Fees and Expenses

The schedule of fees contained on the Bursar’s Office website is expected to prevail during any given academic year, but the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors for Higher Education reserve the right, at any time, to authorize changes in fees and to establish new fees applicable to all currently enrolled students.

Fee bills, covering the semester’s charges, are computed by and are payable to the Bursar’s Office no later than the Friday before the start of the semester.

Financial Responsibility

Graduate students are permitted to register, to modify their course registrations without penalty, or obtain deferments through the first day of the semester. Graduate students become liable for payment of tuition and other required course-related fees beginning with the Friday before the semester starts whether or not they have attended any classes or have paid their fee bills as of that date.

Failure to receive a bill does not relieve a student of responsibility for payment of fees by the specified due date. A student who fails to make timely payment of an outstanding balance may be barred from all privileges normally accorded to a student in good standing. Additionally, any pending University employment authorization may not receive approval or may be subject to cancellation. If there is a question concerning a bill, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Bursar’s Office directly at bursar.uconn.edu for clarification and resolution.

If a graduate student does not fulfill their financial obligations to the University by the Friday before the semester starts or by the expiration date of an approved deferment, an enrollment and service restricting hold is placed on the student’s record.

Application Processing Fee

A non-refundable fee of $75 for electronic submission must accompany an application to the Graduate School. It may not be applied toward other charges. This fee must accompany every application submitted except for a doctoral degree program to follow immediately on a completed master’s degree program in the same field at this University, or for a University Scholar, or for a current graduate degree seeking student applying for a graduate certificate program. If applicable, a fee waiver may be available. Please review the Graduate School’s Fee Waiver Policy at grad.uconn.edu/admissions/fee-waiver-policy or email the Graduate Admissions Office at gradadmissions@uconn.edu.

Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Certificate Program Costs

Please see individual program descriptions for fees and credit costs, which can vary across different types of certificate courses. Refer to the Bursar’s Office website at bursar.uconn.edu for more information.

In-State and Out-of-State Status

Each student must file an affidavit of residence with the application for admission to the Graduate School. A form for this purpose is provided as part of the application. On the basis of this information, each entering student is classified as either a Connecticut student or an out-of-state student. Failure to file the form will result in classification as out-of-state.

Questions concerning the classification of graduate students as resident (in-state) or non-resident (out-of-state) are resolved by the Graduate School. In the event that students believe they have been incorrectly classified, requests for review, along with supporting documentary evidence, should be directed to the Graduate School.

Residents of other New England states enrolled in certain graduate degree programs may be eligible for special tuition rates through the New England Board of Higher Education Regional Student Program.

Office of the Bursar Website

Graduate students should refer to the Bursar’s Office website at bursar.uconn.edu for current tuition and fee information, procedures, and policies pertaining to graduate students and graduate programs.

Reinstatement Fee

The Graduate School regulations require registration in each semester by all graduate degree, certificate, and post-baccalaureate program students, with the exception of those students on an approved leave of absence. All graduate students who fail to complete initial course registration by the end of the tenth day of classes of any semester will be dropped from active status and will be required to pay a penalty fee of $65. The reinstatement fee is added to a student’s bill along with any registration fee that has accrued. Students who do not register for longer than a year will be required to reapply for admission. A letter from the major advisor justifying the use of previous coursework to satisfy current degree requirements is required to count previous coursework towards the new enrollment.

Refunds and Cancellations of Charges

In order to be eligible for a refund or cancellation of charges, a student must formally withdraw from the University by following the University’s official withdrawal process, which includes dropping all courses currently being taken for credit.

The University grants a full refund of fees to any student dismissed for academic deficiency or other cause, provided that the dismissal takes place prior to the start of classes.

A student inducted into military service will receive a prorated refund or cancellation of charges based on their date of separation. The student in this situation must furnish the Bursar’s Office with a copy of the orders to active duty, showing this to be the reason for leaving the University.

Refunds or cancellations of charges are available on the following schedule for students whose programs are interrupted or terminated prior to or during a regular academic semester. The refund schedule applies to students taking an approved leave of absence, which follows the University’s official withdrawal process. When notice is received prior to the first day of classes of a semester, full refund (less nonrefundable fees) will be made if the fees have been paid in full. Thereafter, refunds or cancellations of refundable charges will be made according to the following schedule:


Week Refund
Remainder of the 1st calendar week 90%
2nd week 60%
3rd and 4th week 50%
5th week through 8th week. 25%