Payment Information

By registering for classes, a student acknowledges responsibility for payment of tuition and fees generated by the registration. Failure to make payment by the specified due date will result in late fees.

Transcripts, grades and registration for future semesters will be held until all financial obligations have been paid in full.

If the student fails to officially withdraw by completing a withdrawal form in the registrar's office on or before the specified deadline dates, the student is responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the registration. Failure to attend classes or to pay a billing statement by the due date does not constitute an official withdrawal. This withdrawal policy applies to all students who have registered for classes, including financial aid applicants.

Payments can be made by mail, in person or online.

Online credit card and e-check payments can be made here. Hood accepts VISA, MasterCard, or Discover cards online.

A processing fee at a rate of 2.75% is assessed on all tuition related expenses paid with a credit/debit card both in-house and online. Payments made by electronic check (e-check) are not subject to a processing fee.

Personal checks are accepted for payment on your student account. Please include the student ID number on the front of the check and mail to the following address:

Hood College

Attn: Accounting Office

401 Rosemont Ave.

Frederick, MD 21701

You may pay your bill in person by visiting the accounting office in Alumnae Hall, Room 213, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

International students are also able to make tuition and fee payments through Western Union by following the steps for making a payment via bank-to-bank transfer.

Please note: Any checks returned due to insufficient funds will be charged back to the student’s tuition account and a bank service charge will be assessed. The College reserves the right to withdraw a student at any time during the semester if the College is notified that a personal check in payment of financial obligations has been refused by the College’s bank.

*Reminder* –Students who wish to grant access to authorized parties for the bill paying function, or to enroll in the payment plan will need to set up a Parent PIN.

Payment Plan Tutorial

Hood College offers families the option of paying tuition bills over a three, four, or five-month period covering one semester. Students can sign-up for the Payment Plan by logging into their self-service account.  You can access self-service by clicking here.

If someone other than the student (i.e. parent) would like to utilize this option, the student will need to assign them with a parent PIN. Students can set up parent PIN(s) in their self-service account.

Authorized users who have already been assigned a PIN can access the payment plan here hood.edu/cashnet.

Paying your tuition over a period of months allows you to avoid paying in one lump sum and prevents late fees from being applied to your student account. This monthly payment plan is administered by Cashnet, and there is a nonrefundable application fee of $35 to participate in the plan. Payments will be made by debiting your checking or savings account or by credit card. Credit and debit card payments are assessed a 2.75 percent processing fee for each transaction. There are no fees for ACH/Electronic Check payments.

Detailed Information

Payments will be deducted/due on the following dates for the corresponding payment plans for the fall 2020 semester:

  • Five-month plan: August 5, September 5, October 5, November 5, December 5
  • Four-month plan: September 5 October 5, November 5, December 5
  • Three-month plan: October 5, November 5, December 5

Payments will be deducted/due on the following dates for the corresponding payment plans for the spring 2021 semester:

  • Five-month plan: January 5, February 5, March 5, April 5, May 5
  • Four-month plan: February 5, March 5, April 5, May 5
  • Three-month plan: March 5, April 5, May 5

Open Enrollment for fall semester plans: May 15

  • Five-month plan available until July 15
  • Four-month plan available until Aug. 15
  • Three-month plan available until Sept. 15

Open Enrollment for spring semester plans: Oct. 15

  • Five-month plan available until November 30
  • Four-month plan available until December 31
  • Three-month plan available until January 31

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a payment plan option for the summer sessions.

Because the first invoice for the semester is available after the payment plan enrollment has already begun, parents and students can estimate their out-of-pocket expenses. You can adjust your plan at any time if you over- or under-estimate your plan.

Our tuition and fees schedule can be found here hood.edu/accountingservices. Please be sure to deduct any financial aid, and your (enrollment deposit for new undergraduate students) when estimating your charges.

You will also have the option to have your payments automatically deducted each month. If this is chosen, the payments will be deducted on the fifth of every month until the balance of your plan has been paid in full. If you opt out of automatic payments, this will require the student/authorized user to make their monthly payment on or before the due date. If payments are received 15 days past the due date, a late fee of $10.00 will be assessed. Reminder notices will be sent 5 days prior to the payment due date. A $25 insufficient funds fee will be assessed on any returned payment and may result in withdrawal from the plan.

If you have any questions, please contact the accounting office at 301-696-3607 or email accounting@hood.edu.

Hood College offers a prepayment plan to students and parents who would like to lock-in the current tuition rate, thus guaranteeing savings by avoiding future rate increases. This plan is available to full-time undergraduate students who are not receiving need-based financial aid, and covers tuition and the comprehensive fee. Room, board and other fees cannot be prepaid and will be charged each semester at the prevailing rate.

To qualify for the prepayment plan, a lump sum payment for a two-, three- or four-year period must be made by Aug. 1 for students entering in the fall semester and Jan. 1 for students entering in the spring semester. A prepayment account will be established with automatic payments to the student’s account each semester. If the student withdraws from the College, a refund of the tuition and comprehensive fee for the current term will be made in accordance with the standard refund policy. Any prepaid funds for future years will be fully refunded. Students taking an official leave of absence of one year or less may either: continue participation in the prepayment plan as long as the unused prepayment amount remains deposited with the College, or cancel the prepayment plan and request a refund of the prepaid funds. If the leave of absence exceeds one year, the College will automatically cancel the prepayment plan and issue a refund of any prepaid amounts. Under no circumstances will the College pay interest on any portion of the deposited funds.

Payment in full must be received in the accounting office by the due date or late fees will be assessed. The late payment fee is two percent of the unpaid balance at the end of each month. The maximum late fee per month is $250. Please note that late fees are subject to change. Transcripts, grades and registration for future semesters will be held until all financial obligations have been paid in full.

Overpayments, charge adjustments or excess financial aid may result in a credit balance on your account.

Excess financial aid is distributed within 14 days after the start of classes. Subsequent refunds are processed each week as financial aid is applied.

If you would like your refund check to be applied to a future semester’s charges, please notify the accounting office in writing.

The College does not provide advances on financial aid refunds. If a student’s financial aid award includes funds for books and the student is entitled to a refund, the earliest that a refund can be obtained is when the initial refunds are distributed within 14 days after the start of classes. Therefore, students need to plan accordingly.

All students should prepare to arrive on campus at the start of each semester with funds to purchase books and supplies.

Fall and spring semester 
Part-time undergraduate students 
If course is dropped: 
Prior to the beginning of the semester100 percent refund of tuition charges
During the drop/add period80 percent refund of tuition charges
After the end of the drop/add periodNo refund
Graduate Students 
If course is dropped: 
Prior to the first class meeting100 percent refund of tuition charges
During the drop/add period80 percent refund of tuition charges
After the end of the drop/add periodNo refund
Summer and winter terms 
If course is dropped: 
Prior to the first class meeting100 percent refund of tuition charges
After first class meeting, prior to second class meeting80 percent refund of tuition charges
After second class meetingNo refund
If a student withdraws from the College 
Prior to the beginning of the semester100 percent refund of tuition charges
 100 percent refund of room and board
During the drop/add period

80 percent of tuition charges

No refund of room

Prorated weekly refund of board

After the drop/add periodNo refunds

 

By registering for classes, the student agrees that, in the event the student becomes delinquent or defaults in paying charges due to Hood College, the student agrees to reimburse Hood College the fees of any collection agency—which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 33 1/3 percent of the debt—and all cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, that Hood College incurs in such collection efforts.