Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
The tuition for the LL.M. Programs in Estate Planning and Elder Law or LL.M. and Closely-held Businesses is charged on a per credit hour basis. The LL.M. Programs per credit charge for the 2013-2014 academic year is $1,645.
In addition to tuition, there is also an annual fee of $556, which includes registration, general services, graduation fees, and transcripts for life. (Please note the fee costs are subject to change.)
Additionally, Massachusetts law requires documentary proof of some form of health insurance for all students. There are a number of available individual student health insurance plans. Contact Health Services for more information at 413-782-1211. If you are in the full-time (1 year program) in Estate Planning and Elder Law, the annual fee for health insurance is $2,210.
The Prepayment Plan prorates costs over a 10 or 12-month period. In this way, students avoid having to make large payments at the beginning of each semester. There are no finance charges or interest rates associated with this plan. The plan is based on a year by year (12 month) contract. There is a $50 application and processing fee for the prepayment plan. After adding the entire year's tuition, and then deducting financial aid, you will know your outstanding balance for the fall and spring semesters. Your monthly payment can be computed by dividing this balance by 10 or 12, depending on the plan you select. For more information, please contact the Western New England University Student Administrative Services (SAS) office at (413) 796-2080.
Information concerning available loan programs for the LL.M. Programs may be obtained from the Student Administrative Services Office, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119-2684, (413) 796-2080. Federal Loans are available for students taking six credits or more per semester. Private Loans are available for less than six credits.
Tuition Refund Policy
The University operates on an academic term basis by which commitments are made in advance to teaching staff and to others whose services are essential to the operation of the University. Under University policy and the School of Law's Academic Rules, refunds are made to students based on the following schedule:
- 100% refund of the tuition charge, less the tuition deposit, when notice of withdrawal is received prior to the first day of classes.
- 75% will be refunded when notice of withdrawal is received during the first week of classes.
- 66 2/3% will be refunded when notice of withdrawal is received during the second week of classes.
- 33 1/3% will be refunded when notice of withdrawal is received during the third week of classes.
- 25% will be refunded when notice of withdrawal is received during the fourth week of classes.
- No refund will be granted after the fourth week of classes.
Students who withdraw from a class or from the LL.M. Programs must notify Carmen Alexander Blatch in the LL.M. Office at the School of Law and a Withdrawal Form will need to be filled out and emailed at the time of withdrawal. Approved refunds will be computed on the basis of the date appearing on the official withdrawal form. Absence from class does not constitute withdrawal from a course.
No refunds will be made on fees other than tuition.
Students who use the deferred tuition payment plan are obligated to pay in accordance with the above schedule. If, at the end of a semester, a student has not paid the accrued charges for that semester, the student will be designated "not in good standing" until the charges are paid.
Students who withdraw with an unpaid balance will be financially liable for any amount remaining unpaid after a refund credit has been applied to the balance.
No student may withdraw in good standing from the University unless all financial obligations have been met.