Tuition and Fees

Take a look at the estimated costs by program, including tuition, testing, and lab fees.

Understand Your Investment

The cost of attending Samuel Merritt University depends on many factors, such as your program of study or whether you’re attending full- or part-time. It is important to work with your financial aid counselor to ensure your award package meets your short-term and long-term needs, including your out-of-pocket educational expenses while you are enrolled in your program.

Here, you’ll find current tuition and fees information, as well as details about the billing and payment process. For your convenience, we offer an online payment website area known as SMURF—Samuel Merritt University Records and Finance. The Student Accounts/Business Office is always available to help you with any payment-related questions. 

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Student Accounts/Business Office

We provide students with detailed financial statements and information to assist them and their parents in meeting their obligations to the University. We provide personalized financial counseling by designing plans and apprising students of other alternatives such as financial aid and scholarships in order to successfully and effectively meet each individual's budgeting needs.

We offer interest-free monthly payment options which can be used in combination with scholarships and direct loans. We also accept credit card (VISA or Mastercard) payments by telephone.

Contact Us
Phone: 510.879.9236*
Fax: 510.457.2631
*email: studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu

Hours: Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. By appointment.

Address: 3100 Telegraph Ave, Suite 1110, Oakland, CA 94609

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Tuition 2020-2021 Starting Fall 2020

PREREQUISITE BASIC SCIENCES COURSES:
Anatomy (BSCI 015) $633/unit
Anatomy (BSCI 016) $633/unit
Pathophysiology (NRSG 119) $633/unit
Pharmacology (NRSG 118) $633/unit
Physiology (BSCI 025) $633/unit
Physiology Lab (BSCI 026) $633/unit


BACHELOR PROGRAMS:
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)*
Full-time (sequential track) $79,257/annual
Part-time (See Additional Notation) $1,524/unit*
See below, Additional Tuition Information

Tuition for this program is billed at the annual program rate and amortized over three semesters in equal installments. This program has annual tuition increases effective Summer of each year. See ABSN Financial Information “Location Start and End Dates.”

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Full-time (10+ units per term) $51,684/annual
Part-time (See Additional Notation) $1,543/unit

RN to BSN $625/unit

MASTER'S PROGRAMS:

Master Physician Assistant (MPA)*
Full-time (sequential track)* $53,522/annual
Part-time (See Addition Notation) $1,216/unit

Tuition for this program is billed at the program rate and amortized over six semesters in equal installments and no tuition in the seventh semester. This program has annual tuition increases effective fall of each year.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Entry-Level MSN—Case Management $1,465/unit
Entry-Level MSN—Family Nurse Practitioner $1,465/unit
MSN—Case Management $1,465/unit
MSN—Family Nurse Practitioner $1,465/unit
MSN—Family Nurse Practitioner (online) $1,387/unit 
MSN—Nurse Anesthesia $1,465/unit

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) 
Full-time (sequential track)* $43,557/annual
Part-time (See Addition Notation) $1,303/unit

Tuition for this program will be billed in the following method:

Semesters One through Six are billed at the annual program rate and amortized over six semesters in equal installments. Tuition for the seventh semester; is 1/3 of the annual tuition cost. This program has annual tuition increases effective Fall of each year.


DOCTORAL PROGRAMS:
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) $1,269/unit

Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) $1,269/unit

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Full-time (sequential track)* $43,557/annual
Part-time (See Addition Notation) $1,173/unit

Tuition for this program will be billed in the following method:

Semesters One through Six are billed at the annual program rate and amortized over six semesters in equal installments. Tuition for the seventh and eighth semester; is 2/3 of the annual tuition cost.  This program has annual tuition increases effective Fall of each year.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Full-time (sequential track)* $53,522/annual

Part-time (See Addition Notation) $1,264/unit

Tuition for this program will be billed in the following method:

Semesters One through Six are billed at the annual program rate and amortized over six semesters in equal installments. Tuition for the seventh semester; is 1/3 of the annual tuition cost. Semester Eight has an internship fee.  This program has annual tuition increases effective Fall of each year.


