The staff in Marquette Central is dedicated to serving our students and families in a professional and friendly manner while following the policies and procedures set forth by the university. The office provides accurate and timely information about student accounts while encouraging our students to be active participants in managing their account.

Marquette University sends a monthly electronic billing statement to students that have an account balance. Students may also view their e-bill via CheckMarq. Payment due dates are available on the Marquette Central website. The final step to complete registration is payment in full of all fees for the term. It is the responsibility of students to pay tuition, fees and housing by the published due date whether they receive a bill or not.

Students who do not plan to attend the university are responsible for dropping classes through CheckMarq and notifying their respective college office. All courses for which students are officially registered as of the close of registration are subject to tuition, fee assessment and payment, and as such appear as part of their permanent record even if students do not attend any class periods. To avoid unnecessary charges and permanent failing or withdrawn grades on their permanent record, it is the responsibility of students to review their official registration prior to the end of registration for the session in which the course is scheduled and ensure it accurately reflects the courses in which they plan to be enrolled. Students assume responsibility for the consequences that ensue as a result of any failed or withdrawal grade. These consequences include but are not limited to: a delay in graduation, dismissal from the degree program, denial of readmission, external institutions/entities viewing these grades as failing grades, loss of eligibility for certain scholarships and/or financial aid, loss of full-time status and/or loss of a refund.

Registration is not considered complete until all tuition and fees are paid, enrolls in the Marquette Monthly Payment Plan, or submits a billing authorization from an approved sponsor. Students whose accounts reflect that the payment has not been made, or that are otherwise delinquent have a registration block, transcript block and diploma block placed on their accounts. There is a $100.00 fee for the removal of the block. Failure to pay any balance when due may result in the cancellation of their registration for the current academic term, referral of the account to a collection agency, legal action to collect any balance due or any combination thereof. If the university must take legal action to collect any unpaid balance, students are responsible for all fees and costs incurred by the university to collect the unpaid balance.

Tuition Discount

A 50 percent discount on tuition (only) is available to individuals who audit classes. This opportunity is offered to students who have the proper background and prerequisite of the course(s) in question. Students whose total credit hours equal 12 or more including audit courses, is assessed the full-time rate based on their career.

Payment Options

Traditional Term Payment

Payment of all tuition and other billed charges is due in full prior to the beginning of each term.

  • Cash and checks are acceptable methods of payment.
  • Electronic payment (direct debit from checking or savings account) may be made by accessing the link on the Marquette Central website at
  • Credit card payment is available through a third-party provider. The service fee for using this service is variable depending on the amount of the charge. This service may be accessed through the link on our website at or by calling (866) 893-4518.

Marquette Monthly Payment Plan

Marquette offers a payment plan during the fall and spring terms administered by Tuition Management Systems Inc. The Marquette Monthly Payment Plan allows students and their families to pay tuition, fees, university housing and/or meal charges in five equal monthly installments. There is a $35 per term enrollment fee, but there are no interest charges involved.

Payment by a University Approved Third-Party Sponsor

The Office of the Bursar works with students who receive tuition assistance through a third party. The third party is billed for all or part of their financial account charges after the university registration add/drop date.
Note: If your employer requires grades prior to paying for a class, we cannot set them up as a third-party sponsor.


Program Cost
Full-time, per term $31,990.00†*
Part-time, curriculum (less than 12 credit hours), per credit hour N/A†
Excess of regular curriculum, per credit hour N/A
Repeat freshman, sophomore or junior courses, per credit hour N/A
Extension of Senior Clinical instructions, per week or fraction thereof (after Aug. 26, 2019) $1,300.00
Extension of Clinical instruction of Graduate Dentists, per week or fraction thereof (after Aug. 26, 2019) $1,300.00

*An initial tuition deposit of $1,000.00, which is applied to the first term tuition, must be made by all first-year students. See the Admission Information section of this bulletin for further details.

†This rate applies only to students who are not covered under a certified contract agreement. The following state subsidizes, through Contract Agreement, those who are state residents:

State Subsidy Tuition Paid by Student
Full-time, per term Wisconsin $4,330.00* $27,660.00

* The state of Wisconsin provides a tuition subsidy for certain dental students who are Wisconsin state residents. As with any governmental appropriation, the exact amount is subject to change as part of the legislative process. The expected state subsidy for 2019-20 is $4,330 per term per Wisconsin resident, but is subject to change at any time. Students are billed for any reduction in the expected state subsidy and credited for any increase.

Service Fees

Dental Instruments (freshmen, sophomores and juniors) - See Textbooks and Instruments section of this bulletin.

Meal Plans

Meal plans are available to all students. Students may eat in any residence hall dining center with all of the meal plans. Please contact the Office of Residence Life for complete details; Carpenter Tower, 203; P.O. Box 1881; Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881; (414) 288-7208.

Meal Cost
Anytime Dining $2,270.00
50 Meals (commuters only) $422.00

Note: Meal plans are automatically renewed for the second term unless canceled through the Office of Residence Life.

Refunds and Adjustments

Students who have prepaid charges but do not register for classes are given a full refund, less applicable non-refundable deposits. Students who register for classes and subsequently change their course load through either a partial withdrawal from courses or a complete withdrawal from the university have adjustments made to their student accounts. The date on which the withdrawal form is submitted to the university is the date used for any refund calculation. Students assume responsibility for the consequences that ensue as a result of any withdrawal grade. These consequences include but are not limited to: a delay in graduation, dismissal from the degree program, external institutions/entities viewing these grades as failing grades, loss of eligibility for certain scholarships and/or financial aid, loss of full-time status and/or loss of a refund. If an adjustment results in a refund to students, proper application must be made with the Marquette Central Office to obtain the refund. See this bulletin for a full description of withdrawal procedures.

After the first class, laboratory and special course fees are non-refundable. Tuition deposits are non-refundable but are applied toward first term tuition charges.

Refunds for tuition and board are given based on the following schedules:

Tuition Refund and Adjustment Schedule
Refund Condition
100% Through late registration
80% During the second week
60% During the third week
40% During the fourth week
20% During the fifth week
No refund After the fifth week

Note: Graduate students who enroll in, and pay for, thesis or dissertation credits before actually beginning work on their projects are not entitled to a refund of tuition for these credits if, for any reason, they do not complete their programs.

Note: Lab fees are not refunded after Late Registration.

Board - Pro-rated; number of full weeks remaining in term as a percent of 16 weeks.

Textbooks, Instruments and Board Fees

The student must buy the necessary textbooks and dental instruments required for each course.

Item First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
Textbooks $1,850.00 $1,750.00 $1,030.00 --
Instruments, Gowns/Scrubs $10,000.00 $6,600.00 $2,700.00 $650.00
National Boards* --- $435.00 --- $480.00
Regional Boards** --- --- --- $2,250.00
Total $11,850.00 $8,785.00 $3,730.00 $3,380.00

*National Board fees are subject to change, check for current fee structure.

**Regional Board fees vary from state to state and region to region. Fee listed is for the CDCA exam and includes the site fee and extra costs involved with the exam. The fees are subject to change; check for current fee structure.

Tuition fees and instrument fees are due each term on or before registration. Dental students receiving assistance from a financial aid program must apply the assistance to the tuition and instrument fees.

The Instrument Committee is entrusted with the duty of keeping the instrument cost as low as is compatible with good teaching and accepted methods of practice. (Accurate instrument costs are available in August, based on information provided by suppliers.)

Increases in the cost of instruments or books cannot be foreseen.