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Gardner-Webb University will make every effort to keep operating costs low while providing quality programs. Through the support of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, private gifts from alumni, business and other friends, and endowment earnings, Gardner-Webb is able to charge tuition which is less than the actual cost of instruction and other services. The University, however, reserves the right to change tuition and other charges at the beginning of any semester if such change is necessary in the judgment of the Board of Trustees.

ItemPer Semester
Tuition (10-18 hours)$13,345
Room: Traditional dorm$  2,245
Suite Style$ 2,370
University Commons$  3,580
Board: See Board Plan Options
Overload (more than 18 semester hours)$426/hour
Residence Hall Security Deposit$ 150
Communication Fee (Resident Students Only)$   95
Student Activity Fee$ 100

* The cost for a student accident and health insurance plan is assessed to every full-time student unless a waiver form is completed certifying that the student is covered by some other insurance plan(s).

Each student is expected to review his or her online bill at the beginning of the semester and to make satisfactory financial arrangements no later than the end of the first full week of classes.



All resident students must participate in an eligible board plan. (Note: Resident students must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours during the entire semester of their residency. Exceptions require the prior permission of the Office of Residence Education.


Plan DescriptionMeal Opportunities per week (1)Flex $ Per Semester (2)Cost per Semester
Value Plan21$270$2,180
Choice Plan15$330$2,145
Flex Plan21$360$2,050


  1. The week will be defined as beginning Sunday dinner and running through Sunday lunch. Available meals for partial weeks will be prorated. Meals cannot be carried over from week to week, nor can they be transferred to other persons.
  2. Flex dollars are available to the student based on the meal plan selected. These dollars can be used at the student’s discretion in the cafeteria or in the snack bar. They do not carry over from semester to semester.
  3. After the last day of drop/add, a student cannot change to a lower meal plan; however, one may elect a higher meal plan after the semester commences.



A commuter meal plan is available for $705 to any full-time or part-time commuter student. The commuter meal plan consists of 50 meals and $320 Flex Dollars that may be used anytime during the academic year. Any unused meals or Flex Dollars at the end on the spring semester will be forfeited. No refunds will be given for unused meals or Flex Dollars. The commuter meal plan may not be purchased or substituted for a required residential meal plan.



All art studio classes carry a basic fee of $50. The fee supplies the student with a limited amount of material necessary for the class. Art students can expect to have additional expenses for tools and materials specific to each studio course. Art studio fees will be collected by the business office.


A Clinical Assessment Fee in the amount of $288 is charged in conjunction with EDUC 250 and EDUC 450.  This fee covers the cost of the required background checks as well as the annual TaskStream and TeachScape individual licenses.




ItemPer Semester
Private Lessons - Piano, Voice, Organ, Instruments
One lesson (1/2 hour) per week, 1 hr. credit$351
Two lesson (1 hour) per week, 2 hrs. credit$615

Students wishing to take more than two private lessons per week will be charged an additional $100 per 1/2 hour lesson.



Clinical and lab fees of approximately $375 are included in a pre-licensure nursing student's bill each semester.



Communication Studies lab-based courses carry a basic fee of $50. Communication Studies courses incurring a lab fee are designated with (Lab Fee) in the department’s course description listed in the catalog. This fee helps offset basic supplies and materials required for the course. Additionally, all Communication Studies majors are required to purchase an external firewall hard drive (see the department office for complete hard drive requirements) for their project storage. The hard drive will be used throughout their coursework in the department.



All 100-level science classes carry a lab fee of $30. The lab fees cover the cost of supplies for the lab exercises.



All online and blended courses will be assessed a fee of $35 per course. The Online Learning Technology Fee will enable the University to provide students with enhanced instructional access, resources, and support for all online and blended course offerings. Funds from this fee are used for services that Gardner-Webb provides for students, including student computing and technology equipment, software, site assistance and troubleshooting, and the support staff necessary for these functions to operate effectively. This fee is non-refundable in the event you should withdraw from the course.



Tuition for day courses (no more than 9 hours per semester) $426/hour


This reduced rate is available to students who enroll in 9 hours or less. Students who enroll for 10 or 11 hours in a semester are also considered part-time (for financial aid, residence life, and other purposes), but do not qualify for the reduced hourly rate.



Tuition per semester hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $380


Students must hold a completed Bachelor’s degree from an accredited/approved institution to qualify for this rate. Official transcripts must be provided to the Registrar’s Office. The exception to this rate is tuition for the Associate's Degree in Nursing Program. All students pursuing an ADN degree will be charged the traditional undergraduate tuition rate as reflected above.



Tuition per semester hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $  380

Room and Board per summer session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,050



Diploma, Diploma Cover, and Processing Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $140

Late Graduation Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$125



Audit (Per Course)$175.00
Auto Registration (Annual)$130.00
Credit by Exam (Per Credit Hour)$125.00
Non-Sufficient Funds/Returned Check$  30.00
Replacement Student ID Card$  10.00
Textbooks (Estimated Per Semester)$750.00
Transcript Fee$ 15.00
Transient Credit (Per Course)$  50.00
Tuition Late Payment Fee$  50.00
Tuition Non-Payment Fee$100.00


Fees are subject to change. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, fees paid to the University are not refundable.



