Fees and Expenses

This is an archived copy of the 2018-2019 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.unh.edu.

The expected cost for 2018 - 2019 at the University will average about $30,000 for residents of New Hampshire and about $45,000 for nonresidents. See the UNH Business Services website for the most up-to-date listing of rates.

UNH bills are sent electronically only. Bills are posted to student Webcat accounts. Students are notified through UNH assigned e-mail addresses when new bills are posted.


Students are permitted to enroll for more than 20 credits only with the approval of their college or school dean. Persons carrying more than 20 credits will be billed a per-credit fee for each credit above 20 credits, whether or not a student has obtained the dean's approval. Courses taken for audit are charged at the same rates as for-credit registrations. No refund will be made after the additional charges have been applied if a student subsequently drops a course, bringing the credits to 20 or fewer. Undergraduates registering for fewer than 12 credits pay the per-credit hour charge, plus a registration fee of $20 per semester. Undergraduates registered for fewer than 12 credits are charged 50 percent of the usual mandatory fees. Students registered for fewer than 5 credits pay the technology fee but are not charged for the other mandatory fees. The minimum charge for any recorded course is the per-credit charge of 1 credit hour.

Tuition differential charges apply to some majors. Students in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), including engineering and computer science, and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics (PAUL) will be charged a tuition differential. The differential is the same rate for both N.H. residents and nonresident students. CEPS and PAUL students who register for fewer than 12 credits pay a differential per-credit hour. Music majors are charged an applied music fee of $450 each semester.  Thompson School students pay curriculum fees to cover special costs in their programs (see the Thompson School section).

All admitted students must pay an enrollment fee. The fee is $350 for residents and nonresidents. If a student decides not to attend the University, these payments may be refunded on a prorated basis until August 15, according to the guidelines set by the Office of Admissions.

Tuition and mandatory fee charges will be refunded to students withdrawing or dropping courses by the second Friday of the semester; one-half after the second Friday and until the fifth Friday; and none thereafter (see the University Calendar). Students receiving federal financial aid will have their return of unearned aid calculated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education regulations in effect at the time of their withdrawal. For more information concerning withdrawal, call Business Services, (603) 862-2230. A degree candidate who withdraws from UNH and subsequently enrolls as a special student within the following year will be billed for tuition and fees on the same basis as degree candidates. Students with outstanding financial obligations to the University must clear their accounts before their registration will be confirmed.


Expected mandatory fees for 2018 - 2019 include a Memorial Union fee for the use and administration of the student union; a recreational fee for support of recreational facilities; a student activity fee for support of the undergraduate newspaper, yearbook, student government, student radio station, and other student organizations; a technology fee; a student athletic fee to provide support for athletic programs; a health and counseling fee to provide general health care through University Health & Wellness; a career and professional success fee; and a transportation fee to provide student transportation services.

There are no waivers of these fees. The services and facilities are available to all—the extent to which each student uses them cannot be the factor by which assessment is determined. Students who withdraw or drop to part-time after classes begin are eligible for refund of fees at the same rate as tuition refunds listed previously.

As a condition of enrollment, all full-time UNH students will be required to carry health insurance. Students may elect coverage under the University's student health benefits plan, or may waive the requirement by providing proof of adequate coverage through another plan. International students with F1 or J1 visas are required to purchase the UNH-sponsored coverage. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Mandatory Fees Include

Recreation Fee

  • Use of indoor pool at the field house
  • Use of athletic facilities at the Whittemore Center, which includes:
    • Aerobics
    • Saunas
    • Locker rooms
  • With an additional fee:
    • CPR/first aid course
    • Ballroom dancing
    • Lifeguard instruction

Health & Wellness Fee

For information, see Health & Wellness.

Memorial Union Fee

For information, see Memorial Union.

Athletic Fee

  • Admittance to all home games of organized sports at UNH
  • Financial support for athletes and athletic teams

Activity Fee

Support for the following organizations:

  • The undergraduate newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Student government
  • Student radio station
  • Movies at reduced rates

For more information, check the "Get Involved" guide available at the Memorial Union Building.

