Jul 17, 2024  
2023-2024 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

Student Financial Responsibility Disclosure and Agreement to Pay Tuition and Fees

This Student Financial Responsibility Disclosure and Agreement to Pay Tuition and Fees (“Agreement”) is between Utah State University (“USU”) and me (the logged in student). In consideration for the opportunity to register and participate in courses at USU, I agree to the following terms and conditions:

Financial Responsibility:

I understand and agree that I am financially responsible for any tuition, general student fees, course fees, program fees, and other charges (e.g., housing charges, meal plans charges, bookstore charges, late fees, interest, etc.) that I incur as a registered USU student (collectively, “Tuition and Fees”). I understand that Tuition and Fees will be added to my student account as incurred and will be due and payable in keeping with USU policies and procedures.

Agreement to Pay Tuition and Fees: I agree to pay to USU the Tuition and Fees assessed to me, irrespective of whether my courses are delivered via on-campus, distance, blended and/or other delivery methods, including, without limitation, via synchronous or asynchronous interactive broadcast, online, web broadcast and/or other methods. I further acknowledge that Tuition and Fees are not associated with the availability or delivery method of any USU facility, service, or course, and I agree to pay the Tuition and Fees assessed to me irrespective of the actual availability or delivery method of any USU facility, service, or course. I agree that USU may repay my account balance from any TITLE IV funds (financial aid) due to me.

Registration, Dropping Courses, and Delivery: I understand and agree that by registering for courses at USU, I am reserving a “seat” in those courses. I understand and agree that it is my responsibility to drop courses I do not plan to attend and/or file a Leave of Absence with the Registrar’s Office before the 100% refund deadline. If I drop courses or withdraw from USU after the 100% refund period, I understand that I will be obligated to pay Tuition and Fees for those courses. Dates and deadlines for adding and dropping courses can be viewed on the Registrar’s Office website www.usu.edu/registrar. I understand and agree that USU courses may be delivered via on-campus, distance, blended and/or other delivery methods, including, without limitation, via synchronous or asynchronous interactive broadcast, online, web broadcast and/or other methods (https://www.usu.edu/ais/scheduling/deliverymethods). I also understand that USU may adjust the delivery method at any time and at its sole discretion.

Billing Statement: I understand that Tuition and Fee statements and balances, as well as deadlines, refund dates, and fee information will be communicated via my online student account. I understand that I will not be mailed or emailed a billing statement from USU. I agree that it is my responsibility to regularly check my online student account to comply with my payment obligations.

Contact Information and Communication: I agree to keep my contact information current with USU and to allow USU and its agents to contact me at any email address, home address, home telephone, or cell phone number that I provide now or in the future. I understand and agree that USU or anyone working on its behalf may contact me by any electronic means, such as text messaging, pre-recorded voice, email, etc.

Financial Aid Repayment: If I apply for and qualify for federal financial aid, I understand that my financial aid award is contingent upon my continued enrollment, attendance, and receiving a passing grade in each course upon which my financial aid eligibility was calculated. If I drop any course before completion or do not pass any course, I understand that my financial aid eligibility may decrease. Furthermore, I understand that receiving scholarships, awards, waivers, stipends, prizes, third party credits, or any other financial assistance may also reduce my eligibility for financial aid. If, after receiving federal financial aid, I later become ineligible for that aid because of any of the reasons described above, or for any other reason, I agree to immediately return to USU any financial aid that USU is required to return to the Department of Education.

Failure to Pay and Payment Plans: I understand that payment in full is due for Tuition and Fees by the applicable due date. I understand that I have the option to enroll in a payment plan whereby I may pay my Tuition and Fee bill over a period of time.  Payment plans may be viewed in the TouchNet Payment System. I agree that USU may report my failure to pay Tuition and Fees to credit reporting agencies. I understand that any outstanding Tuition and Fees account balance is considered a qualified educational loan under the I.R.C. §221 and is extended with the express understanding that future repayment shall be made to USU. I further understand that my acceptance of these terms represents my acknowledgement and acceptance that my Tuition and Fee 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).

Late Fees and Interest:

I understand and agree that (a) a late fee of $100.00 for each month of past due Tuition and Fee payments will be assessed to my account balance and (b) interest charges on any past due balances will also be assessed at the rate of 12.00% per annum.

Collections:

In the event I default on this Agreement, and it becomes necessary to place my account balance with an outside collection agency, I agree to reimburse to USU the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 50% of the past due amount, and all cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees USU or its agents may incur in such collection efforts. Any collection costs stated above are in addition to the Tuition and Fees due on my account.

Return Payments: I agree to pay a return check fee of $20.00 to USU if my online web check payment is returned unpaid by my bank because of insufficient funds or a stop payment. I understand that USU will not try to process my online web check payment again and that it is my responsibility to resubmit my payment. I agree to pay a return check fee of $10.00 if my online web check payment is returned by my bank because of any other reason, such as an incorrect or invalid account number was entered, closed account, not authorized, non-transactional, etc. I understand that paper checks returned by my bank for any reason are automatically referred to USU’s designated collection agency for collection. Collection fees may be assessed by USU’s designated collection agency and will be added to my student account.

