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Tuition and Fees

  • Carthage Student Fees

    The College operates on an annual budget with commitments for faculty, student services, and facilities made one year in advance. Since Carthage develops its operational plan based on anticipated enrollment, the College must have a firm commitment from all students regarding their educational intentions.

    Carthage operates under a comprehensive fee program covering standard charges for the academic year for all full-time students. This comprehensive fee includes: tuition for 12 to 18 credit hours during each of the Fall and Spring Terms and up to four (4) credit hours during the January Term; and charges for a double room and standard meal plan for resident students. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the comprehensive fee is $43,550 for commuting students and $55,540 for resident students.

    All full-time undergraduate students who are not commuting from their parent or legal guardian’s primary address must reside in a College residence hall and participate in a meal plan, in accordance with the College’s residency requirement policy.

  • Advance Payments

    Carthage requires all new, full-time students to make a $300 advance payment to confirm their enrollment at the College. This advance payment is fully refundable through the Office of Admissions, if requested in writing on or before May 1. After May 1, this advance payment will be credited to a student’s account but will be forfeited to the College by any student who fails to register for the Fall Term.

    Returning students will have an opportunity to register for the Fall Term during the prior Spring Term. This registration process gives returning students preference in the selection of classes, as registration for new students does not begin until the close of this registration period.

    Returning students electing not to sign up for classes or a room assignment during the appropriate period in the spring will be allowed to register for classes and/or a room at any time until mid-August with the appropriate registration payment. However, the selection of classes, rooms, or roommates may be severely limited.

  • Billing Procedures

    College policy requires payment of all charges to be received prior to the start of classes, unless arrangements for a budget payment plan have been completed. In May, all returning and newly admitted students are billed for tuition plus room and board, where applicable, for a full academic year. No payment is required immediately, but each student may select a payment program with as many as 11 or as few as one scheduled payments during the academic year.

    Financial aid will be applied to student accounts in essentially equal amounts during the Fall and Spring Terms.

    Students registering for only one term will be responsible for the advance payment plus the appropriate charge for the term attended.

  • 2018-2019 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

    In addition to the cost of tuition, room, and board, Carthage provides other student services at additional costs. Following are the fees for the 2018-2019 academic year:

      Annual Fee Per Term (with J-Term)
    Full-time Tuition
    (12-18 credits per semester plus J-Term)
    $43,550 $23,080
    Residence Fee
    (Double Room)
    $11,990 $6,350
    Total fee $55,540 $29,430
  • Late Payment Fees

    A $150 late registration fee will be assessed to any full-time student failing to complete the registration process during the scheduled period.

    Carthage does not charge interest on student accounts if payments are received as scheduled. However, the College will charge a fee for late receipt of a scheduled payment. The late fee is equal to 1 percent per month of the past-due balance.

  • 2018-2019 Graduate Tuition and Fees

    Tuition: Full-time per term (12-18 credits, excludes J-Term) $21,775
    Tuition: Summer Session (per credit hour) $646
    Tuition: Part-time (per credit hour) $575
    Application fee (full-time) $35
    Master’s degree graduation fee $25

    Carthage reserves the right to change the amount charged for tuition or related fees at any time without prior notification.

  • Fees for Optional Services

    Overload fee (per credit hour exceeding 18 hours Fall and Spring or 4 hours J-Term) $1,450
    Tuition: Part-time semester students (per credit hour, maximum 11 credit hours) $575
    Tuition: Part-time 7-Week Format (per credit hour) $525
    Resident student parking permit per academic year $80-1,250
    Full-time Summer Session (7 weeks) 12 credits $7,750
    Summer Session residence fee (730 points) $3,400
    Summer semester tuition (part-time per credit hour) $575


    Transcript fee (each)* $10
    Audit fee per credit hour $180
    Examination for credit (per course) $800
    Music lesson fee per semester:  
    - day students $360
    - evening students $525
    Late registration fee $150
    Return check fee (each occurrence) $25
    ID replacement $25
    Mailbox $25
    Room lock replacement $85
    C.O. key $35
    Full-time, undergraduate application fee $35
    Part-time, undergraduate application fee $10

    * To obtain an official transcript, the student must submit a written request to the Office of the Registrar.

