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Summer 2020 FAQs

Find answers to your summer school questions

Tuition and Aid Information

What is the tuition rate for summer courses?

Tuition and fees are listed with each course in the registration portal.

ARTS & SCIENCES DAY (“L”) COURSES

  • Undergraduate: $1,180/unit (1 unit = 1 credit hour)
    • A three unit/credit hour course yields tuition of $3,540.
  • Graduate: $1,420/unit (1 unit = 1 credit hour)
    • A three unit/credit hour course yields tuition of $4,260.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE EVENING (“U”) COURSES

  • Undergraduate: $665 - 895/unit (1 unit = 1 credit hour)
    • A three unit/credit hour course yields tuition of $1,995 - 2,685.
  • Graduate: Varies (Visit UCollege for details)

SPECIAL AUDIT

  • Undergraduate: $350 per course
  • Graduate: $550 per course

Note: Auditors pay the same fees as students taking the course for credit.

FEES

  • Lab / Materials Fees – $15 - $350
  • Late Registration – $50
  • Late Payment – 5% of the outstanding balance (minimum $50)
  • Returned Check – $25

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Students must pay in full (cash, check, credit card) or provide an approved alternate method of payment (financial aid, military benefit, WU tuition benefit or payroll deduction, graduate remission) prior to being registered. WashU day school students may choose the “Bill Me” option.

Students using the “Bill Me” payment option for summer courses will receive an electronic billing statement at the end of the month, which will include the outstanding balance and due date. Generally, the outstanding balance is due on or near the 20th of the following month, unless other arrangements have been made.

Will there be a reduction in tuition since courses are now offered remotely?

Tuition for Summer School courses are already offered at a reduced rate. The tuition fee will not change since instructors are still developing lectures and assignments, facilitating lessons, reviewing/grading/providing feedback on assignments, and working to advise/assist students.

Is financial assistance available to me for summer courses?

Matriculated Washington University students who are accepted into a degree program may apply for summer school financial assistance. Financial assistance is generally in the form of student loans. To be considered for loan assistance, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Current undergraduate students must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 6 units of course work during summer semester with a C (2.0) minimum grade point average.
  • Current graduate students must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 3 units of course work during the summer semester with a B (3.0) minimum grade point average. 

Students must complete a summer school aid application, which is available through Financial Aid, and applications must be processed before the summer session in which you are taking courses ends.

University College students will find additional information on the University College website.

Federal regulations require that students receiving federal Title IV financial aid maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). On the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis, SAP is evaluated at the end of the spring term. If you are not maintaining progress you will notified by your school’s Dean’s office.  You will be ineligible for aid for future terms (including a summer term) unless you appeal your status and your school’s Dean’s office approves your appeal. Contact the Financial Aid office to learn more about SAP requirements and the appeal process.

Do you charge fees for payments made with a credit card?

No, the Summer School does not assess additional fees for students who use a credit card for payment.

Technology Requirements

What access to technology will I need to be successful in a remote summer course?

It is best if you have the following items readily accessible:

1. Computer or laptop with a keyboard
2. Reliable internet access
3. Speakers
4. Webcam
5. Microphone

What if I need access to the internet?

Students with concerns about internet access should call 314-935-8300 or 888-234-2863 and listen to the menu options to learn how to access technical support.

Comcast Internet Essentials

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Source: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

Charter Spectrum Broadband

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Source: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

Remote Instruction

What is remote instruction?

Beginning March 23, 2020, all Washington University courses moved from in-person to remote instruction due to the spread of COVID-19. All summer courses will be offered remotely through at least August 1, 2020. Remote instruction exists in an online environment where students and faculty engage in a designated online classroom space. At WashU, online and remote classes are delivered via the Canvas learning management system and may use a variety of other technology tools that support both asynchronous and synchronous study.

Will classes be asynchronous?

The format of Summer School classes will vary by discipline and by instructor. Many will be largely asynchronous in format; others will require logging in at a specific time for lectures, discussions, or problem solving sessions.  If the course description for a class does not specify whether a course is synchronous or asynchronous, students should contact the instructor to ask.

