The university's board of directors sets rates for tuition and fees annually, usually by mid-February for the following year. Rates are subject to review and change.
Fees for the 2003-2004 Academic Year
|Tuition (12-18 semester hours)||$11,585||$23,170|
|Student Activity Fee||*195|
|Tuition per semester hour (part-time)||$740|
|Audit fee per semester hour||$345|
|Damage and loss deposit||$100|
|Surcharge for single room occupancy||$250/semester|
|Credit for triple occupancy room||$350/semester|
|Late registration fee||$25|
|Late course change fee||$25|
|Official transcript fee (each)||$3|
|Late payment fee: 1.5 % per month on the unpaid balance including accumulated interest|
- The annual tuition permits a student to take 12 or more semester hours each semester. Students who take fewer than 12 semester hours in a single semester pay $740 per semester hour instead of the full tuition.
- The university requires Susquehanna-sponsored health and accident insurance for all full-time students. The health insurance cannot be waived under any circumstances.
- Student activity and health fees for the entire year are included on the fall bill and are not refundable if the student withdraws (please refer to Refunds section).
- Students and their families should estimate approximately $400-600 per semester to cover the costs of textbooks. They also need to plan for additional personal costs including laundry, supplies, transportation, organizational dues and spending money.
- The Office of Telecommunications will establish a telephone account for each student and will assign a security code for long distance calls. Telephone bills are issued monthly via campus mail. (Note: The telephone bill is mailed to the student, not the billing party.) This bill must be paid by the 20th of each month in order to maintain phone privileges.
Late Payment Fee. A late payment fee of 1.5 percent per month is charged on past due balances. A past due balance is the previous balance less any payments received during the month and does not include current month charges. The university will waive late charges for pending finanical aid (not including campus employment awards - Federal Work Study) processed by the Susquehanna University Office of Financial Aid prior to payment due dates. Students and their parents or legal guardians will be responsible for payment of all costs, including collections fees and attorney fees, incurred by the university in collecting balances.
Other Fees. Additional fees may be charged for individual courses. Examples of these fees are museum trip fees, material fees for certain courses in the art department, Modern Language cultural trips, and music fees. Students pay an additional $285 per semester for individual music lessons (one half-hour lesson per week) that are not required to complete their degree.
Students giving recitals in their area of performance pay a fee of $40-50 to cover such expenses as taping and instrument tuning.
Payments. The fall semester payment is due by July 31, 2003. The spring semester payment is due by January 2, 2004. Questions concerning this policy should be addressed to the Business Office.
The Business Office mails tuition bills to the party and billing address specified on the candidate's reply form sent by the Office of Admissions. Accepted students should return this form to the Office of Admissions with their enrollment deposit (see deposit information below). The university also mails monthly statements to this billing address and a copy to the student if the account has been active during the month or, if it has an outstanding balance. Students receiving financial aid are not exempt from payment of enrollment deposits, place reservation deposits, student activity fees, or health insurance by the dates prescribed.
Remittance may be made by check, payable to Susquehanna University, and addressed as follows:
514 University Avenue
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164
Students whose accounts have not been paid in full may not register for, or attend class, until they make arrangements for the unpaid balance. No student will receive any degree, certificate or transcript until all financial accounts with the university have been paid in full. Failure to meet financial obligations will result in denial of pre-registration privileges, registration, participation in the campus housing lottery, and/or the withholding of transcripts and diplomas, as well as the potential incurrence of collection and legal costs. Students will be notified by the bursar of denial to participate in the privileges listed above. An appeal process is available. A student wishing to appeal their denial of said privileges should mail a letter of appeal to William C. Mettler, assistant treasurer, Susquehanna University, 514 University Avenue, Selinsgrove, PA 17870. Any appeal must be in writing and be received no later than October 10, 2003, for spring 03 pre-registration and March 5, 2004, for fall 04 pre-registration. An Appeals Committee, consisting of the vice president for finance and treasurer, the dean of student life, and dean of academic services, will review all requests and contact students with resolutions as promptly as possible.
Students or parents who have questions about payments should call the University Business Office at 570-372-4060.
Deposits. The university requires a $200 deposit to confirm a student's first-year enrollment at Susquehanna. The admission acceptance letter specifies when this deposit is due. The university credits this deposit to the student's first semester bill.
Payment Plans. To assist families with the payment of fees and to minimize families' loan amounts, the university offers a monthly payment plan and loan counseling service through an outside firm, Tuition Management Systems (TMS). The university itself does not offer an internal installment payment plan and encourages all families to make payment arrangements well in advance of each school year to avoid late fees, registration problems, etc. Susquehanna University does not accept credit card payment for tuition expense.
The TMS plan is not a loan. The TMS plan allows families to budget their expenses over 10 or 12 months. There is an annual enrollment fee of $55 payable to TMS. Information about the TMS monthly payment plan and the loan counseling service is mailed to all families each summer. Further information is also available by calling TMS at 1-800-722-4867 or visiting the TMS Web site at www.afford.com.
Housing Policy. Susquehanna expects all freshmen to live in university residence halls. After the residence halls have been filled, Susquehanna may grant permission for off-campus housing to a limited number of upperclass students. Further information and applications are available from the Office of Residence Life at 570-372-4133.
