On Oct. 1, 2019, SMWC announced that it will offer all undergraduate students in a degree-seeking campus or online program the advantage of paying the same tuition rate during their time at The Woods under the SMWC Tuition Guarantee program. While colleges and universities around the U.S. are increasing tuition, SMWC breaks from this practice to give families certainty and clarity regarding higher education expenses at The Woods. Here’s how it works:

For Campus Students

Students must be full-time in a degree seeking campus program. The guarantee will be applied to tuition costs only for eight semesters (summer terms are excluded). The tuition rate is determined by the student start date and only guaranteed for continuous enrollment.

For Woods Online Students

Students must be at least part-time in a degree seeking Woods Online program. The guarantee will be applied to tuition costs only for the length of the program. The tuition rate is determined by the student start date and only guaranteed for continuous enrollment.


Frequently Asked Tuition Guarantee Questions

What is the SMWC Tuition Guarantee?

Beginning the fall of 2020, SMWC will offer all students in a degree-seeking undergraduate campus or online program the advantage of paying the same tuition rate for every year that they attend SMWC. Not to be confused with a tuition freeze, the tuition guarantee will set students’ tuition costs — at the rate set for the 2020-21 academic year or the year they begin studies at The Woods. The guarantee is for the cost of tuition only.

Who is eligible?

The tuition guarantee is offered to all undergraduate students in a degree-seeking program.

I’m a current campus student, can I take advantage of the tuition guarantee?

Yes. If you are a freshman in the fall 2020, you will have the same tuition rate for up to eight semesters. If you are a current student, your tuition is also guaranteed for the remainder of your program, also up to eight semesters.

How does the tuition guarantee work for online students?

The tuition guarantee is also available to new and returning online students. Tuition is guaranteed for online students enrolled in a degree-seeking program, as half-time status until they finish their chosen program.

I’m a transfer student. How does this apply?

Transfer students are eligible for the tuition guarantee and your tuition will be guaranteed at the rate determined for the academic year you begin your studies at The Woods.

What happens if I’m a new student after fall 2020?

Your tuition will be guaranteed at the rate determined for the academic year you begin your studies at The Woods.

What happens if I decide to withdrawal for a semester?

The rate at the time of your withdrawal will no longer be guaranteed. You will receive the Tuition Guarantee at the rate determined for the academic year when you return to The Woods.

Can graduate students qualify for the Tuition Guarantee?

The tuition guarantee is only for undergraduate, degree-seeking students.

I’m re-entering SMWC to finish my degree, will my tuition rate be determined from my original start date?

No, your tuition will be determined at the rate for the academic year when you return to The Woods.

I’m a Woods Online student, but not full-time. I will not have my degree completed in four years, can I still receive the Tuition Guarantee?

Yes, you will receive the guarantee for your entire program but you must be a degree-seeking student and be enrolled at least half-time status.

What happens if I’m ready to complete my program, but decide to add a major/minor that will take me beyond the four years. Can I receive the guarantee?

No, once you complete the requirements to complete your undergraduate program (8) semesters; you will no longer receive the guarantee.