Tuition and Financial Aid

2015-16 FAFSA Information

Guilford College’s priority date for filing the FAFSA is February 15 for all students. The FAFSA can be filed beginning January 1st, 2015 by visiting the FAFSA website. Guilford College’s school code is 002931. If you have any questions regarding the need-based application process, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 336.316.2354. Students filing after this date are subject to a reduction in need-based aid based on availability of funds.

Many students are torn between wanting the kind of educational experience that small, private colleges, such as Guilford, offer and knowing that such an opportunity comes at a hefty price. If you are feeling this way, it is important to know that Guilford is dedicated to removing the financial barriers to education and assisting our students in every way possible to achieve their goals.

Comprehensive Tuition and Fees

2015-16 MEAL PLANS
Quaker 19 Plus WITH $100 DINING DOLLARS
$2,575 per semester 
Quaker 19 
$2,465 per semester 
Quaker 14 with $175 dining dollars
$2,465 per semester
Quaker 10 with $175 dining dollars

Only sophomores, juniors and seniors eligible (24 credit hours or greater) 

$1,960 per semester 
100 Block Meal Plan

Only apartment and theme house residents with 24 credit hours or greater and off-campus students are eligible 

$670 per semester

January Term 60 meals
January Term 52 meals
January Term 42 meals
January Term 30 meals
January Term 15 meals (available only to those on campus 11 days or less)
*January Term meal plans are required for students housed on campus.

Tuition Adjustments

Subject to the approval of their advisor, students may add or drop courses during the first week of class. For students reducing their course load to less than 12 credit hours through the last day to drop classes without a grade, their student account will be adjusted such that they will be billed per credit hour. If this credit hour reduction results in the student no longer being eligible for financial aid requiring half-time or full-time enrollment for the term, the applicable financial aid will be reduced or canceled in accordance with state and/or federal requirements. Students registered for more than 18 credits are billed for extra-credit overload. If such a student drops classes to reduce the total credits to 18 or less on or before the last day to drop classes without a grade, then a 100% adjustment of the extra-credit charges will be processed. However, no adjustment of charges will be made after the last day to drop classes without a grade. Adjustments are determined based on the date the withdrawal/drop form is received in the Registrar’s Office. All course changes must be completed in the Registrar’s Office.

Withdrawal from the College

Students who completely withdraw from the College may be eligible to receive a partial refund of tuition, room and board. All refunds are paid to the student. If the withdrawal results in the student no longer being eligible for financial aid requiring half-time or full-time enrollment for the term, the applicable financial aid will be reduced or canceled in accordance with state and/or federal requirements. A refund schedule for complete withdrawal may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office located in the basement of New Garden Hall. Withdrawal petition forms must be obtained from and returned to the Office for Campus Life. A request to the Registrar’s Office for a transcript of credits is NOT considered a notice of withdrawal from the College and is also NOT considered a cancellation of room and/or board reservations.

Explanation of Fees

  • Student Activity Fee is charged to all full-time students to fund the student organizations in which all students may participate or from which they receive benefits.
  • Escrow Deposit is a $400 payment required of all new students prior to their enrollment. Upon graduation or withdrawal from Guilford College, this deposit is fully refunded minus any outstanding charges.
  • Orientation Fee is a one-time charge for all first year and transfer students to provide funding for Guilford orientation, alcohol education, meals and small group sessions.
  • Tuition Overload Charge is a charge for each credit hour the student’s course load exceeds 18 credit hours. This does not include special course fees. This overload charge is adjusted for extra credit hours for private music lessons or to students on the Dean’s List for the previous three semesters.
  • Injury and Sickness Insurance is the current premium for a basic student insurance policy featuring a $100 deductible and $500,000 maximum coverage per injury or sickness. Details of this policy are subject to change annually.  If this insurance coverage is not desired, students or parents must complete the online insurance waiver process with UnitedHealthcare before August 31. The charge for student health insurance will remain on the student’s account if this insurance waiver petition is denied. Contact the UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company at (800) 237-0903 or email for more information.  International students attending Guilford College full time are required to carry for the duration of the academic year a basic sickness and accident/major medical coverage provided by a US based insurance carrier. Students not wishing to accept Guilford’s insurance must present prior to check-in appropriate evidence of coverage with a US based insurance carrier.
  • Athletic insurance is also required of all students participating in intercollegiate athletics.
  • Electronic Waiver Process All student accounts are billed for the current student insurance premium. If this insurance coverage is not desired, please access and select “Guilford” to initiate the online waiver process. This electronic waiver petition process must be completed and approved by August 31st for the insurance premium charge to be removed from the student’s account.
  • Motor Vehicle Registration Fee is automatically charged to all student accounts at the beginning of the academic year.  If parking is not desired, students must notify the Office of Student Accounts to have this registration fee waived.  The Motor Vehicle Registration Waiver Form must be completed to request this waiver.
  • Returned Check Charge. Returned checks are re-deposited one time unless we are notified otherwise. A handling fee will be charged to the student’s account each time a check is returned due to insufficient funds or for other reasons. This policy applies to all checks written to Guilford College.
  • Room and Board. Guilford College is primarily a residential campus and unmarried students are required to live on campus and eat in the College dining facilities. Local students may apply to live at home with their parents or guardians by completing the Off Campus Application and submitting this request to the Office for Campus Life. Students not approved to live off-campus who have not completed a housing application will be assigned campus housing and required to pay all related charges.
  • Laundry Service Fee is charged to all residential students to allow them access to on-campus laundry facilities and to maintain the equipment of those facilities.


Important Information

Online invoices will be available on July 1 and should be settled in full by August 1.

A late fee of $250 will be charged for balances remaining outstanding after the first day of classes. If the balance has not been settled in full by August 1 for the fall semester and by December 23 for the spring semester, a temporary hold will be placed on the student’s account. The student will then be notified of potential administrative withdrawal unless the balance is immediately settled. Withdrawal will occur approximately one week after the date of such notification, and will involve the cancellation of class registration and room and board assignments.

Students administratively withdrawn for non-payment will be charged a $450 readmission processing fee. This fee and the full balance due must be paid before the student can be considered for readmission. All administratively withdrawn students must apply for readmission after settling their outstanding balances. Please submit the Application for Readmission form online.

When accepted for readmission, the student’s email account and ID card will be reactivated. The readmitted student must then contact their academic advisor or Barb Boyette to add classes.

For billing related questions, please contact the Student Accounts Office at 336.316.2541 and for financial aid related questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 336.316.2354.


For enrollment related questions, contact:
Cyndie Basinger
Assistant to the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Office of Admission
5800 W. Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC 27410

97% of Guilford traditional students are receiving financial assistance.

Of those, roughly 58% are receiving aid based on financial need. 

Financial Aid Office Counselors and Staff

Our financial aid counselors are eager to help you with your financial aid, scholarship, and loan needs. Contact them today!