2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

What is tuition for entry level case management programs


Application fees - Payable to 3rd Party Vendor (Centralized Application Service):
     Nursing Undergraduate $45
     Nursing Graduate $65
     Occupational Therapy (MOT & OTD) $140
     Physician Assistant $175
     Physical Therapy $140
     Podiatric Medicine $160
Application fees - Payable to Samuel Merritt University:
     Undergraduate Basic Science (Special Status Student) $50
     School of Nursing Special Status Student Fee (BRN Required Courses) $300
     Advanced Standing Application Fee Podiatric Medicine-CSPM $500
     Nursing Transition to Practice $50
Tuition deposit:
     Undergraduate, Graduate & OTD $350
     (with exception to Doctor - Podiatric Medicine)  
     Doctor - Podiatric Medicine $1,000
Note: Application fees and tuition deposits are non-refundable, whether or not the student withdraws in the first week of the term.


This cost analysis assumes a traditional, full-time track and does not take into account any annual tuition and fee increases, which become effective every Fall (except DPM which has a Summer increase). The average Samuel Merritt University increase in tuition for the five-year period of 2013-2017 is 3.90 percent. This compares to the National average for the five-year period of 2012-2016 of 3.43 percent.



Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) $75,438/annual
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    Full-time (10+ units per term) $49,199/annual
    Part-time (1 - 9.5 units per term) $2,073/unit
RN to BSN $891/unit
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
    Nurse Anesthesia $1,394/unit
    Case Management $1,394/unit
    Family Nurse Practitioner $1,394/unit
    Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing-Case Management $1,394/unit
    Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner $1,394/unit
Family Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice $1,208/unit
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
    Full time (sequential track)* $49,758/annual
    Course repetition $1,394/unit
*See additional tuition information
Master Physician Assistant (MPA)
    Full time (sequential track)* $50,943/annual
    Course repetition $1,394/unit
*See additional tuition information
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD)
    Full-time (sequential track)* $41,458/annual
    Course repetition $1,394/unit
*See additional tuition information
Doctor - Physical Therapy (DPT)
    Full-time (sequential track)* $50,943/annual
    Course repetition $1,394/unit
*See additional tuition information
Doctor - Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
    Full-time (sequential track)* $42,695/annual
*See additional tuition information
Improving the Care of Our Elders (DPT 700) $353/unit
Individual Independent Study (DPT 771) $353/unit
Group Independent Study (DPT 772) $353/unit
Advanced Pediatrics (DPT 781) $353/unit
Sports Medicine (DPT 782) $353/unit


Anatomy (BSCI 015) $618/unit
Anatomy (BSCI 016) $618/unit
Pathophysiology (NRSG 119) $618/unit
Pharmacology (NRSG 118) $618/unit
Physiology (BSCI 025) $618/unit
Physiology Lab (BSCI 026) $618/unit
Laboratory fees
Advanced Health Assessment (MSN) (Nursing 671) $240/course
Anatomical and Physiological I (MOT) (OT 610) $240/course
Anatomical and Physiological I (OTD) (OT 710) $240/course
Human Gross Anatomy (PA) (PA 601) $240/course
Clinical Skills (PA) (PA 629) $240/course
Doctor - Podiatric Medicine (DPM 1st & 2nd year students) $160/annual
Structure & Function III (DPT) (PT 723) $240/course
Structure & Function V (DPT) (PT 725) $240/course
Managing Care of Adults I (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 120) $420/course
Managing Care of Adults II (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 136) $420/course
Managing Care Adult Seminar I&II (BSN/ABSN) (Nursing 127) $840/course
Nursing Skills I (ELMSN) (Nursing 542) $400/course
Nursing Skills II (ELMSN) (Nursing 543) $400/course
Principals of Anesthesia I (CRNA) (Nursing 651) $240/course
Principals of Anesthesia II (CRNA) (Nursing 655) $240/course
Human Anatomy (CRNA) (Nursing 657) $240/course
Clinical Anesthesia V (CRNA) (Nursing 664) $240/course
HESI Testing & Live Review Fee **Estimated**
   · BSN  
HESI Testing Fee (BSN/1st Semester-Nursing 137) $525/1st Semester
HESI Live Review Fee (BSN/Final Semester-Nursing 190L) $350/final semester
   · ABSN Program  
HESI Testing Fee (ABSN/1st Semester-Nursing 138) $525/1st Semester
HESI Live Review Fee (ABSN/Final Semester-Nursing 170) $350/final semester
   · ELMSN-Oakland/Sacramento  
HESI Testing Fee (ELMSN-OAK/SAC/1st Semester-Nursing 524) $525/1st Semester
HESI Live Review Fee (ELMSN-OAK/SAC/Final Semester-Nursing 170) $350/final semester
Other Miscellaneous Fees
Instrument Fee (DPM Only) (1st year students) $2,625/1st Semester
CPMSA Fee (DPM Only) $230/annual
CSPE Examination Fee (4th year students) $1,230/final year
APMLE Examination Fee (2nd & 4th year students) $900/annual
Student Body Association Fee
All Students $50/annual
Graduation Fees
*Billed in final semester*
Undergraduate (ABSN, BSN, RN-BSN) $130/final
Graduate $160/final
Doctor Nursing Practice (DNP) $300/final
Doctor Occupational Therapy (OTD) $300/final
Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM) $300/final
Doctor Physical Therapy (DPT) $300/final
Health Insurance Fee **Estimated**
Medical/Dental/Vision - Basic $4,370/annual
Medical/Dental/Vision - Enhanced $5,095/annual
  Student Only
Contact the Business Office for total cost of adding Dependents.
Challenge Fee/Audit Fee
Theory $100/Course
Clinical $150/Unit
Matriculation/Internship Fee
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) $1,500/8th semester
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT 642) $1,394/Unit
Synthesis Continuation Fee $100/semester
Return Check Fee $25/check