  • Refund Schedule

    2018-2019 Academic Year refunds are made for tuition, meals, and auditing fees only. No refunds or adjustments will be made for residency charges (except meals), late fees, course or lesson fees, parking permits, or other administrative or miscellaneous charges.


    All notices of withdrawal and/or requests for refunds from the College, including cancellation of registration and/or residential status, must be in writing and addressed to either the Office of Student Life, the Office of the Registrar, or the Business Office. The official date of withdrawal will be earliest of: the date the student appears in person at one of the designated offices and signs an appropriate withdrawal document, the date of receipt of any faxed message indicating withdrawal from the College or specific class, or the postmark on the envelope containing the request.

    Tuition and Audit Fee Refunds

    Refunds are based upon the percentage of the term that has elapsed during the period of attendance. This percentage of attendance is determined by dividing the number of term days elapsed by the total days in the term. A student withdrawing after one-third of the term has been completed will receive a tuition credit equal to two-thirds of the tuition charge. All Carthage and federal scholarship or loan awards will be applied to the student account in proportion to period of attendance and federal guidelines. Again, the student withdrawing after completing one-third of the term will receive one-third of the scholarship and loan awards for the term.


    Billing and Refund Policy for Accelerated Certification for Teachers (ACT)


    This is a 14-month, cohort-based program taught over four consecutive semesters. The entire tuition for the 2018-2019 cohort is $21,300 which is billed to students in three equal amounts at the beginning of each of the first three semesters. There is no billing for the fourth and final semester.

    ACT Program Refund Policy:

    All notices of withdrawal and/or requests for refunds must be in writing and addressed to the ACT Program and the Office of Continuing Studies. The official date of withdrawal will be the earliest of: the date the student appears in person at the Office of Continuing Studies and signs an appropriate withdrawal document, the date of receipt of any faxed message indicating withdrawal from the program, or the postmark on the envelope containing the withdrawal request.

    Refunds can only be made during the first 60 percent of the term. After 60 percent of the term, no program tuition will be refunded and 100 percent of the scholarship and loan awards will be credited to the student account.

    The percentage of the term completion is determined by dividing the number of calendar days elapsed since the start of the program by the total number of calendar days in the term.

    Residency Refunds

    Resident students withdrawing from Carthage during an academic term are entitled to an adjustment based only upon the meals not provided. Board adjustment will be based upon the rate of $70.00 multiplied by the number of board weeks remaining between the official withdrawal date, and the last day of the final examination period.

    Special Note:
    Students beginning the academic year during the Fall Term will be billed for the full academic year unless Carthage is notified of an intention to attend a single term only. Students who are billed for the full academic year and withdraw during the Fall Term will receive credit for the term of nonattendance at an amount equal to the difference between these posted rates, plus the appropriate Fall Term refund as defined above.

    Final Accounting

    A final statement showing all final charges, credits, and/or adjustments normally will be mailed within 30 days of the notice of withdrawal. This final statement will show any balance due to the College, or indicate an amount to be returned to the student. Refund checks will be available approximately ten (10) days following the preparation of this final statement.

    Appeal Process

    Students wishing to appeal the refund decision may do so by writing to the Senior Vice President for Administration and Business.

  • Veterans Administration Educational Program

    Students who plan to attend Carthage under the Veterans Administration Educational Program are urged to promptly apply to the appropriate VA agency for necessary authorization well in advance of their registration date. The proper authorization should be presented to the Office of the Registrar immediately after admission to the College.

    Veterans enrolling under the educational program should be prepared to pay all charges in full or make application for a Deferred Payment Plan.

  • Payment Options

    Carthage allows students to pay for tuition and room and board in regular installments during the academic year. Specific information regarding these payment options is provided at the time of the initial billing of the comprehensive annual fee, or may be obtained directly from the Business Office.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …