What Is a Matriculation Fee?

A matriculation fee is a charge assessed to incoming college and university students, which covers a variety of school costs. These costs can include student orientation, writing placement exams, transcripts, career services and graduation evaluation. Matriculation fees vary by college and university, since each school sets its own fee amount.

Matriculation means different things in different countries, but is always related to education. In many countries, it is the process of students entering college or becoming eligible to do so. This includes incoming freshmen as well as transfer students.

In the United States, some schools have matriculation ceremonies to welcome new students and mark the beginning of their academic careers at the school. Matriculation ceremonies are also held at some colleges and universities in other countries, including Canada, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Students may be required to recite a matriculation oath.

British colleges without a ceremony may use matriculation to refer to college enrollment or registration. In some nations, eligibility may include fulfilling academic requirements and taking a matriculation exam. Matriculation refers to the final year of high school in India and South Africa, while in Brazil it refers to enrollment in any education course from elementary through post-graduate school.