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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog


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2013-14 Graduate Tuition and Fees

Certification and Other Fees

Student Services/Placement File Fees

Medical Insurance Fees

Financial Arrangements and Services

Payment Policies

Refunds and Account Adjustments

Seattle Pacific University is committed to providing high-quality Christian education at a reasonable cost. This is achieved through a dedicated faculty that provides nationally recognized excellence; administrative staff who work continually to provide needed services with greater efficiency; and trustees, alumni, churches, and other friends of the University who provide necessary financial support.

All expenditures related to educational and support activities are carefully planned and budgeted. The trustees and administration are committed to a high level of stewardship in the handling of Seattle Pacific's financial resources, with a goal of maintaining financial stability for both current and future students.

All programs and policies at the University are under continual review. Therefore, SPU reserves the right to change its financial policies or charges at any time without previous notice. After the beginning of a quarter, however, no change will be made that is effective within that quarter. Every student is presumed to be familiar with the payment schedules and other financial policies and procedures published in this Catalog.

While every effort has been made to provide helpful and understandable explanations of the University's fees and financial policies, students may still have questions from time to time. Student Financial Services (SFS), located in Demaray Hall, is responsible for providing service to students regarding tuition and other fees, financial policies, financial aid, and payments on accounts.

Staff are prepared to assist any student who has questions and provide helpful, friendly service to all inquirers. It is the hope of Seattle Pacific University that students will not only have exceptional educational experiences, but they will also feel that same commitment to excellence and service throughout all of the support areas of the institution.


(Summer 2013–Spring 2014)


College of Arts and Sciences Per credit
Fine Arts, Creative Writing (MFA) $520
TESOL (MA) $561
TESOL (MA) with K-12 Certification $578
School of Business and Economics  
Business Administration (MBA) $785
Information Systems Management (MS-ISM) $785
Social and Sustainable Management (MA) $693
Management (MA)–Human Resources Track $785
Management (MA)–Faith and Business Track $785
School of Education  
Education, General $578
Alternative Routes to Certification (ARC/MAT) $422
Literacy (MEd) $578
Literacy (MEd) with Teacher Certification $578
Curriculum and Instruction (off campus; MEd) (program ends 2013-14) $463
Teacher Leadership (MEd) $578
Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) $578
School Counseling (MEd) $578
School Counseling ESA Certification only $578
Counselor Education (PhD) $732
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) $578
Master in Teaching Math and Science (MTMS) $422
Educational Leadership (MEd) $578
Principal Certification $578
Program Administrator Certification $578
Doctoral (EdD) $732
Doctoral (PhD) $732
Executive Leadership with Specialization $578
Executive Leadership with Program Administrator Certification $578
Superintendent Certification $578
School of Health Sciences  
Nursing (MSN) $698
Nurse Educator Certification $698
Nurse Practitioner, Post-master’s Certification $698
School of Psychology, Family, and Community  
Marriage and Family Therapy (MS) $660
Medical Family Therapy Certificate $660
Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MA) $677
Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PhD) $732
Clinical Psychology (PhD) $697
School of Theology  
Master of Divinity (MDiv) $495
Theology (MA) $495


Note: Above costs applicable to 6000–7000 graduate-level courses.

Continuing education courses in education and fees are published in Spiral; business certificate programs’ information is available on the School of Business and Economics site. Undergraduate courses and fees are published in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Students enrolled in a combination of undergraduate courses (numbered 0000–4999) and graduate courses (numbered 6000–7999) will be charged according to each category without aggregation of the total credits. In other words, the total credits taken in courses numbered 0000–4999 will be charged according to the undergraduate rate schedule without regard to the number of credits taken in 6000–7999 level courses.

In general, courses will be charged the rate associated with the discipline or school offering the course as listed above instead of being based on the degree program the student is pursuing. Doctoral students who take 6000-level courses within their school/ department are charged at the doctoral rate. If doctoral students take 6000-level courses from other schools/departments they are charged at that program rate.

