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MS in Elder Law

The tuition for the Master of Science in Elder Law and Estate Planning is charged on a per credit basis. The MS in Elder Law and Estate Planning program per credit charge for 2017-2018 academic year is $990.

In addition to tuition there is an annual fee of $556, which includes registration, general services and graduation fees. (Please note fee costs are subject to change)

Payment Plan

The payment plan prorates cost over a 10- or 12-month period. Payment plan participants 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 months) contract. There is a $50 application and processing fee for the payment plan. After adding the entire year’s tuition, and the deducting financial aid, you will know your outstanding balance for the fall and spring semesters. Your monthly payment can be calculated 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.

Loans

Information about available loan programs for the MS in Elder Law and Estate Planning program may be obtained from the Student Administrative Services Office, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119-2684 or by calling 413-796-2080. Federal Loans are available for students taking six credits or more per semester. Private loans are available for students taking 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 charges, less the tuition deposit, when notice of withdrawal is received prior to the first day of classes
  • 75% will be refunded, less the tuition deposit, when notice is received during the first week of classes
  • 66 2/3% will be refunded, less tuition deposit, when notice of withdrawal is received during the second week of classes
  • 33 1/3% will be refunded, less tuition deposit, when notice of withdrawal is received during the third week of classes
  • 25% will be refunded, less tuition deposit, when notice of withdrawal is received during the fourth week of classes
  • No refund will be granted after the fourth week of classes
  • No refund will be made on fees other than tuition

Students who withdraw from class or from the MS in Law Program must notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or designee. A withdrawal form must be submitted at the time of withdrawal. Approved refunds will be computed based on the date appearing on the withdrawal form. Absence from class does not constitute withdrawal from a course or program.

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 form the University unless all financial obligations have been met.

Financial Aid

In order to be considered for financial aid, a student must have final approval into a degree program and be enrolled in a minimum of three credits per semester for graduate students. Financial need based resources including low interest federal loans may be available for eligible students.

To apply for financial aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Additional information can be found on the Western New England University Student Administration Service webpage

Information on Federal Direct Student Loans and Alternative Financing can also be found on the Student Administrative Services webpage.

Employer Reimbursement Payment Plan

Employer Reimbursement Payment Plan is designed for students receiving reimbursement from their employer for tuition and fees. Students may download a copy of our Employer Reimbursement Extension Plan from the Student Administrative Services webpage.

Company or Government Direct Payment

Students whose employer pays the University directly must provide Western New England University with an employer authorization form or a letter from their employer on company letterhead, indicating their commitment to pay under direct billing. The letters should also include billing contact information. New authorization is required each semester and can be faxed to the Student Administrative Services Office, Attention Billing at 413-796-2081.

Online Payment Option

To pay your bill online, visit the Student Administrative Services website and click on “Billing and Finances,” then select “Online Bill Payments.”

Phone: 413-796-2080 or 800-325-1122, ext. 2080
Fax: 413-796-2801

Grading Policy

Due to the intensive and rigorous programming for the MS in Elder Law and Estate Planning program, academic policies will mirror the Law School Student Handbook unless noted otherwise. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in consultation with the professor, shall have final authority on all academic policies regarding the MS in Elder Law and Estate Planning program.