Our fees are subject to change without notice.


Payments can be made by cash, check, credit card (Visa & MasterCard only), by payment plan and/or https://smurf.samuelmerritt.edu. Payment plan information is available by contacting the Business Office at 510-879-9236 or studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu. Please note that all checks should be made payable to Samuel Merritt University. Mail or deliver checks to:

Samuel Merritt University
Attn: Cashier's Office
3100 Telegraph Ave, Suite 1110
Oakland, CA 94609


Payment plans are available each semester at 0% interest rate and $0 set up fee. If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, for each semester, email studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu or 510-879-9236. You may also visit our website at https://www.samuelmerritt.edu/business_office/payment_plans, which gives further information on SMU payment plans.

If two (2) consecutive monthly payments are missed, SMU reserves the right to cancel the payment plan and place the student on a Business Office non-payment hold. Any payments made on the payment plan, before or after termination, will be applied to the students’ account. Any overpayments made will be refunded according to the University refund process. Once a payment plan has been cancelled due to delinquent payment(s), the following paragraph “DUE DATES” of Samuel Merritt University regulations and payment schedules will apply. Payment plans terminated due to delinquent status may not be reinstated for subsequent semester(s).

Tuition and Fees are billed at least 30 days in advance of each semester and is due and payable before the first day of each semester to be considered paid on time. Students wishing to pay their tuition by credit card and use their Financial Aid for living expenses, must pay on SMURF 14 days before the start of the semester. Credit Card payments are paid via SMURF at https://smurf.samuelmerritt.edu. Students who have been approved for financial aid and do not see their “Anticipated Aid” on SMURF, should consult the Campus Service Center at 510-879-9200.

All students - Late Charge Fee 1%
The University will assess a 1% late fee payment on any account per month that remains unpaid after the payment due date. Students who do not have an Active Payment Plan, Financial Aid, and/or 3rd Party Billing to cover their student account balance, will incur a 1% late charge fee on the unpaid balance. The 1% late charge fee will occur at the end of each month until balance is paid in full or arrangements have been made with the Business Office.

With the exception of tuition deposits, credit balances will be disbursed to the student as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the first day of class or 14 days from the date the credit balance occurs.

In order to receive clearance from the Business Office, the student must either have paid all amounts owed or present proof that the outstanding amounts will be covered by financial aid and/or 3rd Party Billing. Students who have an unpaid balance with SMU may not register for subsequent terms. A “Business Office Hold” will be placed on the students’ account and a 1% monthly late fee will accrue until payment is made in full. Students with poor payment history (Returned Checks, Non Payment of Payment Plans) are required to pay in full at the time of registration for all charges posted to the students’ account.

