Costs

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 2013–14 Academic Year

 

semester

year

Tuition (12 or more semester hours)

$19,140

$38,280

Traditional Room Fee (double occupancy)

2,725

5,450

Meal Plan

2,470

4,940

Mandatory Student Activity Fee

125

250

Mandatory Health Fee

125

250

 

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Total

$24,585

$49,170

Special Fees

Single-room fee (per semester)

$3,275

Tuition per semester hour

(part-time)

$1,215

Teacher Intern per semester hour

$395

Audit fee per semester hour

$545

Student deposit

$100

Late-registration fee

$25

Late-course change fee

$25

Music lessons (one half hour per week)

$300

Late-payment fee: 1.5 percent 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 $1,215 per semester hour instead of the full tuition.

Student activity and health fees are mandatory for all full-time enrolled students and are not refundable if the student withdraws (please refer to refunds policy later in this section).

Students and their families should plan for the costs of textbooks, as well as 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 before payment due dates. Students are 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. Students pay an additional $300 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, 2013. The spring semester payment is due by Jan. 2, 2014. Questions concerning this policy should be addressed to the Business Services Office.

The Business Services Office partnered with Educational Computer Systems Inc. (ECSI) to electronically provide monthly statements to students. Students will receive an email from webmaster@ecsi.net detailing the process for accessing their student statement. Students can authorize up to four additional email addresses to receive e-bill notifications. Students receiving financial aid are not exempt from payment of enrollment deposits, student activity fees or health fees by the dates prescribed.

Online payments by e-check or credit card can be made at www.susqu.edu/payonline or remittance may be made by check, payable to Susquehanna University, and addressed as follows:

Business Services Office

Susquehanna University

P.O. Box 116

Selinsgrove, PA 17870-0116

Funds from federal Title IV financial aid programs (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan and Federal Direct PLUS 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 are able to view tuition account information via “My Account Summary” on mySU.

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 and 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 the denial of privileges listed should mail a letter of appeal to Vice President for Finance, Susquehanna University, 514 University Ave., Selinsgrove, PA 17870. Any appeal must be in writing and be received no later than Oct. 11, 2013, for spring 2014 registration and Feb. 28, 2014, for fall 2014 registration.

Students 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 service through an outside firm, ECSI. 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 and other issues.

The ECSI plan is not a loan. The ECSI plan allows families to budget their expenses over 10 or 12 months. There is an annual enrollment fee of $50. Information about the ECSI monthly payment plan is sent to all families each summer. Further information is also available by calling ECSI at 866-927-1438 or visiting the ECSI website at www.ecsi.net/susquehanna.

Housing Policy. Susquehanna requires all students to live in university housing and purchase the university meal plan unless they are commuting from their family home, are 23 years of age or older, are married and residing with a spouse, or have a child with whom they reside. After the residence halls have been filled, Susquehanna may grant permission for off-campus housing to a limited number of upper-class 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 or the 18th Street Commons complex for whom the full meal plan is optional. Students under a doctor’s care who have special nutritional needs should contact the Office of Residence Life at 570-372-4133.

Refund Policy for 2013-14. This policy applies to all student withdrawals. Room charges are not refundable. Students who leave the university will receive a refund of tuition and meal plan as follows:

Fall 2013

Spring 2014

Refund

On or before Aug. 26

 

On or before Jan. 13

100 percent

Between Aug. 27 and Sept. 6

 

Between Jan. 14 and Jan. 24

90 percent

Between Sept. 7 and Sept. 23

 

Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 10

50 percent

Between Sept. 24 and Oct. 21

Between Feb. 11 and March 9

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 before 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 and/or parent borrower may owe a 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 student’s withdrawal.

Refunds are allocated in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants, for which a return of funds is required
  • Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants, for which a return of funds is required
  • Federal TEACH 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 notify the university officially 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 up to 75 percent of the tuition, room, meal plan, health fee and student health fees that are not refundable under the Susquehanna Refund Policy if the student must withdraw because of medical reasons. 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 but is not limited to obligations for tuition, room, meal plans, miscellaneous fees and interest. 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 bursar 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 manager of financial services and then to the vice president for finance, 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 ensures liberal benefits at modest cost ($250) for the entire 2013–14 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, ELCA Risk Management Inc., at 312-648-0914, ext. 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.