Tuition

Visit the tuition and costs webpage for current tuition costs. Any changes will typically take effect at the beginning of an academic term. Published information includes tuition for each academic program, course audit fees, and other costs. Bethel Seminary reserves the right to change any financial charges or regulations listed in this catalog.

Fees

Application fee, online application free of charge
Student Activity fee, all programs, per semester (Fall and Spring) $31
Graduate Research Seminar fee (St. Paul) $26
Independent study surcharge, master's and doctoral programs (in addition to course tuition) $255
Marriage and Family Therapy Supervised Clinical Experience Continuation Fee $357
Professional Internship Continuation Fee $350

Auditing Charge

Normal Audit Rate $100 per audit hour
Bethel Seminary Alumni, Pastors (and spouses), Full-time Employees of Christian Ministry Agencies (and spouses), Senior Citizens (60+) $50 per audit hour
Current Master's Degree Students and Spouses (excludes InMinistry and other fully online courses) $0 per audit hour

Assessment, Testing, and Participation Fees

These fees are charged in addition to regular tuition for these courses.

SP001 Formation Assessments (St. Paul) $505
SP002 Formation Assessments (San Diego) $505
SP004 Formation Assessments (St. Paul) $475
TL001 Vocational Assessments (St. Paul) $355
TL002 Vocational Assessments (San Diego) $355
TL003 Vocational Assessments $355

Participation

CF620 Participation Fee (St. Paul) $50
SP510 Participation Fee (St. Paul and San Diego) $25
SP610 Participation Fee (St. Paul and San Diego) $25

D.Min. students

Assessments $420
Extension fee per semester $357

Clinical Pastoral Education Fee 

Students who take Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and are registered in PC705 or PC566A and PC566B will pay site supervisory fees directly to the CPE center. These fees are reimbursed to students from the Bethel Seminary course tuition. See the registrar's office for further details.

Registration Fees

Change of registration fee (per time) $30
Late registration fee $75

Graduation Fees

M.A., M.Div. (San Diego) $55
Doctor of Ministry (San Diego) $770
Doctor of Ministry (St. Paul) $715

Transcripts

Transcripts cannot be issued until all accounts are paid in full. The charge for each transcript issued is $6. Visit the registrar's website to request transcripts.

Refunds

After registration, changes made to a student’s schedule must be made in writing to the registrar’s office or via email from the student’s Bethel community account. Please note that changes may affect your financial aid status, and will be assessed a $30 change fee. After the term begins, refunds for dropped courses will be granted according to this sliding scale.

Drops recorded in the registrar’s office by 11:59 p.m. on the following days will receive:

Saturday of the 1st week of the term 100% refund
Saturday of the 3rd week of the term 75% refund
Saturday of the 5th week of the term 50% refund
Saturday of the 7th week of the term 25% term
After Saturday of the 7th week 0% refund

There will be no refund granted for courses dropped after Saturday of the 7th week of the term.

Beginning the 4th week of the term, any student dropping a course will receive a grade of “W.” Students may withdraw from a course (or change from credit to audit) through the 11th week of the term. Any student dropping a course after Saturday of the 11th week of the term will receive a grade of “F” for the course.

In San Diego, in accordance with California law, application, registration, and tuition fees are fully refundable up to three full days following the date of payment of those fees, provided the student has not attended classes, participated in educational activities, or utilized any educational materials or services of the seminary, and provided that the student files a written cancellation form with the Office of the Registrar.

For courses 7 to 8 weeks in duration, including SemPM, drops recorded in the registrar’s office by 11:59 p.m. on the following days will receive:

Saturday of the 1st week of the term 100% refund
Saturday of the 2nd week of the term 75% refund
Saturday of the 3rd week of the term 25% refund

There will be no refund granted for courses dropped after Saturday of the 3rd week of the term.

Beginning the 3rd week of the term, any student dropping a course will receive a grade of “W.” Students may withdraw from a course (or change from credit to audit) through the 6th week of the term. Any student dropping a course after Saturday of the 6th week of the term will receive a grade of “F” for the course.

For January term (interim) courses, drops recorded in the registrar’s office by 11:59 p.m. on the following days will receive:

Second business day of the term 100% refund
Fourth business day of the term 75% refund
Seventh business day of the term 50% refund
Ninth business day of the term 25% refund
After the ninth business day of the term 0% refiund

There will be no refund granted for courses dropped after the 9th business day of the term.

