Admission/Financial Aid/Tuition and Fees
Admission to the Undergraduate Degree Programs
Admission to the Associate in Arts Degree Program
The Associate in Arts Degree Program at Mount St. Mary's College is offered on the Doheny Campus. Students may seek a traditional Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree or a specialized A.A. degree in a professional program. All programs are open to women.
The Nursing Program specialization within the Associate Degree program has specific requirements for admission. Please refer to the appropriate section of the catalog for these requirements. In all cases students must be admitted to Mount St. Mary's College prior to admission to any specialized program. A student may be admitted to the associate degree program and begin to take the prerequisites required for this specialization.
Candidates for admission to the Associate Degree Program are evaluated on the basis of their high school coursework and record (or either GED or High School Proficiency Exam), other college coursework and record (for transfers), test scores, academic reference, and the essay. Interviews are strongly recommended for serious candidates. A profile of the academic qualifications of the most recent entering class is available from the Admissions Office. The requirements and procedures are detailed in the next section of this catalog.
Admission to the Baccalaureate Degree Programs
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degree programs are offered on the Chalon campus. All undergraduate majors are open to women; men may be admitted only to the Music and Nursing programs. Transfer students interested in the nursing program must meet additional requirements for admission to that program. Please see the appropriate section of this catalog for those requirements.
Candidates for admission to the Baccalaureate programs are evaluated on the basis of their high school coursework and record (or either GED or High School Proficiency Exam), other college coursework and record (for transfers), test scores, academic reference, and the essay. Interviews are strongly recommended for serious candidates. A profile of the academic qualifications of the most recent entering class is available from the Admissions Office. The requirements and procedures are detailed in the next section of this catalog.
Undergraduate Admission Procedures
All documents should be sent to the Admissions Office, Mount St. Mary's College, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049.
Freshman Admission Procedures to the Associate or Baccalaureate Degree Programs
Candidates' files for admission will be evaluated when the following documents have been received. Please note: the priority date for freshman admission for the Fall semester is February 15, for Spring admission is November 1.
Once the documents have been received, the file will be evaluated and a decision made by the Admission Committee. The student will be notified within a month of the Committee's decision. Several decisions may be made:
Admitted students will be required to submit a $200 tuition deposit to hold their places in the entering classes. For students entering the Fall semester, this tuition deposit is due by May 1. For Spring semester, this deposit is due in early December. The tuition deposit is not refundable under any circumstances and will be credited directly to the student's account in the Business Office. Students can also choose to deposit Priority by the March 10th deadline. Priority deposit entitles students to early advisement, housing, registration and priority financial aid consideration (Priority deposit is refundable through May 1st.)
Transfer Admission Procedures to the Associate or Baccalaureate Degree Programs
Candidates' files for admission will be evaluated when the following documents have been received. Please note the following dates:
The transfer admission applicants for the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing are due by February 1.
The transfer admission applicants to the Associate of Arts degree in Nursing follow the deadlines provided by the program.
The transfer admission applicants to all other Associate and Baccalaureate Degree Programs are due by the March 15 priority date.
Applications and all supporting documents should be received in the Admission Office by the priority date or deadline. Programs with deadlines will adhere to these dates, and applications received after these dates will not be considered. Applicants completing files after the priority date will be considered on a space-available basis.
The documents required for application as a transfer are the following:
Once the documents have been received, the file will be evaluated and a decision made by the Admission Committee. The student will be notified within two to three weeks of the Committee's decision if applying for a program other than nursing. In those cases, the faculty of the programs will reach a decision based on the special requirements and prerequisites necessary for the program, notifying the students according to the stated timelines. Several decisions may be made:
Admitted students will be required to submit a $100 ($300 for BS Nursing) tuition deposit to hold their places in the entering classes, according to the deadlines included in the letter of admission. The tuition deposit is not refundable under any circumstances and will be credited directly to the student's account in the Business Office.
Admission to the Weekend College
Adults interested in the Weekend College may apply at any time during the year for admission to any one of the trimesters (Summer, Fall, or Spring). Information on application deadlines and starting dates can be obtained from the Weekend College Office.
Applicants to the Weekend College should complete the admission application and submit it to the Weekend College Office with the $30.00 application fee.
Acceptance into the Weekend College is based upon the following:
In selecting potential candidates for the Weekend College, Mount St. Mary's College is principally interested in those adults who are committed to completing their degree, who have the requisite time-management skills and motivation to function successfully within the unusual weekend format, and who are comfortable with the level of maturity required of the student body at the Weekend College.
International Students Admission Procedures
Students applying for admission who are not permanent residents or U.S. citizens should refer to the freshman or transfer sections for general instructions. In addition to the requirements stated in those sections, the following are required:
If the student is admitted to Mount St. Mary's College, she will be required to submit a US $300 non-refundable tuition deposit by May 1. If the student has coursework on the college level completed in another country, she will also have to submit a $175 fee which will cover the official evaluation of the student's record. A copy of the evaluation will be sent to the student. The I-20 form will be sent to the student upon receipt of the tuition deposit, and it is the student's responsibility to obtain the proper student visa to enter the United States.
Students who earn scores of 3, 4, or 5 on Advanced Placement Examinations, or pass the higher level International Baccalaureate Exams with scores of 5, 6, or 7, receive college credits provided they are accepted and enrolled at Mount St. Mary's College.
Credit award for the AP exam is as follows:
For students attending the Chalon campus, test results should be sent directly to the Baccalaureate Dean. Students attending the Doheny Campus should send test results to the Dean of the Associate in Arts Program.
Mount St. Mary's College is committed to making a college education accessible to as many qualified students as possible, regardless of their financial means. Students and their parents are encouraged first to consider all possible resources when planning to meet the expenses of a college education. Through various financial aid programs, the Student Financing Office will help in the best possible way to provide students with the difference between the family contribution and the cost of education.
Mount St. Mary's College administers financial aid in accordance with Federal Government guidelines. These guidelines are based on the principle that students and their parents have the primary responsibility in meeting educational expenses to the extent they are able. Financial aid funds are then used to fill the gap between what the family is expected to contribute (including the student's own earnings) and the annual cost of education.
To apply for Financial Aid, all students must follow the instructions and requirements sent to them by the Admission Office or Office of Student Financing. Financial Aid brochures giving complete application and program information may be obtained by writing to or calling the Office of Student Financing on the Chalon or Doheny campuses.
Types of Financial Aid
Grants and Scholarships
Grants and Scholarships are gift monies that do not require repayment. They are based on financial need and/or academic merit. Grants and scholarships are provided to students from one or more of the following sources: the Federal Government; the State of California; outside organizations; and Mount St. Mary's College. Below is a listing of institutional talent and achievement scholarships.
Alumnae Legacy Grant
Children of alumnae who are registered as full time students at Mount St. Mary's College are eligible to receive an annual grant toward their education. To take advantage of this privilege, contact the Alumnae Relations Office for authorization.
Dean’s Transfer Scholarship
The Dean's Transfer scholarships are merit based and are available to full time transfer students with minimum of 24 transferable units. This award ranges from $4000 to $6000 per year depending on the quality of the course work undertaken.
Awards are made to full-time students who are enrolled as Music majors and who demonstrate exceptional talent in music. Award amounts vary and are based on financial need and merit. Contact the chairperson of the Music Department for further details.
First Year Merit Awards
First Year Merit Awards are awarded to incoming full-time freshmen and are based upon academic preparation, as well as, SAT or ACT test results. The award is renewable for up to four years and ranges from $4000 to $12,000 per year.
Intercampus Transfer Scholarship
This award is valued at $1000 and is made to students who begin their academic career on the Doheny Campus and transfer to the Chalon Campus to complete their Baccalaureate degrees. Awards are based on academic achievement. The number of awards are limited. Students transferring must contact the Intercampus Transfer Office.
