University Bulletin 2016-17

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Tuition and Student Fees

This schedule 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. The University reserves the right to change fees, as deemed necessary by the University Board of Trustees, without prior notice.


Basic Fees:

Registration Fee (non- refundable)  ................................................................................................................... 150.00
    0-14 hours (undergraduate)

For Undergraduate courses taken in the following colleges: Per semester hr 
In-State
Per Semester hr 
Out-of-State
College of Arts and Sciences 302.00 604.00
College of Education    
School of Continuing Education    
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health 317.00 634.00
School of Computing    
Mitchell College of Business    
College of Engineering 321.00 642.00
College of Nursing 348.00 696.00

 Note: Undergraduate students enrolled in less than 15 hours will be assessed a $150.00 Registration fee.

 

For Graduate courses taken in the following colleges: Per semester hr
In-State
Per Semester hr
Out-of-State
College of Arts and Sciences 407.00 814.00
College of Education    
School of Continuing Education    
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health 428.00 856.00
School of Computing    
Mitchell College of Business    
College of Engineering 433.00 866.00
College of Nursing 469.00 938.00

  

Web Course Credit Hour Rate For Tuition and Fees

For Undergraduate courses taken in the following colleges: Per semester hr
In-State
Per Semester hr
Out-of-State
College of Arts and Sciences 398.00  
College of Education    
School of Continuing Education    
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health 412.00  
School of Computing    
Mitchell College of Business    
College of Engineering 417.00  
College of Nursing 443.00  
For Graduate courses taken in the following colleges: Per semester hr
In-State
Per Semester hr
Out-of-State
College of Arts and Sciences 483.00  
College of Education    
School of Continuing Education    
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health 506.00  
School of Computing    
Mitchell College of Business    
College of Engineering 510.00  
College of Nursing 547.00  

Nonresident Fees are waived for graduate assistants.
Students taking both online and on-campus courses are subject to additional on-campus fees including non-resident fees.

Graduate Students enrolled in undergraduate courses will be assessed tuition at the graduate tuition rate. 

Estimated costs (example only)

Full-time commuting students:

Course Fees of typical undergraduate student
based upon 2015-2016:
Semester Year
Taking 15 credit hrs $4,530.00 $9,060.00
Registration Fee - 0 -   - 0 -
  $4,530.00  $9,060.00

Full-time resident students:

 Course Fees of typical undergraduate student
based upon 2015-2016:
Semester Year
Taking 15 credit hrs $4,530.00 $9,060.00
Registration Fee - 0 -   - 0 -
Delta Room for Two  1,925.00  3,850.00
Jag Meal Plan  1,745.00  3,490.00
  $8,200.00 $16,400.00


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.


Miscellaneous Fees

These fees are charged on a semester, yearly, or one-time basis or when certain conditions are present:

 Miscellaneous Fees  
Application Fee (one-time, non-refundable fee) $45.00
College-Level Examination Recording Fee  10.00
Credit-by-Examination Fee (plus usual course fee)  30.00
Document FAX Fee (non-refundable)  
     Domestic  10.00
     International  15.00
Duplicate Diploma  25.00 
Educational Testing Service Fee  15.00
Graduation Application Fee  50.00
Graduation Re-evaluation Fee  25.00
International Student Fee 100.00
Late Registration Fee (nonrefundable) 100.00
Late Payment Fee (nonrefundable)  50.00
Orientation Fee (one-time, non-refundable) 100.00
Physical Therapy Application  50.00
Photo ID Fee (non-refundable, good for five years)  10.00
Professional Liability Coverage (per academic year, non-refundable)  
     Fall  12.00
     Spring  12.00
     Summer    1.00
Miscellaneous Fees  
Returned Check Fee  15.00
Resource Fee (Allied Health/Nursing)  
     Fall 133.00
     Spring 133..00
     Summer 133.00
Resource Fee (College of Medicine)  
    Fall 200.00
    Spring 200.00
Transcript Fee (per transcript)   8.00
Web Hybrid and Web Blended Classes  35.00


Room and Board

The University offers a variety of residence hall accommodations and meal plan options. Students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan. The charges shown below are for one semester. The room rates are subject to change without notice by the University Board of Trustees.