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Teacher Education (MAT) per quarter

ARC Internship Fee, per quarter (Autumn, Winter) $150
ARC Internship Fee, per quarter (Spring) $200
MTMS Internship Fee, per quarter (Autumn, Winter) $150
MTMS Internship Fee, per quarter (Spring) $200
TESOL Internship Fee, per quarter $125
Group Counseling Course Fee (Winter, Spring) $100
School Counseling Internship Fee, per quarter $100
School Counseling Theory and Practice Fee, per quarter $100
Assessment fee $65
Special Examination Fees
Credit-by-examination or challenge fees:  
Per-course examination fee $100
Per-credit hour fee $60
Administrative and special fees  
Application fee (master's) $50
Application fee (MSN) $50
Application fee (EdD or PhD) $50
Application fee (PhD-SPFC) $75
Matriculation fee* $80
Change of registration fee** $50
Graduation Fee (MFA program only) $50
Official transcript fee $5
Dissertation fee varies
Thesis binding, per copy varies
Replacement card fee (for lost/stolen/damaged card) $20
Temporary card fee $5
Parking fee, per quarter†† $100


*A student who has been admitted to the University and registers for courses is considered a matriculated student. A matriculation fee of $80 is assessed only once, at the time of an admitted student's initial registration. This fee covers the costs associated with maintaining students' academic files over the duration of their stay at Seattle Pacific. A student's academic file may contain admission records, transcripts, and evaluations of coursework from other institutions, academic appeals, and graduation check sheet, etc.

**Students may register for evening courses (courses beginning at 4:30 p.m. and later) through the first class session. However, a $50 change of registration fee is charged when registration is completed after the first week of the quarter. See the University Calendar for dates.

++There is no charge for parking in commuter lots (C, N, NC, NW) after 4 p.m. weekdays, on weekends, or during Summer Sessions. See the campus map (PDF) for location of lots. If students wish, they may obtain parking permits through the Office of Safety and Security for $100 per quarter.

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Teacher, school counseling, and administrative credential files are securely stored digitally through SPU JobLink and managed by each credential file owner. To establish a new credential file or to reactivate an existing one, you must pay a $5 fee by credit or debit card via SPU JobLink. Files need to be reactivated during the placement year (November 1–October 31) in which the file will be actively used. 

Payment for mailing a teaching, school counseling, or administrative credential file is by credit or debit card via the online system as follows:

  • $6 emailing; $8 for postal (USPS) mailing or fax; $25 for overnight (USPS) postal delivery 

  • Center for Career and Calling: Career testing available for $20 per test.
  • Health Services: Full- or part-time students may be seen in the office of Health Services for a $50-per-quarter fee, which covers unlimited illness and injury visits. Nurse practitioners with prescriptive authority provide assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and management of general health problems. Referrals to specialists are provided when medically indicated and are the financial responsibility of the student.

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The University's Health Services offers basic medical services for students. To provide complete health care coverage, the University recommends that all students review their current plan to determine if their current insurance will cover them out of their home area.

The University offers information on a medical insurance plan for injury and sickness, which is available to all enrolled graduate students (and their families). The University recommends this medical coverage to cover unanticipated expenses, which could otherwise interrupt educational endeavors. Enrollment, benefit summary information, and applications for this voluntary plan are available in Health Services.

All international students are required to enroll in the University International Student Insurance plan. Any exceptions require documentation of a comparable plan.

Waivers may be obtained only in the office of Health Services and must be completed prior to the 5th day of the quarter to ensure appropriate coverage enrollment. Any changes in coverage (i.e., addition or deletion of spouse or child) must be submitted prior to the fifth day of the quarter.

