Tuition and Costs

See the Student Financial Aid website for the most up-to-date listing of education costs including tuition rates.

Stetson bills are sent electronically only.  Students are notified via their Stetson assigned email address when new bills are posted. To access the details of your student account, including Statement and Payment History, Financial Aid, and Payment and Deposit Processing, visit the Student Account section of myStetson

The University reserves the right to adjust University expenses at the beginning of each term.

Student Life Fee

The Student Life Fee is used to provide students the opportunity to attend various lectures, musicals, concerts, plays, etc. without charge. It also provides access to use the fitness room, field house, swimming pool, and other health and wellness activities at the Hollis Center.

Orientation Fee

This one-time, mandatory, non-refundable fee covers special services and programs for new students, including fall welcoming activities, the cost of providing meals for new students at events throughout the academic year, information packets, and additional activities during the period of Extended Orientation (August to May).

Enrollment Deposit

Upon notification of acceptance, all admitted students intending to enroll, except auditors, are required to pay an enrollment deposit of $500.  This deposit is due on or before May 1 or within three weeks of notification of admission for those students admitted after May 1. The deposit is applied to the student’s account within the same school year for which the deposit is requested. Residence hall rooms are assigned in order of receipt of the enrollment deposit. Detailed information with room rents and descriptions may be obtained from the Director of Residential Life. Further information concerning residence hall policies and facilities can be found in the Guide to Residential Living & Policies (https://www.stetson.edu/administration/housing/landing-guide.php) website.

Identification Cards (ID Cards)

ID cards are issued for new students at the beginning of each semester. These cards are used for meals, cultural credits, student discounts at local vendors, to check out books in the library, to purchase parking decals, in some instances as a declining balance card, and much more. If this card is lost or stolen it must be reported to the Hatter1Card Services Office immediately, located in University Hall, room 142. There is a $20 charge for each reprint (no matter the reason). This charge must be paid by cash, check, or debit/credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, or Discover) at the time of reprint.

Meal Plan Selection and Pricing

Stetson University Dining Services knows the hectic life of a college student. It can be difficult to squeeze in a proper meal between classes and activities, but we're here to help. Our dining locations are near the residence halls and classrooms with hours starting at 7:00 am and as late as 2:00 am. We understand that each student has different needs and eating habits. We have implemented a food nutrition analysis program, are offering more low-fat, vegetarian and vegan meals, created more flexibility with meal plans, and continue to maintain the highest level of quality food and customer service.

Meal Plans

Stetson University Dining Services has several different meal plan options to best fit your dining habits. When choosing your plan, it is important to remember factors like your class schedule and eating habits (especially frequency and quantity). Plans will begin on the first day of classes and will end at final exams in each semester. There will be dates when meal plans are not in effect (nor will you be charged for them), such as holidays, which will be posted at a later date.

  • Each meal plan comes with an allotment of meals for the week (19, 15, 10). Two unlimited plans and a block plan are also available. 
  • The week starts on Friday and ends Thursday at midnight; therefore, every Friday morning the plan will reset with the appropriate number of meals.
  • Each time a student dines at one of our locations, a meal is deducted from the account.
  • Residential dining meals are served with unlimited seconds under an “all-you-care-to-eat” format. 
  • In the Hat Rack or the Coffee Shop, meal equivalencies are available providing students the opportunity to use meal swipes for selected combos or snack packages.  Note: the exclusive unlimited meal plan provides unlimited swipes in the cafeteria only.  
  • Students have until the published Add/Drop date to change their meal plan.

Resident First Year students and Sophomore students are required to participate in the Dining Service Program.  Resident Juniors and Seniors are exempt from the required meal plan.

