student Association fees; those who first enrolled prior to fall 2015 are not charged these fees, but will be billed an annual general fee of $200 per academic year.

Tuition stated here excludes undergraduate programs in professional studies, nursing, and health sciences; consult the College of Professional Studies, School of Nursing or the Office of Health Sciences Programs in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences for applicable rates.

Tuition for students admitted to the B.A./M.D. program are indicated in the letter of admission.

The schedule of tuition and fees adopted for graduate programs for the academic year 2016–17 appears on the Students Accounts Office website.


A full-time program is defined as 12–17 credits per semester. Undergraduates taking more than 17 credits per semester will be charged at the rate of 1 credit for each credit exceeding that limit. Undergraduates are not charged for an eighteenth credit if their program includes UW 1020, nor are those in the School of Engineering and Applied Science charged for the eighteenth and nineteenth credits if required by their program. Undergraduate students in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design who entered before the 2015–16 academic year are not charged for an eighteenth credit. Corcoran undergraduate students who entered in or after the 2015–16 academic year are charged for an eighteenth credit.

Student Association Fee

The student association fee is fixed, in keeping with the fixed-rate tuition plan. Undergraduate students entering in the fall 2015 semester and all graduate students are assessed a nonrefundable student association fee of $2.50 per credit to a maximum of $37.50 per semester. Returning undergraduate students are assessed the fee as follows: for those who entered GW in 2015–16—$2.25 per credit to a maximum of $33.75 per semester; 2014–15—$2.00 per credit to a maximum of $30.00 per semester; 2013–14—$1.75 per credit to a maximum of $26.25 per semester; prior to fall 2013—$1.50 per credit to a maximum of $22.50 per semester.

Voluntary Library Gift

Each semester the student’s account is assessed a voluntary gift to support the University libraries. The contribution is voluntary and the student is provided an opportunity to decline the library gift for the current semester when making payments using the online eBill solution.

Housing and Dining

The fee structures for campus housing and dining plans can be found at GW Housing  and GW Campus Dining, respectively.

Continuing Research

All master's and doctoral students who have completed their required number of credits (including course work and thesis or dissertation research) must register each subsequent fall and spring semester for 1 credit of Continuing Research as specified by the regulations of the school concerned. 

Payment of tuition for thesis or dissertation research entitles the candidate, during the period of registration, to the advice and direction of the member of the faculty under whom the thesis or dissertation is to be written. Accepted dissertations and theses are submitted electronically; the student pays a processing fee directly to Proquest/UMI. 

Additional Course Fees

Some courses carry additional fees, such as a laboratory or material fee, charged by semester as indicated in course descriptions; the amount appears in the Schedule of Classes

Special Fees and Deposits (nonrefundable)

Application fee$75
Advance deposit, charged each entering or readmitted full-time undergraduate$800
Matriculation fee, charged each entering full-time undergraduate (matriculation and enrollment fees for graduate students are provided on the Student Accounts Office website)$350
Late registration beginning the first day of the semester$80
Registration for continuous enrollment or leave of absence$35
Registration for off-campus and online programs$35
Late application for graduation; graduation application deadlines are provided on the Office of the Registrar website$35
Late payment fees (see Past Due Accounts, below)$150
Late authorization fee for third-party payment (see Third-Party Payment, below)$100
Returned payment fee, charged a student whose payment is improperly drafted, incomplete, or returned by the bank for any reason$35
Transcript fee$5
Replacement of lost or stolen picture identification card$35
Replacement of diploma$50
International student fee, charged each fall and spring semester to students on F-1 or J-1 visas entering in 2016–17$45

Study Abroad Fees for Academic Year 201617* 

Tier 1 ProgramsGW Fixed Rate Tuition + $825 program fee
Tier 2 ProgramsGW Fixed Rate Tuition + $3,575 program fee
Tier 3 ProgramsGW Fixed Rate Tuition + $5,475 program fee
Tier 4 ProgramsGW Fixed Rate Tuition + $5,975 program fee
Tier 5 ProgramsGW Fixed Rate Tuition + $6,475 program fee
Tier 6 ProgramsGW Fixed Rate Tuition + $6,975 program fee
Tier 7 ProgramsGW Fixed Rate Tuition + $7,775 program fee
Withdrawal Fee$575**

* The fees listed above are for the 2016–17 academic year. Fees for the 2017–18 academic year are subject to change.
** See Office of Study Abroad withdrawal policy for more details

Postdoctoral Study

Those who have graduated from George Washington University with a Ph.D., Ed.D., D.Sc., or D.Eng. may continue studies in the University without payment of tuition (contingent upon the availability of space) and may enjoy all University library privileges. Such graduates pay the prevailing charge for 1 credit in order to establish their active membership in the University. The graduate pays the use of laboratory or special library material. Special arrangements for such privileges must be made with the dean two months in advance of the semester in which the graduate wishes to register. Post-doctoral work taken under this privilege may not be taken for credit. 

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Students who register for classes in any semester or session incur a financial obligation to the University. Tuition and fees are due and must be paid in full by the first day of the University's fall and spring semesters and summer sessions as indicated on the Academic Calendar; students on the monthly payment plan are exempt from this regulation. The University reserves the right to revoke the registration, effective to the beginning of the semester, of any student who fails to make full payment. Students whose registrations have been revoked or canceled for failure to make timely payments are not permitted to attend class and may not occupy University housing.

