Admission and Financing a Centre Education
Admission I Financial Aid and Scholarships I Tuition, Payment Plans, and Refund Policies

Prospective students are encouraged to visit Centre's admission website at

Admission to Centre is selective. This means that the College normally enrolls only students who have had strong college preparatory high school programs and have achieved good academic records in their course work. Though many students present high school programs that include more college preparatory courses (including honors and advanced-level work), the minimum preparation recommended for admission to Centre includes:

English—4 units

Mathematics—4 units (algebra I and II, geometry, and at least one advanced math course)

Science—2 units (laboratory courses)

Social studies—2 units

Foreign language—2 units (preferably in the same language)

The arts—some study in this area

If the "core" courses above are not available, or if unusual circumstances such as home study or foreign travel preclude such study, the Admission Committee may choose to exercise flexibility.

While the quality of the student’s high school program and his or her level of achievement are the primary factors in admission decisions here, we also examine several other items. First, the results of either the ACT (American College Test) or the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) are considered. The highest score attained on either test is used in the admission decision. Second is a required written essay on a topic provided. Third is a secondary school evaluation prepared by the high school college counselor. In addition one written recommendation is required from a teacher who has taught the student in a college preparatory course during the junior or senior year. Additional recommendations from a coach, employer, etc. may be submitted. We also evaluate the student’s involvement in areas such as school activities, community groups, and part-time work.

An interview is not a requirement for admission, but we strongly recommend one to assure that there is a good match between the student’s interests and talents and Centre’s academic and nonacademic offerings.

Applications are available beginning in the summer prior to the senior year. Centre accepts the Common Application in lieu of its own form and gives equal consideration to both. Students may obtain copies of the Common Application from their high schools. Student may also choose to apply online via the College’s Web site or any one of a number of sites including,, and Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have decided that Centre is one of their choices. Students may apply in one of two ways: Early Action or Regular Admission.

Early Action Plan. Students who want an early evaluation of their credentials may apply under our Early Action Plan. If a student postmarks all the required admission application papers by December 1 of his or her senior year, we will evaluate the application early and send our official admission decision by January 1. Unlike the Early Decision Plan, there is no obligation for the student to make a college choice at that time, as the required response date is the same as for regular applicants—May 1 of the senior year (the National Candidate’s Reply Date). Admitted Early Action applicants who complete the Early Estimate Aid Form will learn of their need based institutional financial aid in mid January.

Regular Admission Plan. The regular application deadline is February 1. Students must postmark their applications by February 1. They can expect to receive notification of admission around March 1, and admitted students must notify the College of their intentions by May 1. Students are notified of scholarship and financial aid beginning around the middle of March.

Advanced Placement and Credit
We participate in the Advanced Placement program of the College Board. Entering freshmen presenting score reports of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement examinations will be notified by the College regarding placement and/or course credit on positive recommendation from the appropriate Centre academic program committee. Centre College also recognizes the International Baccalaureate program and will generally grant college credit for exam scores of 6 or 7 earned on the higher-level exams. Credit may be awarded for a grade of 5 or higher on either the subsidiary or higher-level exams in foreign languages.

College credit earned at another college or university prior to a student’s graduation from high school normally will not be considered for transfer to Centre. However, students will be considered for placement in higher-level courses on the basis of such course work. Students wishing to transfer college credits earned during the summer prior to enrollment at Centre must have those courses approved for transfer in advance by Centre’s registrar. Transferable credits become part of the student’s Centre academic record after the satisfactory completion of one long term at the College.

Admission of Transfer Students
We welcome applications from qualified students who want to transfer from other colleges or universities. Transfer applications are evaluated using the following criteria: first, the quality of academic performance in previous college courses; second, the level of preparation and academic achievement in secondary school; third, academic aptitude and achievement as measured by such tests as the ACT or SAT I; and fourth, a written essay. Involvement in school or community activities or in employment is also considered.

