University Bulletin 2020-2021

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Tuition and Student Fees

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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:

Undergraduate

                        0-11 hours…………………………………………….……………………………$60           

                        12 or more hours………………………………………………………………...$100

Graduate

                        0-5 hours…………………………………………………………………………...$60

                        6 or more hours………………………………………………………………..…$100

Registration Fee (non- refundable)

                        0-14 hours (undergraduate)..…………………………………………………$150

For Undergraduate courses taken in the following colleges: Per semester hr
In-State
Per Semester hr 
Out-of-State
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education and Professional Studies
$329.00 $658.00
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health
School of Computing
Mitchell College of Business
$344.00 $688.00
College of Engineering $359.00 $718.00
College of Nursing $378.00 $756.00

 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
College of Education and Professional Studies
$442.00 $884.00

Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health 
Clinical Programs (PA, OT, SLP, PT, AUD)
Non-clinical programs


$465.00
$465.00


$1,084.00
$930.00

School of Computing
Mitchell College of Business
$465.00 $930.00

College of Engineering

  $480.00 $960.00

Web Course Credit Hour Rate For Tuition and Fees

For Undergraduate courses taken in the following colleges: Per Semester hr  
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education and Professional Studies
$433.00  
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health
School of Computing
Mitchell College of Business
$447.00  
College of Engineering $464.00  

College of Nursing-2021

     RN to BSN

$482.00

$328.00

 
For Graduate courses taken in the following colleges: Per Semester hr  
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education and Professional Studies
$525.00  
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health
School of Computing
Mitchell College of Business
$550.00  
College of Engineering $564.00  
College of Nursing $594.00  

Nonresident Fees are waived for graduate assistants.
Students taking both on-line 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 2019-2020:
Semester Year
Taking 15 credit hrs $ 4,935.00 $ 9,870.00
Registration Fee - 0 -   - 0 -
Academic Infrastructure & Technology Fee $    100.00 $   200.00
  $ 5,035.00  $10,070.00

Full-time resident students:

Course Fees of typical undergraduate student
based upon 2019-2020:
Semester Year
Taking 15 credit hrs $ 4,935.00 $ 9,870.00
Registration Fee - 0 -  - 0 -
Academic Infrastructure & Technology $    100.00 $    200.00
Delta Room for Two $ 2,050.00 $ 4,100.00
Jag Meal Plan $ 1,850.00 $ 3,700.00
  $ 8,985.00 $17,970.00

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  
Admissions  
     Application Fee (non-refundable, on-line) $ 45.00
     Application Fee (non-refundable, paper) $ 45.00
Academic Infrastructure & Technology Fee  
     Undergraduate      
           0-11 hours $ 60.00
           12 or more hours $100.00
     Graduate  
           0-5 hours $ 60.00
           6 or more hours $100.00
Allied Health and Nursing Resource Fee $157.00
Payment Plan Enrollment Fee $ 35.00
Payment Plan Late Installment Fee $ 15.00
Biomedical Library Fee $ 10.00
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 $ 65.00
Late Graduation Application Fee $ 25.00
International Student Fee $100.00
Late Registration Fee (non-refundable) $100.00
Late Payment Fee (non-refundable) $ 50.00
Orientation Fee (one-time, non-refundable, all undergraduates) $100.00
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
Housing Returned Check Fee $ 25.00
Resource Fee (Allied Health/Nursing)  
Fall $157.00
Spring $157.00
Summer $157.00
Resource Fee (College of Medicine)  
Fall $236.00
Spring $236.00
Transcript Fee (per transcript) $  10.00
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 2020

Room Type Residence Hall Community Semester Room Rate* per person
Rooms for 2      
Room for 2 Delta 3 Delta $2,050.00/Sem
Room for 2 Epsilon 1 & 2 Epsilon  $2,700.00/Sem
Room for 2 Azalea Hall  Azalea Hall $2,700.00/Sem
Room for 2 Camellia Hall Camellia Hall $2,700.00/Sem
Large Room for 2 Delta 3-5  Delta  $2,050.00/Sem
Suite-Style       
Suite-Style for 1 Gamma 0-4 Beta/Gamma $2,825.00/Sem
Suite-Style for 1 Stokes Hall Stokes Hall $3,100.00/Sem
Apartment Style for 2 or 4      
2 Bedroom Apt. for 4 Beta 1 Beta/Gamma $2,050.00/Sem
Studio Apt. for 2 Beta 1-5/ Gamma 5-9 Beta/Gamma $2,740.00/Sem
2 Bedroom Apt. for 2 Beta 1-5/
Gamma 5-9
Beta/Gamma $3,100.00/Sem
Room for 2 with Kitchenette Delta 6 Delta $2,475.00/Sem
Private (limited availability)      
Private Room Delta 3-5 Delta  $2,675.00/Sem
Private Room with Kitchenette  Delta 6 Delta $2,740.00/Sem
Large Private Room with Kitchenette Delta 6 Delta $3,094.00/Sem
Large Private Room Delta 4-5 Delta $2,825.00/Sem
Large Private Room Gamma 0-4 Beta/Gamma $2,825.00/Sem
Large Private Room Epsilon 1-2 Epsilon $3,375.00/Sem
Private Apartment Beta 4/ Gamma 5-9 Beta/Gamma $3,100.00/Sem
Greek Housing       
For information about Fraternity and Sorority Housing rates, please visit https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/housing/fshapply.html.      

