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Child Development Center



*tuition for 2020-2021 will have a 3-5% increase due to the rising cost of minimum wage.

Tuition is calculated quarterly and includes break weeks for non-students only. Students can contract for break weeks at an extra charge of $5.00 per hour. Contracts are binding for the full quarter. Summer quarter tuition is calculated on a 4, 6, 9 and 13 week session.

By registering for childcare you have incurred a debt to the University. Early withdrawal (before the end of a quarter) is considered a breach of contract and contracting parents are obligated to pay a percentage of their full quarter's tuition in accordance with Western's tuition policies.

Tuition for Siblings

Students and non-students will be charged 100% tuition for second and all additional children.


Income from earnings, as well as grants, scholarships and other forms of financial assistance are considered income when determining student fees. Student loans are not counted as income. Be prepared to be asked to share your income tax return as proof of income. Please see our Student Financial Worksheet to determine your rate. Employees are not required to divulge income as they do not qualify for the sliding scale fee.


Persons joining the Center after the first week of operation will pay a pro-rated amount for the weeks they attend. Charges will be based on their actual weeks of attendance.


Charges in addition to the contracted amount include:

  • Hours used exceeding the part time or full time designation will be billed at: $5.40 per hour for students and $7.35 per hour for non-students. They must be arranged 24 hours in advance.
  • Late Pick-Up: $15 is charged for picking children up after 5:30 p.m. The $15 late pick up charge will be charged for the first 10 minutes after 5:30 p.m. and $5.00 for every ten minutes thereafter.
  • Late Fee Payment: Past due unpaid accounts are subject to monthly $40 late fees and 1% interest charges.


Once you are accepted into our program, all parents must pay a yearly $75 registration fee. This fee is non-refundable, and will be included in your beginning of the year's tuition amount.


You will receive a bill for your quarter's tuition after the end of the add/drop period and tuition will be due upon receipt. Tuition is paid through the university cashiers office or on the Web4U. Faculty and staff parents may make monthly payments through the Student Accounts Office, but will incur a 1% fee on the remaining balance after 30 days. All charges must be paid in full prior to the start of the next quarter for participation to continue.



Quarterly Fees 2019-2020 Summer Fees 2019-2020
Quarterly Non Student Rates Summer Non Student Rates
(include break week) Summer Session - mid June to mid September
    Full Time Part Time       Full Time Part Time
    (30-45 hrs per week) (29 hours or less)       (30-45 hrs per week) (29 hours or less)
              Summer 4 week session $1,032 $816.00
  Academic quarter $2,931 $2,314     Summer 6 week session $1,548 $1,223
                Summer 9 week session $2,190 $1,750
                Summer 12 week session $2,920 $2,333
Quarterly Student Rates   Summer Student Rates
(do not include break week*)    
Quarterly Sliding Scale Fees   Summer Sliding Scale Fees
    Full Time Part Time       Full Time Part Time
    (30-45 hrs per week) (29 hours or less)       (30-45 hrs per week) (29 hours or less)
  Academic quarter           Summer 4 week session        
  Lowest rate $1,752 $1,390     Lowest rate $636 $478
  Middle rate $2,017 $1,598     Middle rate $731 $549
  Highest rate $2,276 $1,806     Highest rate $831 $696
              Summer 6 week session        
    (Sliding scale based on       Lowest rate $951 $714
    household income)       Middle rate $1,097 $824
                Highest rate $1,244 $1,042
              Summer 9 week session        
                Lowest rate $1,433 $1,076
                Middle rate $1,650 $1,236
                Highest rate $1,866 $1,404
              Summer 12 week session        
                Lowest rate $1,908 $1,434
                Middle rate $2,199 $1,649
                Highest rate $2,489 $1,871
Additional Charges
Annual Registration Fee (non-refundable): $75
Over contract charges: non-student $7.35 per hour Winter and Spring breaks included in non-student tuition
      student $5.40per hour Student charges for breaks:   $5.25 per hour
Late Pick Up Fee
$15 for the first 10 minutes, then $5 every 10 minutes later