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    Jul 12, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Information

Student Expenses

Fees are subject to change without notice. All fees are due and payable prior to the beginning of each trimester.

The schedule of expenses on a trimester basis for the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses are:

UNDERGRADUATE TUITION per semester hour $395
  Tuition (undergraduate military students) per semester hour $250


Admissions Application Fee $40*
General Fee (library, student activities, athletics, etc.) $300*
Auditing a Course One half the regular tuition cost
Late Registration Fee $50*
Late Payment Fee $50*
Deferred Payment Plan Fee** $50*
  Late Deferred Payment Fee** $30*
Drop Course Fee $75*
Administrative Fee for Withdraw $50*
Independent Study/Directed Readings Fee (per credit hour) $75
Graduation Fee $50*
Late Graduation Fee (additional fee) $100*
Student Teaching Fee $75
Returned Check Fee $50*
Photography/Art Studio Classes (per course) $30
Applied Music Fee (both major and nonmajor) (per course) $60
Laboratory Fees:  
  Nursing Labs (per hour for clinical courses) $60
  Science Labs (per class) $40
Transcript Fee $5
Liability Insurance for Clinical Classes $15*
ATI Internet Fee (one-time fee for nursing program) $625*
Online Course Fee (per hour) $15
Medical Compliance Tracking Fee (one-time fee for nursing program) $35

* Nonrefundable fees
** Refer to “Terms of Payment” below.


Hattiesburg Rooms:*

Housing Prepayment $150
  BRYANT/BASS/POLK HALLS per trimester—nonprivate $500
    per trimester—private $800
  BYRD, BRASWELL, ROSS & JOHNSON per trimester—nonprivate $900
    per trimester—private $1600
  DAVIS & FUTRAL HALLS per trimester—nonprivate $1000
    per trimester—private $1700
    Per trimester—3 residents $750
    Per trimester—4 residents $575
  SUMMER HOUSING (10-week term; 5-week term is half cost)    
    per trimester—nonprivate $650
    Per trimester—private $1,200

*Unless otherwise noted, room prices are per student and include basic cable, High-speed Internet, and laundry equipment.


20 meal plan per trimester $1,050
14 meal plan per trimester $965
12 meal plan per trimester $945
5 meal plan (Penton) per trimester $400

All resident students are required to pay a summer board charge.

Summer board rates are determined based on summer participation.

Terms of Payments

All fees are due and payable upon registration prior to the beginning of each trimester. Returning students who pre-registered must make payment arrangements with the business office by the end of the day on Thursday before the start of each term in order to avoid a $50.00 late payment fee, unless otherwise stated. Returning students who fail to register for the next trimester during the pre-registration period will be assessed a late registration fee of $50.00. New students who register on general registration day must make payment arrangements at the time of registration in order to avoid a $50.00 late payment fee. After registering, all students should access their schedule of classes and charges through their current ledger on the Indigo portal to ensure that all information is correct.

The university offers a deferred payment plan for students who elect not to pay in full at the time of registration. There is a $40 fee assessed each trimester for the privilege of using the deferred payment plan. In order to register under this plan, a student must pay all remaining balances from previous trimesters and a minimum of one-half the tuition, fees, room, and board charges after deducting any student loans, grants, and scholarship amounts. The remaining trimester balance can be divided into two equal payments with payments due at the times specified in the business office and on the university website. Students with a balance owed who fail to set up on the deferred payment plan by the end of the first week of class will be automatically charged an additional $50 late payment fee. Failure to make payments by the due dates specified will result in a $30 late deferred payment charge the following day. If a student is more than 15 days late in making payment, the university reserves the right to terminate the student’s enrollment.

Student statements will not be mailed but will be available online via the Indigo student portal. A statement can be printed from the Indigo student portal, or the student may request a copy in the business office. Throughout the trimester, the business office will send billing notifications to each student’s WCU email address. Upon notification, the student is responsible for accessing his/her statement.

An account becomes delinquent after the final payment due date has passed. If satisfactory payment arrangements cannot be made, the business office will send a letter to the last known address with a final request for payment. If no response is received within ten days, the account will be sent to a collection agency. The collection agency will bill for the balance owed to WCU, plus up to an additional 33.33% for their fee. The student will be responsible for paying the collection costs as stated on the Registration Form in the section “Acknowledgment of Financial Responsibility.”

