It is the policy of Berry College to keep charges to students to a minimum, and the college carefully selects those to whom it will offer admission. To balance the difference between actual educational costs and the amount a student pays, Berry College provides scholarships and institutional aid to students to help make the cost more affordable.
Many students are offered a work opportunity as well, through which they can help offset a portion of their college expenses. They are paid regularly on a biweekly basis. Scholarships, grants, loans and other awards also are available under a comprehensive financial-assistance program. Further information is provided later in this section.
Undergraduate Studies Charges
For information about Undergraduate tuition, fees, and related information, visit the Berry College Tuition Summary.
Graduate Studies Charges
For information about Graduate tuition, fees, and related information, visit either the Graduate Business or Graduate Education web pages.
Financial Obligations to the College
A student who is delinquent in payment of any financial obligation to Berry College may be removed from classes; may not be allowed to register at the college for another semester until such delinquency is satisfied; may not be issued official transcripts or a diploma; and may be subject to additional measures. In the event that an unpaid obligation is submitted to a collection agency or an attorney at law, all costs of collection, including reasonable attorney’s fees, will be paid by the student.
Payment of Charges Each Semester
Each student who has registered is billed in advance with an itemized statement of charges for the semester and financial-aid credits applied (if applicable). The net amount is due on or before the fee payment date or the student will not be “cleared” to attend classes. A student may view their statement of charges on VikingWeb through the Student Account Center.
Payment plans are available for those who wish to pay charges for each semester in monthly installments. Please see mycollegepaymentplan.com/Berry and log in to the Student Account Center to learn more.
Clearance to Attend Classes
A student will not be permitted to attend classes, and professors will not admit students to class, until the Student Financial Services Office has received the net amount billed or the first installment of a Payment Plan for the semester and all scholarship, loan and other financial-aid forms and/or checks have been signed.
Refund of Charges
All students who withdraw during a fall or spring semester will be charged tuition and room and board, if applicable, at the rate of 10 percent of the semester charge for each week, or fraction thereof, of enrollment. If a recipient of financial aid withdraws and is scheduled to receive a refund, all or part of this refund will be used to reimburse the financial-aid program from which the student received funds. All students who withdraw from a summer semester on or before add/drop day for the summer block their course(s) reside in will receive a full refund. Other fees are nonrefundable.
Students receiving Title IV Federal Financial Aid (Stafford, Plus or Perkins Loans, Pell Grant, SEOG, etc.) who withdraw during a semester will be subject to the refunding of all or a portion of their financial aid to the respective loan or grant, according to Federal Regulations. Information on these withdrawal procedures and the Federal Regulations that apply are available in the Student Financial Services Office.
Join the nation’s premier student work experience program. Berry offers meaningful work to every student in more than 180 departments and locations. Each year approximately 88% of the student body chooses to work in a variety of jobs. New student workers start in entry-level positions and then have opportunities to progress to more advanced positions. Many students eventually have the opportunity to lead projects, supervise other students, perform research or manage departments or one of our student-operated businesses.
The Berry work experience extends, complements, and enriches the academic experience. Students develop leadership and human relations skills, learn good work habits, build self-reliance, and become experts in their work area. Learning outcomes of the program also focus on taking initiative, integrity, customer service and team work.
The typical student works 10 hours per week. Students are limited to no more than 16 hours per week. In rare cases a vice president can grant approval to work up to 20 hours per week. Some departments also provide student work opportunities during the summer, up to 40 hours per week.
The LifeWorks Office assigns positions to incoming freshmen based on past experiences, individual preferences and institutional needs. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to seek the jobs of their choice. Open jobs are posted at https://berry.edu/ppd/lifeworks/. Students having difficulty finding jobs should contact the LifeWorks Office in Krannert 321.
Students working 15 hours per week during the academic year can earn approximately $3,480. Students working 40 hours per week during the summer have the opportunity to earn up $4,500.
Student earnings for on-campus jobs are paid every two weeks. Earnings are subject to state and federal income taxes and in some cases FICA taxes. New students are required to complete payroll withholding and I-9 (verification of citizenship) forms prior to receiving work assignments and therefore should have a social-security card or certified birth certificate and one other government-issued picture identification (usually a state-issued driver’s license) in their possession when they arrive on the campus. A valid U.S. passport is an acceptable substitute for the social security card, birth certificate, and the identification card.