The University of the Incarnate Word is an independent institution and receives no direct support from state or federal taxes. Subsequently, all of the instructional and operating costs of the University are paid by student tuition. The difference between such costs and the amount paid by the student is subsidized by income from endowment, grants for special projects, and gifts from alumni and other friends who recognize the value of our educational program.
The University endeavors to arrange loans, discounts, grants-in-aid, employment, and scholarships to enable students to continue in an academic program.
Tuition, fees, and other charges vary from year to year. The exact rates are printed in the Schedule of Courses each semester. They may also be obtained from the Admissions or Business Offices. A non-refundable confirmation fee will be assessed to all new full-time students and full-time re-admitted students.
A one-time housing deposit of $225 is required upon submission of the housing application. The deposit will be returned to the student from the Business Office when the student makes a proper checkout from the Residence Halls. The deposit will remain on their account with the Business Office as long as they are a resident in the Residence Halls. Residents are responsible for damages that occur in their residence. A $500 cancellation fee and loss of deposit will be assessed if a resident breaks their housing contract during the contract period.
Students are provided the following options for Campus Housing: Residence Halls include triple, double, and single rooms; Village of Avoca, provides two bedroom, four person apartment units; ICC II offers apartment style housing units, which, provides single and double rooms. Units in ICC II can accommodate four to six residents. The New Residence Hall (Hillside) will provide two floors of single rooms with private baths and one floor of double rooms with private baths.
Food service plans are required for all students residing on campus. Residents are required to purchase meal plans each semester including summer sessions. The meal plan does roll over from fall to spring if there is a balance, but remaining balances are forfeited after the Spring Semester. Food service is provided at four facilities on campus, which include the Marian Hall Food Court, Hortencia's, Finnegan's, and Java on the Hill.
Tuition discounts are available for part-time/full-time undergraduate or graduate students who qualify for such discounts such as the Brainpower 60+, Active Duty Military and their dependents, Civilian Department of Defense Employees (no dependents), Retired Military (no dependents), UIW/SAHS/IWHS Employees and their dependents, and University Senior Preparatory Program.
Brainpower 60+ discounts apply to any student who is sixty (60) years of age or older. The discount will be applied to tuition only and any other fees associated with enrollment will be the responsibility of the student. 60+ discounts are not available for enrollment with Extended Academic Programs with the exception of Virtual University graduate students.
Military & Civilian Department of Defense discounts apply to any student enrolled with the Main Campus. Those students eligible are active duty military with or without a Tuition Assistance Form and their dependents, civilian Department of Defense employees (no dependents), and retired military (no dependents). Extended Academic Programs applies only to active duty military (no dependents) with the exception of Virtual University graduate students. Those students receive the same percentage as a main campus graduate student. The discount will be applied to tuition only and any other fees associated with enrollment will be the responsibility of the student. Discounts are not applicable to students for whom 100% tuition is paid by any third party payor. Discounts may be reversed if payment is received after discount(s) are applied. The Business Office and Office of Financial Assistance determine eligibility. Refer to the University Payment Policy located under the Tuition and Financial Regulations. Discounts may vary between University programs (Main Campus, ADCaP, or Virtual University).
It is the responsibility of the student to present their valid identification or current military identification along with any Tuition Assistance Forms to the Business Office within the specified dated as published by the University course schedule. Those courses pertaining to ADCaP, Virtual University and mini semesters have ten days from the first day of classes to submit a valid identification, application and/or TA form(s) to qualify for the discount.
Tuition discounts are available for any individual who is employed at the University of the Incarnate Word, Incarnate Word High School or St. Anthony Catholic High School on a regular, full-time employment agreement (for at least 75% of the time) as faculty, administrator, or staff. Employees may receive tuition remission for themselves for undergraduate and/or graduate classes taken at UIW per the guidelines listed in the UIW/IWHS/SACHS Administrator/Staff Guidelines & Faculty Handbook. Employee tuition waiver forms are available through the Human Resources Office. According to the Administrative/Staff Guidelines, the deadline for submission of Employee Tuition Waiver forms is 14 calendar days after the last day to add a course for the term. For further information, please contact the Human Resources Office at 829-6019. The discount will be applied to tuition only and any other fees associated with enrollment will be the responsibility of the student. Refer to the University Payment Policy located under the Tuition and Financial Regulations.
