Policies

Tuition, Room, Board, Fees

(Please visit central.edu or call us toll free at 877-462-3687 to receive a copy of our current tuition, room, board and fees.)

Students entering fall semester 2022-23 will be charged tuition (based on a flat amount for 12-18 credits), room, board and fees. Students may choose the board plan that fits their needs.

The charges given in the table below are for 2022-23. Charges for 2023-24 will be determined in January 2023.

For more information, view the 2022-23 Rate & Fee Schedule (PDF) or call toll-free 877-462-3687 and request a printed copy of Central’s fees for 2022-23.

2022-23 Tuition, Room, Board, Fees

  Total
Tuition (12-18 credits) $19,800
Board (Red meal plan) $5,660
Board (Silver meal plan) $5,390
Room (normal occupancy) $5,200
TOTAL (Red meal plan) $30,660
TOTAL (Silver meal plan) $30,390

Tuition

Tuition for 2022-23 is $9,900.00 per semester for 12 semester hours and $825.00 per semester hour for those credits outside the 12-18 semester hours that constitute the normal academic load. For example, a part-time student who elects to carry 10 semester hours of credit will be charged $8,250.00 for tuition (10 x $825.00). A full-time student who elects to carry 19 credits of non-tuition exempt credit (see overload policy below) will be charged $10,725.00 ($9,900.00 plus $825.00) for the extra semester hour of credit.

Overload

Students who wish to register for more than 18 semester hours will need permission from the registrar’s office unless they are enrolled in one or more of the following overload-exempt courses: group ensembles (MUSG courses), .5 credits study abroad pre-departure and re-entry courses (GENR-225), Language House Experience (SPAN-330, FREN-330, GERM-330), Mock Trial (GENR-214), 1-2 credits Central teachers academy internships (EDUC-397), honors enrichment courses, interdisciplinary honors seminar, senior honors thesis courses/projects, honors seminar (HONR-191/ HONR-391), Writing-293, private music instruction (MUSL courses; instructional fee still applies).

Room

The basic charge for all on-campus residence units is $2,600 per semester. The general rule is two persons per room. An additional charge of $454 per semester is assessed for a private room and $654 for a private double room.

Board

Two meal plans are offered: a "Red" 19-meal plan or a "Silver" 14-meal plan. The 2022-23 rate for the Red 19-meal plan is $2,830 per semester; the Silver-14 meal plan is $2,695. A commuter meal plan is available for students living off campus. A commuter meal plan can be purchased for $400 and includes 50 meals. The meal plan week runs from Saturday through Friday.

  1. The Red meal plan is $2,830 per semester for 19 swipes per week or up to 4 swipes per day. A maximum of two swipes may be used per meal period. Students will also receive $100 in Dutch Guilders per semester for meal purchases at the Market, Fred’s or the Café. Any balance of Dutch Guilders remaining at the end of the semester will be lost. A swipe used at Fred’s or the Café is good for value meal only during the designated meal time.
  2. The Silver meal plan is $2,695 per semester for 14 swipes per week or up to 4 swipes per day. A maximum of two swipes may be used per meal period. Students will also receive $150 in Dutch Guilders per semester for meal purchases at the Market, Fred’s or the Café. Any balance of Dutch Guilders remaining at the end of the semester will be lost. A swipe used at Fred’s or the Café is good for value meal only during the designated meal time.

Additional Fees

Class or Program Fees

Monthly Payment Plan Electronic No Charge
Art (161, 267, 367, 350, 270, 370) $25
Kinesiology (111, 151, 215, 257, 361) $60
Ceramics I and II (262, 362) $50
Engineering (214, 322, 485) $100
Glassblowing I and II (265/365) $175
General – Science Lab $110
Intro to Fine Arts (210) $235
Music Lesson Fee
1 credit, private
1 credit, class
Organ practice time per week

$240
$110
$10
Student Teaching: Pella campus based $120
Student Teaching: Special permission off-site $500

Miscellaneous Fees and Deposits

Audit, General (per semester hour) $75
Enrollment Deposit
Freshman/new student - no refund after May 1
$200
Prepaid Housing Deposit
Continuing students - $100 refund before June 1
$200
Chicago (non-refundable) $350
Washington (non-refundable) $60

Off-Campus Faculty-Led Programs

Fee based on program content, location, location plus transportation $300 deposit (non-refundable)

Semester International Programs

Deposit $750

Summer Tuition

On-campus per credit hour $500
Online per credit hour $300
Internships per credit hour $300
Business Horizons $125

Community-Based Learning – Student Travel Reimbursement (round trip)

Des Moines $10
Ottumwa $10
Newton $5
Knoxville $4
Oskaloosa $4

Library/Media Materials & Equipment

Overdue Books & CDs Max $0.25/day
Lost Book Replacement cost + overdue fine + $15 processing
Periodicals, Videos $1.00/day
Hourly Reserves $1.00/hour
Video & A.V. Equipment $1.00/day
3-Day Reserves $1.00/day
Other Audio Video Equipment $1.00/day
Maximum fine for overdue items
Books, periodicals, etc.
Video equipment

$5
$25

 

*Additional course fees may be applied for courses including a travel component.  Check the searchable schedule for information.

**Music ensembles may have additional fees based on tour schedules.