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Fiscal Policy

Settlement of University fees

Satisfactory settlement of all expenses is a requirement for completing each semester’s class registration, and no student is officially enrolled until all past due accounts have been satisfied. Financial aid cannot be used to satisfy balances carried forward from a prior academic year. Tuition for graduate students is delineated in the Program Tuition Tiers charts and on the Tuition and Fees web page.

All other transactions relating to payment should be conducted with The Student Financial Services Office, G-08 Sikes Hall. All checks and money orders should be made payable to Clemson University. A personal check given in payment of University expenses that is returned by the bank unpaid immediately creates an indebtedness to the University (See "Returned checks/credit card payments" below).

Late registration service charge

A student has not completed registration until all required steps have been taken, including payment of tuition and fees. Any student failing to complete registration on the published deadline dates will incur a late enrollment charge. See the Registrar’s Academic Calendar for deadlines.

Returned checks/credit card payments

Along with other fiscal policy, disputed settlements of University fees, returned checks, EFTs, and credit card payments are determined by Student Financial Services. Find additional details in the Financial Infomration and Assistantships section of the Graduate School Policies and Procedures Handbook and at the University's Paying Your Bill web page.

Loan default

Graduate students who are employed in programs administered directly or indirectly by Clemson University and are found to be in default on payments of student loans may be subject to wage withholding (garnishment) according to Legislative Authority P.L. 102-164; To U.S.C. S1095A et. seq.

Past due accounts

Any indebtedness to the University which becomes past due immediately jeopardizes the student’s enrollment, and no such student will be permitted to enroll for an ensuing semester or summer term. Billing fees and/or collection costs may be added to the indebtedness. Further, any student who fails to pay all indebtedness to the University, including collection costs, may not be issued a transcript or diploma. Unresolved debts may be turned over to a collection agency, reported to a credit bureau, and/or deducted from state income tax refunds. Debts include, but are not limited to, parking violations, library fines, rent, academic fees, and others.

Refund of academic fees

Regular Semester. No refunds will be made on a semester's academic and medical fees after four weeks from the last day to register. In the case of a withdrawal from school, the refund will be based on the effective date of withdrawal as shown on the official University withdrawal form. Refunds for full-time students who drop to part time and part-time students who drop credit hours will be based on the date the course is dropped. To be eligible for a refund, the request must be received by the University Revenue and Receivables Office prior to the beginning of the next term. If a student withdraws prior to the last day to register, the refund is 100 percent. Beginning with the day following the last day to register, refunds for periods of four weeks or less during a semester shall be made on the schedule shown below.

Refund of Academic Fees - Fall/Spring Semester
Period of Enrollment after Last Day to RegisterPortion Refunded
One week or less 80%
More than 1, but not more than 2 weeks 60%
More than 2, but not more than 3 weeks 40%
More than 3, but not more than 4 weeks 20%
More than 4 weeks 0%

Summer Session. No refunds of academic and medical fees will be made after three weeks from the last day to register. In the case of a withdrawal from school, the refund will be based on the effective date of withdrawal as shown on the official University withdrawal form. Refunds for students who drop credit hours will be based on the date the course is dropped. To be eligible for refund, the request must be received by the University Revenue and Receivables Office, prior to the beginning of the next term. If a student withdraws prior to the last day to register, the refund is 100 percent. Beginning with the day following the last day to register, refunds for summer school sessions shall be made on the schedule indicated below.

Refund of Academic Fees - Summer Sessions
Period of Enrollment after Last Day to RegisterPortion Refunded
< 3 Weeks3 Weeks5 or 6 Weeks> 6 Weeks
One week or less 0% 40% 60% 60%
More than 1, but not more than 2 weeks 0% 0% 20% 40%
More than 2, but not more than 3 weeks 0% 0% 0% 0%
More than 3 weeks 0% 0% 0% 0%

Establishment of University fees

The annual State Appropriation Act imposes the general requirement that student fees be fixed by the University Board of Trustees. The act imposes two specific requirements on the Board:

  1. In fixing fees applicable to academic and general maintenance and operation costs, the Board must maintain a minimum student fee not less than the fee charged the previous year;
  2. In fixing fees applicable to dormitory rental, dining halls, laundry, infirmary and all other personal subsistence expenses, the Board must charge students an amount sufficient to cover fully the cost of providing such facilities and services.

Fees for graduate students

Fees in general support non-academic services for students. The University works to keep fees competitive with peer institutions and only charges students what is defensible in covering costs associated with the services provided. For a list of required fees for graduate students, see the Tuition and Fees web page. See also the Mandatory Health Insurance topic in the Policies and Procedures Handbook.


* All fees and charges listed are subject to change without notice.