If I take less than 12 hours, how much does it cost?
Let's say I go into Vandy with 18 AP hours.... can I take less than 12 hours both semesters of senior year and what is the tution cost for a 6 hour semester? What is the cost for a past-time student???
Does anyone know where I can find this information? I cannot find it on the Vandy website.
What are you talking about Vanderbilt won't accept 18 AP hours? They've given me 20 and other people like 26. You don't know what you're talking about.
The CAS website says you can underload in your final semester with permission from one of the Advising Deans, but it puts you on probation, and trying to do it at other times is hard unless you're sick or injured. And they don't say anything about getting a discount. Basically, don't go to Vandy because you think you'll get an on-sale senior year.
D told me stories last year of seniors who were called in to meet with assistant deans to get permission to be enrolled with less than 12 hours last spring. I don't think there is any tuition savings, but could be wrong. One friend was gently reprimanded by an asst. dean for not graduating early since she was only enrolled in minimal hours and was receiving significant scholarship assistance. I can't imagine that you can begin the semester as an underclassman enrolled in fewer than 12 hours unless there is an extreme circumstance involved.
Help. Going into senior year my son will have 111 hours. So we have to pay full tuition for 9 hours??? He does not want to graduate early. He just wants to take one or 2 classes each semester senior year. Is there no way to be a part-time student?
S's black book was easy accessible in his room, so I went to look this one up. You must have the permission of the college dean to be enrolled on a less than full time basis. They will assess part-time tuition (the 2005-06 rate was a little over $1200 per credit hour). That would represent some savings, but unless your student has permission to live off campus, you'll still be paying the hefty amount charged for housing/meal plan. All of D's acquaintances who have been less than full time spring of senior year were taking 2 or 3 classes. The one who was on financial aid and who was chided for taking 6 hours may have only needed one class to graduate, but didn't want to miss out on the spring semester. Her full freight aid package therefore had to cover housing & meals for her to take the necessary requirement(s) which could have been taken earlier in her academic career. I guess if you are paying the entire bill they won't care what your son does, but if he receives financial aid, the dean may have something to say about it. While Vanderbilt has pricey tuition, they do still offer a few "bargains" in the mix - free admission to athletic events and the opportunity to take up to 18 credit hours without additional charges. While my state university used to have pricing like that, it is long gone and students pay for every single credit hour regardless. If a student has the desire to take extra classes and can manage the load effectively, it is a great opportunity, IMO. There are some fun "bunnies" out there that can offer students new perspectives and/or useful information - the theatrical music class, country music class, women's health, etc.
thanks. What is the black book you are referring to? Is there a way to access it online?
My son is not on financial aid and we will have paid for 12 hours of summer school at Vandy (plus he had 18 hours of AP credit). So it would seem to me that he should be able to pay less and take less hours his senior year. I would think that is he has met all of his AXLE and Major requirements, they should let him only take 2-3 classes and pay less...right?
So, got my head ripped off by GCN2 and the other one for saying that I doubt Vandy would credit 18 credits. Finally, the 18 credits received as a Freshman ended up costing a fair amount during senior year. $1,200 per credit hour back in 05/06 is a lot of money. Considering most course are on a 3 credit hours, and if living on campus is a requirement, perhaps your student should take "bird" courses for the remaining of his time. The reason I say bird course is to no affect his GPA.
You also need to be careful if you are still under your parent's medical insurance. I have to have a form filled out by the registrar each year verifying I am full time student to remain under their insurance.
The black book is what my kids always called the undergraduate catalog because it is always bound in black (at least for their 7 year tenure). You can access it online.
I would call the dean's office and ask about the reduced load if your S is thinking both semesters senior year. I'm sure there won't be a problem if he is just doing it in the spring semester. They are big on adhering to the process rules when permission is needed. D took only 12 hours last spring and one of the classes was P/F. She had to go to a meeting with an asst. dean to get permission to take the P/F class as such since the rules state you must have 12 graded hours and she only had 9. Not saying they don't often say yes; just saying you have to ask. Kind of like "Mother, May I."
Good point, silversparkles. I have had some students who have had the same concerns about car insurance/good student discounts through the years. BTW, momof2ky, if those issues became relevant, your S could consider an internship to make up the credits. Expensive, but sometimes necessary.
Actually 18 AP credits will put you in a nice spot come senior year. I came in with 18 credits, never took summer school, and I only need 10 credits to graduate over the next two semesters. I only took 18 hours one semester, so I didn't average a heavy load or anything either.