Frequently Asked Questions About the Technology Fee
What is the technology fee?
The technology fee is a $299 charge added to your student account each semester you enroll in courses.
What does the technology fee cover?
The technology fee covers the cost of services that you need to be a successful online student. Individually purchased, these services would cost significantly more than $299. These services include:
- Up to 10 hours of tutoring services each semester (valued at over $250)
- A download of Office 365 on up to 5 devices (valued at $99.99)
- Résumé critique and assistance
- Support from the IT HelpDesk, including remote assistance with software installation and other issues, and on-campus hardware and software repair
- Access to special IT Marketplace events and university discounts
Bundling these services together under the technology fee maximizes the value of those services.
What is the purpose of the technology fee?
Over the past 9 years, we have frozen our tuition rates as part of our commitment to only charging for services and resources that are necessary to equip our students for success. As we continue to find ways to enhance your student experience, we are also intentionally preparing you for today’s work environment by providing the resources and services necessary for success in the digital age.
As work environments become increasingly high-tech across all industries, employees are required to understand how to use and leverage computer software (such as the Microsoft Office Suite), effectively communicate via email, instant messaging, and quickly adapt to new technology. The technology fee helps us bundle valuable services together – such as our Online Writing Center and Tutor.com – to provide you with the most value for your money.
Is the technology fee a required charge?
All students will have to pay for the technology fee each semester they are enrolled in courses. If you are planning to use financial aid, your financial aid award excess can cover the charge.
What if I don’t use any of the services that the technology fee covers?
The services covered by the technology fee are there to help you be successful and enhance your experience with us. Even if you feel confident in your ability without the aid of these resources, we would encourage you to explore the options available to you to help you succeed even more.
Technology fees are standard at colleges and universities throughout the country. While other schools charge up to $400 per semester, we are committed to only charging the amount necessary for services and resources that will best equip you for success.
Can financial aid cover the technology fee?
Yes! While it will show as a separate charge on your account in Financial Check-In, financial aid can cover it, just like it covers your tuition.
Does the technology fee cover my textbooks too?
No, but Inclusive Access does. We continually seek new ways to help students succeed, and our Inclusive Access program is one way that we are doing that with textbooks at the undergraduate level and for the majority of our divinity programs. We are placing textbooks and other digital resources and materials in Canvas to simplify your online experience. While we are excited about the benefits that Inclusive Access provides our students in the classroom (Canvas), the technology fee is focused on the out-of-course resources that will supplement and enhance your course experience.
How does the technology fee relate to other fees I am paying?
The Inclusive Access fee is designed to streamline and provide access to digital materials and course resources directly into Canvas, enhancing the in-course experience. The technology fee is focused on the out-of-course resources that will supplement and enhance your course experience.
Course-specific fees are designed for specific content within a class, such as outside assessments as part of our ongoing accreditation monitoring, license access for additional software, or the need for specific materials and equipment.
Can I waive the technology fee?
New students who register full-time* will be eligible for a technology fee waiver.
*Full-time is defined as 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate, 9 credit hours per semester for graduate, or 6 credit hours per semester for postgraduate or doctoral students.