Beginning the 4th business day of the term, any student dropping a course will receive a grade of “W.” Students may withdraw from a course (or change from credit to audit) through the 14th business day of the term. Any student dropping a course after the 14th business day of the term will receive a grade of “F” for the course.

For full-term summer courses, drops recorded in the registrar’s office by 11:59 p.m. on the following days will receive:

Saturday of the 1st week of the term 100% refund
Saturday of the 3rd week of the term 75% refund
Saturday of the 4th week of the term 50% refund
Saturday of the 6th week of the term 25% refund
After Saturday of the 6th week 0% refund

There will be no refund granted for courses dropped after Saturday of the 6th week of the term.

Beginning the 4th week of the term, any student dropping a course will receive a grade of “W.” Students may withdraw from a course (or change from credit to audit) through the 9th week of the term. Any student dropping a course after Saturday of the 9th week of the term will receive a grade of “F” for the course.

Note: Specific refund schedules for courses fewer than 7 weeks in length are available in the registrar’s office.

Tuition, Fees, and Payments

Full payment or enrollment in the 4-Month Semester Payment Plan is required at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Full payment is due on the first day of class for summer school.

Students are responsible for payment reaching the St. Paul Business Office when due, regardless of the source of payment. Payment must be received in U.S. dollars. If loans are needed to help meet a financial obligation, students may apply for them through the Office of Financial Aid. Loan applications should be made well in advance of registration for funds to be disbursed at the beginning of the term. A late fee of .5% per month will be assessed on any charges more than 30 days past due. Enrollment for succeeding terms is dependent on full payment of the previous term’s expenses.

Payment Options

Full Payment (Option 1)

Full payment for Fall Semester is due on August 28, 2017.

Full payment for Interim/Spring Semester is due January 15, 2018.

Full payment for Summer School is due on June 4, 2018.

4-Month Semester Payment Plan (Option 2)

Students have the option to enroll in a 4-Month Semester Payment Plan. See the important enrollment dates and information in the next column.

Fall Semester Payment Plan

Enrollment in the fall payment plan is available beginning on approximately August 10, 2017. The deadline to enroll in the payment plan and pay your first installment is September 15, 2017. The remaining installment payments for fall are due on October 15, November 15, and December 15.

Spring Semester Payment Plan

Enrollment in the spring payment plan is available beginning on approximately December 22, 2017. The deadline to enroll in the payment plan and pay your first installment is January 15, 2018. The remaining installment payments for spring are due on February 15, March 15, and April 15.

The 4-Month Semester Payment Plan is for all charges on the student account. Enrollment in the payment plan is elected online on a semester-by-semester basis, with payments spread out over the semester. The enrollment fee is $20 per semester. The monthly payment amount is recalculated each time there is a new transaction posted to the account. Therefore, your monthly payment amounts may differ each month. You will be notified by email each time your payment amount changes. If a student does not stay current on their monthly installment payment(s) they may be removed from the payment plan. If removed from the payment plan, a registration hold will be placed on the student if the balance is $500 or more. Also, a late fee of .5% will be assessed each month for any unpaid balance on the account. (Payment plans are not offered for summer school.)

Visit bethel.edu/business-office/seminary/account/payment-plan for more information about payment plans.

Online Monthly Statements

Around the 17th of each month, an email will be sent to the student’s Bethel email address alerting them that the monthly statement is available to view online with a link to access your statement. Monthly statements will not be mailed to your home address.

View Online Monthly Statements through Blink(Student Services tab > My Statement channel > Statement and Payment History > Select Statement Bill Date > View Statement).

Ways to make a payment

Students can view their account, enroll in a Semester Payment Plan, and pay online through Blink: Blink>Student Services tab>My Bethel Account channel>”Make a Payment.” This will direct you to the Touchnet/Bill-Pay site. To make a payment click “Make a Payment” and follow the prompts. To enroll in a Semester Payment Plan click “Enroll in Payment Plan” and follow the prompts.

  • Online by electronic check: Authorize automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account with no fee.
  • Online by credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover with a non-refundable fee of 2.75% or $3 minimum, charged by PayPath (processing service).
  • In Person: Pay by, check, or money order at the St. Paul Business Office (Anderson Center 5th Level), 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F. Central Time. Credit cards are accepted online only.
  • Mail a check to: Bethel University, Business Office, 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112-6999.  Please include your student ID number in the memo portion of the check.

