Tuition & fees

Academic Year 2018-19

Flat-rate annual tuition for 12 to 18 credit-hours per semester, including on-campus housing.

CategoryCost
Total$31,200
Tuition$22,500
Fees$1,950
On-campus housing$6,750

Full-time students

Full-time is defined as students enrolling for 12 credit hours or more. However, if your goal is to graduate in four (4) years, enrolling and completing at least 30 credit hrs a year, will keep on track to meet your goal.

Enrolling and earning less than 30 credit hours a year will extend your graduation completion time.

Part-time students

If you enroll between 6-11 credit-hours per semester, you are considered a part-time student. You will be charged $750 per credit-hour, plus $65 per credit-hour in student fees. Most classes earn three credit-hours, so the total cost of tuition and fees for each course is $2,445.00.

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2018-2019

LivingOn campusOff campusAt home
Total$41,950$45,050$36,050
Tuition$22,500$22,500$22,500
Fees$1,950$1,950$1,950
Books/supplies$2,000$2,000$2,000
Transportation$2,000$2,000$2,000
Room and board$10,500$13,600$5,600
Miscellaneous$3,000$3,000$2,000

What does the estimate include?

  • The figures listed include both costs paid directly to Watkins (e.g. tuition, fees, on-campus housing) and estimated indirect costs for an academic year (fall to spring) not paid to Watkins, such as books, supplies, meals, transportation, and other personal expenses that you may incur while you are enrolled.
  • We provide these figures for planning purposes only—they do not represent the actual indirect expenses you may incur during an academic year. The figures represent what federal guidelines define as “reasonable” expenses.
  • The budget includes such variables as transportation, supplies, and books—the costs of which can vary from student to student and program to program.
  • The figures above are based on full-time enrollment for one school year. You may spend more or less than what we have estimated.

What do the “fees” cover?

  • Course costs not covered by tuition.
  • Additional academic and technological experiences and equipment.
  • Facility maintenance, purchase and maintenance of equipment, purchase and updating of slides and reference books, updating of software, photocopying, student supplies, and models.
  • Student ID cards, parking stickers, maintenance and security of parking lots, publications such as the Student Handbook, and certain activities and projects within student life.

Additional fees

  • Core course fees: If you are a first-time college student, you will pay an additional fee of $225 per semester, or $450 per year.
  • Program fees: Due to supplies, equipment, and other materials required by the disciplines at Watkins, students who major in the following programs pay the following additional fees per year: $500 for Film, $200 for Fine Art, $300 for Graphic Design and Illustration, and $400 for Photography.

Special-status tuition and fees

  • Special-status students taking courses for credit must pay an additional fee of $750 per credit-hour plus $65 per credit-hour in student fees.
  • Special-status students auditing courses (not for credit) must pay $350 per credit-hour plus $65 per credit-hour in student fees.

Learn what it means to be a special-status student.

Payment plan

At Watkins, we offer an interest-free payment plan through our Business Office.  For details, email the Office Manager or call 615.383.4848, ext. 7436.