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TUITION AND STUDENT FEES
 
Office of the Bursar Department web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/bursar/
 
BASIC FEES

This schedule of fees includes the basic fees required each semester of all students enrolled at the University. Since personal expenses including books, supplies, and other living expenses vary, no attempt is made to estimate those costs here. The University reserves the right to change fees, as deemed necessary by the Board of Trustees, without prior notice.

Semester Fees required of all students:
Application Fee (non-refundable) .....................................................................$25.00
Registration Fee (non-refundable) .......................................................................60.00
In-State Tuition (per semester hr)  
Undergraduate ....................................................................127.00
Graduate ....................................................................167.00
Physician Assistant ....................................................................167.00
Out-of-State Tuition (per semester hr)
Undergraduate ....................................................................254.00
Graduate ....................................................................334.00
Physician Assistant ....................................................................334.00
Web Course Tuition (per semester hr
Course Fee (undergraduate) ....................................................................187.00
Course Fee (graduate) ....................................................................227.00
(Students taking both Online and on-campus courses are subject to additional on-campus fees including non-resident fees)
   
Transportation Fee  
Undergrad. full-time (12 hours or more) ........................................................................20.00
Graduate full-time (6 hours or more) ........................................................................20.00
Undergrad. part-time (6-11 hours) ........................................................................11.00
Graduate part-time (4-5 hours) ........................................................................11.00
Undergrad. part-time (1-5 hours) ..........................................................................6.00
Graduate part-time (1-3 hours) ..........................................................................6.00
   
Student Health Fee .......................................................................25.00

Student Center Fee

.........................................................................8.00
Building Fee
Undergrad. full-time (12 hrs or more) .....................................................................100.00
Undergrad. part-time (6-11 hrs) .......................................................................56.00
Undergrad. part-time (1-5 hrs) .......................................................................30.00
Graduate full-time (6 hrs or more) .....................................................................100.00
Graduate part-time (4-5 hrs) .......................................................................56.00
Graduate part-time (1-3 hrs) ......................................................................30.00

Library and Facilities Fee

.......................................................................30.00
Activity/Athletic Fee
Undergrad. full-time (12 hrs or more) ....................................................................103.00
Undergrad. part-time (6-11 hrs) ......................................................................57.00
Undergrad. part-time (1-5 hrs) ......................................................................32.00
Graduate full-time (6 hrs or more) ....................................................................103.00
Graduate part-time (4-5 hrs) ......................................................................57.00
Graduate part-time (1-3 hrs) ......................................................................32.00
(Nonresident Fees are waived for graduate assistants.)
 

Estimated costs (example only)

Full-time commuting students:

Course Fees of typical undergraduate student based upon 2005-2006:

 
   
Semester
Year
 
Taking 15 credit hrs
$1,905.00
$3,810.00
 

Other Basic Fee

346.00
692.00
 

$2,251.00
$4,502.00
 

Full-time resident students:

Course Fees of typical undergraduate student based upon 2005-2006:

 
 
Semester
Year
 
Taking 15 credit hrs
$1,905.00
$3,810.00
 

Other Basic Fees

346.00
692.00
 

Delta Suite Residence

1,234.00
2,468.00
 
12 Meal Plan
980.00
$1,960.00
 
 
$4,465.00
$8,930.00
 

 

DEPARTMENTAL FEES
These fees are charged on a semester basis to students who enroll in certain courses: see Schedule of Classes for detailed information.
All students enrolled in courses utilizing university computing facilities will be charged a fee. The amount of the fee ($15.00 or $22.00) will be based on the planned level of computer utilization as defined by individual departments.
 
Engineering Fee (per semester hour)                                ................................................... $11.00
 

 
MISCELLANEOUS FEES
These fees are charged on a semester, yearly, or one-time basis or when certain conditions are present:
Application Fee .....................................................$25.00
(one-time, non-refundable fee)
Late Registration Fee (nonrefundable) ........................................................50.00
Late Payment Fee (nonrefundable) ........................................................50.00
Returned Check Fee ........................................................15.00
Deferred Payment Fee ........................................................50.00
Graduation Re-evaluation Fee ........................................................15.00
Document FAX Fee (non-refundable)
Domestic ..........................................................5.00
International ........................................................15.00
College-Level Examination ........................................................10.00
Recording Fee  
Credit-by-Examination Fee ........................................................30.00
(plus usual course fee)  
Orientation Fee (one-time, non-refundable)  
Fall Semester  
New Freshmen          ......................................................100.00
Transfers ........................................................85.00
Spring, and Summer Semesters  
New Freshmen          ........................................................40.00
Transfers ........................................................40.00
International Student Fee ........................................................45.00
Transcript Fee (per transcript) ..........................................................6.00
Graduation Application Fee ........................................................30.00
Professional Liability Coverage  
(per academic year, non-refundable)  
Fall ........................................................12.00
Spring ........................................................12.00
Summer ..........................................................1.00
Photo ID Fee ..........................................................5.00
(non-refundable, good for five years)  
Reinstatement Fee .......................................................30.00
Duplicate Diploma ........................................................25.00


 

ROOM AND BOARD

The University offers a variety of residence hall accommodations and meal plan options. Students living in the residence halls who have completed less than 24 semester hours of course work are required to purchase a meal plan. The charges shown below are for one semester. These rates are subject to change by the Board of Trustees.

Residence Hall Fees

(Costs are Per Person Per Semester)
Beta Complex  

Two-person efficiency apartment

..................................$1,355.00/Sem
Four-person apartment
....................................1,218.00/Sem
*Apartment for disabled
....................................1,809.00/Sem
Gamma Complex  
Two-person efficiency apartment
....................................1,355.00/Sem
Four-person apartment
....................................1,218.00/Sem
Private Suite w/semi-private bath
....................................1,514.00/Sem
Four-person suite
....................................1,067.00/Sem
*Suite for disabled
....................................1,578.00/Sem
*Apartment for disabled
....................................1,809.00/Sem
Delta Complex  
Two-person suite
....................................1,234.00/Sem
Two-person efficiency
....................................1,348.00/Sem
Single
....................................1,609.00/Sem
Single/efficiency
....................................1,786.00/Sem
Large Single Suite
....................................1,752.00/Sem
Delta 4 Two (2) Person Suite
....................................1,375.00/Sem
Delta 4 Single Person Suite
....................................1,729.00/Sem
Delta 4 Large Single Suite
....................................1,863.00/Sem

Epsilon Complex

 

Two person suite

 

Epsilon 1
....................................1,244.00/Sem
Epsilon 2
....................................1,304.00/Sem
 
*Must be registered with Special Student Services Office to qualify for the space

Rent rates are listed per student per semester and include local telephone service and voice mail, campus cable TV, unlimited laundry access and a high-speed Internet connection. Students may contract for long distance service through the University Telecommunications Department.

Board Plans
Information on the Board Plans is available through Campus Dining, located in the Student Center, (251)460-6296. See Housing and Residence Life for additional information.
 

 
NEW REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT POLICIES
The University of South Alabama is implementing some new policies effective Fall 2005 to enhance services to all students. These policies are intended to make more class spaces available for students each semester by freeing up class spaces committed to students who register early but wind up not completing their registration. It is important that USA take measures to make sure class seats are used to the maximum benefit of all students. These changes bring USA 's policies in line with other major universities. Please note the new policies and procedures below.
 