When an account is not paid in full by the final payment due date, the business office will place a “HOLD” on a student’s record. This “HOLD” restricts the student’s ability to receive transcripts, diploma, and to register for future academic terms. Once established, the “HOLD” will remain in place until the debt is paid in full. For the security of our students’ financial information, credit/debit card payments are not taken by phone. Students may pay by card through the Indigo portal.

Students wishing to give their parents or a third party access to their academic and financial records should complete the disclosure form located in the registrar’s office or on the WCU website.

Withdrawal and Drop/Add Refund Policy

A portion of tuition and fees may be refunded to students who officially withdraw from the university or officially drop a course. Any claim for such refund will be based on the date on which the student files a completed request with the registrar’s office or through the Indigo portal for official withdrawal or dropping of a course. No refund is made when a student is dismissed for reasons of misconduct. The general tuition refund policy is applied as follows:

During the first week of class refund of 100% less fee*
During the second week refund of 70% less fee*
During the third week refund of 40% less fee*
After the third week None

*$75 fee for dropping a class/$50 fee for complete withdrawal

For classes offered on a schedule shorter than a 10-week term, the refund period will be reduced in proportion to the length of the course. The effect of holidays on this schedule will be determined by the business office.

Student Credit Balance Refund Policy

Refund checks are not available for pick-up on campus. Refunds for students with credit balances are issued through BankMobile beginning on Wednesday of the fifth week of the term and continuing every Friday after that until the end of the term. Financial aid, payments, or adjustments must be received in the Hattiesburg business office by the cut-off date to be considered for refunds the following week. If a student has not received his/her BankMobile information within one week of refunds being disbursed, he/she should contact the business office so that the information may be resent.

Student refunds for credit balances will be disbursed each trimester according to the dates listed in the student refunds link on the WCU website and in the business office information packet. Refunds take at least one week to process; therefore, after the first refund date, refunds will be disbursed every Friday for financial aid or payments that have been received in the Hattiesburg business office by the previous Friday.

Students who will receive a refund must indicate their preferred method for receiving funds by logging onto the website appearing in the BankMobile packet received by mail. Refund methods are:

  1. Direct deposit into an existing checking or savings account
  2. Activation of a BankMobile Vibe account

If a student fails to log in and make a refund selection, a paper check will be mailed. The check may be received up to 30 days after the initial refund date of the term.

Room and Board Refund Policy

Students withdrawing from the university after the start of classes will not receive a refund for residence hall or board fees.

Bookstore and Supplies

The university maintains a bookstore on the Hattiesburg campus only, through which books, class supplies, gift items, clothing, and other items may be purchased. Students on the other campuses can order textbooks online through the university bookstore.

Financial Aid to Students

Scholarship, grants, work study, and loan funds at William Carey University are administered in conjunction with a nationally established philosophy of distributing financial aid. The basis of this philosophy is the belief that the student and parents have the primary responsibility for paying the cost of education and that financial aid from the university is available only for meeting the difference between the cost of education and the amount the students and parents can reasonably be expected to contribute. A student’s expected family contribution is determined by the United States Department of Education once a student has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). William Carey’s federal school code is 002447.

The purpose of William Carey University’s financial aid program is to provide assistance to students who would be unable to attend college without such aid. Financial aid includes scholarships, grants, work study, and loans. These types of assistance are extended either singly or in combination. The financial aid award or “package” offered depends upon the student’s academic record and need for assistance. It is understandable that most students would prefer assistance through a full scholarship or gift program, but the packaging concept enables William Carey to assist more students, thereby making it possible for larger numbers to attend. Each aid applicant will be considered for all aid programs administered by the office of financial aid.

The institution requires that an online FAFSA be completed by any student who will be receiving a scholarship, loan, work study, grant or any other form of financial aid. Also, any student who receives a scholarship at William Carey University must early register each trimester in order to retain the scholarship.

Financial Aid General Regulations

  1. Financial aid applicants must be accepted for admission to William Carey before financial assistance can be awarded.
  2. Generally, financial aid is offered to the full-time student working on his or her first baccalaureate degree. If a student drops below half-time status, that student automatically becomes ineligible for most financial aid.
  3. Ordinarily financial aid is awarded once per trimester of the regular academic year.
  4. In order to receive financial aid, students must maintain “Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress” toward their degrees and remain in good standing. Financial aid may also be withdrawn from students who are penalized by William Carey University for serious breaches of discipline. The financial aid office reserves the right to withhold further assistance at the time it becomes evident that a student has abused or is abusing the financial aid programs.
  5. Students receiving financial aid from sources other than William Carey University must advise the director of financial aid of the amount and source of such aid.
  6. An application for financial aid must be completed annually. Financial aid is not automatically renewed.
  7. This institution is in compliance with Title Vl of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and does not discriminate against the handicapped or on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.
  8. Nondegree students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  9. Any student receiving all F’s or I’s in any trimester will lose all institutional scholarship aid for the next trimester of attendance.

Types of Financial Aid

The following financial aid programs are available to students who enroll at William Carey University. Specific eligibility criteria and application procedures for each program are available at the office of financial aid.

  • STUDENT EMPLOYMENT: College Work Study Programs
  • FEDERAL GRANTS: Pell Grant, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH).
  • STATE GRANTS: Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG), and the Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students (HELP), as well as teacher education, nursing professional, and psychology grants are available through the Institutions of Higher Learning of Mississippi/Mississippi Office of State Student Financial Aid, based upon state funding.
  • REGULAR LOANS: Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford/PLUS.
  • EMERGENCY LOANS: Bass Loan Fund (short term emergency loans), Bobby Wingo Memorial Loan Fund (seniors only), Otis Seal Loan Fund (ministerial students only).
  • INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS: Scholarships based on academic, talent, alumni, and church vocations.

Additional Information on Financial Aid

The director of financial aid and appropriate staff members are available to provide additional information regarding the financial aid program of William Carey University as required by the Student Information Requirements as stated in Title I of the Education Amendments of 1976. For further assistance, please call (601) 318-6153. Online students may contact either campus.

William Carey University participates in all programs of the Veterans’ Administration. Information and assistance with applications may be secured from the V.A. certifying officials on the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses. V.A. officials are located in the business office or the registrar’s office.

Institutional Scholarships and Awards

William Carey University makes financial aid commitments to qualified full-time undergraduate students based on academic achievements, special talents, and dependents of groups related to its institutional mission. Scholarships funded directly by the university from endowment, memorial gifts, and annual gifts are contained in a publication available in the financial aid office or on the university website.

All scholarship commitments are made through the office of financial aid based on recommendations from the scholarship committee, department chairs, deans of schools, and the athletic director. All applications will be considered on a funds-available basis. All scholarship recipients must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours each trimester.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholars

Members of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for a $6300 scholarship on campus or $4500 off campus. Should the Phi Theta Kappa member be offered a greater scholarship, WCU will honor the highest offer. Proof of membership is required.

Alumni Dependent Scholarships

Children, grandchildren, siblings, and spouses of alumni of William Carey University may qualify for scholarships of up to $300 per year.

Talent Scholarships

William Carey University offers talent scholarships in vocal music, instrumental music, theatre, forensics, journalism, and art. For all talent scholarships, auditions or portfolio viewing must be arranged with the appropriate dean or department chair.

Church-Related Vocation (CRV) Scholarships

Baptist Student Scholarships of up to $300 per year are available for students who are recommended by a pastor of a Southern Baptist church. This amount may be added to academic scholarships. Requires pastor nomination.

CRV Dependent Student Scholarships of up to $500 per year are available for sons, daughters, and spouses of pastors, and other full-time ministerial employees of local Southern Baptist churches, Southern Baptist Associations, or other Southern Baptist agencies. This amount may be added to academic scholarships.

CRV Scholarships of up to $6,400 of the cost of tuition on 30 hours per year for on-campus students and up to $4,800 of the cost of tuition on 30 hours per year for commuting students are available for qualifying students. A CRV student is defined as one who has made a public commitment (requires letter from church or license/ordination certificate) to a church-related vocation (ministry or missions) in a church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southern Baptist CRV students may also apply to the Board of Ministerial Education of the Mississippi Baptist Convention for additional financial aid. This aid is applied for in a separate process through the Department of Biblical Studies and Philosophy at William Carey University.

Scholarship opportunities for qualifying International Mission Board missionary dependents are available through the Margaret Fund of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Athletic scholarships

For all athletic scholarships, tryouts must be arranged with the appropriate coach.