Residence Hall Fees - Revised June 2015

Room Type Residence Hall Community Semester Room Rate* per person
Rooms for Two      
Rooms for Two Delta 3-5 Delta $1,925.00/Sem
Rooms for Two Epsilon 1 & 2 Epsilon  $2,485.00/Sem
Rooms for Two New Hall New Hall $2,485.00/Sem
Large Room for 2/3 Delta 3-5  Delta  $1,925.00/Sem
Suite-Style       
Suite-Style for Two Gamma 0-4 Beta/Gamma $1,925.00/Sem
Suite-Style for One Gamma 0-4 Beta/Gamma $2,600.00/Sem
Suite-Style for One Stokes Hall Stokes Hall $2,825.00/Sem
Apartment Style for Two or Four      
Beta Apartment for Four Beta 1-5 Beta/Gamma $1,925.00/Sem
B/G Studio Apt. for Two Beta 1-5 & Gamma 5-9 Beta/Gamma $2,320.00/Sem
Gamma Apt. for Two Gamma 5-9 Beta/Gamma $2,825.00/Sem
Delta Room for 2/3  with Kitchenette Delta 6 Epsilon  $2,285.00/Sem
Private (limited availability)      
Private Room Delta 3-5 Delta  $2,485.00/Sem
Private Room with Kitchenette  Delta 6 Epsilon  $2,485.00/Sem
Private Room Gamma 0-4 Beta/Gamma $2,600.00/Sem
Private Apartment Beta 4 & Gamma 5-9 Beta/Gamma $2,825.00/Sem
Greek Housing       
Room for Two All except Sigma Chi Greek $1,157.00/Sem
Large Private room All except Sigma Chi Greek $2,174.00/Sem
Sigma Chi Private Room Sigma Chi Greek $1,933.00/Sem

*All rates are subject to change.  Room rates include campus mail box, digital cable, Ethernet & wireless internet access, all utilities (electricity, water/sewer, heat/air, garbage service, and pest control), housing and facilities staff available 24/7, accommodation furnishings, and unlimited laundry access.

Board Plans

Information on the Board Plans is available through Dining Services, located in the Student Center, (251) 460-6296. See Housing & Dining or additional information.


Payment Policy

These are the University of South Alabama's payment policies effective Fall Semester 2016. Payment can be made via cash, check, or money order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express card. Student payments can be made online on PAWS with your credit card or ACH web check. Payment Drop Boxes are located at Meisler Hall, the lobby of the College of Education and in front of the University Bookstore. (No Cash Please.) The Office of Student Accounting is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

PLEASE SEE http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/financialaffairs/studentaccounting/financialcalendar.html
FOR SUMMER SEMESTER PAYMENT DEADLINES.

Students with awarded financial aid and approved participants in the USA Credit Union Tuition Payment Plan will be excluded from the July 25, 2016 deadline for Fall Semester 2016 and December 6, 2016 deadline for Spring Semester 2017.

2016 - 2017 Payment Policy Summary

A 15% payment of all tuition and fees, including housing and meals, is required by the following dates to hold class schedules:

  • Fall 2016 - July 25, 2016
  • Spring 2017 - December 6, 2016

Full payment is due:

  • Fall 2016 - August 10, 2016 on campus payments, or online (PAWS). 
  • Spring 2017 - January 4, 2017 campus payments or online (PAWS).

Class cancellations will occur on the following dates:

  • Fall 2016
    • 1st cancellation - July 26, 2016 if 15% of all tuition and fees, including housing and meals is not paid;
    • 2nd cancellation - August 15, 2016, if account is not paid in full.
  • Spring 2017
    • 1st cancellation - December 7, 2016, if 15% of all tuition and fees, including housing and meals is not paid;
    • 2nd cancellation - January 9, 2017, if account is not paid in full.

Late Registration and Re-registration Periods:

Fall 2016:  August 16-19, 2016

Spring 2017: January 9-12, 2017

  • Students registering during the late registration period will be assessed $100 Late Registration Fee and their account must be paid in full by 6:00 am the following day or the registration will be canceled and the class seats made available to others.
  • Students re-registering during the late registration period must be paid in full by 6:00 am the following day or the registration will be canceled and the class seats made available to others.

 

PLEASE SEE http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/financialaffairs/studentaccounting/financialcalendar.html
FOR SUMMER SEMESTER PAYMENT DEADLINES.