DPT Electives: 
Advanced Pediatrics (DPT 781) $353/unit
Sports Medicine (DPT 782) $353/unit

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
Full-time (sequential track)* $44,856/annual
Part-time (See Addition Notation) $1,008/unit

Due to federal financial aid regulation, the 1st year financial aid package includes the entire first year annual tuition plus the summer so that it is one and one-third of the annual tuition. The second and third years; financial aid package is for the annualized amount and the fourth year is for two-thirds of the annual tuition, representing the final two semesters.


SEQUENTIAL COURSE NOTE: Some programs at Samuel Merritt University are sequential in nature; therefore students must receive clearance from the department chair to be classified as part-time. Students who qualify and are classified as part-time will be billed at the current program part-time tuition rate.

This cost analysis assumes a traditional, full-time track and does not take into account any annual tuition and fee increases, which become effective every Fall (except DPM which has a Summer increase). The average SMU increase in tuition for the five-year period of 2014–18 is 3.50 percent. This compares to the National average for the five-year period of 2013–17 of 3.02 percent.

NON-REFUNDABLE FEES & DEPOSITS (INITIAL FEES & DEPOSITS)
Application fees—Payable to third-party vendor (Centralized Application Service):
Nursing Undergraduate $50
Nursing Graduate $70
Occupational Therapy $140
Physician Assistant $179
Physical Therapy $145
Podiatric Medicine $180

Application fees—Payable to Samuel Merritt University:
Undergraduate Basic Science (Special Status Student) $50
School of Nursing Special Status Student Fee (BRN Required Courses) $300
Advanced Standing Application Fee Podiatric Medicine-CSPM $500
Nursing Transition to Practice $50

Tuition deposit:
Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral* $350
*Doctor of Podiatric Medicine $1,000

Note: Application fees and tuition deposits are non-refundable, whether or not the student withdraws in the first week of the term.

LABORATORY FEES
Advanced Health Assessment (MSN) (Nursing 671) $240/course
Anatomical and Physiological I (MOT) (OT 610) $240/course
Anatomical and Physiological I (OTD) (OT 710) $240/course
Human Gross Anatomy (PA) (PA 601) $240/course
Clinical Skills (PA) (PA 629) $240/course
Doctor - Podiatric Medicine (DPM 1st & 2nd year students) $160/annual
Gross Anatomy I (DPT) (PT 723) $240/course
Gross Anatomy II (DPT) (PT 725) $240/course
Managing Care of Adults I (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 120) $420/course
Managing Care of Adults II (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 136) $420/course
Managing Care Adult Seminar I&II (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 127) $840/course
Nursing Skills I (ELMSN) (Nursing 542 $400/course
Nursing Skills II (ELMSN) (Nursing 543) $400/course
Principles of Anesthesia I (CRNA) (Nursing 651) $240/course
Principles of Anesthesia II (CRNA) (Nursing 655) $240/course
Human Anatomy (CRNA) (Nursing 657) $240/course
Clinical Anesthesia V (CRNA) (Nursing 664) $240/course

HESI TESTING AND LIVE REVIEW FEE (Estimated)
Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
HESI testing fee (BSN/first semester, Nursing 137) $610/first semester
HESI live review fee (BSN/final semester, Nursing 190L) $326/final semester

Accelerate Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
HESI testing fee (ABSN/first semester, Nursing 138) $610/first semester
HESI live review fee (ABSN/final semester, Nursing 170) $326/final semester

Entry-Level Master's of Science in Nursing (Oakland and Sacramento)
HESI testing fee (ELMSN-OAK/SAC/first semester, Nursing 524) $610/1st Semester
HESI live review fee (ELMSN-OAK/SAC/final semester, Nursing 170) $326/final semester

