Office of Student Financial Services

Explanation of Fees

Campus Support Fee - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts determines the amount of tuition charged by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; but unfortunately, just the tuition per student does not cover the cost of running the campus. The Campus Support Fee is to make up the difference and is required of all students. The dollars collected from this fee are used by the academic departments and college administration to budget the College's needs. This fee is assessed to all students regardless if they are from Massachusetts or any other state and it is pro-rated based on the number of credits that a student is enrolled for.

Technology Fee - The Technology Fee supports the maintenance and enhancement of hardware, software, and networking used on the MCLA campus.

Capital Improvement Fee - The Capital Improvement Fee supports the construction, renovation, and maintenance of major capital projects on the MCLA campus.

Student Activity Fee - The Student Activity Fee is used to fund student clubs, organizations, and special interest groups.

Wellness Fee - The Wellness Fee supports expanded hours and programming in the fitness center and student health/wellness programming initiatives.

Health Insurance - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all undergraduate students enrolled for 9 or more credits and all graduate students enrolled for 7 or more credits to have health insurance.

If Health Insurance appears as a charge on your invoice and you are already covered by an existing health insurance policy, please provide your policy's information by completing the waiver. You can deduct the charge from your balance due by noting your confirmation # when you submit your payment. You will NOT receive a corrected invoice from MCLA. This information must be completed each academic year that you are enrolled at MCLA.

If you need to purchase the Health Insurance Plan offered by MCLA, you can enroll at through University Health Plans, our provider. This form will be available after July 1 for fall new students, and after December 1 for spring new students.

Admission Deposit - If you paid a deposit of $200.00, you will notice that $100.00 appears as a credit on your Fall invoice. The remaining $100 will appear as a credit on your Spring bill.

Dormitory Deposit - Housing deposits paid by returning students are released in the spring as credits to spring housing fees.  

MassPIRG - (Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group) This fee is optional and can be waived by initialing and returning the top portion of your bill or submitting this form. The MassPIRG waiver can also be waived on Banner Self Service. You can then deduct the $9.00 fee from your bill. For more information regarding MassPIRG please visit their site at

Housing & Meal Plan - If you have been assigned a room, charges for the room and corresponding meal plan have been included in your bill. Questions regarding housing assignments should be directed to Residential Programs and Services at 413-662-5249.  Questions regarding your meal plan should be directed to Student Accounts at 413-662-5230.

Credit Overload Fee - This fee only applies to full-time, undergraduate students who enroll in 19 or more credit hours in a single semester. Effective in the fall 2019 semester, undergraduate students are charged an additional $200.00 per credit hour beginning on their 19th credit. This fee is assessed to applicable students after the add/drop period ends. This does not affect matriculated students who were enrolled prior to the fall 2019 semester. More information on the course overload per credit charge policy is available here.

Photocopies / Course Packet - To minimize costs for students, some professors prepare and distribute course packets in lieu of traditional textbooks. To cover the cost of printing, this fee is assessed to applicable students after the add/drop period ends. Students are billed based on the class roster/CRN provided to Student Financial Services by the professor.