Tuition and Affordability

Choosing to make the investment into earning a college degree from a private college is a big deal, both for your future and financially.

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Tuition Costs

Our Office of Financial Aid works hard to make Villa an affordable option without compromising the high quality education you can expect to receive.

In fact, 99% of all Villa students receive some form of financial aid and 96% of students receive Villa-funded grants and scholarships. We’re here to guide you to success at every step of the way. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 716-961-1850 with any questions you may have about financing your education.


Fall 2024 & Spring 2025
Tuition per semester (full-time): $13,765
Tuition per credit hour (part-time): $915
**Please note these costs are subject to change.



Full-time: $285
Part-time: $105
Course Overload: $915 per credit hour

*Fees may be added for courses requiring a course fee.

Orientation Fee

Full-time: $50
Part-time: $50

**Please note the costs of all fees are subject to change.

Student Activity Fee

Full-time: $260
Part-time: $185

**Please note the costs of all fees are subject to change.


Per credit: $245

*Fees may be added for courses requiring a course fee.
**Please note these costs are subject to change.


Music Industry Lessons: $350
Music BA Lessons: $990

*Fees may be added for courses requiring a course fee.
**Please note these costs are subject to change.
***Villa alum may audit a course at a discounted rate of $175/course. Alum are responsible all applicable studio or lab fees.

Advanced Placement

Villa Maria College maintains agreements with local high schools, BOCES, and rigorous after school initiatives relative to programs that provide for academic credit in specific courses. Agreements provide students the opportunity to earn college-level credit by successfully completing a course in high school. Courses available for credit are based on a formal agreement between the high school and Villa Maria College. Check with the Office of Admissions or your high school guidance counselor for further information.

The cost for an Advanced Placement student is $100.


As you conduct your college search, consider each school’s academic offering, student support system and overall atmosphere. Where do you see yourself not just studying, but growing and succeeding? Whatever you do, don’t rule out your dream school on sticker price alone. At Villa, our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to make your dream of attending college a reality. We’ll work with you to find scholarships, grants and aid that make Villa Maria College not only the best option, but an affordable one.


Financial Aid

Aid Process

Payment Information

In this section, you’ll find information on accepted payment methods, establishing a payment plan, tuition deferment and refunds. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the information below, please give our Business Office a call at 716-961-1811. Determining how to pay for college can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help facilitate the process.

Payment Methods

Villa Maria College accepts cash, credit cards, personal and bank checks, and money orders. Payments may be submitted or mailed to the Business Office. Checks should be made payable to Villa Maria College. A $35 service charge will be assessed if the check is returned for any reason by the bank.

If you prefer to pay by credit card, payment may be made by phone or by mail using the credit card payment form and your Visa or MasterCard.

Payments by mail should be sent to:

Villa Maria College
Business Office
240 Pine Ridge Road
Buffalo, NY 14225

All payments are processed on the day they are received.

Monthly Payment Plans

Monthly payment agreements can be found in the forms section below.

Complete the Monthly Payment Agreement available online and in the Business Office. Submit the first installment with the agreement form and the one-time $40 processing fee by the tuition due date. Late fees will be added to your account if payments are not received in the Business Office by the dates specified above. Monthly statements will not be mailed; therefore, it is your responsibility to retain the tuition guidelines and due dates provided here for your records and to be aware of when payments are due to avoid any late fees.

International Student Payments


Preferred payment method for international students

Villa Maria College has partnered with PayMyTuition for international payments to Villa. With PayMyTuition, you can make payments from any bank, in any country in any currency, at better than bank exchange rates. You can use this service to pay tuition and fees.


Additional Information on PayMyTuition

How to make a payment – step-by-step PDFs

Payment Step English

Payment Step Arabic

Payment Step Bernese

Payment Step Dutch

Payment Step Farsi

Payment Step French

Payment Step German

Payment Step Hindi

Payment Step Japanese

Payment Step Korean

Payment Step Portuguese

Payment Step Punjabi

Payment Step Simplified Chinese

Payment Step Spanish

Payment Step Swedish

Payment Step Traditional Chinese

Payment Step Turkish

Payment Step Vietnamese

PayMyTuition customer support information

Call 1.855.663.6839 (toll-free) or through one of their local country contact numbers. You can also reach PayMyTuition Support at [email protected] or through their support page.

No matter what time zone you are in, you will have a dedicated customer support team available to you through live chat, email and phone to answer any of your questions and help you make your payment.

Tuition Deferment

Tuition payments may be deferred ONLY through one of the following three methods:

1. Completed Financial Aid Package: The Office of Financial Aid must have confirmation of completed financial aid applications by the tuition due date of August 25, 2022. Be sure to complete all requests for information sent to you by the Financial Aid staff. Any balance not covered by financial aid must be paid by the tuition due date.

2. Employer’s Tuition Reimbursement Plan: The Business Office requires a copy of the tuition reimbursement policy from the employer and tuition can be deferred until the end of the semester. The employer’s policy guidelines and any balance not paid by the employer must be submitted to the Business Office by the tuition due date.

3. Established Monthly Payment Plan: Tuition can also be deferred in part by setting up a monthly payment plan. See section above for instructions on how to establish a monthly payment plan.