Miscellaneous Fees
Instrument fee (first-year DPM students only) $2,625/first semester
CPMSA fee (DPM Only) $230/annual
CSPE examination fee (fourth-year students) $1,230/final year
APMLE examination Fee (second- and fourth-year students) $900/annual
Student Body Association Fee (all students) $50/annual

Graduation Fees (billed final semester)
Bachelor's degree (ABSN, BSN, RN-BSN) $130/final
Master's degree $160/final
Doctor Nursing Practice (DNP) $300/final
Doctor Occupational Therapy (OTD) $300/finaL
Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM) $300/final
Doctor Physical Therapy (DPT) $300/final

Student Health Insurance Fee (estimate) 
Medical/Dental/Vision—basic $5,021/annual
Medical/Dental/Vision—enhanced $6,572/annual

Contact the Business Office for cost to add dependents.

Challenge Fee/Audit Fee
Theory $100/Course
Clinical $150/Unit

Matriculation Fee
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT 642) $1,276/Unit

Final Clinical Experience Fee
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) $1,500/8th term

Synthesis Continuation Fee
$100/semester

Return Check Fee
$25/check

 

Tuition and fees are billed at least 30 days in advance of each semester and are due before the first day of each semester to be considered paid on time. Students wishing to pay their tuition by credit card and use their financial aid for living expenses must pay on SMURF (the Samuel Merritt University Records and Finance website) 14 days before the start of the semester. Credit card payments are paid via SMURF. Students who have been approved for financial aid and do not see their “Anticipated Aid” on SMURF should consult the Campus Service Center at 510.879.9200. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain their address and phone number on SMURF.

Payments can be made by cash, check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover only), by payment plan, and online through SMURF. Please note that all checks should be made payable to Samuel Merritt University. 

Mail or deliver checks to:
Samuel Merritt University
Attn: Cashier's Office
3100 Telegraph Ave, Suite 1110
Oakland, CA 94609

Payment plan information is available by contacting the Student Accounts department at 510.879.9236 or studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu.

Payment plans are available each semester at 0 percent interest rate and $0 setup fee. If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, contact us at 510.879.9236 or studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu. Please note payment plans must be renewed each semester. You may also visit the Student Accounts department website for further information on SMU payment plans.

If two consecutive monthly payments are missed, SMU reserves the right to cancel the payment plan and place the student on a "Business Office Hold." Any payments made on the payment plan, before or after termination, will be applied to the students’ account. Any overpayments made will be refunded according to the University refund process. Once a payment plan has been canceled due to delinquent payment(s), the “Due Dates” of Samuel Merritt University policies and payment schedules will apply. Payment plans terminated due to delinquent status may not be reinstated for subsequent semester(s).

The University will assess a 1 percent late fee per month on any account that remains unpaid after the payment due date. Students who do not have an active payment plan, financial aid, and/or third-party billing to cover their student account balance will incur a 1 percent late charge fee on the unpaid balance. The 1 percent late charge fee will occur at the end of each month until the balance is paid in full or arrangements have been made with the Business Office.

With the exception of tuition deposits, credit balances will be disbursed to the student as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the first day of class or 14 days from the date the credit balance occurs.

To receive clearance from the Business Office, the student must either have paid all amounts owed or present proof that the outstanding balance owed will be covered by financial aid and/or third-party billing. Students who have an unpaid balance with SMU may not register for subsequent terms. A “Business Office Hold” will be placed on the student's account, and a 1 percent monthly late fee will accrue until payment is made in full. Students with poor payment history (returned checks, non-payment of payment plans) are required to pay in full at the time of registration for all charges posted to the student's account.

Diplomas will not be issued to a current or a former student with a past due tuition balance and/or past due balances on Federal Perkins, Federal Nursing, and/or Federal HPSL Loans. SMU will assign delinquent accounts to collection agencies and report to the credit bureaus. SMU further reserves the right to recover all costs involved with the collection due to the nonpayment of the outstanding balance. Reasonable collection costs of up to 25 percent on the first agency referral and 30 percent on the second agency referral resulting from failure to pay may be incurred and will be the responsibility of the student. In addition to withholding diplomas from students who have outstanding financial obligations to the University, attorney’s fees and other collection costs incurred by the University will be the responsibility of the student.

