What does the term "flat program charge" mean?

Each semester (fall and spring) will be billed at the same amount for all four years. This includes:
  • Fall and Spring sequence of courses and numbers of credits as outlined in the program sheet
  • Summer Year 1, 3 credit University Curriculum elective
  • Summer Year 2, 3 credit Internship and 3 credit Major Course
  • Summer Year 3, Internships 1 & 2 which are 3 credits each
  • Winter Year 3 (January term) SB 360 Nicaragua Micro-Loan Experience 3 credits
  • Winter (January term) or Summer Year 4, 3 Credit International Experience
  • Quinnipiac Housing for all four years, which includes the board (food) allocation for each type of housing selected by the student
What is not covered in the "flat program charge"?
  • Travel expenses to internships or international experiences
  • Tuition charges if the number of credits in a semester, summer or winter session are above the number of credits as indicated
  • Course fees (Charges to specific courses or labs).
  • Books, laptop, personal expenses

Please read the University's administrative policy (PDF) for clarification and further details.

Details on the internships and international experiences:

Internships and executive international trips are excellent ways to round out a student's resume for career planning and serve as proxies for work experience in the MBA program. Career Services will work with students towards appropriate internship placement in Summer Year 2 and Summer Year 3. The Nicaragua Micro Loan experience in winter of Year 3 includes ten days in Nicaragua working within a business consulting and microloan program in which both undergraduate and graduate business students participate.  Undergrads are primarily serving as business consultants and graduate students as analysts/loan officers for the purpose of recommending loans to local small businesses from the QU microloan fund. The Winter or Summer Year 4 international experience includes either participation in the graduate portion of the Nicaragua program (in January) or selection of one of several short term executive trips in the summer.  Current trips are from 8 to 12 days in the United Kingdom, Hungary, France or China.

Travel expenses are not included in the Flat Fee Program charge.

How will AP or other advanced standing affect my program of study?

Programs will be customized for students, depending on the number of credits of advanced standing/AP that they present for credit.  Students with several AP or other college level courses may be able to reduce the number of credits they take in any given semester, but this will not affect the flat program fee.  A grid explaining Quinnipiac's policies with regard to advanced standing for AP is available from the Office of Admissions or at the QU Undergraduate Admissions.

What GPA must a student maintain to remain in the program?

Students need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete a minimum of 39 credit hours at the end of each academic year to remain in the program - students who fall below that GPA requirement will be given the fall semester to improve their grades. If the total GPA does not rise to a 3.0, students will be advised to move into the regular business program with current tuition/fees/room/board pricing. Students need to attain an overall GPA of 3.25 to begin the MBA sequence of courses in the third year and continue into the fourth year.

Will I have to take the GMAT in order to be in the MBA program?

The GMAT requirement will be waived for students in the 3+1 program.

If I need to repeat a course, what are the cost implications?

If the repeated course does not put you over the number of credits specified in the plan, there will be no extra charge. If the repeated course necessitates (for example) 20 credits in a semester, then there will be a charge for the extra credit.

Can you stay in the program beyond three years, not start the MBA, but still pay the Flat Fee?

The Flat Fee pricing will end after three years unless you move into the MBA program.

What is the 'cohort' housing option for the freshmen?

Incoming freshmen students in the program may choose to be housed as a cohort in one residence hall with a dedicated study room for the first year. After the first year students will be part of the general housing selection system to choose housing on the Mount Carmel Campus for the second year, and the York Hill Campus for the third and fourth year.

What if I withdraw from the 3+1 program?

Students enrolled in a 3+1 Program will be subject to the same refund policies in effect for undergraduate and graduate students.  However, students who cease enrollment in a 3+1 Program, voluntarily or involuntarily, shall immediately forfeit the benefits of the program's Flat Fee pricing structure. As such, any current or pending charges will be adjusted to reflect the undergraduate and graduate pricing in effect at the time of the change in status. In addition, any courses taken in a future term after the change in status will be subject to the pricing in effect at that time.