Graduate Tuition and Fees

For the 2020-2021 academic year, a graduate student who is a resident of New Jersey would pay $629 per credit for tuition plus the Student Government Association fee. See below for details.  William Paterson University strives to make education affordable for all and to provide assistance to students and their families for understanding various funding options. The William Paterson University Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing tuition, fees, housing, and board plan rates. Rates are set by the Board each year at an open public meeting following an annual public hearing each April at which students and the campus community can express their views. Tuition and fee schedules are subject to change without notice and upon the action of the Board of Trustees.

Funding options: The University administers a number of financial aid programs (scholarships, waivers, loans and campus employment) designed to assist students in funding their college education.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available for graduate students. Click here for more information about our scholarship program. Outside scholarships, which students research and apply for on their own, are also accepted.

Financial Aid: To help eligible graduate students afford a William Paterson education, the University offers graduate assistantships, student employment, information about loans, tuition waiver programs, and tuition payment plans. 
Click here to find out about applying for financial aid »

Tuition and Fee - Fall 2020/Spring 2021

Costs      In-StateOut-of-State
TUITION - per credit $ 624.75 $ 1,044.75
MANDATORY FEE (full description below)
Student Govt Assn Fee $ 4.25 $ 4.25
TOTAL per credit $ 629.00 $ 1,049.00

Description of Mandatory Fee for All Graduate Students

Student Government Association Fee

The Student Government Association Fee, allocated for both non-salary and salary expenditures, is collected by the University on behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA) which is responsible for the allocation and management of the funds. This fee supports all clubs, organizations and committees chartered through the SGA.

Fees Required for Students in Particular Academic Programs

Lab Fees Funds supplies, materials, purchase and maintenance of specialized equipment for students in any course with a lab component. $40 (maximum charge of $120 per semester)
Distance Learning Fee Funds the cost of technology infrastructure needed to provide access to online and hybrid courses. $120 per online course
Malpractice Liability Insurance Fee for kinesiology, public health, and psychology Funds the cost of providing malpractice insurance to students. $20
Art: Studio Art Fee Funds classroom supplies, equipment and technical support in studio art courses. $40
Education: edTPA Testing Fee Funds the cost of the edTPA test. $300
Education: Pre-Professional Seminar Fee Funds the cost of specialized instruction for P-3 and ESL Alternative Route Candidates and Clinical Practice I courses. $300
Music: Electronic Music Lab Fee Funds the purchase and maintenance of equipment and technology for students in electronic music courses. $40
Music: Practice Room Fee Funds the maintenance of equipment and technology for students in music courses. $40
Music: Private Lesson Fee Funds one-to-one instruction and purchase and maintenance of music equipment for all music majors. $225
Nursing: Graduate Nursing Physical Assessment Fee Funds the cost of specialized instruction in the practice of physical assessment. $200
Psychology: Graduate Psychology Fee Funds the cost of specialized testing material. $200

Miscellaneous Fees

Partial Payment Fee Assessed to students who do not pay their balance in full by the payment due date. $25
Payment Plan Late Payment Fee Assessed to students who have made a late monthly payment on an installment payment plan. $50
Late Payment Fee Assessed to students who have been billed for tuition and fees and have not paid by the payment due date. $200
Late Registration Fee Assessed to continuing students who elect to register during the published late registration period. $150
Returned Check Fee Assessed to students whose check or electronic payment is denied for insufficient funds. $25
Returned Check Fee (Recovery Select)  Assessed to students who are enrolled in a payment plan with Recovery Select and the check or electronic payment is denied for insufficient funds. $15
Application Fee Assessed to all students applying for admission. $50
Orientation Fee Funds activities associated with new student orientation. This fee is included in the admissions deposit. $75
Transcript Fee Funds the cost to process a regular transcript. Additional fee for express delivery. $10
Resnet Fee Funds upgraded voice, video, and information per semester technology equipment and related infrastructure for the University's residence halls for resident students. $40 per semester

Office of Student Accounts

College Hall, Room 320
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Office Hours
M-F 8:30 am - 4:30pm

May - Aug 
M-Th 8:00 am - 5:15pm*

*The weeks of Memorial Day and July 4 follow the 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule.