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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

General Information

« Fees and Expenses*

*All charges quoted in this section reflect 2007-2008 rates.

The cost for 2007-2008 at the University averages about $22,000 for residents of New Hampshire and about $35,000 for nonresidents. See the following chart for a breakdown of these costs.

UNH bills are sent electronically only. Bills are posted to student MyUNH ( accounts. Students are notified through UNH assigned e-mail addresses when new bills are posted.

Fees and Expenses (2007-2008)**

  In-state residents Non-residents
Tuition $8,810 $21,770
Activity fee 92 92
Recreational fee 385 385
Memorial Union fee 304 304
Student athletic fee 762 762
Health and counseling fee 552 552
Technology fee 115 115
Transportation fee 50 50
Subtotal of Required Expenses $11,070 $24.030
Room and Board    
Double room 5,042 5,042
Silver Meal Plan 3,126 3,126
Subtotal $8,168 $8,168
Estimated Expenses 3,000 3,000
(to cover books, supplies, transportation, misc.)    
Approximate Costs $22,000 $35,000
Optional Fees    
Parents Association Sponsorship 45 45

Note: The University reserves the right to adjust charges for such items as tuition, board, student fees,
and room rent. Such charges will be announced as far in advance as possible.


Tuition for the academic year 2007-2008 was $8,810 for N.H. residents and $21,770 for nonresidents. The rates per credit hour in 2007-2008 were $367 for N.H. residents and $907 for nonresidents.

Students are permitted to enroll for more than 20 credits only with the approval of their college or school dean. Persons carrying more than 20 credits will be billed a per-credit fee for each credit above 20 credits, whether or not a student has obtained the dean’s approval. (See per-credit hour rates above.) No refund will be made if a student subsequently drops a course, bringing the credits to 20 or fewer. Undergraduates registering for fewer than 12 credits pay the per-credit hour charge, plus a registration fee of $20 per semester. The minimum charge for any recorded course is the per-credit charge of 1 credit hour.

Tuition differential charges apply to some majors. Students in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), including engineering and computer science, and the Whittemore School of Business and Economics (WSBE), will be charged a tuition differential. The differential is the same rate for both N.H. residents and nonresident students. In 2007-2008 the CEPS differential was $705 per academic year and the WSBE differential was $691 per academic year. CEPS and WSBE students who register for fewer than 12 credits pay a differential per-credit hour ($29 for both CEPS and  and WSBE per-credit in 2007-2008).

All admitted students must pay an enrollment fee-$300 for residents and nonresidents. If a student decides not to attend the University, these payments may be refunded on a prorated basis until August 15, according to the guidelines set by the Office of Admissions.

Three-fourths of tuition and mandatory fee charges will be refunded to students withdrawing or dropping courses within one week of the first day of classes; one-half after one week and within 30 days; and none thereafter (see the University Calendar). Students receiving federal financial aid will have their return of unearned aid calculated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education regulations in effect at the time of their withdrawal. For more information concerning withdrawal, call Business Services, (603) 862-2230. A degree candidate who withdraws from UNH and subsequently enrolls as a special student within the following year will be billed for tuition and fees on the same basis as degree candidates. Students with outstanding financial obligations to the University must clear their accounts before their registration will be confirmed.

A $25 fee must be paid by all students dropping courses after the third Friday of classes. The $25 fee will not be charged to persons changing to a reduced load or withdrawing; in both of these cases, the regular tuition rebate policy will apply. If a student has received permission to add a course after the third Friday of classes, a $25 fee will be assessed for each course added. A change of section within the same course is accomplished by a “drop” of one section and an “add” of another; however, only one $25 fee is assessed under these circumstances.


Required fees for 2007-2008 included a Memorial Union fee ($304) for the use and administration of the student union; a recreational fee ($385) for support of recreational facilities; a student activity fee ($92) for support of the undergraduate newspaper, yearbook, student government, student lawyer, student radio station, and other student organizations; a technology fee ($115); a student athletic fee ($762) to provide support for athletic programs; a health and counseling fee ($552) to provide general health care through University Health Services; and a Transportation fee ($50) to provide student transportation services.

There are no waivers of these fees. The services and facilities are available to all-the extent to which each student uses them cannot be the factor by which assessment is determined. Students who withdraw or drop to part-time after classes begin are eligible for refund of fees at the same rate as tuition refunds listed previously.

As a condition of enrollment, all full-time UNH students will be required to carry health insurance. Students may elect coverage under the University's student health benefits plan, or may waive the requirement by providing proof of adequate coverage through another plan.  International students with F1 or J1 visas are required to purchase the UNH-sponsored coverage. There are no exceptions to this policy.