Expenses for 2013-14 Graduate Student, per year*


 9-Month Expense Budget (excludes CPY)
  Living On/Off Campus Living at Home 
Tuition* $16,947 $16,947
Room and Board $12,378 $3,558
Books and Supplies $1,026 $1,026
Transportation $1,032 $1,032
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,881 $1,614
Average Loan Fee $173 $173
Total $33,437 $24,350
*Average number of credit/quarter is approx. 9 @ $628/credit
Clinical Psych 9-month Expense Budget
  Living On/Off Campus Living at Home 
Tuition* $26,694 $26,694
Room and Board $12,378 $3,558
Books and Supplies $1,026 $1,026
Transportation $1,032 $1,032
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,881 $1,314
Average Loan Fee $173 $173
Total $43,184 $33,797
*Average number of credis per quarter is 13.  
Note: CPY students are eligible for additional Stafford Loans, therefore require a unique budget.



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Seattle Pacific University offers students the opportunity to register for classes through Banner. Registration for the quarter begins during the last few weeks of the preceding quarter and ends on the fifth day of the quarter at 5 p.m.

You will be notified via your SPU email about when your quarterly registration appointment is scheduled. Once web registration has ended, you must go to Student Academic Services (SAS), or mail or fax in a written request to withdraw from classes.

The registration contract between SPU and you, the student, remains binding to both parties unless either party provides proper written notification (see also Refunds and Account Adjustments).

Student Account System
An electronic notification of an available online statement reflecting tuition and fee charges, payments, and past and current-due amounts will be sent to your SPU email address each month that there is activity on the account.

Checks for the correct amount due should be made payable in U.S. dollars ($US) to SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, and should include the student's name and student identification number. Checks may be mailed to:

Seattle Pacific University

Student Financial Services

3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 114

Seattle, Washington 98119-1922

Or checks may be delivered in person to Student Financial Services.

In addition to checks, the University accepts automated payments via an e-check (automated payment directly from a checking or savings account) toward student accounts. The University does not directly accept any credit cards for payment of student account balances. Rather, it has arranged for a third-party provider to facilitate this type of payment if desired. Additional fees apply for this service.

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Students may choose to meet their financial obligations in three ways:

Options A and C are available each quarter. Option B must be selected by September 13, 2013.

Option A: Pay in Full

You can meet your financial obligations each quarter by paying in full by October 15 for Autumn Quarter, January 17 for Winter Quarter, and April 16 for Spring Quarter.

If payment in full is not received by these dates, the account will be subject to late charges at 1.25 percent per month, 15 percent per annum. You are automatically placed in this standard payment option, unless you are approved through the application process for Option B or C. 

Option B: Combined Installment Plan
If you would like to enroll in a payment plan for the entire academic year (Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters) and wish to pay one annual application fee, you may choose the Option B payment option.

This plan will divide estimated costs (less any financial aid*) into three payments per quarter, for a total of nine payments for the year. Student Financial Services will provide you with a payment plan schedule each quarter that will notify you of your estimated payments.** Please refer to your monthly statement for actual amounts due.

To participate in this plan, you must complete an application through the Banner Information System. The $80 application fee will be charged to your SPU student account with the first installment (a new application and fee must be submitted each academic year). Visit Student Financial Services for more details.


2013-14 Academic Year  
Application September 13, 2013
Option B: Payment Schedule  
First payment and $80 fee October 15, 2013
Second payment November 18, 2013
Third payment December 16, 2013
Fourth payment January 17, 2014
Fifth payment February 14, 2014
Sixth payment March 14, 2014
Seventh payment April 16, 2014
Eighth payment May 19, 2014
Ninth/final payment June 16, 2014


Option C: Quarterly Three-Installment Plan

If you choose this Three-Installment Plan option, Option C, the total charges after all financial aid* is applied to the account will be divided into three payments. The plan will divide the total quarterly costs (after financial aid* is applied to the account) over three payments instead of one for the quarter (only for the quarter of enrollment in the plan). Student Financial Services will complete a payment plan worksheet and will notify you of your monthly payment schedule.

In order to participate in this plan, you must complete an application through the Banner Information System. The $40 application fee will be charged to your SPU student account with the first installment (a new application and fee must be submitted each academic quarter). Visit Student Financial Services for more details.


Autumn Quarter 2013  
Application and $40 fee September 13, 2013
First payment October 15, 2013
Second payment November 18, 2013
Final payment December 16, 2013
Winter Quarter 2014  
Application and $40 fee December 6, 2013
First payment January 17, 2014
Second payment February 14, 2014
Final payment March 14, 2014
Spring Quarter 2014  
Application and $40 fee March 14, 2014
First payment April 16, 2014
Second payment May 19, 2014
Final payment June 16, 2014


Example of Payment Alternatives
An M.B.A. student registers for 9 credits per quarter. The total balance per quarter is:


Tuition $7,065
Parking Fee $100
Subtotal $7,165
Financial Aid* -$5,073
Balance Owed $2,092


Students and families have three options to meet their University cost obligation:

Option A: Payment in full
$2,092 due October 15, 2013

Option B: Combined Installment Payment Plans
$80 Application Fee and Application due September 13, 2013
$2,092 balance owed for each quarter
$2,092 3 = $697.33 (due monthly in Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters.)

Option C:  Three Installment Payment Plan

$2,092 balance owed each quarter

$2,092 ÷ 3 = $697.33 (due monthly, see schedule below) 


Payments Due Date
Autumn Quarter 2013  
First payment Due October 15, 2013
Second payment Due November 18, 2013
Third payment Due December 16, 2013
Winter Quarter 2014  
First payment Due January 17, 2014
Second payment Due February 14, 2014
Third payment Due March 14, 2014
Spring Quarter 2014  
First payment Due April 16, 2014
Second payment Due May 19, 2014
Third payment Due June 16, 2014


*Financial Aid includes SPU scholarships, federal state grants and scholarships, outside scholarships and grants, and student loans. Work study cannot be used in the calculation of payments.

**If financial aid and/or account charges change after an enrollment in the payment plan, the estimated payment will change. Please consult your monthly electronic statements for actual payment amount due.

Late Fees and Payments
If you are unable to pay your account in full (less financial aid), or you do not meet your payment-plan financial obligations, you will have a late fee assessed to your account.

The monthly late fee of 1.25 percent (15 percent per annum) will be assessed on the balance owed after the payment-in-full due dates. If you have a past-due account balance, including any balance that is adjudged to be discharged, you will not be permitted to register for future quarters or obtain an official transcript or a diploma. Continued unpaid accounts may result in the referral of the delinquent account to an outside agency for collection of the total amount due, plus all applicable collection costs.

Employer Reimbursement Program/Third-Party Billing

If your tuition is reimbursed by your employer or a third party (such as an embassy or government agency), you may be eligible for the Employer Reimbursement or Third-Party Billing Program.

Documentation confirming enrollment in an employer reimbursement program is required annually and allows approved student account charges to be deferred up to approximately 30 days after the quarter ends. If a third party is involved, the University will bill the third party directly, provided SFS has received the appropriate documents, such as a purchase order, official authorization, etc. All other account charges will be due when billed. 

If you participate in the Boeing Tuition Voucher program, your eligibility is subject to approval by the Boeing Company. Until SFS receives an approved voucher from the Boeing Company for participation in its Third-Party Billing Program, you will receive monthly account statements and be responsible for all charges. Once the process has been completed, the Boeing-approved charges will be paid on your student account.  You will continue to receive monthly statements if you incur charges not covered by Boeing. For more information about this program, contact SFS.

Change of Registration Charges
A change of registration fee of $50 is charged if you change your class schedule after the first week of the quarter. Refer to the University Calendar for specific dates. You may register for evening courses (courses beginning 4:30 p.m. or later) through 5 p.m. on the fifth day of the quarter.

Registration Petitions
It is expected that all students adhere to registration deadlines. However, registration petitions are requests for exceptions to regular policies and procedures. The petition process provides students and faculty with the possibility of a response outside the normal bounds of policy when extenuating circumstances are judged to warrant such a response. Extenuating circumstances include illness, injury, death in the family, or problems with immigration.

