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Butler University Bulletin

Tuition and Fees

Tuition, fees, and other charges paid by the student cover approximately 80 percent of the educational costs at Butler University. The University provides the remaining funds through income from its endowment and gifts from foundations, business and industry, alumni, and friends. Tuition and fee levels are set by the Butler University Board of Trustees and are subject to change by action of the Board.

The college year consists of two semesters and a one-session summer school. The academic year includes the fall and spring semesters. The unit of instruction is the semester hour, which normally signifies one recitation a week throughout a semester or an equivalent.

Educational Costs 2018–2019

Tuition charges are based on the number of credit hours (with the exception of PharmD, 6th year) and the college of enrollment. The rates are as follows.

Undergraduate Tuition: LSB, COE, JCA, LAS, CCOM

Full-time (12–20 hours) $20,080/semester
1–11 hours $1,670/hr 
Each hour above 20 hours $1,670/hr


Full-time (12–20 hrs)

Health Sciences 
Health Sciences $20,080/semester

Pharmacy year 1 (pre-Pharmacy)

Pharmacy year 2 (pre-Pharmacy) $20,080/semester 
Pharmacy year 3 (P1) $21,395/semester 
Pharmacy year 4 (P2) $21,395/semester 
Pharmacy year 5 (P3) $21,395/semester 
PharmD (6th year only) $46,590/year
1–20 hours is billed:  
     10% Summer I $4,660
     45% Fall $20,965
     45% Spring $20,965
Each hour above 20 hours $1,780/hour (1–11 hours)* 
*exception: PharmD, 6th year

Graduate Tuition

Tuition rate is based on college of enrollment

Liberal Arts and Sciences $580/hr 
MFA in Creative Writing $850/hr 
College of Education $580/hr
Jordan College of the Arts $580/hr 
Pharmacy and Health Sciences $740/hr
PA Master’s—Clinical Phase   $620/hr
PA Graduate $43,610/year 
1–20 hours is billed:  
     10% Summer I $4,362
     45% Fall $19,624
     45% Spring $19,624
MBA $850/hr
MPAcc $850/hr

Miscellaneous Fees

Full-time activity fee $173/semester
Health and Recreation Complex fee $307/semester
Applied music fee $315/credit hour
Welcome Week fee—first-year students $165 
Welcome Week fee—transfer students $100
New student registration fee* $110 
Residence hall program fee $50/year
COPHS Mobile Computing fee (P1–P4; PA2–3 PA Masters) $175/semester 
Student Health Insurance** tbd
Study-abroad fee $450/semester
Study-abroad fee (for each program less than 8 weeks) $250/semester

*One-time fee

** May be waived by providing evidence of comparable health insurance coverage in an online insurance waiver process. For details, visit

Room and Board

Room Rates
Irvington House (9-month contract)

Double room
Single room

Residential College (Resco) (9-month contract)

Double room
Single room

Fairview House (9-month contract)  

Double room
Single room
Loft Double room

University Terrace (10-month contract) 
Shared room
Single room


Apartment Village (10-month contract)  
Single room $5,200/semester
Board Rates
All Access Plan $3,515/semester
Voluntary Meal Plans:
40 block meal plan plus $315 flex/semester $690/semester 
65 block meal plan plus $450 flex/semester $1,050/semester

The charges above do not include the cost of books, supplies, parking fee, or other incidental expenses students may incur during the course of the academic year.


Acceptance of Financial Responsibility

Butler University policy requires all students to complete the Acceptance of Financial Responsibility statement, accessible via (located under the Finance section in the Student Center). Acceptance is required prior to enrollment each semester. The Acceptance of Financial Responsibility statement outlines the student’s responsibility for paying all expenses incurred, including any applicable penalties.

Payment Terms

Students who register through the early registration process for fall 2018 will receive an electronic billing statement (E-Bill), July 11, 2018, for tuition, fees, room, and board. (E-Bill notification is sent via a student’s Butler email address.) Payment is due in full August 2, 2018, if the student is not enrolled in the Monthly Payment Plan for fall 2018. Students not enrolled in the Monthly Payment Plan who have not paid in full by the first day of classes will be assessed a monthly finance charge of 1.5 percent (18 percent APR). Course registration may also be cancelled. Students who register after their regular registration time frame will be required to pay all charges in full to receive grade or transcript information. If enrollment is added after the term or semester has ended, the student must pay for the course(s) before grade and/or transcript information will be released from the University.

Monthly Payment Plan Option

Butler University offers a payment plan that allows students and families to divide the semester charges (e.g., tuition, fees, room, board, etc.) into manageable monthly payments. There is a nominal participation fee of $25 (four payments). Further information regarding the 2018–2019 payment plan is available at A late fee of 1 percent of the past-due amount will be charged to your account if payment is not received by the due date on the E-Bill, or if the amount received is less than the payment indicated on your E-Bill. Payment plan participation may be jeopardized and discontinued after two missed payments or payments submitted that are less than the amount billed. If the payment plan is discontinued, the balance will accrue interest and will be due in full immediately. Students with past-due balances may also have classes cancelled. Individuals with past-due balances or poor payment histories with the University may be denied participation in the plan.

E-Pay and E-Bill

The Office of Student Accounts utilizes electronic billing (E-Bill) and electronic payment (E-Pay), for which information is available at Payment is accepted electronically by check (no fee) or credit card. Credit card payments include a 2.75 percent nonrefundable convenience fee. MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Visa are accepted. Note: The Office of Student Accounts also accepts paper checks, cash, money orders, and 529 savings plan distribution for payment.

