2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 03, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Information



 

University Expenses

Tuition (2021-2022)

Full-time undergraduate tuition:

$13,850 per semester
$27,700 per academic year

A full-time undergraduate student takes 12-18 credit hours per semester. Full-time students taking any hours in excess of 18 per semester will pay the undergraduate part-time rate for additional hours ($740 per credit).

Part-time undergraduate tuition:  $740 per credit

A part-time undergraduate student takes fewer than 12 credit hours in the fall or spring semester.

Masters Tuition: $775 per credit hour

Instructional Design & Technology: $625 per credit hour

Doctoral Tuition: $850 per credit hour

Room and Board

Medaille Hall: $12,380 per academic year

(based on single occupancy and 14 meal plan)

St. Joseph’s Hall: $10,545 per academic year

(based on double occupancy and 14 meal plan)

Southwest Apartments: $12,990 per academic year

For additional housing information, visit our website.

 

Fees (2021 - 2022)

International application fee: $75
Freshman orientation fee: $200
International Orientation fee: $200
New transfer student fee: $50
International Activities Fee: $75
Graduation: $75
Parking permits: $90 - $180 (Parking permit fees are subject to change)
Late registration: $25
Resource Fee:

Undergraduate Students:
1-9 credit hours (per hour) $25
10 or more credit hours (per semester) $250
Graduate Students: per credit hour $25
Doctoral Students: per credit hour $25

Transcripts: $10

Audit

A student who wishes to attend a course, but are not obligated to complete assignments or take examinations may register to audit a course. The student is responsible for any fee required for the course. No credit is given for courses that are audited. Ordinarily, studio or lab courses are not eligible for audit.

Undergraduate: $300 per course
Graduate: $400 per course

Payment of Accounts

Accounts are due in advance for each semester. Payment-in-full, less any financial aid must be received by the following dates:

  • Summer 2021 - May 15, 2021
  • Fall 2021 - July 15, 2021
  • Spring 2022 - December 15, 2021
  • Summer 2022 - May 15, 2022
  • Fall 2022 - July 15, 2022

A $25 late fee will be assessed for payments received after these specified due dates, and for each month moving forward that the account remains unpaid. For students who are registering after these dates, payment is due upon registration.

Students have the option of enrolling in a semester based payment plan.  Fontbonne University has contracted with Cashnet to provide a payment plan that will allow monthly payments without interest charges. Students can enroll in their payment plan starting directly from their student portal by logging into GriffinNet.  From there, click My Ledger>Make Payment through CashNet> Enroll in semester Installment Plan.

If a student chooses the option of a payment plan, the above due dates still apply.  Payment plans must be established by those dates to avoid a late fee.  Payments will then be due on the 15th of each month according to the semester installment plan the student is enrolled. 

 

To pay by mail, make a check payable to Fontbonne University and send to:

Fontbonne University
ATTN: Business Office
6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105 - 3098

 

To pay in person, please bring cash or check to the Cashier’s Office located in Ryan Hall room 215.  Payments made by check or ACH are subject to a minimum waiting period of 10 business days to allow the transaction to clear before any holds will be removed. When paying in person, please note the Cashier’s Office only accepts cash or check.  We no longer accept debit/credit cards in person, but can assist you in making that payment online through Cashnet using one of our iPads in the office. 

Students may also pay online through Cashnet using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  The option of payment using electronic check is also available online through Cashnet.  Please note - there will be a convenience fee applied to each transaction total when paying with a debit or credit card.  This convenience fee is 2.75% (or 4.25% for all international debit/credit cards).

Failure to make payments for tuition, fees, or other amounts owed the University when due, or failure to arrange for such payment plans before their due dates, is considered sufficient cause to 1. Bar the student from registering for courses, and/or 2. Drop the student from pre-registered courses, with subsequent registration subject to late fees, and/or 3. Withhold the transcript of record, certificate, or diploma.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Many companies provide full or partial tuition reimbursement to their employees who are pursuing a University education. Employed students should check with their companies to see if tuition reimbursement is available.

Tuition Refunds

No adjustment or refund is made for late entrance or for dismissal.

Tuition and fee adjustments resulting from withdrawal from the University or withdrawal from a specific course will be computed from the date on which the Registrar approves the official permit for withdrawal.