University Preparatory Program discounts applies to Junior and Senior Incarnate Word High School (IWHS) and St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) students. The direct cost to all participants in the High School/University Program varies according to the number of hours for which the student is enrolled at the University of the Incarnate Word. Students selected for this program from IWHS/SACHS will receive an Academic Scholarship resulting in a percentage reduction in University tuition. In addition, they will receive a percentage discount on their high school tuition for each three (3) hour course they take at the University each semester. Discount applies to part-time status 1-9 hours, no discounts will be granted for a full-time status 12+ hours (Banded Tuition). The discount will be applied to tuition only and any other fees associated with enrollment will be the responsibility of the student. For further information, please contact the respective High School Business Office (IWHS (210) 829-3115 or SACHS (210) 832-5639). Refer to the University Payment Policy located under the Tuition and Financial Regulations.
It is the responsibility of the student to apply for tuition discounts. The student and his/her family must apply using the appropriate application form(s) and provide all necessary information to complete each application (i.e., valid identification(s), tuition assistance form(s)) to receive consideration for these discounts. Applications for these tuition discounts should be submitted to the respective departments or the Business Office according to the deadlines posted in each respective Semester Schedule of Classes. No discounts will be applied after the deadline indicated in the Semester Schedule of Classes. All discounts will be evaluated and assessed to the student account after the last day to add and drop a course for the respective term or within stated deadline outlined in the published Schedule of Classes. In order to continue receiving the discount, the student is responsible for submitting a new application and required information to complete the application each session (fall, spring, summer). Prospective students may call the Business Office at (210) 829-6043 if they need appropriate forms or more information.
*Any student pursing a doctorate (PhD) is not eligible for these discounts, regardless if enrolled in a graduate level course.
Your student financial aid award may be adjusted without notice due to receiving such discount(s).
All discounts are subject to change without notice.
Auditing courses are available to non-student, part-time or full-time students. Auditors that are *non-students or are enrolled in a part-time status pay 50% of regular tuition for lecture courses and any associated course fees; however, full tuition is charged for limited enrollment, private instruction and studio courses.
*Audit courses follow the Last day for 100% Refund for any Undergraduate and Graduate courses. Deadlines may be found in the Main Campus Schedule of Classes (See Academic Calendar) or from the respective program administrator (i.e., Adcap or Virtual University).
Full-time students may audit one lecture course (3-4 hours) per session (fall, spring, summer) at no cost. Any course fees associated with this enrollment will be the responsibility of the student.
Students are allowed to combine their total number of hours within a respective session to determine their full-time status. Undergraduates on the Main Campus are consider full-time with 12 + enrolled hours, a Graduate and Doctoral student on the Main Campus is considered a full-time status at 9 + hours. Full-time doctoral status changes when doctoral student is in dissertation writing phase and/or enrolled 3 + hours. If a full-time student falls under banded tuition and, with the audit class, does not exceed a total of 18 hours, no discount will be granted.
*Students enrolled in our ADCaP program will be allowed to audit courses within that program. Audit discounts are not applicable to Virtual University courses.
The deadline for changing enrollment in a course from graded to audit status is printed in the Academic Calendar located in the University Course Schedule.
Payment Options: Other than Financial Assistance and Work-Study programs, the University accepts cash, checks, and credit cards for payment of tuition and fees.
To enroll in the deferred payment plan or if you need additional information, please come by the Business Office or call (210) 829-6043.
The University will send each student a statement of the student account on a monthly basis. The statement will serve as a full accounting of the student account activity for the period. Each student must review the statement promptly and notify the Business Office immediately at the telephone number or address provided on the statement of any errors or omissions in the statement. If any student does not receive a statement when it is due, the student should notify the Business Office promptly. Students are responsible to provide the University with the most current address and telephone number.
Any student must report any disputed items to the Business Office within 60 days after the disputed items appears on the student's statement. If the student fails to report a disputed item, he/she may not claim any liability on the part of the University in connection with the University handling of the item (items) in dispute. Before the University will consider making a refund or credit to the student because of a claimed discrepancy, the student must give the University a written statement containing any reasonable information the University may require (i.e. name, student ID, term, and discrepancy).
When the bank for whatever reason returns a check, a nonrefundable returned check service charge is assessed. The student is given ten days from the date of notice to make full payment by cash, money order, or cashier's check. Once the student has had returned checks, the University reserves the right not to accept any personal checks from the student for future payments. Returned checks not paid will be submitted for collections.