*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 USA Dining, located in the Student Center, (251) 460-6296. See Housing & Dining for additional information.

Payment Policy

These are the University of South Alabama's payment policies effective Fall Semester 2019. Payment can be made via cash, check, electronic check or money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card. Student payments can be made on-line on PAWS with your credit card or ACH web check. Payment Drop Boxes are located at Meisler Hall, and the lobby of the College of Education. (No Cash Please.) The Office of Student Accounting is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00.

Payment Plans

The University of South Alabama offers the option to pay in full or to pay via participation in a payment plan. Students must enroll in the payment plans in accordance with each semester’s payment deadlines or their class schedule is subject to cancellation.

Payment by payment plan requires the student or authorized user to sign up each term within their student financial account.  The plan features four monthly payments for the Fall and Spring terms (late enrollment may reduce the number of payments available to three) based on actual charges and plan enrollment date.  Three payments are offered for the Summer term.  The plan payments may increase or decrease if a student makes changes to their schedule.  A late fee of $15 will apply if installment payments are not made by the due date. Installment plan payments are divided equally according to the duration of the plan.

The first payment and a $35 nonrefundable processing fee are due at the time of enrollment. Students must have a minimum balance of $400 to be eligible to enroll in the payment plan. Students with a past due balance of $200 or more from a previous term are not eligible to participate. Students in the College of Medicine, English Language Center and Study Abroad are not eligible to participate. Enrolling in a payment plan does not result in automatic payment scheduling.  Payment plan participants must either log in each month to make payments or schedule their payments in advance according to the due dates of the plan installments within the student financial account.

Payment Plan Schedules for Fall 2020

Fall payment plan open enrollment begins on June 22nd.  If you would like to participate in the four payment plan, you should sign up as early as possible.  The first ¼ payment plus the $35 nonrefundable enrollment fee is due at the time of enrollment. The remaining installments are due on August 16th, September 18th, and October 18th.  The ability to sign up for four payment plan ends on July 20th.

Sign up for the three payment plan opens July 21st.  The first 1/3 payment plus the $35 nonrefundable enrollment fee is due at the time of enrollment.  The remaining installments are due on September 18th and October 18th.  The ability to sign up for all payment plans ends on August 23rd.  Once payment plan enrollments are closed, payment in full is required.

Payment Plan Schedules for Spring 2021

Spring payment plan open enrollment begins on October 26th.  If you would like to participate in the four payment plan, you should sign up as early as possible.  The first ¼ payment plus the $35 nonrefundable enrollment fee is due at the time of enrollment. The remaining installments are due on January 10th, February 19th, and March 19th.  The ability to sign up for the four payment plan ends on December 17th.

Sign up for the three payment plan opens December 18th .  The first 1/3 payment plus the $35 nonrefundable enrollment fee is due at the time of enrollment.  The remaining installments are due on February 19th and March 19th.  The ability to sign up for all payment plans ends on January 16th.  Once payment plan enrollments are closed, payment in full is required.

Please go to http://paws.southalabama.edu

  • Enter Secure Area
  • Login
  • Student Services & Financial Aid
  • Student Records 
  • Student Account Access

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

2020 - 2021 Payment Policy Summary

Full payment or enrollment in a payment plan is required for all tuition and fees, including housing and meals, by the following dates for students registered before the first day of class.

  • Fall 2020 - August 11, 2020 on campus payments, or on-line (PAWS). 
  • Spring 2021 - January 5, 2021 campus payments or on-line (PAWS).

Full payment or enrollment in a payment plan is required for all tuition and fees, including housing and meals, by the following dates for students registering during the late registration period.

  • Fall 2020 - August 21, 2020 on campus payments, or on-line (PAWS).
  • Spring 2021 - January 14, 2021 campus payments or on-line (PAWS).

Class cancellations will occur on the following dates:

  • Fall 2020
    • 1st cancellation - August 12, 2020,  if account is not paid in full or nor enrolled in a payment plan.
    • 2nd cancellation - August 24, 2020, if account is not paid in full or not enrolled in a payment plan.
  • Spring 2021
    • 1st cancellation - January 6, 2021, if account is not paid in full or not enrolled in a payment plan.
    • 2nd cancellation - January 15, 2021, if account is not paid in full or not enrolled in a payment plan.

