Academic Calendar

The academic year consists of Fall and Spring terms of fifteen weeks each, and a Summer term of eight weeks. The College considers 38 weeks of continuous instruction to be crucial in enabling adult working students to graduate in optimum time while providing them with a wide range and depth of learning opportunities.

Tuition and Fees

Boricua College is a private, non-profit institution of higher education. Tuition charges and Fees are established for the year by the Board of Trustees and may be adjusted by the Board each year based on the costs of academic programs and administration. Tuition is charged on per-term basis, payable in full on Registration day. Until such payment is received, or other arrangements made with the Bursar, a student may not register for the academic term. Gifts and grants received by the College are used towards scholarships to the extent permitted by donors and other sources.

Tuition for 2018-19 Academic Year:

Tuition for all campuses

  • Undergraduate: $5,500 per semester (Fall & Spring Terms), an additional $2,000 (Summer Term)
  • Graduate: $15,000 (Fall & Spring Terms)

Tuition for International Students (F-1 Visa Holders, only)

  • Undergraduate: $14,000 (Fall & Spring Terms), an additional $3,000 (Summer Term)
  • Graduate: $18,000 (Fall & Spring Terms Plus $500.00 fee)

Registration Procedures

Prior to each term, eligible students are notified by mail about the dates and times of registration. Newly admitted students, and students in good academic standing during the previous six (F/S) academic terms, are allowed to register. Other students must complete a re-admissions procedure. On registration day every student is assigned a Faculty Facilitator who will serve as academic advisor and primary instructor. A student must complete the registration procedure in order to receive academic credit.

Pre-Requisites Courses

A pre-requisite course is one that prepares a student for advanced courses in a chosen field. Pre-requisites and requirements are determined by each department for each academic program and may be waived at the request of the Department Chairperson and upon signed approval by a senior academic administrator.

Change of Class after Registration

Students may change their courses by submitting a Change of Class form to the Department of Registration and Assessments: These changes are accepted only within the first three weeks of the Fall and Spring terms, and within the first week of the Summer term.

Official Withdrawal and Reduction of Tuition

Students are required to register for full-time study. They may withdraw from the College after registration by submitting an Official Withdrawal Form issued by the Department of Registration and Assessments. Faculty Facilitators or administrators are not authorized to withdraw students.

An official withdrawal within the first three weeks of the term may result in a reduction of tuition charges as follows:

Week 1 = 25% of Tuition

Week 2 = 50% of Tuition

Week 3 = 75% of Tuition

Week 4+ = 100% Tuition

Partial Withdrawal (Does Not Affect Tuition)

If for special personal reasons a student may need to reduce their course workload, they may withdraw from either the Theoretical or Cultural Studies course and still remain in good academic standing. They may not, however, reduce their credit load below 12 credits, and cannot withdraw from Individualized Instruction courses or Colloquium. Partial withdrawal does not result in a reduction of tuition charges for the total term.

It is important to note that the Federal government will withdraw a student’s Federal Grant and Direct Loans tuition aid grant if their attendance falls below a certain level. (See Page 28).

Student’s Academic Workload

A student’s workload consists of Contact Time with Faculty, and Supplementary Assignments based on the Commissioner’s Regulations 50.1(o) for a 15 week academic term as noted below.

Course Area
Maximum No. of Students per Session
per Week
per Week
Individualized Instruction
1 hour
11 hours
2.5 hours
5 hours
Experiential Studies*
2 hours/2.5 hours
4 hours/5hours
Theoretical Studies
2.5 hours
5 hours
Cultural Studies
2.5 hours
5 hours

*Experiential Studies courses at the baccalaureate level are three (3) credits, requiring two and a half (2.5) Contact Hours and five (5) Hours of Supplementary Assignments per week.

Disenrollment by the Administration

Boricua College’s programs are designed to permit students of differing capacities to progress toward a degree at their own pace. Occasionally, a student’s progress is so limited as to make disenrollment from the college clearly in the student’s and the College’s best interest. If a student’s progress is judged as not likely to improve in the foreseeable future, the Assessment Committees and Department Chairpersons may advise the student to withdraw from the College for one or more terms.

Cancellation of Courses

In case of insufficient registration in a particular course (defined as less than 15 students), the College is not obligated to offer that course. If a course is cancelled because of insufficient enrollment, students may be enrolled in another course.

Student-Requested Courses

Students needing a particular course not offered in a forthcoming term may consult with the department Chairpersons. Generally, courses listed in the catalogue are provided if there is indication from the academic administrators that the course is needed, or if at least 15 students sign a petition requesting that it be offered. Such requests must be made at least five weeks before the beginning of the term.

ID Cards (Identification Cards)

The Department of Registration and Assessment distributes ID cards to new admits, and validates identification cards during the second week of the term for all continuing students. All students must present a copy of their Tuition Charges Statement to either receive or validate an ID card. They must consult with the Department of Registration and Assessment for replacement fee for lost ID.

Books and Supplies

Cost of books and supplies are approximately $400 per year. Students may request to have book costs, supplies and other necessary items deducted from their financial aid awards.

Other specific policies regarding registration and matriculation may be found in the Department of Registration and Assessments.