Information found in this online edition of the 2009-10 catalog is unofficial and for informational purposes only. By authority of the dean of the College, some factual corrections to the printed version may appear here. The official document of record is the printed edition of the 2009-10 Catalog. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Lewis & Clark, as a private institution, receives only modest support from federal and state funds. Revenues from tuition and fees cover approximately two-thirds the cost of services provided by Lewis & Clark. Income from endowment and gifts from trustees, alumni, and other friends of the institution meet the balance of these costs. Lewis & Clark reserves the right to change the charges for tuition, fees, and residence costs at any time and at the discretion of its Board of Trustees.
Summary of Charges
The annual tuition charge for the typical full-time undergraduate student is $34,995. This is based on enrollment for two semesters. Students registered for fewer than 10 semester credits are charged tuition at the rate of $1,749.75 per semester credit. In order for the per credit rate to be in effect, students who are registered for fewer than 10 credits must notify the registrar before the end of the semester add/drop period. Please refer to the course load policies for details.
The annual Associated Students of Lewis & Clark (ASLC) Student Body Fee for the typical full-time undergraduate student is $238. This is based on enrollment of two semesters. Students registered for fewer than 10 semester credits are charged the ASLC Student Body Fee at the rate of $11.90 per semester credit.
The residence costs for students who live on campus are determined according to the room the student resides in and the meal plan he or she selects. Detailed information regarding room and meal plan charges can be found in the 2009-10 Costs chart.
The annual cost of Lewis & Clark's student insurance plan is $1,366. This is based on enrollment of two semesters. Lewis & Clark requires that all degree-seeking and visiting undergraduate students have medical insurance coverage comparable to that offered through the school's comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan. Students are afforded one opportunity each academic year to waive the school's coverage. The waiver deadline is the 15th day of the semester in which a student is eligible to complete a waiver. Eligible students who wish to decline the school's coverage must complete the insurance waiver online through the Aetna Student Health website (aetnastudenthealth.com). If students do not submit an annual health insurance waiver, they will be automatically enrolled in coverage through the Student Health Insurance Plan.
The annual Green Energy Fee is $20 and is used to support Lewis & Clark's green energy purchasing initiative. This fee is charged in the fall semester. Students who do not wish to participate in the green energy purchasing initiative are afforded one opportunity each academic year to opt out. Students who wish to opt out of the green energy fee must complete the Opt Out form, available at go.lclark.edu/energy, each year.
All vehicles parked on campus must display a valid Lewis & Clark parking permit. Annual permits are sold at a rate of $330 for individual commuters. Semester permits are sold at a rate of $165 for individual commuters.
For information about summer session costs, refer to Summer Sessions.
Special Course Fees
Certain courses carry additional lab, studio, or other special fees. Course fees can be verified by viewing the appropriate class section using WebAdvisor.
Overseas and Off-Campus Program Fee
Except for the Munich Program, the semester cost of overseas and off-campus programs is $23,710. The annual (two-semester) cost of the Munich Program is $29,200. Detailed information regarding what is included in the comprehensive fee for overseas and off-campus programs can be found here. Additional information regarding costs may be obtained from the Office of Overseas and Off-Campus Programs.
Academic English Studies Fees
Students who have been admitted to the Academic English Studies (AES) Program and who are not enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences are assessed the AES semester charge. This charge is $5,320. Those AES students registered for fewer than 12 credit hours are charged at the rate of $443.33 per semester credit.
AES students are subject to the same charges as other College of Arts and Sciences students for the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark (ASLC) Student Body Fee, residence costs, student insurance plan, Green Energy Fee, and parking permits. The Costs chart details these charges.
Books and Supplies
Each student provides, at his or her own expense, the necessary textbooks, equipment, and instructional supplies. The cost of books and supplies is estimated at $1,050 per year. Costs will vary depending upon the curriculum and whether new or used books are purchased. Payments for books and supplies are made directly to the bookstore, which is located on the first floor of Templeton Campus Center. The bookstore is also accessible online through the Lewis & Clark website.
Flex points allow a student's ID card to be used like a debit card for Bon Appétit purchases. As a student spends points, his or her flex point total is reduced by the amount of the purchase. One point equals $1 in value. Any student (resident or commuter) may add flex points to his or her ID card at any time by visiting the Bon Appétit office located near the Fields Dining Room in Templeton Campus Center. Points carry over from fall semester to spring semester. At the end of the academic year, any unused points are lost. Residential students may not purchase flex points in lieu of a required meal plan.
