Fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents of the University
System of Georgia. Current fee information is published each semester in
the Columbus State University Schedule of Courses. All fees are payable at
the scheduled time each semester. Students are not officially registered
until all fees have been paid.
Tuition and Fees (*)
* The tuition and fees listed in this catalog are for the 2003-2004
Academic Year. A current listing of tuition and fees can be found on the
Web at http://registration.colstate.edu.
In-state tuition. Students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours are
assessed tuition of $1,106 at the undergraduate level and $1,327 at the
graduate level. Students carrying less than 12 credit hours pay at the
rate of $93 per credit hour at the undergraduate level and $111 per credit
hour at the graduate level.
Out-of-state tuition. Non-residents of Georgia pay tuition of
$4,424 at the undergraduate level and $5,308.00 at the graduate level if
enrolled for 12 credit hours or more. If enrolled for less than 12 hours,
the undergraduate out-of-state tuition per credit hour is $369 and the
graduate out-of-state tuition per credit hour is $443.
Student activity, athletic, health, and campus access fees. For the
fall semester and for the spring semester, there is a student activity fee
of $28 for students taking one to five hours and $48 for students taking
six or more hours. The athletic fee is $84 for students taking one to five
hours and $112 for students taking six or more hours. The technology fee
is $22 for students taking one to five hours and $38 for students taking
six or more hours. All students are assessed a health service fee of $23
and a campus access fee of $11. For the summer term, the student activity
fee is $18 for students taking one to five hours and $32 for students
taking six or more hours. The athletic fee is $56 for students taking one
to five hours and $75 for students taking six or more hours. The
technology fee is $16 for students taking one to five hours and $26 for
students taking six or more hours. All students are assessed a health
service fee of $15 and a campus access fee of $6.
Fee waivers. Residents of Georgia enrolling under Georgia
Constitutional Amendment 23 (62 years of age or older) may have fees
waived. Arrangements should be made in advance through the Admissions
Graduate Assistantships. Students approved for graduate
assistantships are assessed tuition of $25 for up to 10 semester hours of
credit plus applicable student activity, athletic, technology, health, and
campus access fees.
Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes
Definition of Legal Residence
The Board of Regents has adopted the following policies for the purpose
of determining in-state tuition status of students:
- If a
person is 18 years of age or older, he or she may register as an
in-state student only upon showing that he or she has been a legal
resident of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months immediately
preceding the date of registration.
emancipated minor or other person 18 years of age or older shall be
deemed to have gained or acquired in-state status for tuition purposes
while attending any educational institution in Georgia, in the absence
of a clear evidence that he or she has in fact established legal
residence in Georgia.
- If a
person is under 18 years of age, registration may be made as an
in-state student only upon showing that the supporting parent or
guardian has been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least
12 months immediately preceding the date of registration.
- If the
legal residence of a parent or legal guardian of a minor changes to
another state following a period of legal residence in Georgia, the
minor may continue to take courses for a period of 12 consecutive
months on the payment of in-state tuition. After the expiration of the
12-month period, registration may be continued only upon the payment
of fees at the out-of-state rate.
- In the
event that a legal resident of Georgia is appointed as guardian of a
nonresident minor, such minor will not be permitted to register as an
in-state student until the expiration of one year from the date of
court appointment, and then only upon a proper showing that such
appointment was not made to avoid payment of the out-of-state fees.
shall be classified as nonresident students; however, an alien who is
living in this country under an immigration document permitting
indefinite or permanent residence shall have the same privilege of
qualifying for in-state tuition as a citizen of the United States.
Non-Resident Fee Waivers
The Board of Regents has adopted the following policies for the purpose
of determining eligibility for waiver of the non-resident portion of
- Students who have been legal
residents of Lee and Russell Counties in Alabama for at least 12
consecutive months immediately preceding the date of registration.
- Non-resident students, selected by
the institutional president or his authorized representative;
provided, however, that the number of such waivers in effect at any
time does not exceed two percent of the equivalent full-time students
enrolled at the institution in the fall semester immediately preceding
the semester for which the out-of-state tuition is to be waived.
- Non-resident students, selected by the institutional president or his authorized representative; provided, however, that the number of such waivers in effect at any time does not exceed two percent of the equivalent full-time students enrolled at the institution in the fall semester immediately preceding the semester for which the out-of-state tuition is to be waived.
- Full-time employees of the University
System of Georgia, their spouse, and dependent children.
- Full-time employees in the public
schools of Georgia, their spouse and dependent children. Teachers
employed full time on military bases in Georgia shall also qualify for
- Career consular officers and their
dependents who are citizens of the foreign nation which their consular
office represents, and who are stationed and living in Georgia under
orders of their respective governments. This waiver shall apply only
to those consular officers whose nations operate on the principle of
educational reciprocity with the United States.
