Jun 23, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Information

Fall/Spring Per Semester Per Year
Tuition (block rate for 12-18 hours) $ 13,736 $ 27,472
General Student Fee      1,142      2,284
Room and Board      5,620    11,240
Total basic cost for typical student $ 20,498 $ 40,996

Basic Charges Per Semester for the Undergraduate Program*

Undergraduate tuition per semester  
Block tuition (12-18 hours) $13,736
Part-time hourly rate (1-11 hours) per hour 1,150
Hourly rate (19 or more hours) per hour 660
General Student Fee (per semester for 12-18 hours) 1,142
General Student Fee (per hour for 1-11 hours) 100

* Charges for graduate programs are described in a separate catalog available from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Basic Charges Per Semester for Other Programs

Adult Degree Program per hour $525
Certificate of Accountancy Program per hour 525
English for Academic Purposes per course 1,455
IDEAL Program per semester 7,500

Room and Board Charges

Fall/Spring Cost per semester
Elam, Fanning, High Rise, Johnson or Sewell (traditional) double/triple occupancy $3,250
Elam, Fanning, High Rise, Johnson or Sewell (traditional) single occupancy 4,320
Johnson (addition) double/triple occupancy 3,480
Johnson (addition) single occupancy 4,550
The Village double occupancy 4,090
The Village single occupancy 5,160


Maymester, Junemester or Julymester
Double occupancy - per “mester” (excludes The Village) $790
Single occupancy - per “mester” (excludes The Village) 990


Summer - Full Term
Double/triple occupancy (June and July) $1,630
Single occupancy (June and July) 2,030
The Village double occupancy (June and July) 2,680
The Village single occupancy (June and July) 3,380


Summer - Term I or II  
Double/triple occupancy (June or July) (excludes The Village) $840
Single occupancy (June or July) (excludes The Village) 1,040


Meal Plans (per semester)
(All students who reside in Lipscomb University residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan.)
Bison Stampede (14 meals per week with $500 Dining Dollars) $2,520
Bison Herd (12 meals per week with $600 Dining Dollars) 2,356
Bison Traveler (7 meals per week with $650 Dining Dollars) 2,180
Bison Four (seniors only; 4 meals per week with $500 Dining Dollars) 1,500
Unlimited Freshman Experience (with $425 Dining Dollars) 2,550
Unlimited Freshman Experience (with $250 Dining Dollars) 2,370
Village Residents (all Dining Dollars) 1,150

Note: Meal plans are valid for the current semester only. Dining Dollars will roll over from fall to spring semester if a spring semester meal plan is purchased. All Dining Dollars expire at the end of the spring semester.

Global Learning Room and Board

Global Learning Housing (Vienna, Santiago, London, & Florence) $4,090
Global Learning - Bison Stampede Abroad 2,520



Enrollment Fee - Freshman (covering Advance, up to 4 Advance guest registrations, and QuestWeek) $300
Advanced Standing Equivalency Credit (AP, CLEP, IB, EB) & Credit by Exam evaluating and recording, per course 70
Constructing and Administering Departmental Exam, per course 100
Application for Graduation 195
Art Supplies Fee 75
College of Education Student Teaching Fee 400
Dietetics Internship Fee 9,200
EAP Textbook Fee 75
Foods Lab Fee 75
Foreign Language Fee 35
Global Learning Semester Abroad Fee - Florence, Santiago, & Vienna 3,400
Global Learning Semester Abroad Fee - London 3,650
Housing Processing Fee 150
Housing Processing Fee - The Village 200
Lab Fees: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, and Physics 95
Late Registration Fee 195
Private Music Instruction for credit (one half-hour lesson per week, per semester) in addition to tuition (non-refundable after first week) 400
Private Music Instruction for credit (two half-hour lessons per week, per semester) in addition to tuition (non-refundable after first week) 710
Private Music Instruction not for credit (one half-hour lesson per week, per semester) (non-refundable after first week) 570
Private Music Instruction not for credit (two half-hour lessons per week, per semester) (non-refundable after first week) 970
Returned Payment Fee 30
TouchNet Monthly Payment Plan Enrollment Fee (per semester) 60
Transcript Fee 5
Undergraduate Application Fee 50
Withdrawal Fee 195

Note: Lipscomb University reserves the right to adjust any fees at any time before the charges are incurred by the student.

Payment Options

Financial arrangements for all student charges should be made before classes start based on the published dates: Fall - Aug. 1 | Spring - Dec. 1 | Summer - May 1. To meet the financial needs of our students and their families, Lipscomb offers two payment options. Students who have not designated one of the following two payment options will not be eligible to attend classes:

I. Monthly Payment Plan

Lipscomb University has teamed with TouchNet to offer monthly payment options that allow students to pay semester expenses with equal monthly payments ending in Oct. (for fall) or March (for spring). The plans have a non-refundable enrollment fee of $60 per semester.