Advance DepositsA nonrefundable deposit of $300 is required from all students who intend to enroll at Lewis & Clark's College of Arts and Sciences. The postmark deadline for receipt of this deposit is May 1. This deposit will be applied against the first semester charges on the student's account.
Students accepted for overseas or off-campus study must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $300 within 30 days of acceptance to a program. This deposit will be applied against the charges for the overseas or off-campus program of study.
Special Rate for Additional Dependents
Lewis & Clark allows a 10-percent reduction in tuition charges for a second dependent and a 15-percent reduction for additional dependents attending the College of Arts and Sciences at the same time. To qualify for this tuition reduction, the dependents must be enrolled as full-time students and not be receiving institutionally funded need-based or merit-based financial aid. Students who qualify for this tuition reduction may apply the discount to Lewis & Clark's overseas and off-campus programs. The reduction will be calculated and applied based on the current rate of tuition for on-campus study.
Statement of Student Account
Student and Departmental Account Services produces statements itemizing the activity on student accounts. The first statement of each semester is generated well before the beginning of the semester. Fall semester statements are mailed in July and spring semester statements are mailed in November. The fall deadline to settle student accounts typically is in mid-August. The spring deadline to settle student accounts typically is in mid-December. Thereafter, monthly statements will be generated if, for one reason or another, a student's account is carrying a balance due to the school.
When the statement is received, the student should verify all charges and credits and remit the net amount due. Certain forms of financial aid, such as the Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Parent Loan (PLUS), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, and private student loans may not appear on the statement. These funds are not disbursed to Lewis & Clark until the beginning of each semester. If the student has been awarded any of these aid types and has completed the additional steps outlined in the award packet to secure loan funding, the student's aid is considered fully processed. The net proceeds of fully processed financial aid should be deducted from the balance of the statement of account. Please note that up to 4 percent in guarantee and origination fees may be deducted from Federal Stafford and PLUS loan disbursements. Only balances not covered by fully processed financial aid are required to be paid by the due date.
Bills are always mailed in the student's name. This is significant as it represents the fact that the student's account is just that--an account that belongs to the student. Therefore, any consequences of an outstanding balance will affect the student. The statements are mailed to students at their preferred addresses on record with the school. If a student wishes his or her bill to go to a different address, he or she can specify a unique billing address. Such a request must be submitted in writing to Student and Departmental Account Services.
Late Registration and Payment
If a student's initial class registration occurs after the semester due date, that student's registration is considered to be a late registration. In such cases, because the due date has already passed, the student is required to settle anticipated semester charges at the time of class registration. Student and Departmental Account Services will work with the student to determine the anticipated semester charges in order to ensure registration and payment occur simultaneously.
Nonpayment of Charges
Students owing Lewis & Clark and/or students who have not settled their charges will not be allowed to register or attend classes for future semesters. For an explanation of what it means to settle a student's account, please refer to Student and Departmental Account Services' website at go.lclark.edu/student/accounts. Lewis & Clark reserves the right to withhold grade reports, transcripts, and diplomas. Registration for future terms may be canceled as a result of an outstanding student account balance. Full payment of any balance due is required to facilitate the release of these documents and/or to clear a student for class re-registration. Additionally, past due balances not covered by fully processed financial aid are subject to late fees. Lewis & Clark reserves the right to assess late fees to all past due student accounts. Balances of $999 and below are subject to a per semester $10 late fee. Balances of $1,000 and above are subject to a per semester $100 late fee.
A $15 fee will be placed on the student's account for any payment returned to Lewis & Clark or its payment processing partner, Tuition Management Systems, by the bank. This fee may not be reversed. Student and Departmental Account Services will send notice to the student of the dishonored payment. The student must make restitution and remit payment of the returned payment fee within 10 days following this notification. Lewis & Clark reserves the right to refuse a personal check for payment in certain circumstances.
Monthly Payment Option
To help students meet their educational expenses, Lewis & Clark has partnered with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to administer a monthly payment plan. This plan features 10 interest-free installments beginning July 15 and ending April 15. To learn more about TMS or to set up a payment plan, visit www.afford.com.
Students who have established a TMS monthly payment plan will receive conditional credit on their student account each semester for that semester's portion of the contract. Payment plans terminated by TMS for nonpayment are returned to Lewis & Clark. Payment of the full balance outstanding for the semester is due to the school immediately upon termination. Refunds for credit balances covered under the monthly payment plan cannot be processed until the last payment has been credited to the student's TMS account. Refunds are made payable to the student.
