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2022-2023 General Catalog 
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Tuition, Fees, and Refunds


Tuition and fees provide an essential revenue source to Utah State University, although these comprise only 12 percent of the total budget. State appropriations provide 34 percent of the University’s revenue sources. USU strives to keep the institution as cost-effective as possible, and is noted for having low-cost resident and nonresident tuition amounts.
The Tuition and Fee Schedule pdf can be found at usu.edu/registrar/payment/ in the Tuition Rates section.
Registration for a semester is not complete until all fees have been paid in full. The University reserves the right to alter any tuition or fee charges without notice.

Accounts Receivable Procedures

Students agree to the following when they register for classes:

Dropping/Withdrawing from Courses:

I understand that by registering for courses at Utah State University (USU), I am reserving a seat in that class.  It is my responsibility to drop courses I do not plan to attend.  Once registered for courses, I am obligated to pay for them unless I drop them or withdraw from school during the 100% refund period.  If I drop or withdraw after the 100% refund period, I am obligated to pay tuition and fees according to the refund schedule. Refund deadlines are found in the Registration Academic and Registration Calendars. 

Billing Statement:

I acknowledge that I will not be receiving a paper billing statement from USU.  It is my responsibility to check my online student account for tuition and fee statements, balances, as well as deadlines, refund dates, and fee information.

Financial Aid Repayment:

I agree to immediately return any financial aid to USU that I have received and I am later determined to be ineligible for.  Ineligibility for financial aid could be the result of, but not limited to, (1) dropping courses and reducing the number of credit hours that were used to determine my eligibility, (2) dropping out of school, (3) receiving third party credits or any other financial assistance that will reduce the amount of financial aid I am eligible for, and (4) not receiving passing grades.

Late Fees:

I agree to pay a late fee of $100.00 if my student account balance is not paid in full and I have not enrolled in the Payment Plan by the published fee payment deadline. Fee payment deadlines are found in the Registration Academic and Registration Calendars. The $100 late fee is non-refundable and cannot be waived. 

Agreement to Pay Tuition and Fee Charges:

In consideration of the University allowing me to register for courses, I promise to pay USU, Logan, Utah, tuition and fees (principal) assessed to me for those courses.  I also agree to pay for any additional fees and interest charges that are assessed to my student account.  In the event I default on this agreement and it becomes necessary to place this account with an outside collection agency, I agree to pay interest on my account at a rate of 12.00% per annum.  I also agree to pay collection fees, not to exceed 50% of the original principal balance, plus any court and/or attorney fees resulting in the enforcement of this agreement.  Any collection costs stated above are in addition to the principal, fees, and interest due on my account.  In the event of default of any of the terms of this agreement, I hereby give to the USU Controller, or his/her designee, authorization to apply all monies due me from USU to any delinquent portion of this note until the principal, fees, interest, and costs are paid in full.  I agree that USU may repay my account balance from any TITLE IV funds (financial aid) due to me.  I agree to allow USU to report delinquent and defaulted loans to credit reporting agencies.  I understand and agree that USU, or anyone working on its behalf, may contact me by any electronic means such as text messaging, email, etc., and at the phone number I have provided to USU, by manually dialing the number or by using automated dialing technology.  I understand that all outstanding tuition and fees account balances are qualified educational loans under the I.R.C. §221 and are extended with the express understanding that future repayment shall be made to the University.  I further understand that my acceptance of these terms represents my acknowledgement and acceptance that my tuition account balance qualifies as a qualified education loan under I.R.C. 221 and as such, is exempt from discharge under federal bankruptcy code 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(8).  

Admission Application and Evaluation Fee (nonrefundable):

U.S. Residents (undergraduate) $50
International Students (undergraduate) $50

Continuing Graduate Advisement Courses (6990 and 7990)

There is no limit on the number of times a graduate student may register for 6990 or 7990 credit. Tuition will be charged according to the residency status of the student. Nonresident students may come to the Financial Aid Office to receive a waiver of the out-of-state portion of the Continuing Graduate Advisement tuition.