Third-party billing or outside agency billing refers to an outside entity that may assist in paying part or all of your tuition and fees. If you have third-party billing, submit all paperwork to the Student Accounts department. If you have additional questions about the process, please contact studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu or 510.879.9236.

Course Overload: Undergraduate students in good academic standing may request to enroll in more than 17.5 units in any semester with the Registrar's approval.

Course Repetition: If a student repeats a course for any reason, the student will be charged the tuition and fees in effect at the time the course is repeated.

Part-Time Study: Some programs at SMU are sequential in nature; therefore students must receive clearance from the department chair to be classified as part-time. Students who qualify and are designated as part-time will be billed at the current program part-time tuition rate.

Students who take a leave of absence, withdraw, or are dismissed from SMU programs for any reason will owe for current semester units and units completed in prior semesters at the current per unit rate. These programs are sequential; therefore, students will be billed at the program tuition rate in effect at the time they return from a leave of absence for the remainder of their matriculation. Students who are re-admitted will be billed at the program tuition rate in effect at the time they are re-admitted and resume their course of study.

1stweek 85% tuition refunded

2ndweek 80% tuition refunded

3rd week 75% tuition refunded

4th week 75% tuition refunded

5th week to the end of the Semester 0% tuition refunded

 

If the student withdraws or takes a leave of absence from the University, the student must complete the online withdrawal/LOA form to request a refund. Once the online withdrawal from the University is completed, all principal SMU offices will automatically receive notification.  Refunds are based upon the schedules in the following section. Fees are generally non-refundable. The University must follow current federal regulations in effect for students who receive Title IV (federal) financial aid.

Students who wish to petition for an exception to the refund policy may do so by submitting an email of explanation and any verification documents to studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu.

1stweek 85% tuition refunded

2ndweek 80% tuition refunded

3rd week 75% tuition refunded

4th week 75% tuition refunded

5th week to the end of the Semester 0% tuition refunded

 

If the dismissal is upheld, the effective date will be the end of the previous term. At the point of dismissal, all eligible financial aid will be returned to the appropriate financial aid agency.

OVERLOAD
Undergraduate students in good academic standing may request to enroll in more than 17.5 units in any semester, with Registrar's approval.

COURSE REPETITION
In the event that a student repeats a course for any reason, the student will be charged the tuition and fees in effect at the time the course is repeated.

Form 1098-T is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form provided to eligible students who enroll in eligible courses at Samuel Merritt University (SMU.) The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (TRA97) established education tax credits for taxpayers. For detailed information regarding these credits please consult IRS Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education.

This form is informational and serves to alert students that they may be eligible for federal income tax education credits. The 1098-T is not meant to be an indicator of income.  Receipt of the 1098-T form does not indicate eligibility for the tax credit. It contains information to assist you and the IRS in determining if you are eligible to claim education-related tax credits. Your financial records serve as official supporting documents for your federal income tax return.  The information on the 1098-T form is only provided to assist you.  Please consult with your tax preparer if you have additional questions regarding how the 1098-T relates to your specific tax preparation.

Delivery:  Form 1098-T supplies a portion of the information needed by taxpayers to claim the tax credits. By Federal law, this form must be provided to the student by January 31 of each year. Also, students can access the form online at SMURF and print additional copies as necessary. You will need your user name and password to log into SMURF. Proceed to the “Finance” tab and click on the 1098T button, which will direct you to the 1098T’s currently on file. If this is the first time accessing your 1098T electronically, you will be asked to accept your 1098T electronically. (This acceptance can be withdrawn at any time). To assist your tax preparer, student statements are available under the Finance tab and labeled as Spring 2019 and 1098T statement.