Meal Plan Policy. The university requires all students living in university-owned housing to participate in the full meal plan. (The only exception are those residents living in the Theta Chi and Phi Mu Alpha fraternity houses or the Liberty Alley Complex for which the full meal plan is optional.) Students under a doctor’s care who require special nutritional needs should contact the Office of Residence Life at 570-372-4133.
Refund Policy for 2003-2004. This policy applies to students who withdraw officially for medical/non-medical reasons.
Students will receive credit for tuition, and meal plan cost for a semester based on the following table:
|Fall 2003||Spring 2004||Credit|
|First day of classes||September 1||January 19||100 percent|
|End of 10 percent semester||September 12||January 30||90 percent|
|End of 25 percent semester||September 29||February 18||50 percent|
|End of 50 percent semester||October 27||March 22||25 percent|
No refund will be calculated or made to any student who is suspended or dismissed from the university after the first day of classes in a semester for any reason including academic dismissal.
Return of Title IV Funds. Title IV financial aid refers to the Federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended. Types of assistance included in this classification are Federal SEOG, Federal Pell Grants, Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Stafford Loans.
A student's withdrawal date is determined by: the date the student began the withdrawal process (refer to Academic Policies and Regulations) or officially notified Susquehanna of intent to withdraw; or the midpoint of the period for a student who leaves without notifying the institution; or the last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity.
Distribution Order for Refunds/Returns. Federal regulations require that refunds are allocated to the various Title IV programs in a specific order until each program is reimbursed up to 100 percent of the amount originally received by the student for the term or the refund/repayment amount is exhausted. The distribution order for refunds and repayments is as follows: (1) Federal Stafford Loan-Unsubsidized (2) Federal Stafford Loan-Subsidized (3) Federal Perkins Loan (4) Federal PLUS Loan (5) Federal Pell Grant (6) Federal SEOG Program (7) Other Federal Title IV Programs (8) Other Federal, State, private, and institutional programs according to the requirements of each program which usually differ from the Title IV requirements and (9) student.
Institutional Responsibility in Regard to Return of Title IV Funds. Susquehanna must provide each student with the information presented in this policy; identify the students impacted by this policy and complete the "Return of Title IV Funds" calculation for those students. Susquehanna must return any Title IV Funds that are due to the Title IV Programs.
Student Responsibility in Regard to Return of Title IV Funds. Students are responsible for returning to the Title IV programs any funds that were disbursed directly to the student and for which the student was determined to be ineligible as outlined in the "Return of Title IV Funds" calculated by Susquehanna.
Please note that any amount due to the student will first be applied to any unpaid charges on the student's account for the term or for repayment of non-institutional funds. Questions concerning these policies should be addressed to the either the Business Office or the Office of Financial Aid.
Requesting a Refund. To obtain a refund, a student must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing that he or she is officially withdrawing and provide the last date of class attendance. The form used to officially notify the university may be obtained at the Office of the Registrar. Please note that mere absence from classes does not reduce a student's financial obligation or guarantee that the university will not record a final grade.
Music Lesson Fee. The music lesson fee(s) will be refunded only if a student's withdrawal date is on or before the course drop/add deadline.
Room Charges, Student Activity and Health Fees. These fees/charges are non-refundable after classes have commenced.
Optional Insurance. Parents and students can purchase an insurance policy from A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. that will reimburse them for some or all of the tuition, room and meal plan fees that are not refundable under the Susquehanna Refund Policy if the student must withdraw due to accident or illness. Complete details and enrollment forms for this optional coverage are mailed by the university to the student's billing address during the summer.
Release of Transcripts. Official academic transcripts will only be released after all financial obligations to the university have been met. This includes: obligations for tuition, room, meal plans, miscellaneous fees, telephone expense, interest, etc. Students who have established payment arrangements with the university may continue to pay under those arrangements, but official documents will be released only after payment in full is received.
Eligibility and Appeals. The assistant treasurer is the administrator responsible for determining a student's eligibility for a credit or refund. Appeals based on special individual circumstances should be addressed first to the assistant treasurer and then to the treasurer, if necessary.
Health and Accident Insurance. The university requires health and accident insurance for all full-time students under a blanket coverage policy. The policy assures liberal benefits at modest cost ($115 for the entire 2003-2004 year). Part-time students are not eligible for coverage under this policy. Each full-time student receives a brochure outlining the insurance program when arriving on campus. Students and parents should direct questions regarding coverage and claims status to the plan administrator, E.L.C.A. Risk Management Inc. at 312-648-0914, extension 213.
Personal Property Insurance. The university does not carry insurance on the personal property of students and is not responsible for the loss or damage to such property. Susquehanna recommends that such coverage be included in their own personal property insurance.
Exclusion from the University. The Administration reserves the right to exclude at any time students whose conduct or academic standing it regards as undesirable without assigning any further reason. In such cases, the charges due or paid in advance to the university will not be refunded in whole or in part. Neither Susquehanna nor any of its officers shall be under any liability whatsoever for such exclusion.