A $45 contribution may be included to sponsor the UNH Parents Association.

Mandatory Fees Include

Recreation Fee
Use of indoor pool at the field house
Use of athletic facilities at the Whittemore Center, which includes:
Locker rooms
With an additional fee:
CPR/First Aid course
Ballroom dancing
Lifeguard instruction

Health Services Fee
For information, see Health Services.

Memorial Union Fee
For more information, see Memorial Union.

Athletic Fee
Admittance to all home games of organized sports at UNH
Financial support for athletes and athletic teams

Activity Fee
Support for the following organizations:
The undergraduate newspaper
Student government
Student lawyer
Student radio station
Movies at reduced rates
For more information, check the Get Involved guide available at the Memorial Union Building.

Technology Fee
Support for the following:
Student computing clusters
Walk-in Help Desk services
Technology-enhanced classrooms infrastructure
Academic technology liaisons
Technology-enhanced learning

Transportation Fee
Student transportation Services:
Campus Connector
Wildcat Transit
Safe rides
Amtrak Quik Ticket trip
Non-emergency rides

Room and Board*

Room and board charges averaged $8,168 for the 2007-2008 academic year for a double room with a mandatory meal plan.

New students accepting a space on campus must include a $200 housing deposit with their housing application; for returning students, the deposit is $500. Written notification of cancellation of the room application or assignment received before August 15 will result in forfeiture of the deposit only. Written notification of cancellation after August 15 and before Friday of the first week of class will result in a charge of one-fourth of the full semester’s housing fee.

If the student fails to occupy the assigned room by Friday of the first week of class or cancels the agreement by mutual consent, or if for disciplinary or nonrenewal actions the agreement is canceled, the student will receive a 75 percent refund of the semester’s housing fee. Cancellation after the first Friday of classes and before thirty days after registration will result in a 50 percent refund of the semester’s housing fee. Cancellation thirty days after registration will result in no refund of the housing fee. Students who check in or move in to a hall or apartment, move out, and do not withdraw from the University are charged the full housing fee. If the agreement is canceled, the total amount of the housing deposit will be applied against any unpaid University charges.

Refunds of meal plans will be granted only on approval waivers or upon withdrawal from the University. If a refund is approved for an Unlimited Meal Plan, the balance will be prorated by the number of weeks the student attended classes. Block Meal Plans will be prorated by the number of meals consumed. Unused Dining Dollars will be refunded minus any applicable bonus. If a student has spent any part of the bonus, that amount will be charged to the student account.


Any amount owed to the University will be deducted from any rebate due to a student.

Deposits and Course Fees

Refundable deposits may be required to cover locker keys or loss or breakage in certain departments. A semester charge will be made for individual lessons in music, as noted in the description of applied music courses. (Non-music majors will be charged a fee upon completion of an audition). A charge will be made for riding lessons and scuba, as noted in the sections on animal sciences and physical education. Some courses carry special fees to cover the costs of special equipment, field trips, etc.; these are noted in the course descriptions. Thompson School students pay curriculum fees to cover special costs in their programs (see the Thompson School section). Students will be charged a computer use fee for courses requiring computer access and/or common access accounts. For certain courses, there are also lab fees.

Other Expenses

Books and classroom supplies cost approximately $800 annually. These may be purchased at the University Bookstore.

Personal expenses vary considerably with individual students and include clothing, laundry, recreation, incidentals, and travel.


All bills for tuition, fees, room and board and other semester charges are due in full on the payment due date for each semester. A late fee may be assessed to student accounts not paid in full by that payment due date. Student accounts not paid in full within 30 days after the payment due date may be assessed additional late fees, default charges, interest and/or collection costs, and the student may be subject to deregistration from classes.

Parents and students who wish to make periodic payments for tuition, fees, room and board and other semester charges should contact UNH Business Services, well in advance of the semester payment due date, for information on approved payment plans.

Undergraduate bills are sent electronically through posting to students’ MyUNH ( accounts. Tuition bills are posted twice a year, in mid-July for the fall semester and in mid-November for the spring semester. Monthly statements are also posted as needed. E-mails are sent to student’s UNH-assigned e-mail addresses notifying students when new bills have been posted. Students may set up Parent Portal accounts to allow parents or others to access their student accounts.

Through the online system students can view a history of electronic bills and payments and access a real-time view of their accounts. Payment may be made online by check, or the bill may be printed and mailed with payment. UNH does not accept credit card payments from Durham undergraduates.