New Payment Deadlines:
Students must pay at least 50 percent of tuition and fees by Aug. 8, 2005, for Fall Semester 2005 and Dec. 13, 2005 for Spring Semester 2006 to retain their schedule. Payment can be made via cash, check or money order, or with your Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. Financial aid awarded to a student’s account or approval in the USA Credit Union Deferred Payment Plan is also applied as payment toward the semester tuition and fees. The remaining balance is due on the third day of the class. (Exception: see Deferred Payment Plans below). If a student does not provide 50 percent payment by Aug. 8 for Fall Semester 2005 and Dec. 13 for Spring Semester 2006 his/her schedule will be cancelled and the class seats made available to others. IF A STUDENT MISSES THIS DEADLINE, HE OR SHE WILL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO RE-REGISTER FOR CLASSES. However, if a student’s classes are cancelled, there is no guarantee that courses in the schedule will remain available. Students adding classes or registering after Aug. 9, 2005 for Fall Semester 2005 and Dec. 14, 2005 for Spring Semester 2006, will need to insure proper payment (50% of all tuition and fees) by the third day of class or class schedules will be released on Aug. 29, 2005 for Fall Semester 2005 and Jan. 16, 2006 for Spring Semester 2006. No schedules will be reinstated after Aug. 29, 2005 for Fall Semester 2005 and Jan. 16, 2006 for Spring Semester 2006. PLEASE SEE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES FOR SUMMER SEMESTER PAYMENT DEADLINES.
 

 
University Deferred Payment Plan:
The new University Deferred Payment Plan was created to give students more time, if needed, to pay their tuition and fees. If a student makes the 50 percent payment deadline, he or she either can pay the balance by Aug. 24, 2005 for Fall Semester 2005 or Jan. 11, 2006 for Spring Semester 2006 or for a fee of $50, can delay the remaining payment to approximately six weeks into the semester (See Schedule of Classes for dates). This gives students a longer period to pay as compared to previous policies. After this payment deadline accounts are delinquent and normal late fees and holds apply. Note: Housing and Meal Plan balances are not included in the University Deferred Payment Plan and must be paid in full by the third day of class. NOTE: THE UNIVERSITY DEFERRED PAYMENT PLAN IS NOT OFFERED FOR SUMMER SEMESTER.
 
USA Federal Credit Union Deferred Payment Plan:
The University of South Alabama Credit Union is offering USA students a low cost plan for financing 100% of tuition, fees, housing, and meal plans with equal payments over *four months* during the semester, subject to credit approval. A book allowance of $350 is also offered. To qualify for this plan, a student must meet the Credit Union eligibility requirements. The last day to apply for the USA Federal Credit Union Tuition Payment Plan each semester will be the last day of drop/add.

The interest rate is anticipated to be 12% Annual Percentage Rate (APR), although this rate is subject to change. In order to qualify for this tuition loan, a student must join the USA Federal Credit Union by depositing $25 into a share account. This amount will be returned to the student when the student no longer wishes to belong to the USA Credit Union.
 
Financial Aid Refunds:
Financial Aid refunds will be distributed after Drop/Add. The Bursar's office will review eligibility after the third day of class and process the refunds within 5 business days. Refunds will continue to be processed via direct deposit and checks.

For more detailed information, please see the Schedule of Classes for Fall term. Remember, if you are a financial aid recipient, be sure to apply early and complete your file timely. Enrollment Services will be happy to direct students to the proper office should assistance be needed.
 
Charging Privileges at the USA Bookstore (for Financial Aid Recipients Only):
Students who have been awarded financial aid now charge their books at the USA Bookstore immediately. Students no longer have to wait until their financial aid balance is returned to them to buy books. If a student has been awarded financial aid by USA’s Office of Financial Aid and has excess funds after all tuition, fees, meals, and housing have been paid, he or she may charge up to $750 (or the available balance, whichever is less) of books at the USA Bookstore. The Bookstore will have the available amount at checkout. Bookstore charges will be placed on the student’s account and covered by the financial aid disbursement. Bookstore charges will run from Aug. 15–24, 2005 for Fall Semester 2005, Jan. 2–11, 2006 for Spring Semester 2006 and May 23–June 1, 2006 for Summer Semester 2006.
 

 
UNIVERSITY WITHDRAWALS AND REFUNDS
A student who withdraws from one or more courses may request a refund on course fees only. The refund period is the first two weeks of the semester.
 
