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MSA Tuition and Fees

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Tuition, fees and policies for the University’s education programs are subject to change.

Tuition and fees2014-20152015-2016
Tuition$560/credit hour$582/credit hour
Application fee$60$60
Background check fee (class levels 1 and 2)$60$60
Seat deposit$250$250
Repeated course feeActual course tuitionActual course tuition
Miscellaneous fees2014-20152015-2016
Overnight mail$30$30
Parking registration (one time only per vehicle)$220$220
Graduation and diploma fee (participating in graduation)(includes cap and gown rental, diploma, and 2 banquet tickets)$175$175
Diploma fee (not participating in graduation)(includes diploma and mailing to students)$75$75
Replacement diploma$75$75
Other fees
Late fees
   Balance of $5,000 or less $100/term$100/term
   Balance greater than $5,000 $250/term$250/term
Library fines, reserve & board review collection (after four weeks-replacement cost + $20 for fines & processing fee)$.50/hour$.50/hour
Library fines, DMU collection (after four weeks-replacement cost + $20 for fines & processing fee)$1/day$1/day
Library fines, Leisure Reading Collection (after four weeks-replacement cost + $20 for fines & processing fee)$.50/day$.50/day
Parking fine, with valid sticker$25$25
Parking fine, without valid sticker$50$50
Parking fine, overnight parking$25$25
Parking fine, late payment fee$10$10
Return check (NSF fee)$20$20
ID Card – initial (alumni, retirees, and plus ones)$10$10
ID Card – replacement (alumni, retirees, and plus ones)$25$25
ID Card – replacement (current students and employees)$10$10

Paying your tuition

Tuition, fees and other balances reflected as University accounts receivable are to be paid in the accounting office, which is located on the fourth floor of the Academic Center, room 417. Please make payments payable to Des Moines University (DMU). If mailing payments, please send to:

Accounting Department
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Accepted forms of payments are: cash, eChecks, check (personal, loan, scholarship, certified and money order), electronic funds transfers of loan disbursements and credit card.

DMU accepts eChecks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Credit card payment is only accepted on the portion of tuition not covered by financial aid (including loan funds and/or scholarships). To make a credit card or eCheck payment, students may use our secure online payment form. Credit card payments can also be made by visiting the accounting office or by calling 515-271-1530 or 800-240-2767 ext. 1530.

Note: All payments received in the accounting office after 2 p.m. will be posted to the student’s account on the next business day.

All seat deposits will be applied toward tuition. Governed by federal regulations, student loan disbursements will be applied to student tuition accounts within three working days after DMU receives EFT disbursements from lenders or after DMU receives endorsed lender checks from students.

Failure to pay

Failure to pay an account in full by the tuition due date will result in the following:

  1. A student will be asked to sign an Acknowledgement of Financial Responsibility if one is not already on file. If an Acknowledgement of Financial Responsibility is not signed, the student will be immediately placed on an administrative leave of absence.
  2. The account will be viewed as having a delinquent status. Students having delinquent accounts will not be permitted the following privileges: registration, admission to classes, transcripts and a diploma.
  3. Late fees will be charged on account balances existing after the due date.

Readmission/leave of absence policy

This policy is applicable when:

  • A student is approved to return from a leave of absence within one year of the effective leave begin date.

Upon receiving an official acceptance to return, tuition and fees will be assessed. Tuition and fees are due when the student registers or the first day of class, whichever comes first. The returning student is subject to all tuition and fee payment, tuition and fee policies and procedures, financial aid, etc. and University policies that are in effect at the time. Enrollment status will be based on number of credit hours and determined according to the current enrollment policy.

The returning student that is required to repeat courses will be charged the repeated course fee for each course.

Tuition and fees will be charged at the current academic year’s published rate.

Readmission following withdrawals and dismissals

If a student applies for readmission into his/her original program or any other Des Moines University program, the student will be required to follow the current admission requirements for the program. In addition, the Provost must approve the acceptance of the student into the program.

Tuition will be charged each academic year at the approved rates. No credit shall be granted for any prior tuition or deposits paid.

Distribution of returned funds

Per current federal policy, we will distribute refunds of financial aid as follows:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford loan
  2. Federal Perkins loan
  3. Federal Grad PLUS
  4. State, private or University aid
  5. The Student if funds remain after paying the above.