At minimum, a transfer student should be in good academic and social standing at his/her previous institution and be eligible to return there. Normally, the student should have had high school preparation equivalent to Centre’s freshman admission requirements.

Credit is given for courses comparable to those taught at Centre or those which are compatible with a liberal arts education. Credit will be granted only for courses in which the grade attained was "C-" or better.

Transfer students must complete all of the College’s requirements for graduation. In addition, they must complete at least 42 credit hours at Centre, including 23 of the last 30. A portion of Centre’s general education requirements may be required through course work at Centre.

International Students
Centre welcomes applications from foreign citizens who have outstanding secondary school records and who meet university entrance requirements in their native countries.

Application forms and instructions for international students are available from the Office of Admission. Foreign students should not expect need-based financial assistance but may be considered for competitive merit scholarships. Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must present credentials attesting to their proficiency in English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all nonactive speakers of English unless they have studied in an institution in which English is the sole medium of instruction. The minimum TOEFL score accepted is 580. TOEFL registration information can be obtained by writing to TOEFL; P.O. Box 6151; Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, or through the Web at

Campus Visits
We strongly encourage prospective students to visit the campus. Normally a visit will include touring the campus with a Centre student, meeting with an admission counselor, and attending a class or meeting with an appropriate faculty member. Overnight visits are encouraged and are normally available Sunday through Thursday nights during the school year, with a week’s advance notice. Airport pick-ups at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport are also available.

The Admission Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST) Monday though Friday all year and on selected Saturdays from September through April from 9 a.m. until noon. We appreciate advance notice of a visit to ensure the best arrangements. Please write for an appointment or call 1-800-423-6236.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Need-Based Financial Assistance
Students seeking need-based financial assistance at Centre must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA serves as an application and need-analysis document for federal and state financial aid funds (grants, loans, and student employment) as well as Centre’s own generous grant program.

In addition to filing the FAFSA, each applicant must submit the Centre Aid Form to our Student Financial Planning Office by March 1. Also, a copy of the parents’ and student’s previous year’s federal income tax returns may be requested.

Consideration for financial aid and scholarships is made after the student has officially been offered admission to the College. The College does not discriminate in either admission or financial assistance based upon race, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, creed or disability.

All aid applicants receive consideration for federal and state programs before the College provides additional aid from its own funds. Because each need-based award reflects the financial circumstances of the student’s family, strict confidentiality is maintained concerning financial awards. Subject to the applicant’s annual eligibility status, it is our intent to continue aid to a student for the four-year undergraduate program at Centre. However, the grant, loan, and work percentages of an individual’s aid package may vary from year to year depending on the availability of funds and Centre’s financial-aid policies.

Satisfactory Academic Requirements for Financial Aid Availability
The Education Amendments of 1976 stipulate that no advance of Title IV funds may be made to a student unless the educational institution determines that the student is maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Students who fail to maintain satisfactory progress may not receive the following types of financial aid: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, KHEAA State Grants, Centre Endowment Grants, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, other aid involving Title IV funds, or any other aid for which satisfactory progress is a requirement. These policies apply only to eligibility to receive financial aid.

Eligibility Requirements. A full-time student is considered to have made satisfactory academic progress provided he/she passes at least 21 credit hours per academic year. Three-quarter time students must pass 15 credit hours, and half-time students must pass nine credit hours. Also, the student must maintain a cumulative minimum grade average as outlined below.

long term # 1 2 3 4 5 6 and beyond
grade average 1.65 1.75 1.85 1.93 1.97 2.00
(admitted fall term 1994/thereafter)

No student will be eligible to receive campus-based aid (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Federal Pell Grant, Centre Endowment Grant, nor KHEAA State Grants) for more than 10 long terms for a four-year program. Academic progress for transfer students will be evaluated in accordance with the student’s grade level classification and academic performance at Centre.

