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Alive Orientation fees


Student matriculation fee: $250

This one-time fee will be charged to your student account and can be paid along with tuition at the beginning of your first semester. (You can pay at time of registration if you prefer.)

The matriculation fee covers services and programs for new students including orientation/registration programs, Week of Welcome activities, and extended orientation events. Also included during each orientation program are meals, give-away items (such as t-shirts and pens), university publications, and parking permits for the duration of the program.

Why is the Student Matriculation fee $250, even during this time?
The Student Matriculation fee is still a mandatory fee associated with completing your Orientation requirement. In light of an unprecedented health crisis, we are moving to alternate means of engaging with students so everyone is able to stay safe, healthy, and our students are able to continue their transition to WSU with minimal disruption.

We continue to pay staff and student employees for their good work to help you succeed, and at the same time are making high-quality existing and new services available to students online and investing in new technologies as we do so. The Student Matriculation fee thus remains integral in continuing our work to provide these needed services. We understand that for some, there may be an initial thought that a financial adjustment should be made because we are changing to an on-line orientation. We hope, however, that upon further reflection you understand we are actually increasing our investment to support student needs.

Paying with financial aid

To ensure that the matriculation fee will be automatically covered by your financial aid funds, authorize financial aid to pay all changes in your myWSU account.

Steps to authorize financial aid to pay all charges:

  1. Click “Financial Account”
  2. Click “Account Services” drop down menu
  3. Click “View Student Permissions”
  4. Select “Grant Permissions
  5. Read the student permissions agreement
  6. Click “Next”
  7. Check “Yes, I have read the agreement”
  8. Click “Submit”

Parent and guest fees cannot be billed to the student account. They must be paid no later than at time of the student’s orientation program.

Parents & Supporters

Parent/Supporter fee: $140

This fee covers university publications received from the program, workshop presentations, staffing, and other program costs.

Change of session

A $10 change fee will be assessed each time you change your orientation session.

Changes can be made by calling the Office of New Student Programs at 509-335-4242. You can change the session you are registered for as long as there is still room in the requested session.

Refunds and cancellations

For a FULL REFUND, you must call to cancel your reservation at least 5 business days before the orientation program you were registered for.

You will receive a PARTIAL REFUND if you call to cancel after the 5 business day deadline. A $70.00 administrative fee will be assessed against your refund total.

NO REFUND will be given if you do not call to cancel your reservation or if you cancel the on the day the program starts. Refunds for opting out of overnight accommodations cannot be granted unless requested 5 business days prior to session check-in.