Unless a student has previously consented to electronic delivery, the 1098-T is mailed to the address SMU has on file for the student as of January 3.

Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN):  The University is required to collect your correct SSN/ITIN to file 1098-T information with the IRS. Annual reviews will be done by the University to check for student SSN/ITIN. If a student does not have an SSN/ITIN on file, we will ask you to complete and return a form Substitute W-9S Request for Taxpayer Identification Number.

The request for SSN/ITIN is emailed as a DocuSign document to students with a missing SSN/ITIN in our database.

You can be fined $50 by the IRS if you have an SSN/ITIN but do not respond to our request by the stated deadline.

The Boxes

Box 1: This box contains the amount paid for Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses (QTRE) during the previous calendar year. Payments include scholarships and grants except for scholarships & grants for room and board, loans, AmeriCorps payments, and personal payments. Refunds received from any of these types of payments have been excluded from the total.

Employer-based tuition discounts, staff tuition waivers, are not considered scholarships or grants; instead, the amount of the discount or waiver is used to reduce the amount billed for the calendar year.

The amount paid cannot exceed the QTRE amount billed for the calendar year. The amount billed was calculated separately and does not appear on the 1098-T. If the amount paid exceeded the amount billed, the amount billed is reported in Box 1.

Box 2: This box will be blank.

Box 3: This box will be blank.

Box 4Reports adjustments made to qualified tuition and related expenses reported on a prior year Form 1098-T in Box 1. The amount reported in Box 4 represents a reduction in tuition billed during a prior calendar year. The amount reported in Box 4 for adjustments to qualified tuition and related expenses may reduce any allowable education credit you may claim for the prior year. See IRS Form 8863 or IRS Publication 970 for more information.

Box 5:  All scholarships and grants received in the calendar year. This includes SMU scholarships and grants, outside scholarships, state and federal grants, scholarships and grants, vocational rehab payments, and VA benefit payments.

Box 6: Adjustments to scholarships or grants from a prior year (net of credits and charges.)

Box 7: Payments received in the calendar year that is intended for a term beginning January - March of the next calendar year.

Box 8: At least a half-time student during at least one semester during the calendar year. The academic terms for the calendar year include Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Box 9: Graduate student status.

Box 10: This box will be blank.

Additional Information

Many students and parents want to see a full accounting of the calendar year. Student account details are available online by logging into SMURF. If you prefer a formal billing statement, you may request that a statement be mailed or emailed to you. We do not give this information out over the phone. Email us at studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu

Parents: we cannot provide this statement to you unless your student has signed a FERPA Consent to Release Financial Information Form.

SMU employees are not professional tax advisors and cannot give tax advice. We are prohibited from providing legal, tax, or accounting advice and we are not responsible for any use you make of the information on this web page or your 1098-T Tuition Statement.

 

The following IRS links may also be helpful to you regarding education credits:

Return of Tuition Assistance: Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, Samuel Merritt University,will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. These funds are returned to the military Service branch.

Instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation,

The educational institution will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.

 

15-Week Courses

  • 100% of Tuition Assistance (TA) received will be returned if the student withdraws within the first two weeks of class, but before submission of the first assignment. The student’s request will be processed as a drop for the purpose of returning TA funds only, not for Financial Aid attendance or recalculating of aid.
  • 90% of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after submitting the first assignment and through the end of the fourth week of classes.
  • 75% of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after submitting the first assignment and through the end of the fifth week of classes.
  • 50% of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the sixth week of classes but before the end of the eighth week of classes.
  • 40% of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the eighth week of classes but before the end of the ninth week of classes. (60%, of course, is completed)
  • No TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the ninth week of classes.

15-Week Course Withdraw Submitted

Before or during weeks 1-2 100% return

During weeks 3-4 90% return

During weeks 5-6 75% return

During weeks 7-8 50% return

During weeks 9 40% return (60%, of course, is completed)

During weeks 10-15 0% return

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