Students are required to view their student account financial status online to determine if an outstanding balance exists on their account, requiring a payment to be made. To view your student account, login to the student record login page and click on the My Student Account tab. Monthly statements will not be distributed, instead tuition and fees are posted online and real time updates are available through Student Records.
The following fees are mandatory and are assessed in both the Fall and Spring semesters:
- Student Bar Association fee
- Technology Fee
- The Integrated Bar Readiness Program Fee. This fee is used to provide students with a bar readiness program that is integrated throughout the curriculum and delivered throughout the student’s law school career at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. This fee is billed a maximum of six semesters during your enrollment in law school.
- Official Transcript – See How To Order A Transcript
- Late Fees (See Section D.1 below)
- Auditing fees for Alumni: contact office of Alumni Affairs
- Auditing fees for Students and non-Alumni holding a J.D.: contact the Office of the Registrar to determine availability of courses and cost.
LL.M. students are charged a flat rate per semester no matter how many courses they take. LL.M. students are not charged different full- and part-time rates. Full information about LL.M. tuition and fees can be found the LL.M. Tuition and Living Expenses Webpage.
1. Time of Payment and Finance Charges (Late Fees)
The payment of tuition and any mandatory and/or elected fees becomes the obligation of the student at the time of registration. Mitchell Hamline School of Law bills students at the beginning of each term.
Payment is due the first business day after the refunds of excess federal loans are disbursed as published online under Payment Information on the Student Accounts webpage. If the amount due is not paid by the 15th day after the due date, a late fee may be assessed and the student’s account will fall into past due status.
Past due accounts will be subject to the following actions:
- A hold will be placed on the account
- Registration will be denied
- Transcript requests will not be processed
- Grades will be withheld
- Students will be Administratively Withdrawn from classes
- Certification of Graduation sent to the State Board of Law Examiners will be withheld
- Past Due accounts assigned to a collection agency will be assessed interest and any other additional collections costs.
If any part of a payment due is not paid on or before the fifteenth day following its due date, a late fee charge of .67% (annual percentage rate of 8%) of the overdue amount may be assessed by the school. In addition to cash or checks, tuition payments can be made via ACH (eCheck) or debit/credit card through online payments via CASHNet. (Please note, a 2.75% fee applies to all credit and debit card transactions. No fees for ACH payments).
2. Full Payment Plan
This plan requires that all tuition and any fees are paid the first business day after excess federal loans are disbursed.
Fall 2020 Tuition is due for all students by August 31.
J-term and Spring Tuition 2020 for all students due by February 3.
Summer 2021 Tuition is due on or before the class start date.
3. Installment Payment Plan
The Installment Payment allows students to spread the cost of tuition over four installments. Financial Aid received by the law school will be credited in full to the student’s account
The Installment Payment Plan is offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Payments are due as follows for Fall 2020:
|INSTALLMENTS of 25%||PAYMENTS DUE|
|1st Installment||August 20th|
|2nd Installment||September 20th|
|3rd Installment||October 20th|
|4th Installment||November 20th|
Please visit the Student Accounts website under Payment Information for due dates for 2021 J-Term and Spring installments.
A student’s account must be paid in full before the student can register for upcoming semester classes. Students on payment plans must be current on their payments to register for an upcoming term. If you would like to request a payment plan date change, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your first and last name as well as your student I.D. number.
4. Employer/Outside Agency Tuition Reimbursement
Students expecting to receive employer tuition reimbursement, or any other outside tuition reimbursement, should consult with the Finance Office at the beginning of the semester when the reimbursement is to occur. Documentation from the employer, or outside agency, is required at this time. Once documentation is on file in the Finance Office, tuition payments may be deferred accordingly.
5. Student Refund Checks
First refund checks in each semester will generally be available at the end of the semester add/drop deadline and every Friday afterwards.
Credit balances from fully paid student accounts will be distributed either electronically via CASHNet eRefunds (enrollment required), or via check in accordance with any applicable Federal Regulations. The Finance team will disburse an FSA credit balance to a student within 14 days of the date it was created, or within 14 days of the first day of class.
Student refund checks may be picked up in the Finance Office the Friday after the loan has disbursed, or can be mailed by request. Student refund checks will automatically be mailed to blended learning students to their address of record. Refund checks not picked up will be mailed to the student’s address on record one week’s time after it becomes available.
Students may return all or a portion of their refund check via the Finance Office up to 21 days after the date of the check. After that date, the student must return any excess funds directly to the loan holder.
6. Withdrawal from a Course – Add/Drop-Affecting Tuition
Tuition Refund Schedules are posted every July for the upcoming academic year for full withdrawals, dismissals or students taking a leave of absence. Students who decrease tiers during a semester (Full-Time to Part-Time, Part-Time to Other, etc.) will be subject to the refund scale percentage on the date of the change. To calculate this, the Finance team will take the difference between the tiers and match that difference to the refund scale, this will be the pro-rated amount shown on top of the new tier charge.
Add/drop activities, once an academic term has begun, that result in a net increase in tuition will be billed accordingly.
Credit balances from fully paid student accounts will be distributed by eRefund (enrollment required) or by check in accordance with any applicable Federal Regulations. For additional questions regarding add/drop of classes, please see Academic Rule 1.07. Registration; Add/Drop; Withdraw: Extensions in this Catalog.
7. Withdrawal from Law School – Tuition Refunds
Students who fully withdraw from an academic term, once the term has started, will have a tuition liability calculation completed by the Finance Office. The calculation will be based on the day of the official withdrawal and subject to the percentages listed on the MHSL website under Tuition and Title IV Refunds for the specific academic term.
After the 60% point in a term, no refunds for tuition are given. Students who receive federal financial aid will have a calculation done for Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4). Mitchell Hamline School of Law will process withdrawal calculations within 10 days after the withdrawal form is received in the Finance Office. If, at the time of withdrawal, a student’s tuition payments exceed the amount of tuition liability, the Finance Office uses the overpaid amount to reduce any federal and then non-federal student aid awarded before returning any funds to the student. Any remaining balance on a student account after these calculations are performed is due immediately.
8. Return of Federal Aid (Title IV) Funds
The percentage of federal (Title IV) aid returned is determined from a calculation using the effective withdrawal or leave date on record and number of days in the period of enrollment. The tuition refund is distributed to federal programs as mandated by federal regulation in the order listed below:
- Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan
- Subsidized Federal Direct Loan
- Graduate Plus Direct Loan
- Other Federal Sources
- Institutional Aid
- Private Aid (private loans, outside scholarships, etc. )
- MN SELF Loans (or other state aid)
- Student Payments
9. Non-Title IV Program Refund
The percentage of state aid returned is determined from a calculation using the effective withdrawal or leave date along with other considerations such as percentage of award funded by state funds, payment on accounts, and amount refunded to federal programs
- Institutional Aid – reduced by the same percent as the student’s tuition is reduced.
- Minnesota State Aid including SELF loan, Minnesota GI, and MN Indian Scholarship Program.
10. Policy on Tuition for Students Returning from Active Duty in the Military
Tuition for students who enter active duty in the military will be charged as follows:
- In times of war: Tuition will be charged at the level that would have been charged during the period the student was serving in the military if the student is called into or voluntarily enters active duty.
- In non-war times: This section applies in non-war times when the student is called into service involuntarily. The section does not apply when a student voluntarily enters active duty during non-war times.
- There is a three year look back limit. For example, if a student returns after a five-year absence, the tuition would be at the level from three years prior to the date of return. This section applies to entering students who have made an admission deposit with the law school as well as to all currently enrolled students.