Full-time Programs Terms & Conditions

TUITION AND FEES TERMS & CONDITIONS

Thunderbird full-time degree program tuition for students entering and continuing in Fall 2013 is $1,436 per credit hour. 

More than 68 percent of all Thunderbird students regularly receive some form of financial aid loans and/or awards to complement their own resources. For detailed information about the financial aid options, visit Financing your degree or contact Financial Aid at finaid@thunderbird.edu or call +1 602 978-7130 or 800 848-9084.

Tuition Schedule 

Costs are in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted. This applies to any and all Thunderbird communications.

Tuition and Fees 2013-2014

Housing (per person - per trimester)  
A and B Residence Halls $1,635
West (B Room) Residence Hall $1,635
East Residence Hall $1,435
West (A Room) Residence Hall $1,450
West Apartment $2,600
Board (Campus Residents Only) $695
Tuition  
Per credit tuition $1,436
Spouses of students per credit tuition $1,436
Foundation Fee $1,200
Internships
0.33 Credits $478
1.5 Credits $2,154
3.0 Credits $4,308
Other Fees  
Materials copyright fee $25 per credit hour***
Student health insurance separate fee paid with tuition,
unless student is taking the bridge or extension for graduates
$613
(additional health insurance for new incoming fall students: $76) 
TEM Lab fee (if applicable) $1,100
T-bird student government fee $175**
Off-campus administrative fee (in addition to tuition) for each
Module Abroad, Language Immersion Program, Exchange Programs and Interims
$700
Activity fee per module abroad $1,000
Housing fee per night in excess of trimester (based on availability) $15

*All students are required to carry adequate health insurance and are eligible to participate in the School plan. Students may waive the School plan by presenting evidence of comparable or superior insurance coverage by Friday of the first week of class. Once a waiver is granted, the student may not obtain coverage during the remainder of the trimester if their plan terminates or their circumstances change. The Thunderbird insurance policy provides for international coverage. Students who have a comparable policy and plan to attend an overseas program should find out whether or not their policy will cover international claims. Students attending a Interim session are covered by the student health insurance policy unless the insurance is waived. The fee will be assessed in the following trimester.

** The Thunderbird Student Government (TSG) Fee is $175 per trimester. The money is managed by TSG.

*** This fee does not apply to courses taken for the purpose of meeting language requirements, exchange programs hosted at off-campus locations, and internships. The Materials Copyright Fee is non-refundable after the drop/add period has ended.

Note: The statements above are provided in accordance with the institution’s business license agreement with the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education. The School reserves the right at any time to amend its tuition fees and methods of payment, in addition to any policies regarding such tuition, fees and payment methods. The tuition and fees schedule above has been set forth by the Thunderbird Finance and Accounting Office and approved by the Thunderbird Board of Trustees.

For questions, please contact:
Thunderbird School of Global Management
1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306-6000
Accounting Office
PH: +1 602 978-7140
FAX: +1 602 978-7787

Tuition deposit 
A non-refundable tuition deposit of $1,200 is required upon receipt of a Conditional Acceptance offer to confirm acceptance.


Acceptable forms of payment 

Tuition and fee payments may be made by:

  • Money order 
  • Personal check or cashier’s/bank check 
  • e-check or ACH from a student’s U.S. bank account via Access Thunderbird 
  • Wire transfers (fees may apply) 
  • MasterCard, Discover, American Express credit cards via Access Thunderbird* 
  • Visa credit cards via a cash advance with card issuer*

All checks must be in U.S. funds and made payable to Thunderbird. Electronic transfers will be posted to student accounts. Thunderbird cannot accept cash payments. For information about payment methods, please contact Thunderbird’s Bursar’s Office at +1 602 978-7140.

*Credit card companies charge per transaction. Students paying by credit card via Access Thunderbird will incur this processing fee. This fee is approximately 2.5% of the total charge, with a minimum processing fee of $3.95/transaction. While students are welcome to make payment by credit card, Thunderbird encourages students to consider alternative payment options to avoid the processing fees.


Refunds 

If a student withdraws or is dismissed from the School during a trimester, the tuition charge (not including fees) will be refunded according to the refund schedule. The refund schedule also applies to any student who, in reducing his or her hours, becomes eligible for part-time tuition. Tuition and fees for Interim courses are not refundable.

Trimester Tuition Refund Schedule

Course Length Student status from start of class Percent of tuition to be refunded 
3 weeks 2 days (from first class meeting, plus 1 day)
3 days or more 
100%
0% 
7 weeks 1st week of classes
2nd week of classes 
100%
0% 
14 weeks 1st week of classes
2nd week of classes 
100%
0% 

Tuition, room and board 

Payment in full for tuition and all fees is to be made no later than the published payment deadline each trimester/interim.

Students who fail to do so will be dropped from their classes. Reinstatement, on a space-available basis, requires payment of tuition and a late registration fee. This includes those students who are expecting financial aid. Finance charges of 1 percent per month will accrue on the second day of any unpaid balance (except where prohibited by federal student loan regulations). Students must clear up any unpaid balance or provide proof of ability to pay prior to registering for any subsequent trimester. Failure to make full restitution on any unpaid balance will result in the School withholding transcripts and diplomas. The School will avail itself, if necessary, of any or all legal means of collecting unpaid balances including charging reasonable and customary legal fees. 


Additional expenses 

Students need to budget for books, materials copyright fees, personal computers and instructional supplies, as well as for miscellaneous and unexpected expenses. For most students, the cost of books and supplies averages about $530 per trimester. For those students living on campus, a $695 meal plan purchase must be made.


Special fees and credits 

Various fees may be required of continuing students for special programs and activities, such as Winterim courses, and overseas or exchange programs. Students are notified of the amount of the fee at special meetings and/or registration for the individual program.


Student Health Insurance 

All students are required to carry adequate health insurance, and are eligible to participate in Thunderbird’s health insurance program. Each trimester they are enrolled, entering and continuing students who prefer to use their own insurance may qualify for a waiver of coverage by presenting evidence of comparable or superior insurance coverage by Friday of the first week of class. -0- credit interns must also pay for Student Health Insurance unless waived. Once a waiver is completed, the student may not obtain coverage during the remainder of the trimester if their plan terminates or their circumstances change. The Thunderbird insurance policy provides for international coverage. Students who have a comparable policy and plan to attend an overseas program should find out whether or not their policy will cover international claims. 

Beginning Fall 2012-Summer 2013, the rates per trimester is as follows:

  • Student $613
    (additional health insurance for incoming fall students - $76)
  • Spouse $1,860.54 
  • 1 Child $1,365.84 
  • 2 or more children $1,860.54

The effective date for the Fall 2013 trimester is August 20, 2013.

Thunderbird’s standard student insurance policy includes a limited accident and sickness insurance plan with a $100,000 lifetime maximum benefit. Inquiries about the Student Health Insurance program should be directed to the Office of Human Resources, 602-978-7070.