Aid for Part of a Term. If a student receives financial aid for any part of a term, that term is counted as a complete term of aid. Incompletes or repetitions will not be counted as meeting the minimum course requirements.
Enrollment Requirement. A student must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each long term to receive maximum financial aid.

Annual Review. Satisfactory academic progress will be reviewed each June.

Probation. A student whose academic performance drops below the minimum standards will be placed on financial-aid probation. A student can retain financial aid while on probation for one long term, but must come off probation before the next long term in order to retain financial aid.

Re-Establishing Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students may re-establish satisfactory academic progress by improving their cumulative grade average and credit hours to meet the required satisfactory academic progress standards in any subsequent term. Students who comply and who submit a written request to the Enrollment Management Committee may have their eligibility reinstated for the Federal Pell Grant, KHEAA State Grant, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Work Study, and FPLUS Loan programs only. Eligibility will begin in the next term. Consideration for any other aid will be contingent upon the availability of funds.

Exception. The satisfactory progress requirements are waived for students whose enrollment is continued on a probationary status beyond one long term following an individual review by the Academic Standards Committee.

Notification of Withdrawal of Aid. Any student receiving financial aid who does not meet the satisfactory progress requirements and whose aid must be withdrawn will be given written notice. The student is responsible for seeing that the Office of the Registrar has the correct mailing address at all times.

Right of Appeal.
Any student whose financial aid has been terminated may submit a written appeal to the Dean of Admission and Student Financial Planning explaining why satisfactory progress was not maintained and giving any reasons why aid should not be terminated.

All appeals must be submitted within two weeks from the date the student receives notification that his/her financial aid has been terminated. The committee’s decision is final.

Students who receive the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) are required to meet a state-mandated minimum grade point average in order to maintain eligibility for the scholarship. Please consult the Web site for further information.

Centre offers competitive scholarships to selected students who have established outstanding academic and personal records in high school. These scholarships (often referred to as "merit" scholarships) are awarded without regard to financial need. All admitted applicants will be considered for merit scholarship.

Admission applications must be postmarked on or before February 1.

Any scholarship received by a student is applied toward tuition costs at the College. Scholarship winners may also be eligible for additional need-based financial assistance. The Centre Aid Form (CAF) and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed to obtain need-based aid.

Merit awards require full-time enrollment. Retention of merit awards requires meeting minimum grade point averages that are graduated according to the size of the award. Such requirements are communicated to the student in the original scholarship notification in the spring of the student's high school year. Loss of a merit scholarship for failing to meet the minimum grade point average is not automatic; students are permitted to petition the Academic Standards Committee for an exception based on credible reasons. The Associate Dean of the College has been designated counselor for merit scholarship recipients and is available to answer further questions.

Tuition, Payment Plans, and Refund Policies

Many families are concerned about financing a college education. We provide a variety of options to assist students and their families in meeting their financial obligation to the College.

Tuition and fees provide approximately 60 percent of the annual income required to support the College operating budget. Other funding is provided by endowment income, corporate, foundation, and government grants, and by contributions from alumni and friends of the College.

2004-2005 Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees $21,800*
Room $3,700 (double)
$4,800 (single)
Board $3,730 (16 meal w/$250 flex dollars)
$3,600 (13 meal w/$275 flex dollars)
$3,470 (10 meal w/$300 flex dollars
*There are additional nonrefundable surcharges for long-term residential study abroad programs.

Students may change their elected meal plan option only during the first two weeks of the fall and Centreterms.

Payment Plans
Term Plan. The net charges for the fall term are to be paid in full by August 10, 2004. The spring term net charges are due by December 22, 2004. There is no carrying fee associated with this plan.

Tuition First (TF) Plan. A 10, 11, or 12 payment option is offered through TF. This program is interest free with the first payments due on May 1, June 1 or July 1, depending on which plan option is selected. Monthly payments are made to TF based on the amount contracted. There is a $50.00 annual enrollment fee. Caution: Contracting with TF for the incorrect amount of tuition and fees may result in additional amounts being owed.

