Financial Responsibility and Information

Student Financial Reponsibility

Students who attend Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) assume the following responsibilities:

  • Full payment of tuition and fees generated from their registration.
    • Payments must be made directly to, and per the guidelines of, Qatar Foundation Financial Services, whether or not an invoice was received.
    • Students whose tuition and/or fee charges are covered by scholarships or sponsorships must follow up with their scholarship/sponsorship agency to ensure payment was effectively made by the stated deadlines.
  • Full payment of all charges for housing and dining services and other applicable miscellaneous charges, if any.
  • Reading their vcu email and the VCUarts Qatar website pages on a regular basis to remain informed of VCUarts Qatar and/or QF policies and procedures pertaining to matters of tuition and fee payments.

Please note:

  • Neither VCUarts Qatar or the Qatar Foundation issue hard-copy (paper) invoices to enrolled students. A student's failure to acknowledge and review the soft-copy (electronic) invoice does not relieve him/her from the responsibility to make the requisite payments by stated deadlines. 
  • Ultimately, students are responsible for any due balances on their student accounts, including in instances when a due balance is on account of a funding agency cancelling or reducing the scholarship, sponsorship, or loan award. 
  • The University reserves the right to revise or alter student tuition and fee amounts, the regulations pertaining to student tuition and fees, as well as the tuition and fee collection procedures whenever such revisions or alterations are deemed necessary.  

Tuition Deposit

Students accepted into an undergraduate degree program who accept their offer of admission must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit.

  • This deposit is credited to the student's first semester's tuition charges.
  • A student who pays the tuition deposit, but then decideds not to enroll for the intended intake-term, forfeits the deposit. In Fall 2019, the tuition deposit was QAR 1.500,- (equivalent to US$ 412.-).

Tuition/Fee Billing and Payments

Currently, students are billed for the cost of their tuition and comprehensive fee at VCUarts Qatar by the Qatar Foundation.

  • The Qatar Foundation Finance Office issues invoices electronically at the start of the academic semester. Students are notified by at their VCU email address when the Qatar Foundation eStatement (invoice) is available for viewing at the QF Billing and Payment webpages.
  • Tuition and fee charges are trigged by course-registration. 
  • Payment is due at the start of the academic semester.
  • Additional charges, if any, are due by or before the date specified on the invoice. QF does NOT mail out invoices in hard-copy format. 

QF eStatements include the following charges:

  • Tuition
  • Mandatory, comprehensive fee at VCUarts Qatar. The Comprehensive Fee is a mandatory fee to cover items and services provided by VCUarts Qatar, including books, equipment, software, and/or student programs and activities.
  • QF Housing and Dining charges

QF eStatements do NOT include the following charges. Students must make payment arrangements with the VCUarts Qatar department or unit directly:

  • VCUarts Qatar computer damage fees
  • VCUarts Qatar library fines
  • Parking tag fees for vehicles
  • VCUarts Qatar design shop (bookstore) charges 

Students who fail to make the required payment or clear their due balances by the due date may be assessed a Late Fee or a Hold on their student-record. Holds deny students from registration for future classes, prevent access to midterm or final grades, prevent the issuance of degree-certificates and transcripts, etc. Holds are removed when a student has cleared all due balances owed to the Qatar Foundation, VCU, or VCUarts Qatar. 

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees - AY 2019-20

The amounts listed below apply only to students who start their degree studies at VCUarts Qatar in Fall 2019, as well as those who cross register in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020. Students who started their degree studies at VCUarts Qatar prior to Fall 2019 may verify their respective "Tuition/Fee Block" at the VCUarts Qatar Intranet*.

Full Time Enrollment (12-18 credits per semester)

  • Tuition: USD 29409 or QAR 107048.76 per academic year; OR USD 14704.50 or QAR 53524.38 per semester. Per QF policy, tuition for MOE/HEI-sponsored students is USD 58818 or QAR 214097.52 per academic year; OR USD 29409 or QAR 107048.76 per semester.  
  • Comprehensive Fee: USD 895 or QAR 3258 per academic year; OR USD 447.50 or QAR 1629 per semester

Part Time Enrollment (1-11 credits per semester)

  • Tuition: US$ 1174 or QAR 4273.36 per credit
  • Comprehensive Fee: USD 75 or QAR 273 per credit

* The "Tuition/Fee Block"-model is not applicable to students starting at VCUarts Qatar in Fall 2019 or after. Students who start their degree-studies in Fall 2019 or after should anticipate an increase in tuition/fee each academic year

Graduate (MFA) Tuition and Fees - AY 2019-20

The amounts listed below apply only to students who start their degree studies at VCUarts Qatar in Fall 2019. Students who started their degree studies at VCUarts Qatar prior to Fall 2019 may verify their respective "Tuition/Fee Block" at the VCUarts Qatar Intranet*.

Full Time Enrollment (9-15 credits per semester)

  • Tuition: USD 25956 or QAR 94479.84 per academic year; OR USD 12978 or QAR 47239.92 per semester. Per QF policy, tuition for MOE/HEI-sponsored students is USD 51912 or QAR 188959.68 per academic year; OR USD 25956 or QAR 94479.84 per semester.  
  • Comprehensive Fee: USD 895 or QAR 3258 per academic year; OR USD 447.50 or QAR 1629 per semester

Part Time Enrollment (1-8 credits per semester)

  • Tuition: US$ 1441 or QAR 5245.24 per credit
  • Comprehensive Fee: USD 75 or QAR 273 per credit

* The "Tuition/Fee Block"-model is not applicable to students starting at VCUarts Qatar in Fall 2019 or after. Students who start their degree-studies in Fall 2019 or after should anticipate an increase in tuition/fee each academic year. 

