Tuition and Fees Payment Policies

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Accounts receivable balances from prior terms must be paid or financial arrangements made before finalizing registration for each term. Every student must complete financial arrangements at registration in one or more of the following ways:
  • Pay tuition and fees in full by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover.
  • Apply and be accepted for the University’s Payment Plan. A $50 fee per term is due at enrollment in the plan. Installments will be automatically withdrawn from your bank account or charged to your credit card.  A $50 late fee will apply for all late payments.
2 Payments (8 week term)  or  4 Payments (15 or 16 week term)
1st payment due at enrollment in plan with the enrollment fee.
2nd payment due by 15th of 1st month after term starts
3rd payment due by 15th of 2nd month after term starts
4th payment due by 15th of 3rd month after term starts
  • Complete all requirements and be approved for Financial Aid. Balances greater than approved financial aid are due at registration: Financial Aid for classes taken in the second 8 week session of the semester, or workshops taken late in the semester, may not be applied until those classes start.  Aid includes:
  •              University of Saint Mary scholarships

  •              Federal or State grants

  •              Federal Stafford, Perkins, or Plus loans

  •              Alternative loans.

  • Present letter of authorization from a third party payer who will pay directly to the university.  The university will bill the third party directly.  The student is responsible for payment at registration if the third party makes payment to the student rather than the university.  All tuition and fees in excess of the documented amount payable by the third party are due at registration.  Third party documentation must include:
Student’s name
Term or classes approved for payment
Amount approved
Third party billing and contact information
  • Request an Employer Reimbursement Deferment. A formal agreement must be signed by the student and approved by the university before the deferment of payment arrangement becomes valid. Documentation from the student’s employer stating the term or class(es) and the amount approved must accompany the agreement. A non-refundable fee of $50 per term will be due at the time of application. All tuition and fees in excess of the documented employer commitment are due at registration. Valid credit card information will be required and will be charged if payment is not received. A $50 late fee will apply if payment is not received before the agreement has expired or if the credit card information is not valid.
Students under the GI bill must pay full tuition at registration.
Students awarded Federal Work Study may apply net earnings toward their student account. Balances greater than the work study award are due at registration.   Net pay after applicable taxes for hours worked will be credited to the student’s account up to the award amount. Any outstanding student balance remaining after Work Study net pay has been applied is due by the student by the end of the term.
Students may be administratively withdrawn for non-payment.
Should payment not be made when due or in the event of payment default after withdrawal, the student is responsible for interest, late charges and collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees, if applicable.  All credit extended to the student shall be considered an educational loan and may not be discharged by bankruptcy as defined by bankruptcy laws under §523(a)(8).
By registering for classes, students agree to this policy.