Financial Policies

 

Please see http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/financialaffairs/studentaccounting/financialcalendar.html
for Summer Semester 2017

 

The University of South Alabama payment policies effective Spring Semester 2018. Payments can be can be made via cash, check or money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card. Student payments can be made online on PAWS with your credit card. Payment Drop Boxes are located at Meisler Hall and the lobby of the College of Education. (No Cash Please.) The Office of Student Accounting is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.


 

Spring Semester 2018 Payment Deadlines 

Students registering between October  23rd, 2017 and December 5th, 2017 must pay at least 15% of tuition and fees, including housing and meals by December 5, 2017, to retain their schedule. Financial aid awarded to a student's account or approval in the USA Credit Union Tuition Payment Plan is applied as payment toward the semester balance. If a student does not provide 15% payment by December 5, 2017, his/her schedule will be cancelled and the class seats made available to others. IF A STUDENT MISSES THE 15% PAYMENT DEADLINE, HE OR SHE WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RE-REGISTER FOR CLASSES. However, if a student's schedule is cancelled there is no guarantee that his/her preferred schedule will remain available.

The balance of the account is due by January 5, 2018 if paying at the Office of Student Accounting, payment drop boxes or online PAWS. Students registering after December 5, 2017 must pay their balance in full by January 5, 2018. Registration schedules will subject to cancellation if the balance is not paid in full by January 8, 2018.

The late registration and re-registration period will be from January 8-11. A $100 late registration fee will be assessed at the time of registration. Students registering during this period must pay their tuition and fees, including housing and meal plans by 6:00 PM on January 11, 2018. Unpaid registrations will be subject to cancellation on January 12, 2018. THERE WILL BE NO REINSTATEMENT PERIOD.


Charging Privileges At The USA Bookstore (For Financial Aid Recipients Only)

Students who have been awarded financial aid by USA's Office of Financial Aid and have excess funds after all tuition, fees, meals, and housing have been paid, he or she may charge up to $1500 (or the available balance, whichever is less) of books at the USA Bookstore. The Bookstore will have the available amount at checkout. Bookstore charges will be placed on the student's account and covered by the financial aid disbursement. Bookstore charges will run from January 2-11, 2018.

Financial Aid Refunds

Financial Aid refunds will be processed after the late registration period. The Office of Student Accounting will review eligibility after the fifth day of class and process the refunds within ten (10) business days.

USA Federal Credit Union Payment Plan

The USA Federal Credit Union offers a low cost plan by financing 100% of tuition, fees, housing and meals with equal payments over four months. A book allowance of $750 is also offered. Students should see a Credit Union Representative by January 4, 2018, to secure their schedule. For more information please call (251) 706-0255 or visit the USA Office of Student Accounting website for details. Participation for Spring 2018 will end January 4, 2018.
 
For more detailed information, please see the Schedule of Classes or the USA Office of Student Accounting website or call (251) 460-6195. Remember, if you are a financial aid recipient, be sure to apply early and complete your file in a timely fashion.

Payment Policy Calendar

Spring 2018 Registration Begins   October 23
     
15% of all tuition and fees, including housing and meals is due for all students registering between October 23, 2017 and December 5, 2017. Please refer to the 15% payment calculator online on PAWS.   December 5
     
Registration schedule cancelled if at least 15% payment is not received by the December 5, 2017, deadline. STUDENTS WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RE-REGISTER FOR CLASSES. However, if a student's classes are cancelled, there is no guarantee the courses will remain available.   December 6
     
Financial Aid Bookstore charges begin   January 2
     
Balance of tuition and fees, including housing and meals is due in full

  January 5
     
Registration schedules cancelled for students not paid in full by January 5, 2018. 

  January 8
     
Classes begin 

100% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals 
  January 8
     
The late registration and re-registration period will be from January 8-11. A $100 late registration fee will be assessed at the time of registration. Students registering during this period must pay their tuition and fees, including housing and meal plans by 6:00 PM on January 11, 2018. Unpaid registrations will be subject to cancellation on January 12, 2018. THERE WILL BE NO REINSTATEMENT PERIOD.   January 8-11
     
Last day to enroll in the USA Credit Union Tuition Payment Plan for Spring Semester 2018.   January 4
     
Deadline for electronic direct deposit (EDD) enrollment   January 12
     
Financial Aid Bookstore charges end.   January 11
     
50% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.   January 15
     
Financial Aid refunds begin   January 18
     
No course withdrawal refunds after this date   January 21

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Why are you distributing financial aid refunds after drop/add?
We are allowing students to charge their books at USA's bookstore through drop/add and it allows for more flexibility in schedule changes.

2. Does the distribution of financial aid after drop/add include loans also?
Yes.

3. How long after the late registration period will I receive my refund?
The refunds should be processed by the Office of Student Accounting within 10 business days. If you have direct deposit, check with your bank to verify the deposit. Refunds issued by check will be mailed.

4. When is the deadline to sign up for direct deposit of my financial aid refund?
January 12, 2018 is the deadline to submit completed paperwork to the Office of Student Accounting for Spring Semester 2018.

1. Will my financial aid go toward my 15% payment December 5, 2017?
Yes, provided you have been awarded aid by our financial aid office and have sufficient aid to cover 15% of your tuition and fees, including housing and meals.

2. If I don't meet the December 5, 2017 tuition and fee payment deadline, what will happen?
You'll be removed from your courses for the term. You will be able to re-register beginning December 6, 2017, but you may not get your original schedule.

3. What is included in the required 15% payment?
All tuition and fees, including housing and meals.

4. What if my tuition and fees are being paid by PACT, VA, ROTC, my employer, or some other third party vendor?
You must have all proof of payment documentation to the Office of Student Accounting by 5:00 pm on January 4, 2018.

1. What if I get to the cashier in the bookstore and they do not allow me to charge books?
Then you have either not been awarded financial aid at USA or you did not have sufficient aid available to allow for a bookstore charge.

2. I was awarded aid today but the bookstore will not allow me to charge my books. What has happened?
The data is sent each night to the bookstore and they have either not received the data for today, or you do not have sufficient aid available to allow for a bookstore charge.

1. I want to use USA's Credit Union. What do I do?
Contact the credit union at (251) 706-0255.

 

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