Transcripts & Diplomas will not be issued to a current or a former student, with past due tuition balance, and/or past due balances on Federal Perkins, Federal Nursing and/or Federal HPSL Loans. Samuel Merritt University will assign delinquent accounts to collection agencies and report to the credit bureaus. Samuel Merritt University further reserves the right to recover all costs involved with collection due to nonpayment of the outstanding balance. Reasonable collection costs up to 30% on the first agency referral and 40% on the second agency referral resulting from failure to pay may be incurred and will be the responsibility of the student. In addition to withholding transcripts and diplomas from students who have outstanding financial obligations to the University, attorney’s fees and other collection costs incurred by the University will be the responsibility of the student.

For 3rd party billing or outside agency billing, which may pay all or part of your tuition and fees, submit all paperwork to the Business Office. If you have additional questions on the process, please contact studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu or 510-879-9236.

Master Physician Assistant (MPA), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Doctor Physical Therapy (DPT), and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing Program (ABSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (FNPDNP)

MPA Program - Tuition for this programs is billed at the program rate, and amortized over six semesters in equal installments and no tuition in the seventh semester. This program has annual tuition increases effective Fall of each year.

OTD Program – Tuition for this program is billed at the annual program rate, amortized over nine semesters in equal installments. This program has annual tuition increases effective Fall of each year.

DPT Program - Tuition for this program will be billed in the following method:

Semesters One through Six are billed at the annual program rate and amortized over six semesters in equal installments. Tuition for the seventh semester; is 1/3 of the annual tuition cost. Semester Eight has an internship fee and Semester 9 has no tuition charge.  This program has annual tuition increases effective Fall of each year.

DPM Program – Tuition for this program is billed at the program rate: Year 1 is amortized over two semesters: Years 2, 3, & 4 are amortized over three semesters. This program has annual tuition increases effective Summer of each year.

ABSN Program All Campus’s - Tuition for this program is billed at the annual program rate and amortized over three semesters in equal installments. This program has annual tuition increases effective Summer of each year. See ABSN Financial Information “Location Start and End Dates.”

Some programs at Samuel Merritt University are sequential in nature; therefore students must receive clearance from the department chair to be classified as part time. Students who qualify and are classified as part time, will be billed at the current graduate per-unit rate for each semester.

LOA/WD/Dismissal-Additional Information
Students who take a leave of absence, withdraw or are dismissed from Samuel Merritt University programs for any reason, will owe for current semester units and units completed in prior semesters at the current per unit rate. These programs are sequential in nature; therefore, re-admitted students will be charged and billed at the current per-unit rate for the remainder of their matriculation.

Undergraduate students in good academic standing may request to enroll in more than 17.5 units in any semester, with Registrar's approval.

In the event that a student repeats a course for any reason, the student will be charged the tuition and fees in effect at the time the course is repeated.

If the dismissal is upheld, the effective date will be the end of the previous term. At the point of dismissal, all eligible financial aid will be returned to the appropriate financial aid agency.


If the student is withdrawing or taking a leave of absence from the University, the student must complete the online withdrawal/LOA form to request a refund. Once the online withdrawal from the University is completed, all necessary SMU office will automatically be notified.  Refunds are based upon the schedules in the following section. Fees are generally non-refundable. The University must follow current federal regulations in effect for students who receive Title IV (federal) financial aid.

Students may petition for an exception to the refund policy. Students who wish to petition for an exception to the refund policy, may do so by submitting an email of explanation and any verification documents to studentaccounts@samuelmerritt.edu.

(Title IV Funds)
The financial aid a student may keep is determined by the percentage of the term completed in days. For example, if a student withdraws from all classes on the 20th day of attendance of an academic term with one hundred (100) days, twenty percent (20%) of financial aid is considered earned and eighty percent (80%) is refunded to the appropriate student financial aid agency. This applies until sixty percent (60%) of the term is earned. When more than sixty percent (60%) of a term is earned, no federal funds must be refunded.

Note: It is possible for a student to be responsible for one hundred percent (100%) of tuition charges but have "earned" only a portion of financial aid. For example, if a student withdraws after the 18th day of attendance in a term with 72 days and the withdrawal day is also the 5th week of class, no tuition refund is due the student; however, the student who earned only 25% of financial aid is responsible for a balance equal to 75% of tuition. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office.

Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
  • 1st week 85% tuition refunded
  • 2nd week 80% tuition refunded
  • 3rd week 75% tuition refunded
  • 4th week 75% tuition refunded
  • 5th - end 0% tuition refunded

Note: The above schedule is based on the date the official notice of withdrawal is received by the Registrar.


Our fees are subject to change without notice.


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