Authorized Users

If a student would like to give electronic access to a spouse or another person to view their account, enroll in a Semester Payment Plan, and make online payments; the student will need to authorize him/her as a user.

Visit bethel.edu/business-office/authorized-users for more information.

Registration Hold

Registration for classes in succeeding terms is dependent on full payment of the previous term’s expenses. Students whose accounts are in arrears will have a registration hold on their accounts and will not be permitted to register for the subsequent term.

Any student who pays an outstanding balance by check will have their registration dropped (for future terms) if the check is returned from the bank due to non-sufficient funds. The student will not be permitted to re-register until full payment is received. If repayment is made via check, registration will be granted in 10 business days.

Any student in good standing on a payment plan (current on their monthly payment installments) will be allowed to register for future terms. If the student fails to pay their remaining monthly installments in full, their registration will be dropped.

Be advised that students whose registrations have been dropped have no guarantee the same course(s) will be available when they re-register.

Transcript Hold

When full payment has not been received, a transcript hold is placed on the student account. A transcript hold will prevent an official transcript from being printed by the Office of the Registrar.

Financial Clearance for Graduation

A student will not be issued an official transcript or receive their diploma until all financial obligations have been met.

Financial Suspension

Bethel reserves the right to suspend a student from a program or course(s) if there is failure to provide full payment on the student account when due. Any student who is financially suspended during a semester will be withdrawn from their classes.

Late Fee

A late fee of .5% per month will be assessed on any charges more than 30 days past due.

Past Due Accounts

The following paragraphs apply to all students:

I will be in default if: I fail to pay the total amount payable when due (including my failure to pay because of insufficient funds in an account on which my payment was drawn or other similar circumstances) any scheduled payment under either a semester payment plan or installment  permanent address without notifying Bethel University in writing; I fail to pay any assessment (which is a charge such as a parking fine, library fee or other charge for violations of Bethel University policies) by the 15th day of the month following the month in which I am sent the notice of assessment; I at any time provide Bethel University with any false or misleading information; I die; or a case under U.S. Bankruptcy Code is started by or against me or any guarantor or consignor. 

If I am in default, Bethel University may require immediate payment of my Obligation in full and any unpaid assessments. If Bethel University demands immediate payment and I fail to comply, I agree that Bethel University may add my unpaid assessments to my Obligation. If any payment is not paid in full by the 15th day of the month following the month in which it was due, I agree to pay Bethel University a default charge of six percent (6%) of the unpaid and past due amount of my Obligation. In addition, Bethel University may: prohibit me from scheduling courses for the current or following semester; remove me from current courses; withhold course credits, academic transcripts and my diploma without providing me prior notice thereof until the obligation is paid in full. Bethel University may also exercise any other legal rights it may have, including engaging a collection agency to enforce its rights hereunder or taking legal actions to collect amounts due to it. In the event Bethel University incurs any expenses collecting my Obligation, I agree to pay all reasonable attorneys’ fees, legal expenses and collections fees that result from my default (unless prohibited by law) at the rate of twenty-two percent (22%) of the unpaid principal balance. Even if I am in default Bethel University may or may not require immediate payment, and may delay enforcing any of its rights without waiving them. 

Non-Sufficient Funds Fee

If payment is returned from the bank for non-sufficient funds, a $25 returned check fee will be assessed on the student’s account. Any student who has two checks returned due to non-sufficient funds will not be allowed to make future payments by personal check.

Child Day Care

Bethel reserves the right to transfer the credit balance from the student account to the Child Day Care account (“C” account) should the student fall behind on monthly payments.

Military Education Benefits

If you have questions about military benefits, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 651.638.6241 or email finaid@bethel.edu.

For more information, visit bethel.edu/seminary/financial-aid/types/military-benefits

Questions?

Business Office Questions
For more student account and payment information, visit bethel.edu/business-office or contact the Business Office at 651.638.6208 (800.255.8706, ext. 6208).

Financial Aid Questions
For more financial aid information, visit seminary.bethel.edu/financial-aid/tuition or contact the Office of Financial Aid at 651.638.6241 (800.255.8706, ext. 6241).