All full-time domestic students (Full-time constitutes 12+ hours for undergraduates, 9+ hours for graduates and *doctoral students) and all international students (eligibility is based on Admission status) are required to participate in the student accident and sickness insurance plan. Only domestic students are allowed to waive insurance when proof of existing personal domestic coverage is presented and a waiver is completed (Contact Business Office regarding waiver information). This plan protects students 24 hours a day, whether at home, school or while traveling. The insurance plan is also available for dependents. This coverage is in effect during the interim vacation periods. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is not covered. Brochures that describe student health insurance cost and coverage details are available in the Office of Health Services, Business Office or by logging on to: http://www.uiw.edu/health/hinsurance.html. Insurance must be waived on or before the stated waiver deadline posted in the Academic Calendar found in this University Course Schedule.
*Full-time doctoral status changes when student is in dissertation writing phase and/or 3 + hours (Doctoral students are not automatically charged in this status and must request and pay for insurance coverage after enrollment.)
Note: Insurance is automatically assessed against the majority of student's account. The charges will not be removed unless a waiver and proof of insurance is provided to the Business Office within the waiver deadline.
If charges do not appear on your student statement it reflects, no insurance premium has been submitted on your behalf. Application and full payment for dependent coverage is due the day of purchase. Eligibility of insurance is determined by insurance company.
Students currently enrolled in any University term(s) can purchase UIW students insurance for themselves and their *dependents at anytime from the Business Office during the academic school year.
*Individual student insurance must be purchased prior to availability for dependent coverage.
All automobiles or motorcycles parked on campus must be registered with the Business Office.
In order to park on campus, students must pay a parking fee that entitles them to obtain and display a parking decal. Parking fees are automatically assessed to a student's account. To waive charges, a student must complete a waiver form on or before the stated waiver deadline posted in the Academic Calendar found in this University Course Schedule. Since parking decals are issued annually, and in the event that you are not parking your vehicle on campus for a respective term, you may be granted a parking waiver by returning the issued decal by the published parking waiver deadline. Part-time and graduate students will be assessed a fee dependent upon the number of semester hours they are taking any given semester. The fee will be based on a rate of $11 per credit hour for part-time and graduate students. A lost or stolen permit can be replaced at the Business Office. The fee for a replacement permit is the full-time charge for the respective semester (Priority parking is issued on availability). Failure to exhibit a decal will be cause for ticketing. Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School decals are valid parking credentials at the University. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced. Violators will be ticketed and charged. A repeat violation will result in the towing of the vehicle at the owner's expense. For questions about specific charges or refunds, contact the Business Office at (210) 829-6043.
How To Obtain a Parking Decal
The following records must be presented to the Business Office to receive your decal:
* The following applies for individuals with a disability placard:
* These Students or Employees must still register the vehicle and pick up a UIW Disability Decal at the Business Office.
For questions about specific charges or refunds, contact the Business Office at (210) 829-6043 or visit our Business Office Web Page by logging on to: http://www.uiw.edu and clicking onto link Business Office.
The aid package you receive is based on information currently on file with the Financial Assistance Office. If any of the following occurs, your aid package will be revised and/or nullified:
Please check with the Financial Assistance Office about the impact of these or other changes as they might have a serious impact on the aid you receive.
It is the responsibility of the student to apply for financial aid every award year. The University does not arrange financial aid for the student. It is the student and his/her family who must apply using the appropriate form(s) to receive consideration for financial aid, whether offered by a federal agency or a lending institution. Applications for financial assistance should normally be submitted by the student prior to the April 1 priority deadline for the coming school year in order to insure availability of funds. Prospective students may call the Financial Assistance Office if they need appropriate forms or more information.
Refunds will be determined after the 100% drop date has ended, after funds are disbursed to your account, or 14 days after the first day of class for the current semester, whichever is later. All refunds are mailed to the primary residence address on file.
A student's withdrawal from the University will be considered as occurring the day he or she submits a completed official withdrawal form to the University Advising Center. Forms for adding or dropping courses are available in the Registrar's Office or on-line. Notice to an instructor or any other office does not cancel registration or a student's contract with the Business Office.
WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT PROPER NOTICE ENTAILS FAILURE IN ALL COURSES FOR THE SEMESTER AND LIABILITY FOR FULL PAYMENT OF ALL TUITION, FEES, AND OTHER CHARGES.