Tuition Discounts for MSMC Graduate Students
A tuition discount of an amount specified by the College each year (2006-2007 is 35%) may be awarded to those graduate students who fulfill one of the following requirements:
The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to qualify for the waiver.
Workshops and Continuing Education courses are not included in this waiver.
It is the student's responsibility to complete and file a Tuition Discount Application form with the Business Office prior to registration. At each subsequent registration period, the student may verify eligible employment by submitting a copy of the most current paycheck stub to the Business Office.
Scholarships through the Independent Colleges of Southern California
The Independent Colleges of Southern California (ICSC) is a nonprofit organization which provides, through a unified annual appeal, financial contributions from corporations, foundations and other friends to help Southern California's smaller private colleges and universities meet the rising costs of quality higher education.
Loans are money that must be repaid, usually with interest. The interest rates and terms of the loan vary by program. Some of the loan programs require a separate application in addition to the free application for federal student aid. The Office of Student Financing is unable to replace loan funds with grant funds, but students may replace loan funds with private scholarships received from outside organizations not affiliated with MSMC.
Federal Stafford Loan
All students are eligible to receive Federal Stafford Loans. Need-based Federal Stafford Loans are called "subsidized" because the federal government pays the interest while in school and during deferment periods. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans are not based on financial need, and students are responsible for paying the interest while in school and during deferment periods. A student may have a Federal Stafford Loan partly based on financial need and partly not on need up to the annual maximum. The maximum loan is $2,625 per year for freshmen; $3,500 per year for sophomores; $5,500 per year for juniors and seniors and $8,500 per year for graduate students. Independent students and dependent students whose parents do not qualify for FPLUS loans (see below) may also apply for additional unsubsidized Stafford Loans in the following amounts: $4,000.00 for Freshmen/Sophomores; $5,000.00 for Juniors/Seniors; and $10,000.00 for graduate students. Repayment begins six (6) months after graduating or ceasing to maintain at least half-time enrollment. The interest rate varies depending on when the first loan was borrowed, but does not exceed 8.25%.
Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (FPLUS)
Federal PLUS Loans are not based on financial need, but must be coordinated with other financial aid where need is established. Federal PLUS loans are available for parents of dependent undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time. Parents may borrow up to their student's cost of education. The interest rate is variable, not to exceed 9.00%. Interest and repayment begin within 60 days.
Federal Nursing Loans
There may be federal nursing loans available for the Associate Degree in Nursing program. Contact a student financing counselor, 213-477-2562.
Through the generosity of several foundations, Mount St. Mary's College has several institutional loan programs with varying interest rates; interest rates for these loans vary between zero and seven percent. In addition, eligibility requirements vary by program. Contact the Office of Student Financing for more information regarding these loans.
One short-term loan is available to full-time, traditional undergraduate students. Please see details below.
Academic Emergency Loan: This loan is available during the first two weeks of each semester to current, full time, traditional undergraduate students holding 12 units or more to assist them with academic expenses.
Students may borrow up to $150 per semester through this loan for academic expenses only (such as books). Applications are available at the Business Office. Applications will be reviewed by a loan officer and a meeting may be required. Applications may take up to 2 business days to be processed.
On-Campus Student Employment
Work study money is earned from employment on campus. Students who qualify receive a paycheck every two weeks for the hours worked and may use the earnings to make tuition payments, pay for books and supplies, or pay for personal expenses.
Both Federal College Work Study and Mount Work Study (institutionally funded) provide excellent opportunities outside the classroom. Students who participate in either program may choose to work in a variety of on-campus sites. These include: the Office of Student Financing, the Admission Office, Campus Ministry, the Library, departmental offices and laboratories. Through "hands on" experiences in these offices, students develop valuable skills which may later translate to professional settings.
Off-Campus Student Employment
The Career Services and Internship Office at Chalon and the Career Center at Doheny have job boards which list a wide variety of off-campus employment opportunities.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements
All financial aid recipients must be regularly admitted students with degree, or in some cases credential or certificate, objectives. While receiving financial aid, students must be advancing toward their educational objectives at a reasonable rate and must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
Expenses for 2011/2012 Academic Year
All tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
Tuition, fees and room & board are payable to the Business Office on or before the Financial Clearance Deadline set for each term.