Chairs and Professorships

THE GILLESPIE CHAIR OF ART was established and endowed by Miss Sarah Gillespie in honor of her parents, Mr. William Gunn Gillespie and Mrs. Sallie Keith Gillespie.

THE HARRIET MATHER PROFESSORSHIP IN NURSING was established and endowed by a grant from Baptist Community Ministries in New Orleans. In honoring Harriet Mather, long-time dean of nursing at Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans, William Carey University has provided matching endowment income to join BCM and the contributions of the Southern Baptist Hospital League in their support of health care in Louisiana.

THE J. RALPH NOONKESTER ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP OF HISTORY was established by a gift from Mr. Wiley Fairchild to honor the president emeritus of William Carey University. THE J. D. SIMS CHAIR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION was established and endowed by gifts through the First Mississippi Corporation to honor the exemplary service of Mr. Sims as longtime business manager of the college.

THE THOMSON CHAIR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION was established and endowed by Mr. R. S. (Dick) Thomson in honor of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Thomson, Sr.

THE MARTHA ELIZABETH WHICHARD ENDOWED CHAIR OF NURSING honors the legacy of Martha Elizabeth Whichard and supports nursing education within a Christian context. Interest and earnings from the fund shall be used for supporting the salary of a full-time chair in the William Carey University School of Nursing at the Tradition Campus in Biloxi, Mississippi. This endowed chair recognizes an outstanding nurse administrator/educator for program excellence and teaching contributions to the field of nursing.

THE WILLIAM CAREY ENDOWED CHAIR OF MISSIONS was established in 2006 to reaffirm and encourage the commitment to Christian missions among the administration, faculty, staff, and students of William Carey University and to honor the legacy and impact of the missionary activity of the university’s namesake. Interest and earnings from the fund shall be used for the primary purpose of supporting the salary of an instructor teaching missions at the university. Secondarily, interest and earnings may be used as an honorarium to Baptist missionary speakers during special events with a missions focus.

THE WINTERS CHAIR IN MUSIC was established and endowed by the McCarty Farms Company in memory of Dr. Donald Winters, long-time dean and professor of music.


THE WILLIAM CAREY MISSIONS LECTURE ENDOWMENT was established in 2007 to support the annual William Carey Missions Lecture. The fund provides honorariums to lecture speakers highlighting the centrality of Christian missions in God’s Kingdom and in the history and life of William Carey University.

THE CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES was begun in 2007 in order to support the mission of the university to develop each student’s potential in scholarship, leadership, and service. This series brings outstanding Christian leaders each trimester to share the impact of Christian principles on his or her success.

Endowed Scholarships

A complete listing of the endowed scholarships can be found on the university website (

Missions Funds

THE BYRD SISTERS FUND FOR STUDENT MISSIONS was established in 2005 by the Byrd family to honor five sisters with a passion for foreign missions and who are alumnae of Mississippi Woman’s College: Melissa Corinne Byrd ‘22, Juanita Caroline Byrd Huang ‘24, Annie Ward Byrd ‘27, Mary Hasseltine Byrd Ball ‘30, and Leona Valois Byrd ‘40. Awards are granted to deserving students for the purpose of serving in missions during their study at William Carey University. Preference is given to students with an interest in serving in China.

THE STEVE FORD MEMORIAL FLORIDA ACTEENS SCHOLARSHIP was established by Allison Chestnut of Hattiesburg to honor Patricia and Al Ford of Pensacola, Fla., who have been instrumental in the lives of Florida Acteens. Steve, their son, was killed in a construction accident.

THE INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS SCHOLARSHIP was established by an anonymous Southern Baptist missionary to support mission volunteer students.

THE KATHY WEBB RANDOLPH STUDENT MISSIONS ENDOWMENT was established in 2005 by the Hon. Mike and Kathy Randolph in her honor and in support of Christian missions. Awards are granted to deserving students for the purpose of serving in short-term missions during their study at William Carey University.

THE GILLESPIE MISSION FUND was established by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gillespie to bring the Christian religion, Christian values, and Christian principles to the countries of the world. The fund is owned by The Foundation of the First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg and is administered through the Mississippi Baptist Foundation for the support of the student mission endeavors of William Carey University.