II. Full Pay

Under this plan the entire balance (less any verified financial aid) is paid before classes begin based on the published dates. Payment can be made online through TouchNet (see instructions below) or with check or cash at the cashier’s window.


Students may pay online on TouchNet through myLipscomb by following these steps: my.lipscomb.edu > Student Homepage > My Balances > My Account > TouchNet. (This is also Step 4 in the registration process.)

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for all financial aid, outside scholarships, loans and payments prior to the beginning of the term. When calculating your full pay balance, do not deduct any estimated work study award.

Financial Responsibility

Registration at the university is considered a binding contract. Students are not permitted to register for classes or receive transcripts or diploma until all financial obligations to the university are satisfied.

Delinquent Accounts

Past due accounts are subject to interest at 1.5 percent per month (18 percent annually). Failure to meet financial obligations to the university may result in the delinquent account being placed with a collection agency. Students are responsible for reimbursing the university for the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 33.3 percent of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees incurred in such collection efforts.
Students are responsible for informing the Registrar’s Office of any change in billing address.

Business Office Holds

Students who have not met their financial obligations will be placed on hold. Students on a Business Office hold are not permitted to register for classes or receive transcripts or diploma.

Title IV Refund Policy

Any credit balance on a student account resulting from Title IV funds will be refunded no later than 14 days after credit occurred. Direct deposit is the preferred method for refunds. Bank account information can be set up through TouchNet on the eRefunds tab.


  1. Tuition - Refunds will be calculated based on the official date of drop or withdrawal as defined below.
    Fall, Spring, Maymester, Junemester, Julymester, Wintermester, short summer terms, summer full session and Adult Degree Program tuition refund periods:
    •100 percent refund must drop or withdraw before the end of the equivalent of two weeks of class;
    •50 percent refund must drop or withdraw before the end of the equivalent of four weeks of class;
    •No refund of tuition after the fourth week of class; and
    •Refunds for non-traditional meeting times are based on the schedule above using equivalent weeks of class time rather than calendar weeks. For example, in a three-credit-hour class, 150 minutes of class time equals one week.
  1. Room Charges
    Students who withdraw from the university on or before the end of the first week of class will receive a full refund of room charges.
     • If a student officially withdraws on or before the end of the fourth week, a 33 percent refund of room charges will be credited to the account. To be eligible for the room refund, the student must return the student ID card, remove belongings from the room and follow check out procedures. (Please refer to “Official Withdrawal” section.)
    Note: Students enrolled in non-traditional terms will receive a refund of 33 percent of dorm charges if officially withdrawn on or before the first quarter of the term.
    • Students who choose to move off campus but fail to notify the housing office are not eligible for refund of dorm charges, unless the student is forced to leave the dorm for one of the following reasons:
    1. Medical reasons confirmed in writing by licensed physician. A prorated amount will be determined based on the date received and accepted by the housing office.
    2. Death of immediate family member.
    3. Extenuating circumstances affecting military personnel.
  2. Refund of Meal Plan Charges
    Only meal plan selections cancelled prior to the first day of classes will be eligible for a refund.

Dropping Courses

During the official drop/add period, students are able to drop or add online. After that time, a Drop/Add Form must be completed and accepted in the Registrar’s Office in order to be official. The official drop date will be the faculty-reported last date of attendance/participation in the course.

Adding Courses

The final day for adding classes (fall and spring) is the fifth class day. The final day to add during the full summer session is the fourth class day, and for summer terms, it is the third class day. Accelerated Adult Degree Program classes, as well as Maymester, Junemester and Julymester term classes, must be added before the second class meeting. No reduction in tuition is provided for courses added at any time during the semester. Before adding or dropping classes, students should ensure that they understand how the course load changes will affect their financial account.

Official Withdrawal

• Students desiring to officially withdraw from the university must obtain a Withdrawal Form from the Registrar’s Office and supply all requested information and required signatures.
• The completed Student Withdrawal Form and the student ID card must be received in the Business Office before an adjustment can be made to the student’s financial record.
• The date of official withdrawal from the university will be based on the last verifiable date of attendance.
• The deadline for official withdrawal from the university is the last day of classes prior to the final exam period of each semester.
• Lipscomb charges a withdrawal fee of $195.
Suspension, probation or withdrawal after the specified dates does not result in reduced charges or additional credits on the student bill.