Career and Professional Success

Helps prepare students for successful lives after graduation.  

  • internships
  • career advising and resources
  • assessments
  • employer relations
  • interview preparation
  • mentoring

Technology Fee

Support for the following:

  • Student computing clusters
  • Walk-in Help Desk services
  • Technology-enhanced classroom infrastructure
  • Academic technology liaisons
  • Technology-enhanced learning

Transportation Fee

Student transportation services:

  • Campus Connector
  • Wildcat Transit
  • Safe Rides
  • Amtrak Quik Ticket trip
  • Non-emergency rides

Room and Board

New first-year students accepting a space on campus must include a $200 housing deposit with their housing application. For returning students, no deposit is required; instead, a cancellation fee will apply if the housing agreement is cancelled. Written notification of cancellation of the room application or assignment received by Housing before June 1 will result in a $250 cancellation fee applied to the student's account. Written notification of cancellation received by Housing between June 2 and July 1 will result in a $375 cancellation fee applied to the student's account. Written notification of cancellation received by Housing between July 2 and August 15 will result in a $500 cancellation fee applied to the student's account. Written notification of cancellation received by Housing between August 15 and before Friday of the first week of fall semester class will result in a charge of one-fourth of the full semester's housing fee.

If by Friday of the first week of fall class the student fails to occupy the assigned room or cancels the agreement by mutual consent, or if for disciplinary or nonrenewal actions the agreement is canceled, the student will receive a 75 percent refund of the semester's housing fee. Cancellation after the first Friday of fall classes and before 30 days after registration will result in a 50 percent refund of the semester's housing fee. Cancellation 30 days after registration will result in no refund of the housing fee. Students who check in or move in to a hall or apartment, move out, and do not withdraw from the University are charged the full housing fee. If the agreement is canceled, any refund of the housing deposit will first be applied against any unpaid University charges.

Refunds of meal plans will be granted only with approval or upon withdrawal from the University. If a refund is approved for an Unlimited Access meal plan, the refund will be prorated by the number of weeks and partial weeks the student attended classes or used the meal plan. Block meal plans will be prorated by the number of meals consumed and charged at the highest prevailing meal rate. Unspent dining dollars will be refunded.


Any amount owed to the University will be deducted from any rebate due to a student.

Deposits and Course Fees

Refundable deposits may be required to cover locker keys or loss or breakage in certain departments. A semester charge will be made for individual lessons in music, as noted in the description of applied music courses. (Non-music majors taking music courses or sections will be charged an applied music fee). A charge will be made for riding lessons and SCUBA, as noted in the sections on animal sciences and physical education. Some courses carry special fees to cover the costs of special equipment, field trips, etc.; these are noted in the course descriptions.  Students will be charged a computer-use fee for courses requiring computer access and/or common access accounts. For certain courses, there are also lab fees.

Other Expenses

Books and classroom supplies cost approximately $800 to $1,000 annually. These may be purchased at the University Bookstore.

Personal expenses vary considerably with individual students and include clothing, laundry, recreation, incidentals, and travel.


All bills for tuition, fees, room and board, and other semester charges are due in full on the payment due date for each semester. A late fee may be assessed to student accounts not paid in full by the payment due date. Student accounts not paid in full within 30 days after the payment due date may be assessed additional late fees, default charges, interest and/or collection costs, and the student may be subject to deregistration from classes.

Parents and students who wish to make periodic payments for tuition, fees, room and board, and other semester charges should contact UNH Business Services well in advance of the semester payment due date for information on approved payment plans.

Undergraduate bills are sent electronically through posting to students' Webcat accounts. Tuition bills are posted twice a year, in mid-July for the fall semester and in mid-November for the spring semester. Monthly statements are also posted as needed. E-mails are sent to students' UNH-assigned e-mail addresses notifying students when new bills have been posted. Students may set up Parent Portal accounts to allow parents or others to access their student accounts.

Through the online system, students can view a history of electronic bills and payments and access a real-time view of their accounts. Payment may be made online, or the bill may be printed and mailed with payment. Credit card transactions will be charged a nonrefundable 2.75 percent service fee.