Plan Selection Description Semester Price Per Plan
1 19 meals plus $50 Hatter Bucks $3,495
2 15 meals plus $175 Hatter Bucks $3,345
3 10 meals plus $175 Hatter Bucks $2,300
4 Block Meal Plan-115 meals per semester plus $250 Hatter Bucks $1,735
5 Unlimited meals plus $50 Hatter Bucks $4,195
7 75 Block Meal Plan plus $25 Hatter Bucks (commuters only) $940
8 25 Block Meal Plan plus $75 Hatter Bucks (commuters only) $390
9 Unlimited meals (in the Commons only) plus $50 Hatter Bucks $3,885
  • First Year students living in residence must choose either meal plan 1, 2, 5 or 9.
  • Sophomores living in residence must choose any meal plan listed (1-5, 9).
  • Juniors and Seniors may choose any meal plan listed (1-5, 9).
  • Commuters may choose any plan (1-5, 9) with additional options (7-8).

Note: First Year and Sophomores living in residence will automatically be assigned plan 1. The student may change their plan to one of  the options listed above for First Year students and Sophomores.

Hatter Bucks

The meal plans also come with a predetermined amount of Hatter Bucks for the semester. One Hatter Buck is equivalent to one dollar. These are spendable dollars that can be used in the Commons, Hat Rack, Coffee Shop, Athletic Concessions, the on-campus convenience store, or for late night pizza delivery. At the end of the fall semester, any remaining Hatter Bucks will roll over to the spring semester. At the end of the spring semester any remaining Hatter Bucks will not roll over to the next academic term, nor are they refundable. Additional Hatter Bucks can be added at any time regardless of the plan selected. After the drop/add period for each semester, additional Hatter Bucks cannot be billed to the student account and must be added to the account using cash, check, or with Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover.


All students enrolled at Stetson University are expected to have adequate health insurance to cover them while attending the University. If you are already insured under your parent’s plan or another health plan, please check with your insurance company or agent to make sure that your current plan will provide you with coverage in the Stetson/Central Florida area. Some plans are only applicable in the state in which you reside. If you do not already have coverage to use when you begin attending Stetson University, please check our Student Insurance website or the National Healthcare Marketplace to find out what insurance plan options are available to you. The websites for these options are:

Student Insurance: http://www.stetson.edu/administration/health-service/insurance-information/ (or see Stetson website under "Insurance, Student" in the A-Z Search)

National Health Insurance Marketplace: https://www.healthcare.gov/

International Students: Please see Insurance requirements under the International Students section of this Catalog.

International Students

Please see Insurance requirements under the Immunization Records/Insurance Policy section of this Catalog.

University Bookstore

The bookstore accepts cash, personal checks with a student I.D., MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit cards.

Student Billing

Undergraduate students taking 12 or more credits in the fall or spring semesters will be billed at the full-time semester rate. Students taking 11 or fewer credits in the fall or spring semesters in undergraduate courses will be billed per credit. For part-time graduate tuition, please see the appropriate sections of the Catalog. Tuition assessments will be based on the student's course load as of the last day of the add/drop period, excluding full withdrawals. The last day to drop a course without financial penalty is specified in the Academic Calendar. The bill must be paid in full before registration or establish Stetson's Monthly Payment Plan unless other arrangements have been made with the Bursar's Office. The University accepts cash and checks in the office. Credit and/or debit cards and e-check payments are accepted online. All accounts must be paid in full for a student to receive a diploma or request/access a transcript.

Policy on Student Accounts Receivable

Financial arrangements for the satisfaction of student account balances must be completed prior to the first day of classes.

Late Payment Fee Policy

Late fees for the Fall/Spring semesters will be calculated based on 2.5% of the outstanding balance on student accounts. This percentage will be charged once per semester as long as an outstanding balance remains. Students who enroll in Stetson’s Monthly Payment Plan (MPP) will be assessed fees according to the MPP plan.

The Bursar’s Office and/or other University offices will no longer waive late fees. Late fees will not be waived for students anticipating financial aid payments. Pending financial aid must be Memo/Authorized to be applied towards the outstanding balance. The balance due on the account is the student's responsibility.

