The University Board of Trustees sets rates for tuition and fees annually, usually by mid-February for the following year. Rates are subject to change.
Fees for the 2007-2008 Academic Year
|Tuition (12 or more semester hours)||$14,500.00||$29,000.00|
|Room Fee (double occupancy)||2,100.00||4,200.00|
|Student Activity Fee||105.00||210.00|
|Tuition per semester hour (part-time)||$920|
|Audit fee per semester hour||$415|
|Surcharge for single room occupancy||$400/semester|
|Credit for triple occupancy room||$440/semester|
|Liberty Alley Apartment||$2,600/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 $920 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 and are not refundable if the student withdraws (please refer to Refunds section).
- Students and their families should estimate approximately $750 per year to cover the costs of textbooks. They also need to plan for additional personal costs including laundry, supplies, transportation, organizational dues, and spending money.
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 financial 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 charges for individual courses. Students pay an additional $285 per semester for individual music lessons (one half-hour per week) that are not required to complete their degree. Music fees are posted to student accounts by the end of September for the fall semester and the end of February for the spring semester.
Payments. The fall semester payment is due by July 31, 2007. The spring semester payment is due by January 2, 2008. Questions concerning this policy should be addressed to the Business Services Office.
The Business Services Office mails tuition bills to the student at the 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 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, student activity fees, or health insurance by the dates prescribed.
Remittance may be made by check, payable to Susquehanna University, and addressed as follows:
Business Services Office
514 University Avenue
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164
Funds from federal Title IV financial aid programs (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) are the first credits applied against a student’s charges, regardless of the order in which funds are actually received.
Students whose accounts have not been paid in full may not register for or attend class. 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 registration privileges, 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: Office of the Treasurer, Susquehanna University, 514 University Avenue, Selinsgrove, PA 17870. Any appeal must be in writing and be received no later than October 19, 2007, for spring 2008 registration and March 14, 2008, for fall 2008 registration. An Appeals Committee, consisting of the vice president for finance, the vice president of student life, and the vice president for enrollment management, will review and consider all requests.
Students or parents who have questions about payments should call the university Business Services Office at 570-372-4060.
Deposits. The university requires a $400 nonrefundable deposit to confirm a student’s first-year enrollment at Susquehanna. The admission acceptance letter specifies when this deposit is due. The university credits $300 to the student’s first semester bill and $100 to the student deposit account (returned at the end of student’s stay, net of any charges).
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 $60 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 first-year students 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 applies to those residents living in the Liberty Alley complex for whom 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 2007-2008. This policy applies to all student withdrawals. Students who leave the university will receive a refund as follows:
|Fall 2007||Spring 2008||Refund|
|on or before Aug. 27||on or before Jan. 14||100 percent|
|between Aug. 28 and Sept. 7||between Jan. 15 and Jan. 25||90 percent|
|between Sept. 8 and Sept. 24||between Jan. 26 and Feb. 11||50 percent|
|between Sept. 25 and Oct. 22||between Feb. 12 and Mar. 11||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.
Federal Title IV Refund Policy. The Office of Financial Aid is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60 percent of a payment period or term.
Recalculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formulas:
The percentage of a payment period or term completed = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid.
Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:
Aid to be returned=(100 percent of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.
If a student earns less aid than was disbursed, the university is required to return a portion of the funds and the student is required to return a portion of the funds. When Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the university.
If a student earns more aid than was disbursed, the university is required to make to the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student’s withdrawal.
The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 30 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student’s withdrawal.
Refunds are allocated in the following order:
- Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
- Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Federal Parent (PLUS) Loans
- Federal Pell Grants, for which a return of funds is required
- Federal Academic Competitiveness Grants, for which a return of funds is required
- National SMART Grants, for which a return of funds is required
- Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants, for which a return of funds is required.
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. Mere absence from classes does not reduce a student’s financial obligation or guarantee that the university will not record a final grade. Note that room charges, and student activity and health fees are nonrefundable 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 because of 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. 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, 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 university controller 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 controller 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 ($120) for the entire 2007-2008 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 students’ 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.