Late Registration and Re-registration Periods:

Fall 2020:  August 18-21, 2020

Spring 2021: January 11-14, 2021

  • Students registering during the late registration period will be assessed $100 Late Registration.

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

Financial dates and Deadlines

Fall Semester 2020

 Financial Deadlines - Fall Semester
April 6 Registration for continuing students
June 9 Registration for new students
June 22 Fall Semester 2020
4 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Begins - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/4 payment of eligible charges
July 20 Fall Semester 2020
4 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/4 payment of eligible charges
July 21 Fall Semester 2020
3 installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Begins - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/4 payment of eligible charges
July 27 Financial Aid/Scholarship Bookstore charges begin
August 11 100% of Fall balance due
August 11 Fall Semester 2020
4 Installment Payment Plan 2nd Payment Due
  3 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/3 payment of eligible charges
August 17 3 Installment Payment Plan Grace Period Begins
August 12 All registration schedules released if 100% payment deadline not met or participation in the Payment Plan.
August 18

Classes Begin

100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.

August 21 Deadline for electronic direct deposit (EDD) enrollment
August 23 Fall Semester 2020
3 Installment Payment Plan Grace Period Ends - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/3 payment of eligible charges
August 24 Financial Aid/Scholarship Bookstore Charges End
  100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals end at 5:00 PM
  Late registration schedules released if 100% payment deadline not met or participation in the Payment Plan.
August 25 50% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.
August 28 Financial Aid Refunds Begin
August 31 50% refund period ends: No course withdrawal refunds after this date.
September 18 Fall Semester 2020
4 Installment Plan 3rd Payment Due
3 Installment Plan 2nd Payment Due
October 18 Fall Semester 2020
4 Installment Plan 4th Payment Due
3 Installment Plan 2nd Payment Due

Spring Semester 2021

Financial Deadlines  - Spring Semester
October 26 Spring registration for continuing students
  Spring Semester 2021
4 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Begins - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/4 of eligible charges
December 7 Financial Aid/Scholarship Bookstore Charges Begin
December 17 Spring Semester 2021
4 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/4 of eligible charges
December 18 Spring Semester 2021
3 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Begins - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/3 payment of eligible charges
January 5

100% of Spring Balance Due

January 5

Spring Semester 2021
4 Installment Payment Plan 2nd Payment Due
3 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/3 payment of eligible charges

January 11

Classes Begin

Spring Semester 2021
3 Installment Payment Plan Grace Period Begins - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/3 payment of eligible charges

100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.

January 6 All registration schedules released if 100% payment deadline not met or participation in the Payment Plan.
January 14 Spring Semester 2021
3 Installment Payment Plan Grace Period Ends - $35 Enrollment Fee plus 1/3 payment of eligible charges
January 15 Financial Aid/Scholarship Bookstore charges end
January 15 Late registration schedules released if 100% payment deadline not met or participation in the Payment Plan
Deadline for electronic direct deposit (EDD) enrollment
January 17 100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals end at 5:00 PM
January 18 50% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.
January 22 Financial Aid Refunds Begin
January 24 50% refund period ends: No course withdrawal refunds after this date.
February 19 Spring Semester 2021
4 Installment Plan 3rd Payment Due
3 Installment Plan 2nd Payment Due
March 19 Spring Semester 2021
4 Installment Plan 4th Payment Due
3 Installment Plan 3rd Payment Due

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 in a timely manner. 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 July 27, 2020 to August 24, 2020 for Fall Semester 2020, December 7- January 15, 2021 for Spring Semester 2021.

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 refund information is located at:  https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/housing/cancellations.html.

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 e-mail 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.

Return of Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Funds

In accordance with the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the University is required to return unearned funds to the program, if a student withdraws from a course paid for by Department of Defense funds (tuition assistance), based on the following schedules:

5- Week Course Withdrawal 8- Week Course Withdrawal
Day 1-7    100% return Before or during week 1        100% return
Day 8          77% return During week 2                         75% return
Day 9          74% return During weeks 3-4                    50% return
Day 10        71% return During week 5          40% return (60% of course completed)
Day 11        69% return During weeks 6-8                      0% return
Day 12        66% return  
Day 13        63% return 16-week Course Withdrawal
Day 14        60% return Before or during weeks 1-2    100% return
Day 15        57% return During weeks 3-4                     75% return
Day 16        54% return During weeks 5-8                     50% return
Day 17        51% return During weeks 9-10    40% return (60% of course is completed)
Day 18        49% return During weeks 11-16                  0% return
Day 19        46% return  
Day 20        43% return  
Day 21        40% return
              (60% of course is completed)
 
Day 22         0% returns  

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.