University Bulletin 2019-20

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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:

Academic Infrastructure & Technology Fee

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
School of Computing
Mitchell College of Business
$465.00 $930.00
College of Engineering $480.00 $960.00
College of Nursing $509.00 $1,018.00

  

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

     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
  $ 8,935.00 $17,870.00

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) $ 35.00
     Application Fee (non-refundable, paper) $ 45.00
Academic Infrastructure & Technology Fee  
     Undergraduate      
           0-11 hours $ 60.00
           12 or mor 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 $ 50.00
Graduation Re-evaluation 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
Resource Fee (Allied  Health/Nursing)  
Fall $157.00
Spring $157.00
Summer $157.00
Resource Fee (College of Medicine)  
Fall $218.00
Spring $218.00
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 2019

Room Type Residence Hall Community Semester Room Rate* per person
Rooms for 2 or 3      
Rooms for 2 Delta 3 Delta $2,050.00/Sem
Rooms for 2 Epsilon 1 & 2 Epsilon  $2,700.00/Sem
Rooms for 2 Azalea Hall  Azalea Hall $2,700.00/Sem
Rooms for 2 Camellia Hall Camellia Hall $2,700.00/Sem
Large Room for 2 or 3 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 2-5/
Gamma 5-9
Beta/Gamma $3,100.00/Sem
Room for 2 or 3  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 Delta 4-5 Delta $2,825.00/Sem
Large Private Room Gamma 0-4 Beta/Gamma $2,825.00/Sem
Private Apartment Beta 4/ Gamma 5-9 Beta/Gamma $3,100.00/Sem
Greek Housing       
For information about Greek Housing rates, please visit the Greek Housing Community page      

*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 2018. 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 PM.

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

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 2019

Fall payment plan open enrollment begins on June 24th.  If you’d 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 18th, September 20th, and October 20th.  The ability to sign up for four payment plan ends on July 22nd.

Sign up for the three payment plan opens July 23rd.  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 20th and October 20th.  The ability to sign up for all payment plans ends on August 25th.  Once payment plan enrollments are closed, payment in full is required.

Payment Plan Schedules for Spring 2020

Spring payment plan open enrollment begins on October 21st.  If you’d 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 12th, February 21st, and March 20th.  The ability to sign up for the four payment plan ends on December 18th.

Sign up for the three payment plan opens December 19th .  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 21st and March 20th.  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
2019 - 2020 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 2019 - August 16, 2019 on campus payments, or on-line (PAWS). 
  • Spring 2020 - January 10, 2020 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 2019 - August 23, 2019 on campus payments, or on-line (PAWS).
  • Spring 2020 - January 16, 2020 campus payments or on-line (PAWS).

Class cancellations will occur on the following dates:

  • Fall 2019
    • 1st cancellation - August 19, 2019,  if account is not paid in full or nor enrolled in a payment plan.
    • 2nd cancellation - August 26, 2019, if account is not paid in full or not enrolled in a payment plan.
  • Spring 2020
    • 1st cancellation - January 13, 2020, if account is not paid in full or not enrolled in a payment plan.
    • 2nd cancellation - January 17, 2020, if account is not paid in full or not enrolled in a payment plan.

Late Registration and Re-registration Periods:

Fall 2019:  August 20-23, 2019

Spring 2020: January 13-16, 2020

  • 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 2019

 Financial Deadlines - Fall Semester
April 1 Registration Begins
June 24 4 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Begins
July 22 4 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends
July 23 3 installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Begins
August 2 Financial Aid/Scholarship Bookstore Charges Begin
August 16 100% of Fall balance due
August 18 4 Installment Payment Plan 2nd Payment Due
  3 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends
August 19 3 Installment Payment Plan Grace Period Begins
August 19 All registration schedules released if 100% payment deadline not met or participation in the Payment Plan.
August 20

Classes Begin

100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.

August 23 Deadline for electronic direct deposit (EDD) enrollment
August 25 3 Installment Payment Plan Grace Period Ends
August 26 Financial Aid/Scholarship Bookstore Charges End
August 26 100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals end at 11:59 PM
  Late registration schedules released if 100% payment deadline not met or participation in the Payment Plan.
August 27 50% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.
August 29 Financial Aid Refunds Begin
September 2 50% refund period ends: No course withdrawal refunds after this date.
September 20 4 Installment Plan 3rd Payment Due
  3 Installment Plan 2nd Payment Due
October 20 4 Installment Plan 4th Payment Due
  3 Installment Plan 3rd Payment Due

Spring Semester 2020

 Financial Deadlines  - Spring Semester
October 21 Registration Begins
  4 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Begins
December 9 Financial Aid/Scholarship Bookstore Charges Begin
December 18 4 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends
December 19 3 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends
January 10

100% of Spring Balance Due

January 12

4 Installment Payment Plan 2nd Payment Due

 

3 Installment Payment Plan Open Enrollment Period Ends

January 13

Classes Begin

3 Installment Payment Plan Grace Period Begins

100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.

January 13 All registration schedules released if 100% payment deadline not met or participation in the Payment Plan.
January 16 3 Installment Payment Plan Grace Period Ends
January 17 Financial Aid/Scholarship Bookstore Charges End
January 17 Late registration schedules released if 100% payment deadline not met or participation in the Payment Plan
  Deadline for electronic direct deposit (EDD) enrollment
January 19 100% refund period on dropped courses and complete withdrawals end at 11:59 PM
January 20 50% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.
January 23 Financial Aid Refunds Begin
January 26 50% refund period ends: No course withdrawal refunds after this date.
February 21 4 Installment Plan 3rd Payment Due
  3 Installment Plan 2nd Payment Due
March 20 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 August 2-26, 2019 for Fall Semester 2019, December 9- January 17, 2020 for Spring Semester 2020.

 

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 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.