Arts & Sciences does not award credit for online classes. Will there be an exception made for summer 2020 due to mandated remote learning?

Please refer to the Interim Academic Policy on the Arts and Sciences website for any questions about academic policies.

Registration

When will registration close for summer courses?

Registration closes for summer five days after a course begins. We strongly recommend students enroll prior to the start of a class to ensure no late fees are applied to your enrollment.

If I drop a summer course, can I receive a refund?

Students seeking to drop a summer course must complete the Course Change Form and email a copy to summerschool@wustl.edu. Your drop will be processed on the date it is received. Notifying your instructor of your intent to drop, failing to attend class, or notifying the department by fax or phone is not considered an official withdrawal and may result in a failing grade and no tuition refund.

Students may also drop a course by logging in to WebSTAC with a WUSTL Key and password.

Courses dropped by the 100% refund deadline will not be reflected on the student record/transcript. Courses dropped after the 100% refund deadline will be shown as withdrawal (“W”) on the student record/transcript.

Refunds are typically processed every Thursday by our student billing manager. It can take 7 - 10 business days for a refund to process back to your original method of payment.

View course refund deadlines

I want to enroll, but I can't do so through WEBSTAC?

Simply visit our website to review information about registration, then browse the available courses in our registration portal.

If you find a course in which you wish to enroll, simply add it to your cart and proceed with check out.

I will be starting as a first year student in the fall, can I enroll in a summer course?

Welcome to WashU! We’re so glad that you’re joining us. Incoming first-year students may take summer courses through the Summer Start program. Please contact the Summer Start office if you are interested in enrolling in classes this summer.

I have other questions about summer registration.

Please review this comprehensive FAQ for additional information.

International Students

I am an international WashU student. Can I enroll for summer?

Of course! Current WashU students follow the same enrollment process whether domestic or international. Simply visit our website to review information about registration, then browse the available courses in our registration portal.

If you find a course in which you wish to enroll, simply add it to your cart and proceed with check out. WashU students can select the Bill Me option so that you can confirm your seat in the class and have the fee billed to your student account.

I am an international student who has a US visa studying at another US university. Can I enroll in summer courses?

Of course! We are happy to welcome you to summer at WashU. There are a few steps to complete prior to enrolling.

1. Complete the Student Information Form
2. Email the form and the following documents to summerschool@wustl.edu.

  • Official passport
  • Official visa
  • Official I-20 or DS-2019
  • Official I-94

Once our office receives the files, we will begin processing your enrollment request. A member of our team will stay in contact with you to obtain payment method and address any additional questions you have.


 

I am an international student attending an international university. Can I enroll in summer courses?

Of course! We are happy to welcome you to summer at WashU. There are a few steps to complete prior to enrolling.

1. Complete the Student Information Form
2. Email the form and the following documents to summerschool@wustl.edu.

  • Official passport
  • Official university transcript
  • Have English Language Test* (ELT) results with:
    • a minimum score of 90iBt on the TOEFL**;
    • a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS**; or
    • a minimum score of Level B2 on the CAE or CPE**.
    • a minimum score of 115 on the Duolingo English Test***.

* ELT is required of all international students for whom English is a second language.
*** The Duolingo English Test can be taken online at any time. The exam requires Google Chrome browser, a self-facing camera, and microphone. Testing session results are available within 48 hours.
** In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ETS and the Chinese National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) have announced that all TOEFL and IELTS tests in Mainland China have been canceled through the end of March 2020.  In light of this, we recommend that applicants who are affected by these cancelations take the Duolingo English Test online in order to complete their application materials.

 

Once our office receives the files, we will begin processing your enrollment request. A member of our team will stay in contact with you to obtain payment method and address any additional questions you have.

Policy Amendments

Where can I find policy amendments for Summer School?

Official policy adjustments for the 2020 Summer School can be found on the official Arts & Sciences website.

Who do I contact if I have a questions about degree requirements and distribution credits?

Students should first make contact with their four-year academic advisor with questions about summer courses fulfilling degree requirements and distribution credits.

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