Continuous Graduate Registration Fee $100 per semester

Delinquent Financial Accounts

All tuition, fees, and housing should be paid in full by the posted due dates. Any unpaid tuition and fees may be assessed a late fee of $100.00.

Students with outstanding financial obligations may be refused all University services until such obligations are paid. Services which may be denied include the following: registration, transcripts, grades, transfer of credit, graduation, and activity card benefits.

In the event collection efforts become necessary, USU may refer a past due account to an outside collection agency. All referred accounts are subject to a collection fee, not to exceed 50 percent of the amount owed, plus all court costs and reasonable attorney fees. Interest will be charged at an annual rate of 12.00%. The collection agency and/or USU may report delinquent accounts to a credit reporting agency.

Estimated Cost of Undergraduate Education for Two Semesters for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  Resident Nonresident
Tuition and Fees 8,138 22,316
Room and Board 8,324 8,324
Books and Supplies 850 850
Personal Expenses 2,152 2,152
Totals 19,464 33,642

Note: Costs for room and board may vary, depending upon the housing and meal plan selected. Rate listed is the maximum cost for a shared room and unlimited meal plan. Also, costs for books, supplies, and personal expenses may vary, depending upon a student’s chosen program of study and lifestyle. Students who choose to have a car will need to plan for transportation expenses. However, owning a car is not necessarily essential, since USU, Logan, and Cache Valley have free bus systems.

GI Bill®* Benefit users Post 9/11 (Ch. 33) or VR&E (Ch. 31):

Under Title 38 U.S. Code 3679 subsection (e), any students using the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (V.A.) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the V.A. This school will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late Penalty fee to;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Require creation of a payment plan;
  • Deny them access to any resources (classes, libraries, computer labs, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • To complete all paperwork required by the School Certifying Official needed to request certification of enrollment for V.A. Education Benefits.
  • No later than the third week of the semester provides Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility (or its equivalent) or for Chapter 31, VA VR&E’s contract with the school on VA Form 28-1905 or VR&E electronic invoice.

The period when the school may not assess a financial or access penalty against a covered individual ends on the earlier of the following dates:

  1. The date on which the V.A. makes payment to the institution.
  2. Ninety (90) days after the date, the institution certified tuition and fees following the submission of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or equivalent document.

Health and Accident Insurance

Health and Accident Insurance is available to all students for nominal costs at the time of registration. Additional insurance may be purchased for spouse and children. Students are encouraged to provide themselves with adequate protection in case of illness or serious injury. Further information can be found at firststudent.com.

Insurance Information/International -Students

Insurance coverage is mandatory for international students. All international students attending Utah State University are required to purchase the student health insurance plan offered at the University for themselves and accompanying dependents or complete the insurance waiver process by using an outside plan that meets the Universities requirements. For more information about waivers and the requirements when purchasing an outside insurance, please contact Rachel Arnold at rachel.arnold@usu.edu.  Insurance coverage is required each semester, including summer.

International students are cautioned to be certain they have insurance while traveling to and from the U.S. in addition to being covered while they are attending Utah State University.

Late Registration Fee

Following the published add deadline, a fee of $100 per course will be assessed for all undergraduate and graduate courses added. For more information, see Late Fee Deadlines at usu.edu/registrar/registration/payment/.

Miscellaneous Payments

If any payment made to the University is unauthorized, incomplete, or received after the due date, registration fees will be considered as unpaid, and the student will not be officially registered.

Online Course Fee

$15 per credit course fee is applied to all online courses to sustain current digital technologies and support services required for engaging and effective online learning. 