Tuition adjustments will be made according to the following scale:

16 Week Courses

Withdrawal before first day of class 100%
Withdrawal through the end of 1st week 100%
Withdrawal during the 2nd week 90%
Withdrawal during the 3rd and 4th weeks 50%
Withdrawal during the 5th thru 8th weeks 25%
Withdrawal after the 8th week 0%

Fee adjustments will be made according to the following scale:

 

  • Withdrawal before the first day of classes
100%
  • Withdrawal through the end of 1st week
100%
  • No refund after the 1st week
0%

8 Week Courses

  • Withdrawal before the 1st class
100%
  • Withdrawal after 1st class–end of week
90%
  • Withdrawal during the 2nd week
50%
  • Withdrawal during the 3nd and 4th weeks
25%
  • Withdrawal after the 4th class meeting
0%

Fee adjustments will be made according to the following scale:

  • Withdrawal before the first day of classes
100%
  • No refund after 1st class meeting
0%

Student Account Refunds

Fontbonne University’s refund process provides you with quick access to your funds with direct deposit into your personal checking or savings account. Access to your money is quick and convenient. Go to www.fontbonne.afford.com and follow the simple enrollment steps.

University Withdrawal Refunds

Student receiving Financial Aid/Federal Title IV Financial Aid who wish to withdraw from Fontbonne University must complete the official University withdrawal process. Students must begin the withdrawal process online. The form must be filled out completely including signatures from Financial Services and the Registrar’s Office.

For students receiving Federal Title IV Aid, the Financial Services Office will complete a calculation according to the Return of Title IV guidelines set by the Department of Education. Should this calculation result in a balance due the student must pay that balance to Fontbonne University. Failure to pay this balance will result in a hold on the student account which will prevent future registration and the ability to obtain a transcript.

Students will receive written notification of the adjustments to the financial aid package, which will indicate if a post-withdrawal disbursement is allowed. Students receiving Institutional grant or scholarships will receive a prorated amount based on the tuition adjustment schedule.

Failure to properly withdrawal from the University will result in the adjustment of financial aid after the end of the semester. Therefore, it is imperative that students follow the University withdrawal process. 

Room and Board Refunds

Withdrawal from a residence hall will be prorated on the same basis as tuition and fees. The room deposit will be refunded subject to any outstanding financial obligation to the University.

Extenuating Circumstances Tuition Appeal Policy

Fontbonne University will review a request for a tuition credit provided you meet the requirements described below. Appeals that do not present a sound basis for reimbursement will be denied.  Students with approved medical or extenuating withdrawals may be eligible for up to an 80% credit of tuition if approved before the end of the next semester following the withdrawal. 

Students must be officially withdrawn from all courses for the semester before an appeal can be reviewed. Depending on the complexity of the appeal and receipt of all supporting documentation, the processing time may be a month or more. Appeals will not be considered if an appeal was granted in the previous semester  (for example, if you are appealing your Spring 2021 tuition assessment you cannot also have appealed Fall 2020 or be eligible to appeal for Summer 2021).  Submission of a tuition appeal must be initiated by the student or with their expressed authorization.

If a student received financial aid for the term identified in the appeal, the submission of a tuition appeal could impact the student’s financial aid and result in money owed. It is recommended that students discuss these implications with the Financial Aid office before submitting an appeal.  If the student is a recipient of Veteran’s Benefits, the appeal should be discussed with the Veteran’s Educational Benefits certifying officials before proceeding with the request.

Filing a tuition appeal does not exempt a student account from the assessment of collection and/or financial penalties. If approved, the tuition credit will be held for up to two years.  At any time during that two year period, the student may elect to receive 50% of that credit in the form of a refund.

Scholarship Program

Fontbonne University, through its scholarship program, recognizes academic excellence, achievement, talent, and service. Especially capable and qualified students are urged to pursue their education at Fontbonne through the assistance of a variety of scholarships. Academic scholarships are based on the individual’s performance and potential without regard to financial circumstance. These scholarships range from $1000 up to full-tuition.

Academic scholarships are competitive. The university determines the amount of scholarship assistance awarded through an evaluation of the depth, scope, and quality of the applicant’s academic ability, leadership potential, and scholastic aptitude.

