Undergraduate Tuition and Expenses

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Annual Direct Costs for 2023-2024 
Housing & Food**$20,869
Comprehensive Fee***$4150

* Students enrolled in day courses, less than 12 credits, are billed $1,645 per credit.

** Housing rates vary depending on occupancy and assignment. For a full listing, please see housing and food fees.

*** Comprehensive fees help the college provide students with a variety of services that enhance their academic and student life experiences. Fees provide access to services such as McQuade Library, including online access; fully equipped fitness center and inside track; orientation and FYE activities; campus-wide Wi-Fi; Academic Success Center, which provides a wide range of opportunities to students wishing to enhance their academic performance; free tickets to Merrimack College athletic events, including hockey games; career services, which include career fairs and panels, job-search workshops, on-campus interviews and extensive one-on-one counseling to help students pursue employment and graduate-study goals. Also included are cooperative education and internship opportunities; free printing up to 1,000 black-and-white pages each academic year; discounted ticket purchases for events at the Rogers Center for the Arts; participation in intramural’s and recreation activities, club sports, clubs and organizations, social and educational programs, and Greek life; medical and counseling services.

Additional Annual Fees

Additional Annual Fees 2023-2024
Nursing Fee (nursing students only)$2000
Music Lessons (per course)$935

Refund Policy

Fall and Spring Courses*
Within the first 15 days of the term (Fall through 9/11/23; Spring through 1/31/24)Full refund
After the 15th day of the termNo refund

* Winter and summer session courses are provided through Professional Studies.

Please note that there are no refunds for tuition or any fees (comprehensive fee, nursing fee or music lesson fee) nor a refund on room and board in the event that Merrimack College determines, at its sole discretion, that it must shut down and transition to remote learning. 


By registering for classes, students acknowledge and agree that Merrimack College reserves the right to modify all aspects of its programming (educational, both in-person and remote; extracurricular; and any other programs currently available, or created over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year) at its sole discretion, and in response to orders of civil authority or as a result of COVID-19 or other causes outside of its control. Further, students acknowledge that in the event of any changes the College deems necessary, tuition and fees and room and board are set for the year and will not be adjusted or refunded.


The notice of withdrawal must be in writing; refunds will be granted according to the date of receipt of the notice by the divisional office, not by the date on the letter of withdrawal. Therefore, it is advisable to fax, e-mail or file withdrawals in person at the Registrar’s Office, and not rely upon mail service. Refunds for recipients of Title IV federal assistance, will receive refunds according to the Title IV policy published in the Merrimack College catalog.

An opt-out insurance program is available to help refund your tuition and required fees if you are unable to complete the semester due to a covered medical reason. This insurance program complements and enhances our school’s refund policy, and we believe families will benefit from this added protection. Visit  A.W.G. Dewar for additional information.

Financial aid is available from federal, state and Merrimack sources to help meet these costs.

In addition to the above expenses, families should plan on incurring some annual indirect costs that are not reflected on their student’s bill. These include:

Annual Estimate of Additional Expenses
Transportation $1,000 
Personal Expenses $450

Refunds for recipients of Title IV federal assistance will receive refunds according to the Title IV policy published in the Merrimack College catalog.

Merrimack College complies with the refund policies as outlined in the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. The refund calculation for the return of Title IV funds with completion of less than or equal to sixty percent of the semester will be the lesser of:

Total Title IV Aid X % of Uncompleted Semester = Unearned Aid
Total Institutional Costs X % of Uncompleted Semester = Unearned Costs

The College will refund the credit of the lesser of Unearned Aid or Unearned Costs to the Title IV programs in the following order:

Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan
Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan
Federal Perkins Loan
Federal PLUS Loan
Federal Pell Grant
Federal SEOG

If more than sixty percent of the semester is completed, no Title IV funds will be returned

Credit Balances:

A credit balance occurs whenever a student has funds credited to their student account that exceed the total amount of a student’s direct charges. Per cash management regulations, credit balances resulting exclusively from Title IV (federal) aid are refunded directly to the student or parent as soon as possible but no later than 14 days after the first day of classes or the date the funds were applied to a student’s account, whichever comes last. Regulations stipulate that a student’s unpaid charges on their bill must be satisfied before a refund can be processed. Students who have completed a Title IV credit authorization allowing the college to hold onto their federal Title IV credit will not automatically be refunded until the end of the academic year. However, any student with a credit balance may apply to have their credit refunded to them by doing the following:

How to Request Your Refund:

  1. Sign into MyMack
  2. Click Student Info
  3. Click Student Billing
  4. Click Refund Request Form found under forms – complete and click submit

Note: Federal Regulations also require that the college document that a student begin attending classes in order to be eligible for a refund of a credit balance. Therefore, the Bursar’s office begins processing refunds once the add/drop period for the semester has passed.