Holds: I understand that if I have an unpaid balance on my student account, USU may (a) place a hold on my student records, preventing registration for future semesters, the release of a transcript, and the release of a diploma; and (b) place a hold on my student ID card, preventing me from entering facilities that require the student ID card to gain entrance (e.g. athletic events, the computer lab, the recreation center, the library, etc.).

Electronic 1098-T: I understand and consent that if I am eligible to receive a 1098-T end-of-year tax document, it will be provided to me in an electronic form in my student account. I may request a paper copy of my 1098-T by following the links under “Tuition and Payment” on the Registrar’s Office website www.usu.edu/registrar/1098t.

Fees to Tuition Implementation:
Following policy direction given from the Utah Board of Higher Education, Student Fees were reviewed in depth to determine if it would be more appropriate for all or part of a fee to transfer from Fees to Tuition.  USUSA, the Student Fee Advisory Board, and USU Administration participated jointly in this effort resulting in a change that will move $105 from Fees to Tuition (based on a full-time student). The expectation of the Utah System of Higher Education was that any amount transitioned from Fees to Tuition would be implemented in such a manner that the overall cost of Tuition and Fees for each student would not change because of the transition. Due to the requirement that no current student be advantaged or disadvantaged financially by this change, scholarships that were previously awarded to pay 100% of tuition and student body fees will be adjusted to ensure a zero-dollar impact from this transition and scholarships which cover less than 100% of tuition will not cover the amount of Tuition transitioned from Fees.

Infectious Disease-Related Disclosures:

I understand that participation as a student at USU may carry certain health risks related to COVID-19 and/or other infectious diseases. These risks are heightened for some groups, including “high-risk” individuals as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) (www.cdc.gov) (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html). I further understand that the CDC has issued guidance relating to best practices for social distancing and other precautionary steps in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that it is my responsibility to review, keep current with, and reasonably apply up-to-date guidance to my actions. I also understand that USU will be subject to guidance issued by the CDC as well as guidance from the State of Utah (https://coronavirus.utah.gov), the Utah System of Higher Education (www.ushe.edu), local, county, and other public authorities. I understand that USU may take appropriate precautionary measures to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, including, without limitation, restrictions on class and gathering sizes; certain health measures or screenings (such as, in certain circumstances, disease testing or temperature checks); travel-related screenings; the required use of hand sanitizer and/or face coverings; modifications to the on-campus availability of student, dining, residential, recreation, and other services; and other preventative measures. Additionally, USU reserves the right at its sole discretion to adjust the delivery method of courses at any time, including during a semester, to comply with guidance from public authorities or implement precautionary measures identified as appropriate by USU administration. I understand and accept these precautionary measures. Current information relating to USU operations relating to COVID-19 is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19/.

Governing Law and Place of Disputes: I understand and agree that the terms of this Agreement will be governed by and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Utah. I agree that I will not commence any legal action against USU for any reason arising out of or relating to these terms or any matter covered hereby in any court other than such courts located in Cache County Utah. I waive any objection I might have to bring any legal action or suit in any such court not located in Cache County Utah on the basis that it is not the right or convenient place.

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

If my Tuition and Fees are not paid in full by the applicable due date, then courses, for which I had registered, may be dropped for nonpayment. To prevent my courses from being dropped for nonpayment, I understand that I have the option to enroll in a payment plan whereby I may pay my Tuition and Fee bill over a period of time. Payment plans may be viewed in the TouchNet Payment System. I agree that USU may report my failure to pay Tuition and Fees to credit reporting agencies. I understand that any outstanding Tuition and Fees account balance is considered a qualified educational loan under the I.R.C. §221 and is extended with the express understanding that future repayment shall be made to USU. I further understand that my acceptance of these terms represents my acknowledgement and acceptance that my Tuition and Fee 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).  

A late fee of $100.00 for each month of past due Tuition and Fee payments will be assessed to my account balance and interest charges on any past due balances will also be assessed at the rate of 12.00% per annum.

Any unpaid account balance may placed with an outside collection agency at a maximum collection rate of 50% of the past due amount.  In addition, all costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees USU or its agents may incur in such collection efforts will be added to the student account.

Estimated Cost of Undergraduate Education for Two Semesters for 2023-2024 Academic Year

  Resident Nonresident
Tuition and Fees $9,228 $24,802
Room and Board $8,466 $8,466
Books and Supplies $840 $840
Transportation $2,520 $2,520
Misc/Personal $1,564 $1,564
     
Totals $22,618 $38,192

For more information and assistance, please visit USU Cost of Attendance – Student Financial Support.

Note: Costs for room and board may vary, depending upon the housing and meal plan selected. Rate listed is the 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 University’s requirements. For more information about waivers and the requirements when purchasing an outside insurance, please contact Katelyn Richins at ship@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/.

Military or Veterans

Service members sponsored by Federal Tuition Assistance or State Tuition assistance should email their approved authorizations to thirdparty@usu.edu. Post 9-11 GI bill recipients should contact the VRO. https://www.usu.edu/veterans/.

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:

Oregon
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.
 
Maryland
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 Students 

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

Students that are sponsored need to email their approved sponsorship paperwork to the Bursar’s Office (Taggart Student Center Room 248) to thirdparty@usu.edu

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.