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Financial Responsibility

By registering for classes, a student acknowledges responsibility for payment of tuition and fees generated by the registration. Failure to make payment by the specified due date will result in late fees. If the student fails to withdraw officially from these courses by completing a withdrawal form in the Registrar's Office on or before the specified deadline dates, the student is responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the registration. Failure to attend classes or to pay a billing statement by the due date does not constitute an official withdrawal. This withdrawal policy applies to all students who have registered for classes, including financial aid applicants.

Payment Methods

Payments can be made to the Accounting Office, either by mail, in person, or on-line.

Online credit card payments can be made here. Hood accepts VISA, MasterCard, or Discover cards online. You will need the student I.D. number in order to pay online.

Personal checks are accepted in payment of your student account. Please include the student I.D. number on the front of the check and mail to the following address:

Hood College
Attn: Accounting Office
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701

Please note that the College no longer accepts credit card payments over the telephone or by mail. Hood accepts VISA, MasterCard, and Discover card for payments. 

You may pay your bill in person by visiting the accounting office in Room 213, Alumnae Hall, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m..

Please note: Any checks returned due to insufficient funds will be charged back to the student’s tuition account and a bank service charge will be assessed. The College reserves the right to withdraw a student at any time during the semester if the College is notified that a parent’s and/or student’s personal check in payment of financial obligations has been refused by the College’s bank. 

Payment Plan

The College offers families the opportunity to pay tuition bills over a 5 or 4 month period covering one semester. The Monthly Payment Plan (MPP) is administered by NelNet Business Solutions. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $30 for the 5 or 4 month plan.

Enroll online.

Please contact the Accounting Office at 301-696-3841 with any questions or concerns..

Late Fees

Payment in full must be received in the Accounting Office by the due date or late fees will be assessed. The late payment fee is 2% of the unpaid balance at the end of each month. The maximum late fee per month is $250. Please note that late fees are subject to change.

Normally late fees and finance charges resulting from late payments will not be waived. However, if there are special circumstances involved, appeals to waive the late fee or finance charge must be submitted in writing to the Accounting Office. Appeals will be forwarded to the appropriate college officer for consideration.

Transcripts, grades, and registration for future semesters will be held until all financial obligations have been paid in full.  

Refund Checks

Overpayments, charge adjustments or excess financial aid may result in a credit balance on your account.

Excess financial aid is distributed within 14 days after the start of classes.  Subsequent refunds are processed each week as financial aid is applied.

If you would like your refund check to be applied to a future semester’s charges, please notify the Accounting Office in writing.

The College does not provide advances on financial aid refunds.  If a student’s financial aid award includes funds for books and the student is entitled to a refund, the earliest that a refund can be obtained is when the initial refunds are distributed within 14 days after the start of classes.  Therefore, students need to plan accordingly.

All students should prepare to arrive on campus at the start of each semester with funds to purchase books and supplies.  Advances on financial aid refunds will not be available.

Refund Policies 

 Fall and Spring Semesters

Part-time undergraduate students

If course is dropped ...

Prior to the beginning of the semester

100% refund of tuition charges

   

During the drop/add period        

80% refund of tuition charges

   

After the end of the drop/add period      

No refund

Graduate students

If course is dropped ...

Prior to the first class meeting

100% refund of tuition charges

   

During the drop/add period        

80% refund of tuition charges

   

After the end of the drop/add period      

No refund

Summer and Winter Terms 

If course is dropped ...

Prior to the first class meeting

100% refund of tuition charges

   

After first class meeting, prior to
second class meeting         

80% refund of tuition charges

   

After second class meeting       

No refund

If a student withdraws from the College ... 

Prior to the beginning of the semester

100% refund of tuition charges
100% refund of room and board

   

During the drop/add period         

80% refund of tuition charges
No refund of room
Prorated weekly refund of board

   

After the drop/add period      

No refunds

Referral to Collection Agency

By registering for classes, the student agrees that in the event the student becomes delinquent or defaults in paying charges due to Hood College, the student agrees to reimburse Hood College the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 33 1/3% of the debt, and all cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, Hood College incurs in such collection efforts.