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 Fall Semester 2017. 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 and Professional Studies. (No Cash Please.) The Office of Student Accounting is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.


 

Fall 2017 Payment Deadlines 

Students registering between April 3rd, 2017 and July 24th, 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 August 11, 2017 if paying at the Office of Student Accounting, payment drop boxes or online PAWS. Students registering after July 25, 2017 must pay their balance in full by August 11, 2017. Registration schedules will be subject to cancellation if the balance is not paid in full by August 11, 2017.

The late registration and re-registration period will be from August 16-21. 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 August 21, 2017. Unpaid registrations will be subject to cancellation on August 22, 2017. THERE WILL BE NO REINSTATEMENT PERIOD.

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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 August 4-18, 2017.
 

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 August 10, 2017, 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 Fall 2017 will end August 10, 2017.
 
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

Fall 2017 Registration Begins   April 3
     
15% of all tuition and fees, including housing and meals is due for all students registering between April 3, 2017 and July 24, 2017. Please refer to the 15% payment calculator online on PAWS.   July 24
     
Registration schedule cancelled if at least 15% payment is not received by the July 24, 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.   July 25
     
Financial Aid Bookstore charges begin   August 4
     
Balance of tuition and fees, including housing and meals is due in full

  August 11
     
Registration schedules cancelled for students not paid in full by August 11, 2017. 

  August 15
     
Classes begin 

100% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals 
  August 16
     
The late registration and re-registration period will be from August 16-21. 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 August 21, 2017. Unpaid registrations will be subject to cancellation. THERE WILL BE NO REINSTATEMENT PERIOD.   August 16-21
     
Last day to enroll in the USA Credit Union Tuition Payment Plan for Fall Semester 2017.   August 10
     
Deadline for electronic direct deposit (EDD) enrollment   August 21
     
Financial Aid Bookstore charges end.   August 18
     
50% refund period begins on dropped courses and complete withdrawals.   August 23
     
Financial Aid refunds begin   August 24
     
No course withdrawal refunds after this date   August 29

 

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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?
August 21, 2017 is the deadline to submit completed paperwork to the Office of Student Accounting for Fall Semester 2017.

1. Will my financial aid go toward my 15% payment July 24, 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 July 24, 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 July 25, 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 August 10, 2017.

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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