Registration holds unresolved by the deadline do not constitute extenuating circumstances and are not grounds for petition. The petition must not only voice the request, but it must also substantiate the validity of the request.

Petition forms (PDF) are available online and on the forms rack in the Demaray Hall lobby (first floor). Instructions for completing this process are included on the form.

If you are seeking late registration, you must seek permission from the instructor to sit in the class while the petition is pending. In all cases, the final decision to approve or deny a petition will be made by SAS. SAS reserves the right to deny any petition for any reason. Each approved petition will incur a $50 change-of-registration fee.

Credit Balances
If financial aid overpays your student account, SFS will contact you via your SPU email account when the credit balance is available. Credit balances are delivered via direct deposit or mailed to your current address on file.

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If you decide to add or drop courses, withdraw from school, or delete other contracted services, an official change of registration must be processed.

This may be handled by filing the change-of-registration form in Student Academic Services or on Banner. If you plan to withdraw from University housing, proper notification must also be provided to Housing and Meal Plan Services.

If your do not provide proper written notification to the University or via Banner, financial obligations will remain binding, regardless of whether or not classes were attended or whether or not any of the contracted services were utilized.

Refunds or additional charges for courses are posted to your student account when the official change of registration form is received and processed or the transaction is completed using Banner. Charges for added courses are made at the full quarter’s rate, regardless of when the course is added.

In the event that enrollment changes result in a refund, SPU will refund tuition according to the schedule that follows. If the refund results in a credit balance on the account, SFS will contact you via your SPU email account when the credit balance is available.

If there is an owing balance on the account or a past-due balance on a campus-based loan program, such as the SPU Institutional, Federal Perkins, and Federal Nursing Student Loan programs, the refund will first be applied to the owing balance. Any questions regarding tuition refunds should be directed to SFS.

Schedule of Tuition Refunds for Day and Evening Classes
A week is defined as five business days beginning on the first day of the quarter. The summer refund policy and schedule is published in the Time Schedule.


First week of the quarter 100%
Second week of the quarter 75%
Third week of the quarter 50%
Fourth and fifth week of the quarter 25%
Sixth and following weeks of the quarter 0%


Examples: Tuition Refunds and Adjustments
A student who was originally enrolled for 9 MBA credits drops one 3-credit course the second week of class. The refund is as follows:


Tuition (9 credits) $7,065.00
Tuition for 6 credits ($785 x 6) $4,710.00
Difference $2,355.00
75 percent refund $1,766.25
Tuition due for dropped course $588.75


A student completely withdraws from all M.B.A. courses in the second week:


Tuition (9 credits) $7,065.00
75 percent refund $5,298.75
Student owes $1,766.25


Effect on Financial Aid
Dropping courses may affect your current and continued eligibility for financial aid. Please refer to Satisfactory Progress. It is recommended that you discuss the impact of dropping credits with your SFS counselor prior to completing the drop or withdrawal process.

Complete Withdrawal
If, during a quarter, a student who receives financial aid completely withdraws from the University, the tuition refund is calculated as described above. However, if the student received, or was entitled to receive, any federal (Title IV) funds, the return of the Title IV funds will be calculated by determining the percentage earned and applying this percentage to the total amount of Title IV assistance disbursed (and that could have been disbursed) to the student for the period of enrollment as of the student’s withdrawal date.

The percentage of Title IV funds earned is equal to the percentage of the period of enrollment that the student completed as of the withdrawal date if it occurs on or before the completion of 60 percent of the period of enrollment. The percentage of Title IV funds that have not been earned by the student is determined by taking the complement of the percentage of Title IV funds earned.

The unearned Title IV funds will be returned to financial aid sources based on federal guidelines in the following order: unsubsidized federal Stafford Loan; subsidized federal Stafford Loan; other Title IV aid programs; other federal, state, private, or institutional aid; and the student.

Drop in Credits
If you are receiving financial aid and you drop courses during any given quarter to below the number of credits that were listed on the post-baccalaureate/graduate information sheet given to SFS, a reassessment of your financial aid award may be made for that quarter.


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