Full-time (With 12-18 units/semester)
Full-time (In excess of 18 units/semester)
Part-time (Less than 12 units/semester)
Weekend Format Undergraduate
ADN to MSN
(Recorded on Transcript)
A student registered for auditing classes will pay the above fees in the same manner as a student registered for credit.
Tuition & Housing Deposits
Not refundable; applied against Tuition; forfeited after two (2) calendar years.
(Required of all new incoming Full-time Undergraduate students as stipulated in student's acceptance packet.)
Required of all incoming Full-time Undergraduate students who are requesting on-campus College housing.
College Services Fee
Per Semester; Not Refundable
This fee includes the Associated Student Body Fee for full-time students, health services (not health insurance), and expenses inherent to orientation and graduation, among others.
This fee includes health services, among others.
(Excluding Certificate Students)
Per Semester; Not Refundable
Supervised Teaching Courses
See Music Department for further information.
Course Challenge by Examination
(If successfully passed, the cost of the units awarded will be one-half the unit cost of the course as stated in the current MSMC Catalog.)
Application for Admission Fees
Late Registration Fee, Per Semester
Late Clearance Fee, Per Semester
(Including LA City Tax)
Student Health & Accident Insurance
Mount St. Mary's College does not determine Student Health and Accident Insurance Premiums. Insurance premiums are based on prevailing insurance market conditions/rates.
All (a) Traditional Undergraduate, Accelerated Nursing, and D.P.T. students enrolled for 9 or more units, (b) and ADN students enrolled for 7 or more units at MSMC must carry Student Health Insurance. The insurance premium rates will be automatically billed to the student's Statement of Account as follows:
For Fall 2011 - $498.00 effective from Aug 20, 2011 to Jan 2, 2012
For Spring 2011 - $860.00 effective from Jan 2 to Aug 15, 2012
Students who have an existing health insurance plan that is comparable in coverage to the Mount's Student Health Insurance coverage may request a waiver to not participate in the Mount's insurance plan.
A waiver request may be submitted every semester through the following link Health Insurance Waiver (this waiver request must be completed no later than the published Financial Clearance Deadline set for each term).
The automatic billing will be removed from the Statement of Account for all approved waivers. The insurance waiver must be renewed every semester.
If the waiver request is denied, an appeal can be made. Appeals are reviewed by the Business Office Associates who will respond to the appeal within 10 business days.
Graduate Nursing Students are eligible for the Student Health Insurance, but will not be automatically enrolled. Graduate Nursing Students wishing to enroll may do so by contacting the Business Office and requesting to be enrolled.
International Students are required by law to carry a minimum of $50,000 in Health and Accident Insurance. Proof of adequate insurance must be provided prior to admission.
Students wishing to enroll in dental insurance can do so by visiting the Wells Fargo Insurance Services Information Site
Room & Board
A Housing Deposit of $200.00 is required to activate the housing application. New students should send the Housing Deposit with their Housing Application to the Admission Office. Currently enrolled students should pay the deposit at the Business Office upon notification from the Residence Life Office.
A Housing Deposit may be refunded upon permanent termination of the Residence Living License Agreement subject to deductions for any loss, damage, excessive room cleaning, or failure to meet the deadlines described below:
Residents must be full-time students (12 units or more) for the entire time that they are living in the Residence Halls.
Prior to Fall Occupancy
The deposit will be refunded if the Residence Life Office has been notified in writing by submitting a Housing Termination Form to the Residence Life Office by May 1st that the student opted not to live in the residence halls for that semester.
Prior to Spring Occupancy
The deposit will be refunded if the Residence Life Office has been notified in writing by submitting a Housing Termination Form to the Residence Life Office by November 1st that the student opted not to live in the residence halls for that semester.
After November 1st, no deposits will be refunded. This policy is applicable to students currently in residence and new applicants to residence for the Spring semester.