Withdrawal Date
Percent of Fees Refunded
First week of classes
100%

Second week of classes

50%
 

For complete withdrawals, other fees are also proportionately refunded, except those listed as nonrefundable The actual dates for withdrawals are shown in the University Calendar section of this Bulletin.

Application fees and registration fees (including the late-registration or late-payment fees) are nonrefundable fees.

A student called for military service during the school term should consult the Bursar regarding refunds of fees.

Meal plans may be canceled only if a student withdraws from the University. A copy of the withdrawal notice must be presented to the Dining Services Office located in the Student Center. The refund will be prorated based on the unused portion of the meal plan and a $25 cancellation fee will be charged.
 

 
FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENT WITHDRAWALS AND REFUNDS
Return of Federal Financial Aid Refunds
When a student completely withdraws from school, a portion of Federal Financial Aid grant or loan funds, except for Federal Work-Study earnings, must be returned to the applicable federal program(s).
The refund is based on the concept of ‘earned’ and ‘unearned’ federal financial aid and how it relates to the percentage of time the student was enrolled. The percentage of enrollment completed determines the percentage of earned aid.
For example, if a student attends 25 days of a 100 day term, the percentage of earned aid is 25%; and therefore, 75% of the unearned aid, up to the total of institutional charges, will be returned to the federal financial aid programs. Institutional charges consist of tuition, fees and campus housing (excluding Hillsdale).
In some circumstances, a student may need to repay a portion of the unearned aid. This repayment would not be more than ½ of the grant monies initially received. The student will be notified by Financial Aid if they owe a federal repayment.
NOTE: If your Title IV Financial Aid refund is greater than the posted University refund at the time of your withdrawal, you will owe the difference to the University. The Bursar Office will notify you of the amount due.
If a student completely withdraws after completing 60% of the term, then it is assumed that the student has earned 100% of their federal aid award and no funds will be returned to the federal programs.
For an example of the proposed Return of Title IV Funds Worksheet, please see either the Office of the Bursar or the Financial Aid Office located in the Administration Building.
 

 
NONRESIDENT FEE POLICY
A nonresident fee has been adopted for those students who are enrolled at the University of South Alabama and who are nonresident students. All nonresident students, including undergraduate, graduate and medical students, will be required to pay the nonresident fee.
Residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Florida, and George, Green, Harrison, Jackson, Perry and Stone Counties in Mississippi will be considered “Service Area Residents” and will not be charged out-of-state fees. Students are required to submit documents to substantiate their residency in these counties.
The classification of students, as resident or nonresident, will be determined in accordance with the following policy and definitions:
 
1. A resident student is a student who:
  (a) has an intention to remain in the State of Alabama or the Service Area (see #4 below for definition of Service Area) indefinitely,
  (b) has a specific address or location within the State of Alabama or Service Area as their residence (not a residence hall),
  (c) possesses more substantial connections with the State of Alabama or Service Area than with any other state, and is not in Alabama or the Service Area for the sole purpose of obtaining an education, and
  (d) is not a “minor.” However, a student who, at the time of registration, is a “minor” may obtain resident status based upon the student’s "supporting person."
“Minor.” An individual who, because of age, lacks the capacity under Alabama law. Under current law, this means a single individual under 19 years of age and a married individual under 18 years of age, but excludes an individual whose disabilities of nonage have been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction for a reason other than establishing a legal resident in Alabama.
“Supporting Person.” Either or both of the parents of the student, if the parents are living together, or if the parents are divorced or living separately, then either the parent having legal custody or, if different, the parent providing the greater amount of financial support, which may also include court-ordered responsibility for educational expenses; if both supporting parents are deceased or if neither has legal custody, supporting person shall mean, in the following order: the legal custodian of the student, the guardian, and the conservator.
2. Students may also be considered resident students if they:
  (a) are a full-time employee of the University of South Alabama or the spouse of such an employee,
  (b) can verify full-time permanent employment within the State of Alabama or Service Area, or is the spouse of such an employee, and will commence said employment within 90 days of registration at the University of South Alabama,
  (c) are a member, or spouse of a member, of the United States military on full-time active duty stationed in Alabama or the Service Area,
  (d) are employed as a graduate assistant or fellow by the University of South Alabama,
  (e) are an accredited member or spouse of an accredited member of a consular staff assigned to duties in Alabama or the Service Area, or
 