Payment Plans

Monthly payment plans are offered as an alternative to paying your student account balance in full before the semester begins. Enrollment in a payment plan can only be done online and requires a $50.00 non-refundable fee to be paid at the time of enrollment. Interest is not charged on payment plans but a $25.00 monthly late fee is assessed if payments are not made on time. For more information regarding payment plans, please visit usu.edu/payment-plan/index

Refund Policy

When a student withdraws from classes through the fifteenth day of the semester (for full-semester classes) or before completing twenty percent of the session (for partial-semester classes), he or she is entitled to a 100 percent refund of registration tuition and student body fees, as well as class and lab fees. Weekends and holidays are excluded in calculating deadlines. Refund deadlines are listed in the Registration Calendar .

All refunds will be mailed to the student or be deposited directly into the student’s bank account. The application and evaluation fee for an undergraduate or graduate applicant is nonrefundable.

For exact dollar amounts, click on one of the Tuition & Fee tables links at usu.edu/registrar/payment/

For students residing in Oregon or Maryland during the refund term, the following refund schedule will be applied:

OAR § 583-030-0035(18)(c): After classes begin for a term, a student who withdraws from a course is eligible for a partial refund through the middle week of the term. Refunds shall be based on unused instructional time and shall be prorated on a weekly basis for schools using a semester, quarter or nontraditional calendar.
Based on the Annotated Code of Maryland (Annotated Code, Education Article, §11-202.2.(d)(1) and (2), the following refund policy shall provide a refund to any student residing in the state of Maryland who has completed 60% or less of a course, term, or program within the applicable billing period:

Proportion of Total Course, Program, or Term Completed as of Date of Withdrawal or Termination Tuition Refund
Less than 10% 90% Refund
10% up to but not including 20% 80% Refund
20% up to but not including 30% 60% Refund
30% up to but not including 40% 40% Refund
40% up to but not including 60% 20% Refund
More than 60% No Refund

Sponsored/Third Party Students 

Sponsored students have their tuition and fees paid by a third party through a contract arrangement. This may be sponsorship from the military, international and state agencies, employers, etc.

Students with a sponsor need to contact the Cashiers Office (Taggart Student Center Room 248) to register as a sponsored student and to verify their tuition assistance.  Further information is available on our website at usu.edu/controller/cashier/sponstudntfaq.cfm

Student Permits

Students living off campus who wish to park a vehicle on campus have three permit options:

  1. Purchase a Student Blue permit, which allows parking in the central campus area.
  2. Purchase a Yellow permit, which allows parking at the Stadium and below Old Main Hill.
  3. Purchase an Aggie Terrace permit, which allows parking in the Aggie Terrace.

Tuition and Cost Disclosure

Information showing the full cost of instruction for a full-time Logan campus undergraduate resident student, as well as the portion of that cost that is paid by state tax funds and the portion paid by tuition and fees, can be viewed at usu.edu/registrar/htm/tuition.

Tuition Surcharge for Excessive Credits

Students who have attempted 170 credits or more will be charged out-of-state tuition according to Board of Regents Policy. In the following circumstances the surcharge may be waived: (1) the excessive credits are necessary for the student to complete the student’s program of study; and (2) the excess credits are a result of circumstances where a substantial number of credits from a transferring institution could not be applied to the program of study; or (3) the excess credits are the result of a reasonable enhancement of the student’s major by the addition of a minor or emphasis to the program of study; or (4) the excess credits are the result of a reentry into the educational system by a student who may have accumulated a large number of credits, or even completed degrees, but where employment requirements obligate his or her return to college. Credits earned through concurrent enrollment and credits received through Advanced Placement (AP) and other examinations do not count toward the 170 credit total.

The student may obtain a petition to waive the surcharge at usu.edu/registrar/. Click on the Forms link on the left, the Registration link and then Petition to Waive Surcharge.

Visitor Fee (Audit)

Fees are charged the same as if the course was being taken for credit (except for persons 62 years of age or older who are permitted to audit free of charge after a recording fee of $10 per semester has been paid; class fees must also be paid).


*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.