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Community and Ethical Standards

Financial Responsibilities of Students

Fee Payment

The entire semester's expenses and any prior term charges are due and payable by the published due date at the beginning of each semester.

Past Due Accounts

All students are reminded of their obligations as financially responsible individuals. Any indebtedness to the University that becomes past due immediately jeopardizes the student's enrollment. A $150 late fee will be assessed for all past due payments at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The late fee for summer sessions is $75. In addition, a $75 late fee will be assessed on all unpaid balances at mid-semester. Until the indebtedness has been cleared, the student will not be permitted to reenroll for an ensuing semester or summer school term. Further, any student who fails to pay all indebtedness may not receive proper clearance upon withdrawal or be issued a transcript. Unresolved debts will have billings and collection charges added, may be placed with a third party collection agency, may be reported to a credit bureau and may be deducted from state income tax refunds.

A candidate for graduation who has an indebtedness of more than $50 will not receive a diploma. Names of students who are candidates for graduation with any indebtedness will be placed on a clearance list. The Registrar's Office will remove a student's name from the clearance list upon receipt of evidence that the account has been settled with the appropriate office of the University.

Student Financial Services will begin disenrollment procedures prior to the end of a semester or summer session where appropriate. A student may be disenrolled for having delinquent accounts with any University agency but specifically with Student Financial Services, Communications Services, Financial Aid Office, Housing Office, Department of Services, Library, Health Service, Office of Parking and Vehicle Registration, intramurals, Bookstore or canteens.

Returned Checks

A check, payment card, or an electronic payment given in payment of University expenses that is returned unpaid by the bank immediately creates indebtedness to the University. Student Financial Services administers matters related to the collection of all returned payments for students.

Returned electronic payments will be collected via the terms and conditions agreed upon at the time of payment and/or payment plan enrollment.

Cash and Treasury Services will redeposit returned checks in payment of academic fees for the fall and spring semester. A $30 returned item charge will be assessed for each returned item in accordance with state laws. If the item was returned to the University in a timely manner with no response by the student or drawer, a written request to disenroll the student is made to the Registrar. If the request is approved, the percentage of refund will be applied to the debt. If the check is returned after the midpoint of the semester with no response, a decision will be made by Student Financial Services and the Registrar as to the effects of disenrollment. At that point, the student will owe 100 percent of tuition and fees, even if he/she has been disenrolled.

Any individual who uses a two-party check for payment of University expenses will be held responsible for that check if it is returned unpaid by the bank. Checks used as payment for various University services, such as meal plans, housing, etc., that are later returned unpaid by the bank, give the University the right to cancel such services and cause forfeiture of any refund.

Any returned check not collected by the above procedures may be turned over to a collection agency and the indebtedness reported to a credit bureau. Collection charges will be added to the debt. Transcripts and diplomas will be withheld pending payment, and the debt may be deducted from state income tax refunds.

Abuse of payment privileges may result in the restriction of subsequent payment for academic and other fees by accepting only certified checks, cashier's checks or money orders.

Contact: Student Financial Services 864-656-5592.

Office of Community and Ethical Standards
Office of Community and Ethical Standards