Lewis & Clark plans its operations on the basis of projected income for the full academic year. A general assumption is that students will remain enrolled until the end of the semester unless unforeseen circumstances necessitate their withdrawal.
If it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw from Lewis & Clark, the student must follow the Withdrawal procedures outlined here. Lewis & Clark's policies allow for charges to be prorated based on the date of notification appearing on the completed withdrawal form. Students are liable for charges in accordance with the adjustment policies below.
Policy of Charge AdjustmentStudents who withdraw from Lewis & Clark must follow the Withdrawal procedures found here. The date of notification appearing on the completed Withdrawal form is the date used for adjusting charges (excluding residence costs). In addition, students who receive financial aid are subject to a separate Financial Aid Withdrawal Policy .
Tuition and the ASLC Student Body Fee are prorated on a per-day basis, based on the academic calendar, up to the 60-percent point in the semester. After the 60-percent point in the term, the charges for tuition and the ASLC Student Body Fee are not adjusted.
Room and board charges are prorated on a per-day basis through the date a student formally checks out of campus housing. A student is financially responsible for the condition of their vacated room.
If a student withdraws from Lewis & Clark on or before the 15th day of the term, the fee for the school's Student Health Insurance Plan and the Green Energy Fee will be reversed in full. If a student withdraws after the 15th day of the term, the fee for the school's Student Health Insurance Plan and the Green Energy Fee will not be adjusted.
Miscellaneous charges such as library fines and Student Health Services charges will not be adjusted if a student withdraws from Lewis & Clark.
If a student drops or withdraws from a course that has an associated fee, the course fee is handled in the following way: If the student drops the course before the end of the add/drop period as defined on the academic calendar, then the course fee is reversed in full. If the student withdraws from the course after the end of the add/drop period as defined on the academic calendar, then the course fee is not adjusted.
In the case of a student's death during the term, all of his or her semester charges will be reversed in full. If this reversal of charges results in a credit balance on the student's account, a refund will be made to the student's estate.
Refund of Credit Balances
After all necessary adjustments have been made to a student's account, any resulting credit will be refunded. Federal regulations require that credit balances resulting from a Federal PLUS disbursement be refunded to the parent borrower unless a written authorization is on file allowing the credit balance to be released to the student or held on the student's account. Such an authorization must be on file for each Federal PLUS loan borrowed. If the student's expenses are covered by a formal billing arrangement between Lewis & Clark and the student's employer, government agency, or other sponsor, credit balances will be refunded to the third party sponsor. In all other cases, credit balances on a student's account will be refunded in the name of the student.
2009-10 CostsLewis & Clark reserves the right to change the charges for tuition, fees, and residence costs at any time and at the discretion of its Board of Trustees. The following charges are for a two-semester academic year.
Tuition and Fees1
Double Room $4,886
Please visit the Transportation and Parking website (go.lclark.edu/parking) for a listing of parking permit costs and regulations.
1Tuition and fees do not reflect special course fees, such as studio or lab fees, associated with individual classes a student may register for. Course fees can be verified by viewing the appropriate class section using WebAdvisor.
Tuition for summer sessions is charged on a per-credit-hour basis and is discounted from regular semester rates. Summer 2009 tuition is $750 per credit. Please visit the Summer Sessions website at www.lclark.edu/college/programs/summer for the latest information about summer tuition and campus housing costs.
As with fall and spring offerings, some summer courses are subject to additional fees to help cover laboratory supplies, field trips, and other incidental expenses. Check to see if a section has a fee by viewing the appropriate class section on WebAdvisor.
Students who wish to enroll in one or both summer sessions are required to pay a deposit of $100 per session at the time of their class registration. This deposit will be applied against the summer session charges. Students who cancel their class registration at least one week before the start of the applicable session are eligible for a deposit refund.
Payment of summer session tuition and fees is due on the first day of the summer session the student is attending. Lewis & Clark does not mail bills for summer sessions in advance of the payment due date. The consequences of carrying an outstanding balance are detailed under Nonpayment of Charges.
Students who wish to withdraw from a summer session must follow the withdrawal procedures outlined here. Lewis & Clark's policies allow for summer charges to be prorated based on the date of notification on the completed Withdrawal form. Students who withdraw on or before the date of the first scheduled course meeting are eligible for a full reversal of their tuition charge and any applicable class fee. Students who withdraw after the first scheduled course meeting are not eligible for any adjustment to their charges.