The university considers degree-seeking, full-time, first-time students and transfer applicants for scholarships. Scholarships apply to the following academic year with one-half of the award applied to each semester. To receive renewal of the award for subsequent semesters (up to the value of the scholarship), the recipient must enroll full time at Fontbonne and maintain the required cumulative university and program grade point average. If a student moves to part-time status in either or both of the semesters a scholarship is awarded, the student will no longer be eligible to retain the scholarship. If a student starts at part-time status and moves to full-time, their prior transcripts and Fontbonne transcripts may be reviewed for scholarship consideration.

Fontbonne encourages scholarship applicants to apply for financial aid consideration based on demonstrated need. Awarded scholarship funds become a part of the student’s financial aid package. Any scholarship offered by Fontbonne may be reduced in order to retain a student’s full eligibility for state and federal assistance and in keeping with the financial aid policy of the university.

Students receiving scholarship or grant funds from sources other than Fontbonne must report this information to the financial aid office. Outside scholarship funds may be used against the loan or work portion of a student’s financial aid package. Any remainder will reduce a Fontbonne scholarship or grant.

For scholarship information and application materials contact the Office of Admission at 314.889.1400.

First-Time Freshman Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

  • Presidential Scholarship: up to full-tuition. To be eligible to receive the Presidential Scholarship you must have applied for admission prior to December 15, and must be accepted for admission by January 15.
  • Dean’s Scholarship: up to $15,000 per academic year.
  • Founder’s Scholarship: up to $13,500 per academic year.
  • Alumni Scholarship: up to $8,500 per academic year.
  • Freshman College Scholarship: up to $6,500 per academic year.

Recognition Scholarships

A+ Scholarship

Criteria: Any student attending an A+ high school who completes the Missouri state requirements for that program may be eligible.
Award amount: Up to $1,000 per academic year for 5 years

Boys State Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: Must be a citizen of Missouri Boys State. Based on past academic performance and completion of Boys State program. Up to five scholarships awarded.
Award amount: Up to $2,000 per academic year for 5 years

Catholic High School Recognition Award

Criteria: first-year, first-time students who have graduated from a Catholic high school and have been awarded a merit-based scholarship from Fontbonne University.
Award amount: Up to $2,000 per academic year for four years provided student maintains full-time status.

Donald M. Suggs Multicultural Leadership Scholarship

Criteria: Incoming freshmen or transfer students may apply. Student must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and an ACT of 20 or higher. Students must represent an ethnic group that is under-represented in higher education and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Preference shall be given to students who are residents of the greater St. Louis, MO metropolitan area. Additional information and the application can be found here.
Award amount:  Up to $2,000 per academic year for four years provided student maintains full-time status.

Girls State Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: Must be a citizen of Missouri Girls State. Based on past academic performance and completion of Girls State program. Up to five scholarships awarded.
Award amount: Up to $2,000 per academic year for 5 years

Denny Gipson Scholarship

Criteria: Offered to high school seniors who are graduates from the Junior Achievement of Greater St Louis program are eligible.
Award amount: Up to $2,000 per academic year for 5 years.

Transfer Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa/Honors Scholarship

Students eligible must meet the following criteria: Transfers from a 2-year institution must have membership in the two-year honors society Phi Theta Kappa and have a minimum combined cumulative GPA of 3.2. Transfers from a 4-year institution must have a minimum combined cumulative GPA of 3.5. Award amount: up to $8500 per academic year.

Transfer Scholarship

Students eligible must meet the following criteria: transferred from a 4-year or community college into Fontbonne University, demonstrated academic success and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Award amount: up to $8500 per academic year.

College, Alumni, Founder’s, or Dean’s Scholarships

Transfer students who have completed fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit may be eligible for one of the freshman merit-based scholarships. Consideration for these scholarships will be based on cumulative grade point averages calculated on both high school and transfer credits, as well as ACT or SAT scores. Scholarship amounts may vary.

All scholarships require students to maintain a satisfactory academic progress for scholarship renewal.

Financial Aid

Through the administration of various financial aid programs, Fontbonne University assists qualified students with demonstrated financial need. In a spirit of partnership with the family, the Fontbonne financial aid policy attempts to supplement the resources of the family whose funds do not meet the student’s educational costs. Fontbonne financial aid awards may consist of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment.

Financial aid will attempt to meet demonstrated need up to budgeted tuition and fees for commuting students and up to budgeted tuition, fees, room, and board for resident students.

