College of Education and Rehabilitation

Department of Blindness and Low Vision Programs


A graduate education carries variable costs that are dependent on a number of factors. In addition to tuition and fees, there are living expenses, books, equipment and incidental expenses to be considered. A variety of financial assistance is available to students in the form of scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study opportunities.

Tuition 2013-2014

  • Pennsylvania residents - $688.00 per credit
  • Non-residents - $771.00 per per credit

Tuition and fees are due and payable two weeks prior to the start of each session and are subject to change.

Students are either resident or non-resident students based on program enrollment.

Resident students” are defined as those students enrolled in a program being offered by faculty teaching from the Elkins Park, PA campus. This includes students taking online courses and coming to the University for the Summer Residency, and the full-time Elkins Park O&M program students.

Non-resident students” are defined as those students enrolled in a program with face-to-face classes taught somewhere other than the Elkins Park, PA campus. This includes students taking courses online and not coming to Salus University for the Summer Residency Program.  
Non-degree students are considered non-resident.

Drop/Add Policy

Drop/Adds must be completed within ten business days after the first day of the term. Some courses start at a time other than the first day of the term but must be added or dropped within the first 10 business days of the term regardless of a course start date. Drop/Adds must be filed directly with
the Registrar's office.

University Refund Policy   

Matriculants who withdraw from the University on or prior to April 1 will be refunded 100 percent of their paid University matriculation deposit less a $100 administrative fee.  The administrative fee is still required of all matriculants, even if no University matriculation deposits have been paid.

Matriculants who withdraw from the University after April 1 (March 15 for OD Scholar Program), but before the first day of class, will forfeit all matriculation deposits paid to the University.

Enrolled students who withdraw or are dismissed from the University will be responsible for the payment of tuition in accordance with the institutional refund schedule.

Institutional Refund Schedule

The institutional charge is based on the number of days a student is enrolled at the University prior to the date of withdrawal or dismissal date.

The formula is calculated as follows:
Number of days attended
divided by
Total days in the enrollment period*
(*including weekends and holidays, less any scheduled breaks greater than five days)

The resulting fraction is converted to a percentage; therefore, if there are 90 days in the academic period, the following would apply:

Withdrawal on the 10th day     -    Institutional charge    =    11.1%
Withdrawal on the 25th day     -    Institutional charge    =    27.8%

Any percentage of attended days above 60% results in a 100% charge.