Financial Aid refunds will be processed ten business days after financial aid monies are received by the College. The date on the student bill represents the date financial aid monies have been received. You can check the status of your refund by reviewing your statement available on your student portal.

Refund checks will be mailed to the address on file. Students may request to pick up their refund check in the Business Office by completing a Request for Refund Check to be Held. The form is also available in the business office and must be completed each term.

Refund Policy on Fully-Paid Tuition

Tuition Refund Policy


College is one of the best investments you can make in yourself.

Sure, you want a good education, but there are a lot of other factors to consider as you search for your perfect school: academic quality, job placement outcomes, mission and values, and whether or not the school has the right atmosphere for you to succeed. At Villa, we offer students all this and more. We’ll work with students and their families on an individual basis to make paying for college a reality. With 96% of our student body receiving grants or scholarships, and 99% receiving some form of financial aid, you don’t have to make your choice based on cost!

Did you know there’s no guarantee that the Excelsior Scholarship will continue year after year? It only covers tuition, so you’ll still have to pay for room and board, textbooks, transportation, and more? Excelsior requires you to live in NYS for at least 4 years after graduation, even if you can’t find a job in your field? It can become a loan if you fail to meet any of its stringent conditions at any time, for any reason. There’s only enough funding for 5% of applicants to actually receive the scholarship? There are better, less restrictive ways to fund your college education than relying on a ‘scholarship’ that may force you into attending a college that doesn’t meet your needs.

Fact Sheet

Making Sense of Excelsior.

If you want to attend college, we’ll work with you to make it happen. Learn more about what makes Villa Maria College the premiere student-centered institution in Western New York.

Financial Aid

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator was designed to help you gain a better understanding of the amount of federal, state, and institutional aid you may be eligible to receive. An estimated cost of attendance is the cost that remains after you’ve inputted all of your information, and the amount of potential aid you may receive is calculated.

Please Note:

  • The Net Price Calculator is intended for U.S. Citizens or U.S. permanent residents who will enter Villa Maria College as first-time undergraduate students.
  • Actual federal awards are determined by the information provided on your FAFSA. You can complete your FAFSA here.
  • Use of this, or any other financial aid estimator, does not mean you have been granted admission to Villa Maria College, or any other institution.
  • Tuition estimate of federal and/or institutional aid and the College’s net price are subject to change at any time.

Student Accounts

Current and incoming students will find all the information they need on paying bills, payment plans, meal plans, parking tickets, and more. For general inquiries, please call Villa’s Business Office at 716-961-1811.

Bus Passes

You are able to request monthly bus passes provided to Villa by the NFTA. The cost of a monthly bus pass is $75.00/month. You may use your financial aid to pay for this, and/or pay for it out of pocket. You must notify the business office two weeks in advance every month requesting it to be ordered as we do not automatically re-order for each student. Payment must be received PRIOR to the distribution of the passes, no exceptions. For more information and the application, click here.


Lockers are to be paid for at the Villa Maria business office for $5.00, then retrieved from Felician Hall with your receipt. At the end of the semester when your locker is handed back in at Felician Hall, you may then collect $3.00 back from business office.


Each semester students will start out with $25.00 on your ID card for printing. If you would like additional funds added to your card, you must come to the Business Office to make payment, then Computer Services will upload the funds to your card. Funds will only transfer over from the Fall to Spring semester.


All transcript requests are now processed through the National Student Clearinghouse. Complete this form to request a transcript.


You may obtain a FERPA form from either the business office, Registrar or by clicking here. The form then needs to be signed and returned to the registrar. This form authorizes the release of information and must be signed by the student and can be customized for specific situations and time frames.

Parent Affidavit – If you are the parent/s of a dependent student and meet the requirements of Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, you may examine your son or daughter’s education record without their consent. This form must be notarized and will in effect for one year.

Meal Plans & the Villa Bistro

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM-2:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Continental breakfast will be available until 11:00 AM
Lunch will be available until 2:00 PM with an expanded salad and sandwich offering.
Grab and Go items will be available until 5:30 PM, along with select made-to-order grill items.

Currently there is one meal plan:

$390 – Students receive 30 meals and $125 in Bistro Bucks. This does not carry over from semester to semester.

Semester Bistro Bucks

Full Time Students receive $75 in Bistro Bucks for the semester. This does not carry over from semester to semester.
Part Time Students receive $25 in Bistro Bucks for the semester. This does not carry over from semester to semester.
Additionally, if a person purchases $45 in Bistro Bucks, they are given $5 in Add-On Bistro Bucks.

Bistro Bucks:

You may add additional Bistro Bucks to your card throughout the semester by visiting: or stopping in to the Business Office. Bistro Bucks may only roll over from Fall to Spring semester. They may not roll over from Spring to Fall. You may not use your financial aid to purchase additional Bistro Bucks.

*If you misplace your ID card during the semester, you must report it stolen to the Business Office as the meal plan points and/or bistro bucks cannot be reimbursed otherwise. Reimbursement will be subject to approval by the Vice President for Business Affairs only.

Click here to complete the Meal Plan Request Form.

Business Office Contact

David Shelton
[email protected]
Accounts Payable Coordinator

Office Hours:
Fall/Winter/Spring Business Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Summer Business Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Our Staff.

Still not sure where to begin? Feel free to someone from contact Villa’s Office of Financial Aid for guidance.

Aimee Murch

[email protected]

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