Tuition and Fees

POLICY STATEMENT
 
Delta State University charges a uniform tuition rate for all undergraduate students and a uniform tuition rate for all graduate students. These rates are established to increase financial equity, reduce the impact of financial considerations on educational policy and increase uniformity across the university. 
 
DEFINITIONS
 
Refund: A reduction of total charges resulting from withdrawal or drop below full-time. A student who officially withdraws from the university, a full-time student who drops below 12 undergraduate hours or 9 graduate hours, or a part-time student who drops a class may obtain a refund of university fee and special fees
 
PROCEDURES and RESPONSIBILITIES
 
To be officially registered, total tuition and fees are due and payable the first day of class. Payment in full should be made or students may choose the payment plan that is available at that time, which includes a service charge per semester.
 
Methods of Payment
The university accepts payments by cash, check, money order, or VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit cards. Payments can also be made online via our website at www.deltastate.edu. Students with financial aid (loans, grants or scholarships) may apply those funds to payment plan installments.
 
Special Fees
There are special fees that may be charged which are not included in the total cost of attending the university. These fees are payable upon entrance into the university. These special fees include but are not limited to: audit fee, graduation fee, late registration fee, private music lessons, and transcript of credits.
 
Refunds
Students may receive refunds of fees whenever circumstances warrant such a refund.   The effective date of withdrawal for refund purposes and the return of Federal Financial Aid funds is the date on which the student begins the official withdrawal process. For unofficial withdrawals, the date becomes the mid-point of the semester, unless the university can document a later date of attendance. A notice of withdrawal, cancellation, and request for refund by a student must be made in writing addressed to the University Registrar, with a copy filed with Student Business Services. Any refund due the student at the time of withdrawal will be processed by Student Business Services within three weeks.
 
Unearned Title IV loan or grant funds must be returned to the Title IV programs upon a recipient’s withdrawal from school at any time during the first 60% of the semester. Refunds for these students are made according to the Higher Education Amendments, Section 484B, and are based on the number of calendar days for each semester. If a student withdraws after completing more than 60% of the semester, it is assumed that the student earned 100% of the Title IV aid for the period.
 
All refunds are made in the following priority order:
1.      Unsubsidized Loan
2.      Subsidized Loan
3.      Perkins Loan
4.      PLUS Loan
5.      Pell Grant
6.      SEOG Grant
7.      Other Sources of Funds
 
When Delta State University’s Financial Assistance Department applies Title IV funds to a student’s account and Delta State University’s Student Business Services (SBS) determines that the amount of the funds exceeds allowable charges that the university assessed the student, Delta State must pay the credit balance directly to the student or parent borrower as soon as possible, but no later than the 14-day deadline described below. The only exception is when the school has on file in SBS the student’s permission to hold a credit balance.
 
A school must pay a credit balance directly to a student borrower or parent borrower within 14 days of:
·        The date the balance occurs, if it occurs after the first day of a payment period; or
·        The first day of class of a payment period, if the balance occurs on or before the first day of class that payment period; or
·        The date the school receives the student’s or parent’s cancellation of the school’s authorization to hold a Title IV credit balance.
 
 
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