Depending upon a student's financial assistance status, one of the following two categories of refund policies will apply:
I. Non-title IV Student-Students not receiving any federal financial aid.
II. Title IV Student-Students attending and receiving federal financial aid. Students will be refunded tuition and fee charges based on the percentages outlined in the Semester Schedule of Courses. If students have received federal aid during the semester and withdraw from all courses within the first 60% of calendar days of the semester, the Office of Financial Assistance will return the unused portion of federal aid funds disbursed based on the guidelines established by the Department of Education.
Please see the Semester Schedule of Courses for the specific withdrawal dates for each individual semester and their percentages. There is a refund schedule for Non-Title IV recipients and Title IV recipients.
Meal Plans: The unused portion of a meal plan purchased in the summer and fall term may be used in the following spring term. Unused meal points at the end of the spring semester are forfeited and not refundable. Meal plans are not transferable. When a resident student withdraws from the University, the lesser of the unused portion or prorated amount of the meal plan will be credited to the student's account.
Unused federal aid will be returned in the following manner as applicable:
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
Federal PLUS Loans
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant
Federal National SMART Grant
Federal SEOGS Grants
Other Federal Aid
State, Private and Institutional Aid
Late Disbursement of Federal Loans and Grants, Private, or State financial aid:
The Financial Assistance Office will determine, based on federal or state regulations or private source regulations, the amounts to be credited to the student's account prior to the return of Title IV calculation.
Examples of refund calculations are available in the Business Office.
Contact the Business Office for exceptions to the withdrawal and refund policy due to medical or other extenuating circumstances.
As a requirement set forth by the Department of Education, the Office of Financial Assistance is required to return a percentage of Federal Financial Aid that was disbursed to students who have completely withdrawn from UIW or have stopped attending all classes (unofficial withdrawal). The amount of aid returned is determined by the following formula:
Number of days attended / Total days in the semester = % of aid "earned".
Any aid above and beyond this amount must be returned to its source. Additionally, if you receive a partial or full refund of tuition and fees, any State or Institutional grants must be reduced by the percentage of refund you received. Please call the office of Financial Assistance at (210) 829-6008 if you have any questions about the effect of a withdrawal on your financial aid.
Please remember that withdrawals affect your future status of Satisfactory Academic Progress. For more information about Satisfactory Academic Progress, please see http://www.uiw.edu/finaid/finaideligibility.html.
The amounts owed for a Title IV return will be refunded to their sources in the following order:
A student that withdraws and has received financial assistance must complete an exit counseling session. A student can fulfill this requirement by logging on to www.mapping-your-future.org or visiting the Office of Financial Assistance for a counseling interview.
In addition, if students received an institutional loan such as Perkins, Ralston, Nursing, or Faculty Nursing and are not planning on attending the forthcoming semester or are planning to graduate, these students are required complete an electronic exit interview. Please call the Business Office at (210) 829-6084 if you have any questions.
Late Disbursement of Federal Loans and Grants, Private or State Financial Aid:
The Office of Financial Assistance will determine the amounts to be credited to the student's account prior to the refund calculation based on federal or state regulations or private source regulations.
If a student withdraws before federal funds are received and/or disbursed, the Office of Financial Assistance will determine the amount(s) to be returned according to each funding source guideline. The Office of Financial Assistance will notify the student and the Business Office of any changes.
A student receiving financial assistance should meet with a financial aid counselor before withdrawing or reducing hours to determine the impact on the student's award.
The University of the Incarnate Word Office of Financial Assistance has a proven history of making the University experience accessible for students of all economic backgrounds. Students selecting our small class environment, personalized instruction, and quality academic programs are making a lifetime investment. The University is committed to helping students fund their decision to attend the University of the Incarnate Word through grants, scholarships, work opportunities, and loan assistance.
The primary purpose of student financial assistance is to provide resources to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue a post-secondary education. Financial assistance programs are designed to supplement a family's efforts to meet educational costs. The financial assistance philosophy at the University is to meet the direct costs or financial need of all eligible students until funds are exhausted.
To be considered for most types of financial assistance at the University of the Incarnate Word, students must complete their financial assistance file each year. A completed file includes a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a UIW Student Information Form and any other documents required by the Federal government. A student must also be accepted by the University and enrolled in a degree-seeking program. (NOTE: Gift assistance is NOT available to second-degree seeking students.) In most cases, only students who are citizens or eligible non-citizens can apply for financial assistance.
