Audit Tuition

Tuition to audit a course is $100 per credit hour unless it is part of the tuition package. The SA fee and technology fee will be waived, but course and lab fees that are part of an audited class are not waived for audit-only students. Audit-only students will not have access to university services. Some courses are not available for audit.

Consortium Agreement

Under a consortium, Southwestern gives credit for courses taken at the other schools on the same basis as if it provided the training itself. The Consortium Agreement is initiated by the student and approved by both institutions. Students will be charged an administrative fee of $100 for this process.

Course Fees

SWAUonline Program

SWAUonline Program tuition is $515 per credit hour for degree seeking students or $1,030 per credit hour for non-degree seeking students. There are no payment plans for this program. All charges must be covered at the time of registration through aid, credit/ debit card, and/or cash. SWAUonline Prior Learning Assessment recording fee is $75 per course. Additional information about the SWAUonline Program can be found on the SWAUonline website. Because this is a discounted program, no Southwestern scholarships are available to students in this program.

SWAUonline Program - Technology Fee

Technology fee for SWAUonline students will be prorated based on course load.  $55 per course, with a maximum of $220 per semester.

Department Fees

  • Computer Science Program Fees

    Computer Science majors will be charged a $100 Program Fee each semester.

  • Education Program Fees

    Any student seeking Secondary Certification in Education or a major in Education will be charged a $100 Program Fee each semester.

  • Psychology Program Fees

    Psychology majors will be charged a $50 Program Fee each semester.

    Psychology, emphasis School Guidance majors will be charged a $100 Program Fee each semester.

Examination Fees

  • Challenge, waiver, and validation preparation fee -$85
  • CLEP and challenge examination recording fee - $25
  • Michigan Test of English Proficiency - $25
  • Fees for exams such as Career, Aptitude, and Personality; CLEP; Michigan Test of English Proficiency; and SAT or ACT vary by exam. These fees must be paid in advance of taking the exam. Special examinations may also carry a preparation and recording fee.

Freshman Orientation Fee

Attendance at Freshman Orientation is required of all freshmen students. A fee of $350 will be assessed for this orientation.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program tuition is $1,030 per credit hour. Graduate hours are charged separately from the undergraduate tuition package. For further information about the graduate programs and available scholarships, please refer to the Graduate Bulletin.

General Fees

Fees are non-refundable after the close of registration.

  • Student Association Fee - $110 each semester is required of all undergraduate students.
  • Technology Fee - $220 each semester is required of all students.

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science students will be charged an administrative fee of $100 per semester during their clinical year. Check with the advisor regarding tuition and fees. Southwestern scholarships are not available for the clinical year during which the courses are taken at another institution.

Music Lessons

Music lessons for currently enrolled full time degree-seeking students are $350 per semester above the cost of tuition (based on a minimum of ten half-hour lessons). There are no refunds after the second week of the semester.

Music lessons for any less than full-time non degree seeking students are $600 per semester above the cost of tuition.

Nursing Tuition Surcharge/Program Admission Fee

  1. Nursing Deposit - $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of acceptance into the Nursing program.
  2. Nursing ATI Fee - $575 per semester in the Nursing Program (ATI provides comprehensive online learning, testing, and NCLEX resources)
  3. Nursing Skills Supply Fee - $100 one-time fee charged the first semester in the Nursing program
  4. Clinical Course Fee - $300 for all clinical courses throughout the Nursing program
  5. CastleBranch Account Fee - $30 to set up a CastleBranch account prior to starting in the Nursing program
  6. Drug Testing and Background Check Fees - $79 fee during the first semester in the Nursing program

Senior Citizens

The tuition rate for senior citizens (65+) is $100 per semester hour for courses taken for audit or credit. This does not apply to SWAUonline, nursing classes, or discounted programs. There must be space available in the class.

Study Abroad Program

Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) students must submit a non-refundable $100 application fee for the academic year study abroad program. There is a $30 application fee for the summer program.

Students who study abroad through a college or university that is not affiliated with Adventist Colleges Abroad will be charged an administrative fee of $100 per semester.

Summer Program

Student Missionary/Task Force Program Charges

Students who spend one year of their education as student missionaries or task force workers will be enrolled in 12 credit hours each semester. By this, the University recognizes the legitimate full-time educational value of this experience. Six of these credit hours will count as elective credit toward graduation, while six will be non-credit hours. The student will be charged $300 tuition each semester for a total of $600 for the academic year. An application/ processing fee of $150 is charged at the time of application.