Cost Calculator Definitions

Hours

A semester hour consists of one hour (50 minutes) of class work or a minimum of two hours of laboratory work per week for a regular semester. One course is often 3 semester hours.

Full-time To be considered a full-time student, you must enroll in 12 or more total hours during a fall or spring semester and 6 or more hours during the summer semester. An example of a full-time student in the fall would be a student taking 4 courses of 3 credit hours each, for a total of 12 credit hours.

Maximum Load The maximum load that an undergraduate student will normally be permitted to carry is 18 semester hours during a regular semester or nine hours during a summer or eight-week session. A student who has attained an overall grade point average of 3.00 and has completed a minimum of 15 semester hours will be permitted to enroll in 21 semester hours during a regular semester or 10 semester hours during a summer or eight-week session.

Undergraduate Hours

Undergraduate hours are typically taken by students pursuing an associate or bachelor degree.

Graduate Hours

Graduate Hours are limited to students admitted to the Graduate Level Program.

Graduate courses require more work and time than undergraduate courses. As a result, graduate students taking 9 or more hours during the fall and spring semesters and 4 or more hours during the summer semester are considered full-time students.

Housing

Cameron University provides campus living in two environments.

Shepler Center provides traditional living-learning housing. Female students reside in South Shepler Tower while male students are housed in North Shepler Tower. Each tower has lounges, laundry facilities, public telephones, and vending machines. Between the twin towers are the common areas that include: the cafeteria and a 24-hour computer lab. Also housed within the Shepler Center complex are laundry facilities, a coffee house, and Cameron's One-Stop Shopping office - a convenient place to accomplish a variety of school-related functions.

Each resident has a single bed, desk and chair, large closet, and storage areas in the room. Private rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis if space permits.

Cable, local phone, and internet access are included in the housing contract but students must provide their own television, phone, and computer.

Cameron Village is the University's newest housing unit, combining the comfort of apartment-style living with the convenience of on-campus housing.

Two and four bedroom apartments are available. The furnished living room includes a couch, chair, tables and entertainment center. A fully-equipped kitchen comes with full-size refrigerator, microwave, range, dishwasher and disposal. A full-size bed, desk, dresser, and large closet with mirrored doors is included in each bedroom.

A centerpiece of Cameron Village is the McMahon Center, which features a fireplace, television, pool table, library, computer lab and more! It's a great place for students to meet for group study, entertainment or just relaxation!

Off-Campus

Off-Campus students do not live in the Residence Halls but drive from home. You will need to purchase a parking decal for your car.

Commuter Block 10 and 30 Plans

Commuter meal plans may be purchased by any student not living in the Residence Halls. There are two commuter block meal plan options - 20 Block Meal Plan and 30 Block Meal Plan

The meals provided with the block meal plans can be used throughout the semester. The meals can be eaten in the Shepler Cafeteria. Meals with the block meal plans can be used for guests. Unused meals roll forward from the fall semester to the spring semester, but unused meals at the end of the spring semester do not roll forward. 

Block 60, 90, 140 and 200 Plans

There are four block meal plan options that include meals and Flex Cash - 60 Block Meal Plan, 90 Block Meal Plan, 140 Block Meal Plan, and the 200 Block Meal Plan.

The meals provided with the block meal plans can be used throughout the semester. The meals can be eaten in the Shepler Cafeteria, the Moody Blue grill, and the Student Union Food Court. In the Moody Blue and the Student Union Food Court, students may select a meal from one of three combo options (not all-you-can-eat).

Flex Cash can be used to make food purchases in the Shepler Cafeteria and the MCC Student Union Food Court.

Meals with the block meal plans can be used for guests. Unused meals roll forward from the fall semester to the spring semester, but unused meals at the end of the spring semester do not roll forward. Unused Flex Cash does not roll forward to the next semester.

Single Rooms

Single rooms mean you do not have a roommate when living in the Residence Halls. Whenever space is available, and payment has been made, every effort is made to grant a single room request. There is an additional charge for a single room.

Double Rooms

Double rooms mean you do have a roommate when living in the Residence Halls.

Meal Plans

Dining facilities are located in the Student Union and Shepler Center. The union has a grill, a Pizza Hut pizza franchise, and numerous snack items. Shepler Center has a grill, a student cafeteria, and a staff and faculty cafeteria. The student cafeteria is open to all students for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Meals in the student cafeteria are provided by an outside professional food service under contract with the University. A residence hall ID card must be presented before the resident may enter the dining room for meals.

When choosing a Meal Plan, you may want to consider a few things: your daily routine, class schedule, work schedule, when you get up in the morning, will you be in the halls during the weekends or at home, and extracurricular activities.

10 Meal Plan

There is one basic meal plan option - 10 Meal Plan. The 10 Meal Plan provides a student with 10 meals per week that must be eaten in the Shepler Cafeteria. Meals served in the Shepler Cafeteria are on an all-you-can-eat basis. Unused meals do not roll forward to the next week or semester.

8 and 15 Flex Plans

Students receive the basic meal plans of 8 and 15 meals a week, all of which must be eaten in the Student Cafeteria, but they also receive Flex Cash.

Flex Cash is an account encoded on a Cameron ID. The money in this account can be used in the Shepler Cafeteria, Student Union Food Court and the Moody Blue. Every time you use your ID the amount is deducted from your account. The entire amount is available to you at the beginning of the semester. Whatever unused amount is left of your account at the end of the semester is lost. You may deposit more money in your Flex account at the Cashiers Office.

Cameron Village Contracts

Length of Time Contracts are available for 9 month and 12 month lengths. Nine month goes from the beginning of the Fall semester to the end of the Spring semester. Twelve month contracts are for the full year. Students do not have to be enrolled for the summer semester to maintain a twelve month contract.

Two Bedroom or Four Bedroom Apartment units are available with two or four bedrooms. Two bedroom units are approximately 600 sq ft. Four bedroom units are approximately 1100 sq ft. Prices are per occupant.

Cameron Village Dining Convenience Plan

Flex Cash is an account encoded on a Cameron ID. The money in this account can be used in the Shepler Cafeteria, Student Union Food Court, the Moody Blue, and the Convenience Store. Every time you use your ID the amount is deducted from your account. The entire amount is available to you at the beginning of the semester. Whatever unused amount is left of your account at the end of the semester is lost. You may deposit more money in your Flex account at the Cashiers Office.