Students changing rooms without permission of his/her Resident Director are charged for both rooms.


Students living off campus but enrolled as full-time students may eat in the university dining room upon payment of board fees for each semester as determined by the Student Accounts Office, or through buying individual meals.


The estimated cost of textbooks is $750 per semester, but this varies greatly with the number and types of classes taken.


Included in the tuition fees are costs of registration, use of the library, recreation facilities, admission to home athletic events, student publications, post office box, and 10 to 18 semester hours of work, inclusive each semester. The tuition, fees, and estimated book expenses do not include fees for special courses, special laboratory work, and study-travel course. Personal expenses will vary with the individual student. For the student who must earn money toward his or her college expenses, there are a number of opportunities for work available through the Financial Planning Office.



An enrollment deposit of $150 and a room reservation deposit of $150 for new resident students or an advance enrollment deposit of $150 for new commuting students is due within 30 days of being accepted. The room reservation deposit for new resident students or the advance deposit for new commuter students is non-refundable after May 1 for fall enrollment and November 1 for spring Enrollment.

Continuing resident students may reserve a room during and after the advertised room sign-up period, by paying the $150 room reservation deposit and completing an application and contract for housing. Continuing commuter students should pay the $150 advance deposit to declare their intent to return. The deposit for a continuing student is non-refundable.

Room reservation deposits will be credited toward the cost of the room. The room reservation deposit will be forfeited if the reserved room is not utilized. The advance deposit for commuter students will be credited toward the cost of tuition.


The balance of the semester’s charges is due according to the scheduled due dates as reflected on the individual student’s online bill. Those who cannot pay or find it necessary to finance university charges should contact the Student Accounts Office for information regarding alternate payment plans.


Tuition, fees, and book charges are payable in full within 10 days of the start of classes; however, the University makes available a deferred payment plan to students who prefer to make two payments during the summer/four payments during the fall/spring semester rather than the full payment at registration. Students may sign up for the deferred payment plan when viewing their online bill. The online bill may be accessed through the WebbConnect  portal on the GWU homepage by using the username and password assigned to the student by Technology Services. Questions about the deferred payment plan may be directed to the Student Accounts Office at (704) 406-4287.



Gardner-Webb recognizes that many companies offer tuition reimbursement to their employees. To enable students to take advantage of this benefit, Gardner-Webb will defer the covered portion of the student’s tuition cost until three weeks after the end of the semester. A link providing details about the plan and the documentation required may be found at the bottom of the student’s online bill or they may contact the University Student Accounts Office for details on using this plan.



Registration in the University is considered a contract binding the student for charges for the entire semester. However, it is the policy of Gardner-Webb University to give pro-rata charge reductions through 60% of the enrollment period in the event a student OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWS FROM SCHOOL. On-campus program students (Undergraduate and Divinity) must complete and return a withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office in order to be officially withdrawn. DCP and Graduate program students may withdraw by telephoning or emailing the Registrar’s office. A confirmation will be sent when the withdrawal is complete. The withdrawal date is the date this process begins.


Reductions will be computed on total charges for tuition, room and board but not on fees. Students leaving school for disciplinary reasons will not be eligible for any reduction and will be liable for the entire semester charges. Students who withdraw from individual classes after the drop/add period will receive no charge reduction.


For purposes of interpreting this policy the pro-rata charge reduction percentage is equal to the number of calendar days (includes weekends) remaining in the semester divided by the number of calendar days in the semester. No charge reduction will be given after the 60% period of enrollment for the semester.


When a student’s charges are reduced, Federal, State, Institutional and Non-institutional Aid will be adjusted in accordance with the regulations governing the respective programs. Please contact the University Student Accounts  Office for current regulations concerning these programs. Leaving the University without officially withdrawing may result in a student forfeiting all financial aid and, thus, becoming responsible for the entire balance.


 In the event a student continues to be enrolled for classes and is approved or required by Residence Life to move from University housing to off campus housing during a semester there will be no charge reduction for room charges. The student moving off campus may request to have his/her meal plan terminated at that time and receive a limited pro-rata charge reduction for meals. The meal plan reduction amount will equal the percentage of the semester remaining times fifty percent times the original meal plan rate. To have the meal plan terminated and receive this reduction the student must contact the Business Office once they have been approved to move off-campus by the Office of Residence Life and have moved.


Students with outstanding financial obligations may be prevented from registering for the following semester. A student will not be allowed to participate in commencement exercises or receive a diploma, nor will transcripts be released, until all financial obligations are satisfied. Delinquent accounts may be referred to collection agencies and/or credit bureaus. Financial obligations include, but are not limited to, student account balances, parking, disciplinary and library fines, and returned checks.