Payment Methods

Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card and Check (from local bank only).

  • Pay at Qatar Foundation Finance Department in the QF Headquarters Building, 1st Floor.

Wire Transfer:

  • Account Name: Qatar Foundation
  • Qatar National Bank
  • If paying in QAR: ACCOUNT: 0013-024171-001; IBAN: QA19 QNBA 0000 0000 0013 0241 7100 1
  • If paying in USD: ACCOUNT: 0013-035555-061; IBAN: QA22 QNBA 0000 0000 0013 0355 5506 1; Swift Code: QNBAQAQA
  • Include your full name (as in passport), your institution (VCUarts Qatar), your V#, and VCUQ# on the money transfer receipt. E.g. Maryam Hala Al-Sharifa; VCUarts Qatar; V# V00XXXXXXX; VCUQ# Q2019-0XX.

Qatar Foundation Installment Payment Plan

The Installment Payment Plan (IPP) distributes the cost of tution, fees, QF housing and QF dining charges for a semester into four equal installments.

  • The IPP is administered by the Qatar Foundation and available only for Fall and Spring terms.
  • To participate in the IPP, a student must complete the Student Installment Payment Plan Application Form available from the VCUarts Qatar Finance Office and submit it along with post-dated check for the amounts due to the Qatar Foundation Finance Office. The Application Form must be re-submitted each term a student participates in the IPP.
  • Only enrolled students with at least QAR 10000 or more in current dues are eligible to participate in the IPP, provided all prior semester due balances are fully paid. 
  • A USD 25 or QAR 91 non-refundable administrative fee is assessed payable with the first installment of the term. QF does not charge interested on the due balance for those participating in the IPP. 

Payment Deadlines

Semester Payment Due Date - Standard Payment Due Date - IPP
Summer  2019                 

July 31                      

  • Due balance for Summer sessions to be paid off in full.
NA
Fall 2019

 

1st IPP installment due - Date as negotiated with QF Finance

   

2nd IPP installment due - Date as negotiated with QF Finance

   

3rd IPP installment due - Date as negotiated with QF Finance

 

November 27, 2019

  • Due balance for Fall term to be paid off in full.
  • Unpaid balance? Expect a QF Finance Hold on your student record. 

4th and Final IPP installment due. Date as negotiated with QF Finance. The due balance for Fall 2019 must by now be paid off in full. 

Spring 2020      

 

1st IPP installment due - Date as negotiated with QF Finance

   

2nd IPP installment due - Date as negotiated with QF Finance

   

3rd IPP installment due - Date as negotiated with QF Finance

 

April 12, 2020

  • Due balance for Spring term to be paid off in full.
  • Unpaid balance? Expect a QF Finance Hold on your student record. 

4th and Final IPP installment due. Date as negotiated with QF Finance. The due balance for Fall 2019 must by now be paid off in full. 

Past Due Accounts

A student who fails to remit payments when due may be assessed a late payment fee and a restriction, or "hold" on their student record.

  • In other words, students with balances owed to the Qatar Foundation, VCU, or VCUarts Qatar are denied registration for future classes, are denied access to midterm or final grades, and are not issued degrees, official transcripts, or exit permits until all charges are paid in full or a payment plan to the satisfaction of QF Finance has been set up. 

Refund/Reduction Policy

​The refund/reduction policy in place at VCUarts Qatar mirros the policy at the home campus, VCU, in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

  • Refunds will be computed based on the actual withdrawal date as recorded by the Office of Records and Registration. 
  • Refunds will only be made to students who have completed the required withdrawal procedure whether they have attended the class or not. 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to request corrections to errors on the student’s schedule. 
  • Students who are enrolled in the maximum number of credit hours (18) and withdraw up to the minimum credit hours considered full-time enrollment (12) do not receive a refund/reduction.
  • A full refund of tuition and applicable fees for short courses (less than six weeks in length) will be granted if the course is dropped by the end of the first day of a given class. Partial refunds are not granted for short courses.
  • Exceptions to this refund policy are made only in rare instances based upon extenuating circumstances. Written application for such exceptions must be filed with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Refund/Reduction Schedule

Drop / Withdrawal Period      Refund/Reduction Tuition/Fees Retained 
Drop prior to end of Add/Drop period      100% 0%
Withdraw second week of class    80% 20%
Withdraw third week of class     60% 40%
Withdraw fourth week of class 40% 60%
Withdraw after fourth week of class      0% 100%

Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Campus Employment

For information on undergraduate funding support, please see QF Student Financial Services

  • QF Financial Aid: fao@qf.org.qa
  • QF Merit Scholarships: sch@qf.org.qa
  • On Campus Employment: Tech4Work (for Education City Wide student-employment opportunities), or Office of Career Services at VCUarts Qatar (for VCUarts Qatar student-employment opportunities)

For information on graduate funding support, please see: Graduate Financial Support

Options for repayment of QF Financial Aid Loans

There are two options for repayment of QF Financial Aid loans after graduation. Students may choose one or a combination of both repayment options. Specific questions should be directed to QF Student Financial Services. 

  • Standard Repayment: This option commits a student to repay the loan in installments equivalent to 15% of their monthly salary - until the loan is paid off in full. 
  • Paid Service: This option is for students who find employment at one of the QF-approved companies/organizations/government offices. During a period from one to six years, and depending on the amount of loan, students can be considered for "debt forgiveness". Their service (employment), valued at a prescribed monthly rate, debits (=forgives) the loan by that amount each month. 
  • For more information, please contact fao-repayment@qf.org.qa. or visit QF Student Financial Services