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines the family’s expected contribution (EFC) toward meeting the student’s costs of education. The EFC is then subtracted from the student’s budgeted cost at Fontbonne University. The difference between the total budgeted cost and the EFC determines the student’s need for financial assistance.

Total budgeted cost of attending Fontbonne
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
= Financial need

Current regulations do not permit unclassified (non-degree seeking) students to receive any type of federal aid. While most programs are limited to full-time students, undergraduate students with less than full-time enrollment may qualify for aid through the Pell Grant program, Teach Grant program, Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) program, or the Direct Plus Loan Program. A student enrolled in a teacher certification or recertification program is considered the same as a fifth-year undergraduate student, and can only receive aid through the Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) program.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Applicants must first be admitted to Fontbonne University in a degree program; graduation from high school or issuance of a GED certificate is required. At the same time the FAFSA form should be completed at the following web site: (www.fafsa.gov). Please include Fontbonne’s school code: 00246400, on the FAFSA to ensure that we receive your results. There is no cost associated with the submission of these forms. Please visit the Fontbonne website for more detailed information.

The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 1 of the year prior to a student enrolling at Fontbonne..

Fontbonne advises early application to receive full consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for financial assistance according to available funds.

The FAFSA renewal application must be made each year with a new determination of EFC. Yearly awards will be made according to the availability of funds.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Undergraduate students enrolled in a program of study and receiving Title IV Financial Aid funds (including Direct Loans, Perkins, Grad PLUS Loans, Pell Grants, and/or Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants [SEOG]) must adhere to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as determined by the Office of Financial Aid to continue their eligibility for Title IV funds. Satisfactory Academic Progress is determined using the Qualitative Standard, Quantitative Standard, and Maximum Time Frame for program completion. If not otherwise stated, all references to credit hours and GPA are considered cumulative. This policy applies to full-time and part-time students.

Frequency of Review

  1. Undergraduate students will be reviewed for each standard by the financial aid office after each Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Qualitative Standard

  1. Undergraduate Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Quantitative Standard

  1. Undergraduate students must successfully complete 2/3 of all attempted credits (67%).
  2. Completed credits are defined as all credits reflected on a student’s transcript with a grade of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’. Grades and designations of ‘AF’, ‘F’, ‘NP’, ‘W’, or ‘I’ are not considered completed.
  3. Repeated courses are counted as hours attempted each time the course is taken and reported on student’s transcript.
  4. All accepted transfer hours, will be counted when calculating the quantitative standard.

Maximum Time Frame

  1. All programs of study must be completed within 150% of the published length of the educational program; i.e., a program requiring 120 credit hours must be completed with no more than 180 attempted credit hours to maintain financial aid eligibility.
  2. The financial aid office will entertain student appeals regarding the number of credit hours transferred and will consider only those hours that are applicable to the student’s program of study when calculating the maximum time frame.

Failure to Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

  1. Undergraduate students exceeding the Maximum Time Frame will be determined ineligible for additional Title IV Financial Aid during the remainder of their undergraduate career at Fontbonne University (FBU).

  2. Undergraduate students’ failing to meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress will be placed on a warning status and notification from the Financial Aid Office granting one semester to allow them the opportunity to get their qualitative and/or quantitative pieces at or above the minimum standards.

  3. Undergraduate students failing to meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress after their warning semester may appeal their loss of Title IV Financial Aid eligibility.
    1. Student must complete the Financial Aid SAP Appeal Form and meet with applicable staff on-campus before submitting the appeal to the Financial Aid Office. Fax submission will be accepted.
    2. Student’s appeal must include:
      1. Why student failed to make SAP
        and
      2. What has changed that will allow student to make SAP at the next evaluation.
    3. If the appeal is denied, the student is ineligible for Title IV Financial Aid funds immediately.
    4. If appeal is approved, student completes a SAP Contract and is placed on SAP Probation:
      1. FBU Financial Aid Office has determined that the student will be able to make SAP by the end of the next payment period or
      2. The student will be placed on an academic plan that will ensure the student can make SAP by the end of the following semester.
      3. Student remains on SAP Probation until student can make SAP.
    5. The student must follow the academic plan and/or SAP Contract. Failure to do so will result in immediate termination of Title IV Financial Aid funds.
    6. Student will be notified of their appeal status and academic plan status.
  4. Students may reestablish their Title IV Financial Aid eligibility by completing coursework at their own expense until they meet both the Qualitative and Quantitative Standards of the Financial Aid SAP Policy.
    1. This coursework may be completed at Fontbonne University or be transferred from another institution of higher education, if the Registrar recognizes those course credits as transferrable.
    2. Upon request by the student, the Office of Financial Aid will review the student’s progress and determine if the student has reestablished Title IV Financial Aid eligibility.