Students applying for financial assistance are considered for all programs for which they are eligible, including federal, state, and institutional programs. Financial assistance is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, it is important to begin the application process as early as possible. Copies of the FAFSA and the UIW Student Information Form may be obtained from the Office of Financial Assistance. (NOTE: There is an April 1 priority deadline every year for early awarding when gift funds are at their optimal level.)
See the Office of Financial Assistance or refer to the Financial Assistance Page on the University website at www.uiw.edu/finaid for specific information concerning all financial assistance programs offered at the University.
The Higher Education Amendment of 1965, as amended, mandates institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of "Satisfactory Academic Progress" for students receiving financial aid. UIW makes its standard applicable to all federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs for the purpose of maintaining a consistent policy for all students receiving financial aid.
To make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), students must meet all of the following standards:
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA minimum requirement at the end of each academic year for all credit hours attempted at UIW (Undergraduates 2.0; Graduate students 3.0). If the cumulative GPA drops below the minimum requirement, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Maximum Time Frames
The number of credit hours a student attempts may not exceed 125% of the number of credit hours required for graduation in his or her program of study, as published in the University Bulletin.
That is, if the published number of hours required for graduation is 128, a student may not attempt more than 160 credit hours (128 x 1.25 = 160) and continue to receive financial aid. All periods of enrollment must be considered, even those for which the student did not receive financial aid, as well as hours transferred in from another school. If the number of attempted hours reaches 125% of the hours required for graduation, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Attempted hours include all registered hours per semester whether or not the student earns a grade or receives credit. The following are considered hours attempted, but not completed:
"F" grades for undergraduate students
"D" or "F" grades for graduate students
Completed hours include all semester hours for which the student earns a grade:
During the academic year (Fall and Spring) a student who receives financial aid must successfully complete a minimum of 75% of all attempted coursework. If the number of completed hours drops below 75% of attempted hours, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
At the end of each Academic Year (Spring semester), the Office of Financial Assistance will review the progress of each financial aid recipient for SAP. Students will be reviewed to ensure that they are meeting the following criteria:
In the event that the student does not meet the requirements for SAP, he or she will be placed on Financial Aid Termination. This means that the student will not be eligible for any type of federal, state, or institutional aid until he or she has returned to Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Students whose eligibility for financial aid has been terminated may appeal the decision in writing to the Director of Financial Assistance if they believe that they had extenuating circumstances which led to their unsatisfactory progress. The director will notify the student in writing of the decision.
Appeals for the reinstatement of financial aid eligibility must include:
Students who have been placed on Financial Aid Termination because they do not meet the GPA or Enrollment Status requirement may do the following if they decide not to appeal, or if their appeal is not approved:
Degree programs described in this bulletin have been approved for benefits under the various laws commonly referred to as the GI Bill, and other VA Educational Benefits. Eligible veterans and dependents should contact the VA Certifying Official, located in the Registrar's Office, for assistance in following established degree programs that will meet all VA requirements. The certifying official provides the required forms and information regarding educational benefits which may be available for veterans and/or their dependents. Benefits are paid directly to the student.
Students who obtain VA Educational Benefits are responsible for understanding the standards set by the VA regulations, which are monitored both by the VA and the Texas Veterans Commission, and for notifying the certifying official of changes to their enrollment status. The certifying official serves as a liaison between the VA and those students of the University of the Incarnate Word participating in a VA educational program. Because UIW is a private institution we do not participate in the Hazelwood Act, a VA program which may only be used in a public university.
Official transcripts of all previous University credits must be on file and evaluated toward a specific degree objective before the enrollment can be certified. Only courses that are required for the selected degree objective will be certified for benefits. All students applying for veteran's benefits must complete the University of the Incarnate Word Request Form for VA Enrollment Certification each semester. This form may be obtained from the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office or on-line. Enrollment will be certified following registration for each semester. After initially registering for courses, it is the student's responsibility to notify the VA Certifying Official of any subsequent change in registration.
Veteran's regulations require that a student receiving veteran's educational benefits select an approved degree objective (degree program) and make satisfactory progress toward completion of that objective or risk the possible suspension of benefits. Veterans must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the policies of the University of the Incarnate Word. When a student has failed to maintain prescribed standards of progress, the VA Office will be informed and benefits payments will be discontinued. In general, accumulative 2.0 GPA is required for graduation. Veterans who earn a cumulative GPA of less than a 2.00 will be placed on probation and given one semester to achieve the 2.00 requirement. Failure to obtain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of the probationary semester will usually result in suspension of benefits.