Financial dates and Deadlines

Fall Semester 2016

 Financial Deadlines  - Fall Semester
April 5 Registration Begins
July 25 15% of all tuition and fees, including housing and meals is due for all students registering between April 5, 2016 and July 25, 2016. Please refer to the 15% payment calculator online on PAWS.
July 26 Registration schedule cancelled if 15% payment is not received by the August 3, 2015, deadline. STUDENTS WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RE-REGISTER FOR CLASSES. However, if a student's classes are cancelled, there is no guarantee the courses will remain available
August 5 Financial Aid Bookstore charges begin
August 10 Balance of tuition and fees, including housing and meals due in full
August 15 Registration schedules cancelled for students not paid in full by August 10, 2016 deadline.
August 16 Classes begin

100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.
August 19 Deadline for electronic direct deposit (EDD) enrollment
August 19 Last day to enroll in the USA Credit Union Tuition Payment Plan for Fall Semester
August 19 Financial Aid Bookstore charges end
August 23 50% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.
August 25 Financial Aid refunds begin
August 29 No refunds after this date
 

Spring Semester 2017

 Financial Deadlines  - Spring Semester
October 24 Registration Begins
December 6 15% of all tuition and fees, including housing and meals is due for all students registering between October 24, 2016 and December 6, 2016. Please refer to the 15% payment calculator online on PAWS.
December 7 Registration schedule cancelled if 15% payment is not received by the December 6, 2016, deadline. STUDENTS WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RE-REGISTER FOR CLASSES. However, if a student's classes are cancelled, there is no guarantee the courses will remain available
January 3 Financial Aid Bookstore charges begin
January 4

Balance of tuition and fees, including housing and meals is due in full.

January 9

Classes begin

100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.

January 9 Registration schedules cancelled for students not paid in full by January 4, 2017 deadline.
January 12 Financial Aid Bookstore charges end
January 13 Deadline for electronic direct deposit (EDD) enrollment
January 13 Last day to enroll in the USA Credit Union Tuition Payment Plan for Spring Semester
January 16 50% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.
January 18 Financial Aid refunds begin
January 23 No refunds after this date
   
   

USA Federal Credit Union 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 $750 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 is August 19, 2016, for Fall Semester 2016 and January 12, 2017, for Spring Semester 2017.

The finance fee 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 Office of Student Accounting will review eligibility after the third day of class and process the refunds within 10 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 semester. 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 may now charge their books at the USA Bookstore immediately. Students will no longer need 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 $1,500 (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 August 8-19, 2016 for Fall Semester 2016, January 3-12, 2017 for Spring Semester 2017.


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 Office of Student Accounting regarding refunds of fees.

Housing and meal plan charges will be refunded according to the following schedule:

Withdrawal Date Percent of Fees Refunded
Prior to the 1st day of class 100%
1st week of classes 90%
2nd week of classes 75%
3rd week of classes 50%
4th week of classes on no refund


Guaranty Tuition Bond

For certain distance education courses, the University of South Alabama maintains a guaranty tuition bond covering any amounts of tuition that may be refundable according to the policies of the University. To obtain a copy of this bond, please email your request to USAonline at ecampus@southalabama.edu.


Federal Financial and Recipient Withdrawals and Refunds

Return Of Federal Financial Aid Refunds

In accordance with federal guidelines, 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). If a federal aid recipient completely withdraws from school after beginning attendance, the amount of federal aid earned by the student must be determined based on the number of days the student attended in the given term. If the amount disbursed to the student is greater than the amount the student earned, the unearned federal aid funds must be returned. Federal aid funds will be returned in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Direct Stafford loans (other than PLUS loans)
  • Subsidized Direct Stafford loans
  • Federal Perkins loans
  • Direct PLUS loans
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal SEOG
  • Federal TEACH Grants
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

NOTE: If your Title IV Financial Aid required return is greater than the posted University refund at the time of your withdrawal, you will owe the difference to the University. The Office of Student Accounting 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.


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 until the balance is paid in full:

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

If it is necessary to refer an unpaid account to an outside collection agency, any costs and fees of collection (up to 34% of the debt) will be added to the student's account, and the account will be reported to the credit bureaus. If legal action is required to collect the account, attorney fees will be added to the amount due.


Offset of Funds

If a student’s University account has an outstanding balance due, of any nature, including departmental fines 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 Office of Student Accounting 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.