Notification

The Office of Financial Aid will:

  1. Notify students who fail to meet the Financial Aid SAP Policy requirements.
  2. Advise students who are no longer eligible for Title IV Financial Aid.
  3. Provide information to students regarding their Financial Aid status.
  4. Inform students of the process to reestablish Title IV Financial Aid eligibility.
  5. Notify students when they have reestablished eligibility.

Repeated Coursework Policy

Full-Time undergraduate students may only repeat a previously passed course once (a total of two attempts). If you enroll in a previously repeated and passed course for a third time, this course will not count towards your enrollment for financial aid purposes.

Grants

The Pell Grant is a federally sponsored grant available to eligible full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, and less than half-time undergraduate degree-seeking students. The Pell Grant award amount is determined each year by federal legislation. All financial aid applicants must file the FAFSA to determine eligibility for Pell Grant funding. Students may receive the Pell Grant for a total of 600% of their lifetime eligibility while pursuing their first undergraduate degree.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federal program administered by Fontbonne University and is awarded on a funds-available basis to full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students demonstrating exceptional financial need. These grants are from federally appropriated funds made available to Fontbonne.

Access Missouri Grant is a grant from the state of Missouri available to full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students who are residents of Missouri, attend Missouri schools, demonstrate the required level of financial need, who maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or higher, and file the FAFSA prior to April 1. For more detailed information visit https://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/accessmo.php.

Fontbonne Grants are institutional grants made to eligible full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students with demonstrated need. These grants are from budgeted funds of the university and are awarded on a funds-available basis.

Fontbonne Family Award is a tuition reduction award and applies when two or more members of an immediate family enroll simultaneously as full-time undergraduate degree-seeking Fontbonne students. The reduction is $250 per semester per student. These awards are made through the financial aid office upon the student providing a written request to their Financial Aid Counselor and demonstration of eligibility. Funding is limited and awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

TEACH Grant is a federally funded program that provides up to $4,000 to eligible students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school which serves low-income families. For more detailed information visit: www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Loans

Federal Direct Loan is available to eligible degree-seeking students who have filed the FAFSA and are registered at least half-time (six credit hours or more) at Fontbonne each semester. The loan is available in two different forms. The first is a Direct Subsidized Loan which is based upon need, with the federal government paying the interest while the student is in school. The second is a Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest  starting on the date of disbursement. The maximum amount that can be borrowed is determined by the student’s grade level. For more information please view the following website: www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Undergraduate Students is a non-need-based loan for eligible parents of dependent degree-seeking students. Its availability is based upon a credit check and should only be applied for after eligibility for the Federal Direct Loan has been determined. The loan limit is the budgeted cost of education minus other financial aid. An origination fee will be taken from the amount borrowed, and repayment can begin immediately, or be deffered as long as the student maintains at least half-time (six credit hours or more) each semester. Applications are available in the financial aid office. For more information visit: www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Employment/Work-Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a work program for fulltime as well as part-time Undergraduate and Graduate degree-seeking students with demonstrated financial need. Eligible students find job opportunities on campus either during non-academic day hours or in the evening. The Federal Work-Study program funds come from Federal allocations annually. Students are paid on a bi-weekly basis as time cards are submitted electronically.

Campus Work Study is a limited work program for fulltime as well as part-time Undergraduate and Graduate degree-seeking students. Such employment is not considered need-based, but may be used toward meeting demonstrated need and is considered to be financial aid. Eligible students find job opportunities on campus either during non-academic day hours or in the evening. Students are paid on a biweekly basis as time sheets are submitted.

Tuition Discounts

Discounts are based upon available funding and may not be combined with other discounts or scholarships. Only one discount will be applied per course. If a student is eligible for more than one discount on the same course, the larger discount will be applied.

No Discounts will be applied for doctoral programs.