Graduation – Book Charges – Meal Plans

Upon graduation, balances must be paid in full in order to receive/access transcripts or a diploma.

Degree candidates must file an application for graduation, with a $100 fee, in the Office of the Registrar.  Graduation application deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. After the graduation application deadline, graduation fees are $200.

Students may not charge books to their student account, except for fully-funded scholarship students. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance for assistance with your bookstore voucher.

After semester meal plans are set (see Academic Calendar for last day to change meal plan selections), students may not charge additional meal points to their student account. After that date, students may only purchase additional meal points with cash, by check, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).

If you have questions, you may contact the Office of the Bursar at 386-822-7050, by e-mail at stuaccts@stetson.edu, or visit a student accounts representative in the OneStop Office.

Student Withdrawal and Dropped Courses

Students officially withdrawing from their entire course load during the first half of a fall or spring semester will receive a prorated tuition, fees, meal plan and housing credit as follows under Important Refund Dates.

Tuition Charge Adjustment Dates
Fall and Spring 2023-2024, Traditional Programs

Fall Semester 2023

Refund From To
100% -- August 24
75% August 25 September 8
50% September 9 September 22
25% September 23 October 6

 Spring Semester 2024

Refund From To
100% -- January 16
75% January 17 January 26
50% January 27 February 9
25% February 10 February 23

Withdrawing or dropping courses will impact your financial aid and could result in the student owing a balance to the University and/or federal government. Financial Aid will be prorated at the same rate as tuition, as stated above. For more information, see the Financial Aid section of the catalog or schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 386-822-7120.

Tuition Charge Adjustment Dates
Fall and Spring 2023-2024 Medical Withdrawals

Undergraduate students withdrawing due to certified medical exceptions, and approved by the Dean of Students, would have their semester charges (mandatory fees such as tuition, fees, room, and board) adjusted in accordance with the table below.

Fall Semester 2023

Refund From To
95% August 25 August 29
90% August 30 September 4
85% September 5 September 9
80% September 10 September 15
75% September 16 September 21
70% September 22 September 27
65% September 28 October 2
60% October 3 October 8
55% October 9 October 14
50% October 15 October 20
45% October 21 October 25
0% October 26 December 16

Spring Semester 2024

Refund From To
95% January 17 January 20
90% January 21 January 26
85% January 27 January 31
80% February 1 February 6
75% February 7 February 11
70% February 12 February 16
65% February 17 February 22
60% February 23 February 27
55% February 28 March 4
50% March 5 March 14
45% March 15 March 19
0% March 20 May 7

Withdrawing or dropping courses will impact your financial aid and could result in the student owing a balance to the University and/or federal government. Financial Aid will be prorated at the same rate as tuition, as stated above. For more information, see the Financial Aid section of the catalog or schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 386-822-7120.

Tuition Charge Adjustment Dates
Fall and Spring 2023-2024, Non-Traditional Programs

  • On or before the first day of class – 100% credit
  • After the end of the first day of classes, but on or before 10% of the term has elapsed – 75% credit
  • After 10% but on or before 25% of the term has elapsed – 50% credit
  • After 25% of the term has elapsed – no credit

In the summer term, students who withdraw within the first week will receive a tuition and residence hall pro-ration of 50%. After one week, Stetson will not prorate the tuition.

  • Any amount credited under this section will be applied first to any unpaid charges on the student’s account. Students receiving federal assistance should read Return of Federal Funds elsewhere in this Catalog.
  • No adjustments - other than those described above - are made for any fees. Any appeal regarding withdrawals or drop refunds should be directed to the Vice President for Business.
  • Courses dropped on or before the last day of the add/drop period, excluding official withdrawals, are credited at 100% if the student is billed on a per credit basis.
  • No refund is given for courses dropped after the add/drop period. Note carefully that this schedule for financial adjustment does not coincide with the schedule for dropping of class registration for academic record purposes.