Housing Termination Forms - These forms are available at the Residence Life Office.
Fee for Residence Hall - This non-refundable fee, to be used for hall programming and events, will be charged to all Residents who are housed at Chalon or Doheny.
Residence Living License Agreement - Each resident is required to sign this agreement, which begins two (2) days prior to the first day of classes for the Fall semester and extends through the day immediately following the last day of Final exams for the Spring semester.
The Residence Halls are closed for the Winter Break but open during Thanksgiving and Spring Break. The Dining Hall is closed when the Residence Halls are closed, and meals are not provided.
Residents have three (3) Meal Plan options to choose from including flex funds:
Flex Funds - Flex funds can be used to purchase additional meals if you desire more than the allotted weekly rate to purchase coffee blends at the Café Bar or to purchase meals for friends and family. Flex funds can be used at the dining rooms of both campus. There will be no refund of any unused Flex funds and funds do not carry over to the next semester.
Commuter Meal Plan - Commuter students can save money and enjoy the convenience of a flexible dining plan by purchasing a Mount St. Mary's Commuter Meal Plan. By purchasing a meal plan, Mount dining dollars are programmed onto your ID card. Only Mount dining dollars offer non-resident students the opportunity to get 10% back when loading their card and save and additional 8.75% (sales tax) at all on-campus dining locations. Mount dollars are not refundable, however, any unspent Mount dollars remain valid in a separate account available to use as long as you are enrolled.
Student Account Online
The Students have online access to account information and a wide variety of payment options with CASHNet. The features are:
Statement of Account
The Statement of Account is a summary of charges (tuition, fee and room & board), credits applied (payments, waivers, financial aid credits & tuition deposit), and pending financial aid. The Account Balance represents the balance due on the account after credits have been applied. A negative amount appearing in the Account Balance section of the statement represents an amount due to the Student. A refund will be automatically processed after the add/drop period unless other instructions (on "Refund Authorization Form") are submitted to the Business Office.
Students will be notified every month through their MSMC e-mail account to view their Statements.
Restrictions On Account
Restrictions on account may prevent the Students from registering for classes, making on-campus residence reservations and obtaining various College services, including release of grades, official transcripts, diplomas or certificates.
Restrictions or Holds can be placed on a Student's account by the following offices - Academic Advisement, Business Office, Office of Student Financing & Registrar's Office. Restrictions placed by the above offices must be resolved by contacting the respective offices.
Business Office Holds will be placed on accounts if the Financial Clearance requirements are not met.
Students must clear their accounts no later than the Financial Clearance Deadlines as follows:
Financial Clearance Deadlines
These are published deadlines established to ensure that the students clear their financial obligations with the Business Office.
Late Clearance Fee
Student Accounts not cleared by the published Financial Clearance Deadline will be charged the $100.00 Late Clearance Fee and will be restricted or put On Hold.
If the account is still not cleared by the first day of the academic term, another $100.00 Late Clearance Fee will be assessed.
Methods of payment to MSMC for net amount due are as follows:
The following formulas will calculate the tuition/room & board refund amount and will credit the Student's Account accordingly. The Refund Table, with specific refund dates, will be published in the student newspaper, distributed to student services departments and posted on the Business Office Website/bulletin board during the academic year. Refunds will be issued ONLY when there is a Negative Amount Due, without Pending Financial Aid, on the Student's Account.
Tuition Refund: The last date of attendance indicated on the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence (LOA) Form that is filed with the Registrar's Office will be used to calculate reduction of charges for Tuition.
Room & Board Refund
Room & Board Refund: The date on which residents remove all belongings from their residence hall rooms and return the keys is used to calculate reduction of charges for room and board.
Reductions will first be credited against a student's financial aid, if any, before a balance accrues to the student. Refunds will not be made in case of suspension or dismissal.
Tuition for all students becomes an obligation in accordance with the provisions of the reduced charges. When all grants, scholarships or loans do not cover the withdrawal or change of tuition charge, the student will be responsible for the Amount Due.