Alumni Discount: Students who have graduated from Fontbonne University are eligible for a 15% tuition discount. This discount is tracked according to students’ alumni status and applied to the student account each semester. This discount is only applied to tuition and may not be used during a semester in which courses are billed at a reduced rate (such as Summer undergraduate, audit courses, etc.). In addition, students cannot combine this discount with other forms of institutional aid (i.e. Fontbonne grants, scholarships, additional tuition discounts, etc.).

Educator’s Discount: In appreciation of the services offered to our community by educators at all levels, Fontbonne University offers a 15% tuition discount to qualified individuals enrolled in graduate coursework. This discount is only applied to tuition and may not be used during a semester in which courses are billed at a reduced rate (such as audit courses, etc.).  Qualified educators (teachers or paraprofessionals) include those who work at least half time in a nursery school, a pre-K through 12 school system or post-secondary institution. Application forms can be obtained from your department and must be filled out in its entirety each semester.

Military Discount: As a special recognition of service to our country, all service members and veterans are eligible for a 15% tuition discount. This discount is only applied to graduate tuition and may not be used during a semester where courses are billed at a reduced rate (such as Summer undergraduate, audit courses, etc.). In addition, students may also utilize tuition assistance and VA benefits such as the Post 9-11 GI Bill. A tuition discount must be completed at the start of your program in order to verify your Military status with the appropriate documentation and will then be applied each semester you are enrolled moving forward. In addition, students cannot combine this discount with other forms of institutional aid (i.e. Fontbonne grants, scholarships, additional tuition discounts, etc.).

Corporate Discount: Students employed with a corporation that collaborates with Fontbonne University are eligible for a corporate discount. This discount must be requested each semester using the tuition discount form that can be obtained in the Financial Services Office located in Ryan Hall, room 209/215. This discount is only applied to tuition and may not be used during a semester in which courses are billed at a reduced rate (such as Summer undergraduate, audit courses, etc.). In addition, students cannot combine this discount with other forms of institutional aid (i.e., Fontbonne grants, scholarships, additional tuition discounts, etc.).

*Enrollment changes that result in changes to tuition charges may also result in adjustments to a tuition discount amount.

**Only one discount will be applied per course. If a student is eligible for more than one discount on the samecourse, the larger discount will be applied.

***Doctoral programs are not eligible for discounts.

Special Circumstances

We understand that the FAFSA does not always capture your family’s financial situations perfectly. That is why we utilize the Professional Judgment Process if special circumstances arise. If you or your parents are experiencing any of the following, we recommend that you contact the Financial Aid Office regarding the Professional Judgment process:

  • Non-reimbursed medical, dental, or nursing home expenses (at least 10% of your adjusted gross income)
  • Private school tuition (Pre K-12th grade) or day care expenses (at least 10% of your adjusted gross income)
  • Change in employment (lay off, termination)
  • Other unusual circumstances that compromise at least 10% of adjusted gross income.

If you are a dependent student whose parents refuse to provide their data on the FAFSA form and who do not provide any financial support, you may also complete the Professional Judgment Process. If your appeal is approved, please note you only qualify for an unsubsidized direct loan.

Veteran Administration (VA) Funding

The following accommodations will be made for all students who use the Post 9/11 GI Bill or VA Vocational Rehabilitation to fund their education and have provided a copy of their certificate of eligibility or statement of benefits to the VA certifying official and completed the Veterans Benefits Registration form for each term they wish to access VA benefits:

Students will be allowed to deduct from prior or current balance any outstanding anticipated Post 9/11 or VA Vocational Rehabilitation funding and establish monthly payments on any remaining balance not covered by the Veterans Administration. 

Students who are carrying a balance due to the delayed processing of such payments and wish to be enrolled in a payment plan will be placed in a special plan with no interest charged and less than standard calculated minimums.

Fontbonne will carry the Post 9/11 or VA Vocational Rehabilitation balance until the payments are released to Fontbonne or the students or until such time as the VA notifies Fontbonne that they do not plan to pay any portion of the balance to school.

Fontbonne will not place registration holds on any student with an outstanding balance strictly remaining from delayed VA funds. Transcript or diploma holds may be placed.

Students who receive the GI Bill® benefits should check with the certifying official after registration, before classes begin to verify that all enrolled courses are covered by their benefits.  If they have questions, please contact Shawn McCaw.