Monthly Payment Plan

This payment plan is open to all students and is available for the full academic year (10-month plan for fall and spring semesters combined) or on an individual semester basis (5-month plan for fall and spring semesters individually), and 3-month plan for the summer session. To participate in the plan, students must complete and submit an application by August 20 for the academic year or fall semester plan, by January 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer session. Upon approval of the application, students will be billed monthly for each payment. The monthly payment plan for the academic year begins in June and ends in March, with the first five payments applied to the fall semester and the second five payments applied to the spring semester. If the plan is selected for the fall semester only, the payment begins in June and ends in October. If the plan is selected for the spring semester only, payment begins in November and ends in March. Summer session plan payments begin in April and end in June. Under the plan, all payments are due on the 20th of each month; provided payments are received by that date, no interest or late fees will be incurred. Students who enroll in the plan after the first month of scheduled payments must make up all payments retroactive to the month of enrollment. Students enrolled in a monthly payment plan whose planned payments are not sufficient to pay the balance on the student’s account are subject to interest and late fees in the second month of the fall and spring semesters. An outside vendor administers the plan and charges a one-time participation fee in addition to interest and late fees for any payments received late. For more information, see the monthly payment plan.

Third-Party Payment

The University accepts employer vouchers or purchase orders that are not contingent upon receipt of grades. Under all circumstances, the charges for tuition and fees remain the responsibility of the student. Authorization from a sponsor to be billed for a student’s charges must be received in the Student Accounts Office by the end of the third week of the fall or spring semester. A late authorization fee may be incurred for responses received after these times. Bills are mailed to sponsors in October for the fall semester and in February for the spring semester. Should a sponsor fail to remit payment to the University, the University will contact the student for payment. Students whose employers or sponsors reimburse them for tuition and fees after receipt of grades must pay in full before the first day of the semester or at the time of registration to avoid interest, late fees, and/or cancellation of registration. Students whose tuition and fees are paid in full or in part by employee benefits or teacher tuition remission must pay any remaining balance by the stated due date to avoid interest, late fees, and/or cancellation of registration.

Past Due Accounts

Accounts that are past due are encumbered by the University. A student whose account is encumbered may not register for future semesters and may not receive diplomas or transcripts. Late payment fees and interest may also be assessed each month that the account has an overdue outstanding balance. Please see the University’s Tuition Payment Disclosure Statement for more information on those fees and billing practices. Accounts that are more than 90 days past due are referred to an agency and/or attorney for collection. The student is then responsible for all charges, costs, and fees due to, or incurred by, the University as well as all costs, fees, and charges incurred by the agency and/or attorney, including attorney’s fees. Students whose registrations have been revoked or canceled for failure to make timely payments are not permitted to attend class and may not occupy University housing.

Dishonored/Returned Payments

A student whose payment is returned unpaid by the bank for any reason will be charged a returned payment fee and will be responsible for any associated costs and/or attorney’s fees incurred by the University should a civil lawsuit or other collection effort be instituted to collect on such dishonored payment. In any case where the University has reason to believe that a student presented a dishonored payment in bad faith, the University may, in addition to any collection efforts, refer the matter to the proper authorities for criminal prosecution.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Applications for withdrawal from the University or from a course after the registration period must be made in accordance with procedures outlined under University Regulations in the sections Complete Withdrawal from the University and Adding and Dropping Courses, respectively. Financial aid recipients must notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance in writing. The tuition deposit required of entering students will not be refunded.

In the case of authorized withdrawals and changes in registration schedule, cancellations of semester tuition charges and fees will be made in accordance with the following schedule for the fall and spring semesters:

1.   Complete withdrawal from all courses (on-campus students):

Withdrawal dated on or before the end of the first week of the semester90%
Withdrawal dated on or before the end of the second week of the semester60%
Withdrawal dated on or before the end of the third week of the semester40%
Withdrawal dated on or before the end of the fourth week of the semester25%
Withdrawal dated after the fourth week of the semesterNone

2.   Partial withdrawal: If the change in course load results in a lower tuition charge, the refund schedule above applies to the difference.

3.   Regulations governing student withdrawals as they relate to residence hall and food service charges are contained in the specific lease arrangements.

4.   Summer sessions: In cases of authorized withdrawals from courses, refunds of 85% of tuition and fees will be made for courses dropped within the first seven calendar days of the start of a session. No refund will be made for courses dropped thereafter.

Certain programs or classes or those with non-traditional semesters may have special refund schedules. Students are encouraged to consult with their program office to determine if a special schedule applies.

The above information regarding cancellation of tuition charges and fees after complete withdrawal from the University may not apply to entering students who are recipients of federal aid; those students should check with the Student Accounts Office for the applicable cancellation schedule. Federal regulations require that financial aid recipients use refunds to repay financial aid received for that semester’s attendance. This policy applies to institutional aid as well.

If a recipient of federal financial aid withdraws from the University or reduces his or her course load, federal regulations require that the University reevaluate the student’s eligibility to determine the amount of aid the student is allowed to retain. If there is a credit balance on the student’s account after the federal funds have been adjusted, institutional funds will be recovered from that amount.

See the University's complete Return of Title IV funds policy.

In no case will tuition be reduced or refunded because of the student’s absence from classes. Authorization to withdraw and certification for work done will not be provided to a student whose account is not in good standing.