Prepaid Tuition

The University provides a tuition prepayment plan, which guarantees a fixed tuition rate for all prepaid semesters. The prepaid tuition rates are based on the first term in which the student participates in the prepaid program. This program applies only to students enrolled on a full-time basis in an undergraduate degree program or the PharmD program. The prepayment plan does not apply to graduate programs and does not apply to summer tuition charges. Contact the Office of Student Accounts for contract and cost information.

Federal Student Permissions

Federal regulations require that Butler University apply federal (Title IV) financial aid funds first to “allowable charges,” which are tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board charges contracted with Butler University. To apply any remaining federal funds to miscellaneous charges (e.g., bookstore charges, parking fee, health services charges, traffic fines, interest charges), the University is required to obtain student authorization. If authorization is not received before financial aid funds post to the student account, the federal Title IV funds will not be applied to miscellaneous charges. This may result in an outstanding balance on the student account, resulting in late fees and services restricted until the outstanding balance is paid in full. Students may grant permission for federal Title IV funds to pay miscellaneous charges at Navigation instructions are available at Once federal student permission is granted, it continues to be valid for future years. The permission can be revoked only if the student submits a written request directly to the Office of Student Accounts.

Tuition Refund Schedule

The official schedule is available at Students should refer to the refund schedule prior to making any schedule changes. Also, it is critical for students receiving financial assistance from any aid program (University, federal, and/or state) to contact the Office of Financial Aid before changing enrollment. Contact the office of Student Accounts to obtain information about the Summer Tuition Refund Schedule.


Students who fail to attend class and/or pay tuition charges are not considered withdrawn from the course(s). Withdrawals must be made through the advisor or dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. All past-due balances must be paid before a student will be permitted to enroll for a new semester/term.

Butler University Return of Funds Procedures

Federal regulations require that, as a part of an institution’s Return of Funds Policy, an office or offices must be designated as the point of contact for students to begin the withdrawal process. The designated office(s) must document the date the student withdraws or otherwise provides official notification to the institution of the intent to withdraw. At Butler, the student’s college dean’s office is the designated office at which a student must withdraw. For medical withdrawals, the student should contact the Office of Student Affairs. The date of withdrawal will be utilized by the Office of Financial Aid in determining the amount of financial assistance that may be retained by the student, based upon the percentage of the enrollment period (semester) that the student completed to that point in time. In the case of a student who does not withdraw or otherwise notify Butler University of the intent to withdraw, the date used will be the midpoint of the payment period for which assistance was disbursed, unless the attendance records document an earlier or later date.

Credit Balance Accounts

The Office of Student Accounts requires students to complete a refund request form to receive a refund check for a credit balance on the account. However, if the credit on the account is due to federal (Title IV) financial aid funds, the Office of Student Accounts will issue a check automatically. If the credit balance is due to a federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), the refund check will be issued in the name of the parent borrower and mailed to the address on file for the PLUS borrower. If the student is anticipating a credit balance, it is recommended that a refund request form be completed regardless of funding sources. Refund checks are issued weekly while classes are in session. Forms must be submitted by end of day on Tuesday to receive a check on Friday. Refund checks are not issued when classes are not in session.

Unpaid Items Charges

A student who is past due in any debt to the University is not permitted to register in any school or college of the University and is not entitled to an official transcript, grade report, or diploma from the Office of Registration and Records until the indebtedness has been paid in full. Any check presented to the University that fails to clear the bank shall be subject to a nonrefundable $25 handling charge. If the check is for payment of a debt, it also will be considered as nonpayment. Any E-Check transaction that is rejected by either banking institution will be charged a nonrefundable returned E-Check fee of $25. Students may be assessed reasonable collections fees, attorney fees, and court costs without relief of evaluation and appraisement law to collect outstanding balances. When a student is in possession of University property or owes a particular department for charges not applied to the student account, the department may call for a hold to be placed on a student’s record. The hold prevents the release of University records and future enrollment. This hold is removed upon confirmation from the requesting department.

Delinquent Bill Accounts

Students who have not met their financial obligations to Butler University will be refused grades, transcripts, and readmission. Delinquent accounts will be charged interest on the unpaid balance. Accounts that remain delinquent will be assigned to a collection agency. All costs of collection will be the responsibility of the student. Interest charges and collection fees will be charged to the student account.

Outside Billing

The University will bill a third party for tuition, room and board, and miscellaneous fees, provided that: 1) a voucher and/or written authorization is received by the Office of Student Accounts prior to the beginning of each semester; and 2) payment will be made on or before the first day of the semester. The University will not bill any employer or third party who pays upon completion of the course(s). Any balance remaining unpaid on the first day of the semester will be assessed a monthly finance charge of 1.5 percent (18 percent APR). If the third party will not pay the finance charge, the student will be responsible for payment. Students will continue to receive a billing statement directly from Butler University until the account balance is paid in full. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the third-party payer to determine why a delay in payment has occurred.

Business Services

Check cashing: Up to $100 per day for enrolled students with a valid Butler I.D. during cashiering hours for the Office of Student Accounts. The University reserves the right to deny check-cashing privileges for students on financial hold or students with a history of returned checks with the University. The release of grades and/or transcripts will be prevented for any unpaid returned checks. Anyone with an unpaid returned check may lose check-cashing privileges.