(f)

were enrolled during the Spring Quarter 1996 at the University of South Alabama and classified as a resident for tuition purposes, and maintain continuous enrollment every semester excluding summer.
3. All other students not classified as resident students under paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be deemed to be non-resident students for purposes of this policy.
4. The following counties in the states of Florida and Mississippi shall be defined as the University of South Alabama Service Area. Florida: Escambia, Santa Rosa. Mississippi: George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry, Stone.
 

 
APPLYING FOR RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION
A nonresident student may apply in writing for reclassification prior to any subsequent registration. In determining whether a student is in fact a resident student, the student or “supporting person” must declare, on the University of South Alabama Application for Residency Reclassification, an intention to remain in the State of Alabama or service Area.
In addition the following criteria must also be met (if the student is basing their residency on a “supporting person,” that party must provide the following information):
A. A specific address or location within the State of Alabama or Service Area as the student’s residence.
B. Possession of more substantial connections with the State of Alabama than with any other state which may be shown by providing the following:
1. Required connections:
  (a) Voter Registration in Alabama or the Service Area or Alien Registration Card
  (b) Address shown on one of the following:
       (1) Selective Service registration
       (2) Auto title registration
       (3) Insurance policies
       (4) Last Will and Testament
       (5) Hunting/Fishing License
       (6) Stock and bond registration
       (7) Annuities/Retirement plans
       (8) Driver’s License (or official non-driver identification card)
2. In addition three of the following will support proof of substantial connection; however consideration will be given to any documents submitted:
  (a) Graduation from an Alabama or Service Area high school
  (b) Payment of Alabama or Service Area income taxes as a resident
  (c) Ownership of a residence or real property in the Alabama or Service Area (include proof of ad valorem taxes paid)
  (d) Full-time employment in Alabama or Service Area (notarized letter from employer required)
  (e) Spouse/parent/child residing in Alabama or Service Area
  (f) Previously lived in Alabama or Service Area
  (g) Possession of an Alabama or Service Area license to do business or practice a profession in the state or service area
  (h) Ownership of personal property in Alabama or Service Area, payment of taxes on property, possession of Alabama or Service Area license plate
  (i) Maintenance of checking account, savings account, safety deposit box, or investment account
  (j) Membership in religious, professional, business, civic, or social organizations in Alabama or Service Area (provide letter on organization letterhead from organization officer or membership documentation)
 

 
DELINQUENT/UNPAID ACCOUNTS
In the event of an unpaid balance of any nature on the student’s account (including any unpaid check returned by a bank) the following services will be withheld:

  • Enrollment for subsequent terms
  • Transcripts, including any for transfer of college credits
  • Grades, including viewing on PAWS
  • Diploma

  • until the balance is paid in full. If it is necessary to refer an account to an outside collection agency, any costs incurred in collection will be assessed to the account, including any attorney’s fees, and the account may be reported to credit bureaus.
     

     
    OFFSET OF FUNDS
    If a student’s University account has an outstanding balance due and the University has in its possession any funds payable to the student (from payments or credits applied to the student’s account, payroll checks, and/or any other source, except federal financial aid awards), the University reserves the right to withhold the funds necessary to clear the student’s outstanding balance and to cover any collection costs incurred. Once those amounts are paid, any remaining funds are paid to the student.
     

     
    CHECK-CASHING SERVICE
    Checks drawn on out-of-town banks to a maximum of $25.00 may be cashed at the Bursar’s Office by presenting a valid I.D. card. A $15.00 charge will be made on each returned check not paid by the bank. Checks are not cashed for students during the last two weeks of classes each semester.

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