If a student withdraws from the College, a refund/reduction of charges will be made based on the following schedule for the respective 14-week terms:

Fall Term Spring Term Percent Refund
Sept. 6-12 Feb. 2-8 80%
Sept. 13-19 Feb. 9-15 60%
Sept. 20-26 Feb. 16-22 40%
Sept. 27 - Oct. 3 Feb. 23 - Mar. 1 20%
Oct. 4& after Mar. 2 & after 0%

Financial aid credits may be adjusted as a result of any decrease in charges based on the above table due to withdrawal from the College. If a student violates the terms and conditions of the student housing contract or other College regulations, and such violation results in disciplinary action which includes some form of suspension or expulsion, this refund policy does not apply and the student will be held liable for the full charges for that term. Recipients of federal and state financial aid are subject to the federal "Return of Title IV Funds" policy, which mandates how funds are to be refunded. A copy of this policy is available in the Finance Office.

Other Financial Information
Student billing statements are mailed to the student at his/her permanent address. If a campus or alternate billing address is required, a form containing such information must be completed by the student in the Registrar's Office.

Interest will accrue at the rate of one and one-half percent (1-1/2%) a month on the unpaid balance. This does not apply to those students who have contracted with TF and are paying by the terms of the contract. A student's account must be paid in full before any monies are accepted for the next year's CentreTerm trip deposits. Exceptions are any amounts contracted with TF.

NOTE: A student cannot receive official certifications, including transcripts and grades, from the College if he/she is delinquent in any financial obligation to the College. Additionally, a student will not be permitted to participate in any pre-registration activities if there are unpaid balances owed to the College. If an unpaid balance remains after the student has graduated or withdrawn, the student will be responsible for all attorney fees and other reasonable collection costs and charges necessary for the collection of the unpaid balance.

During the course of the year additional charges may be assessed for various miscellaneous items such as library fines, parking fines, health service fees, and room damages. Monthly statements will be sent to the student's permanent address indicating any additional charges assessed in the prior month. These amounts are due on receipt of the statement. Additionally, there are course fees assessed for applied music courses and certain art courses. A $250 tuition deposit will be expected in the spring for those students who plan to return for fall term 2005. This deposit is due by April 14, 2004. Seniors are assessed a $50 graduation fee. This fee covers the cost of diplomas, graduation expenses, and transcript services.

Note that a single room occupancy charge is assessed for any full academic term that a student does not have a roommate unless the Dean of Student Life or Assistant Director of Student Life for Housing informs the Finance Office that an exception should be made. The charge is $550 for each fourteen-week term.

Full tuition is assessed for all students, including regular students permitted by the Associate Dean and the Dean of Student Life to drop to part-time status. Nontraditional students permitted to enroll part-time are assessed an appropriate part time rate.

Enrollment of readmitted students and of students returning from a leave of absence is subject to clearance from the Finance Office to make certain that the student has no outstanding financial obligations to the College. In addition, the payment of a $250 nonrefundable deposit is to be made to the Finance Office.

Personal checks are accepted on campus and VISA and MasterCard are accepted in the bookstore and the Finance Office. There is a $15 charge for all returned checks. Personal checks up to $100 may be cashed at the Finance Office by showing a current student ID card. The cashier's window is open from 8:30 a.m. - noon and from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

An elective tuition refund plan is available through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. This insurance plan provides tuition protection should a medical problem force a withdrawal during a semester. Information from the company is provided prior to the start of the academic year. As this plan is being independently offered and administered, please read their materials carefully before electing enrollment to be certain you understand the coverage and terms.

An elective health insurance plan is available through an independent company. The Parsons Student Health Center provides detailed information about the plan at the beginning of each academic year.

Students are responsible for the individual or family insurance coverage of personal belongings and automobiles brought to the campus. Centre College will not assume any liability for accidental loss or damage incurred.

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