- Active duty military personnel
stationed in Georgia and their dependents.
- Full-time Georgia National Guard
- Families who have moved to Georgia
due to full-time employment of self or court-appointed guardian within
the last 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of
- Students recently separated from
uniformed military service enrolling in the teacher certification
- Students may also be eligible for
departmental waivers. Please see the Office of Admission for details.
Petition to Change Residency Status
Students are responsible for registering under the proper tuition
status. Students classified as non-residents for tuition purposes who
believe they are entitled to be reclassified as legal residents must
petition the director of admissions for a change in status. The petition
must be filed no later than 60 days after the semester begins in order
for students to be considered for reclassification for that semester. If
the petition is granted, reclassification will not be retroactive to
prior semesters. Information about necessary documentation to support a
petition for reclassification is available in the Admissions Office.
Other Expenses and Penalties
Application fee. A non-refundable, one-time application fee
of $25 is required of all applicants except those seeking transient
student status and Georgia residents 62 years of age or older.
Housing fees. A resident of campus
housing must be enrolled full-time at Columbus State University. Fees
are due at the time of registration. Effective Fall Semester 2003, fees
- Shared Bedroom/Shared Bathroom, $2,335
Bedroom/Shared Bathroom, $2,585
Bedroom/Private Bathroom, $2,735
one bedroom apartment, $3,385
include a 10-meals-a-week plan or 8-meals-a-week with $180 in Cougar
Cash. Other meal plans are available for an additional cost. Fees are
subject to change by the Board of Regents of the University System of
Georgia. For more housing options, please view us on the web:
A $200 damage deposit must accompany the housing application before it
will be processed. Half of the damage deposit is refundable if the
Residence Life Office receives cancellation at least 30 days prior to
the first day of classes. This fee, minus deductions for damages or
special cleaning, is also refunded when a resident leaves housing and
follows prescribed checkout procedures. The other half of the damage
deposit is nonrefundable unless the student is not admitted to the
Additional registration fees. First-time registrations
during the schedule change period, $25; registrations approved after
schedule change, $50.
Class fees. A special class fee is added to certain courses
to cover the costs of instructional materials. Refer to the Schedule of
Courses booklet for the amount of these fees.
Applied music fees. Special fees are added for individual
and class instruction in applied music. Refer to the Schedule of Courses
booklet for the amount of these fees.
Textbooks. All book sales are final; no refunds will be
made. Approximate cost of books and supplies is $400 per semester.
Delinquent Fees and Fines. Students may be dropped from
Columbus State University at any time they become delinquent in the
payment of fees, the clearing of fines, or the repayment of loans.
Registration will be stopped and copies of educational records will be
withheld if a student has either outstanding financial obligations or
Returned check charge. A returned check charge of $25 or
five percent of the amount of the check, whichever is greater, will be
charged for returned checks. After one returned check, personal checks
will not be accepted. Any student enrolled who fails to clear a returned
check for tuition within 10 days of notification will be expelled.
Records will be held and the check must be redeemed prior to further
registration or receipt of transcript.
Fees will be recalculated and appropriate adjustments made for students
who register and then find it necessary to drop a course before the end
of the schedule change period. No refund will be made for a reduction in
credit hours after the schedule change period. Students who formally
withdraw from the university before the official first day of the
semester will be entitled to a complete (100%) refund of all
registration fees. Students withdrawing from all courses after the
official first day of the semester will be entitled to a prorated
refund of the tuition, fees, and other elective charges. The proportion
refundable is determined by the date of withdrawal and is equal to that
portion of the period of enrollment for which the student has been
charged that remains on the last day of attendance, up to the 60 percent
point in time of the semester.
All students receiving financial assistance who formally withdraw or who
stop attending all classes are subject to regulations regarding the
return of funds to the appropriate aid program.
Refunds are applied in the following order:
- Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan
- Subsidized Direct Stafford Loan
- Perkins Loan
- Direct PLUS Loan
- Pell Grant
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Other Title IV programs
- HOPE Scholarship
- Other non-Title IV programs
NOTE: The student must return unearned aid for which he/she is responsible by repaying funds to the applicable aid program.
The following steps are performed in refund determination:
Step 1. Determine the student's Title IV aid and HOPE for the term
Step 2. Calculate the percentage of Title IV aid and
Step 3. Determine the amount of Title IV aid and HOPE earned by the student
Step 4. Determine the total Title IV aid and HOPE to be returned
Step 5. Determine the amount of unearned Title IV aid
and HOPE due from the school
Step 6. Determine the amount of unearned Title IV aid
and HOPE due from the student
Examples are available in the Financial Aid
Office, Fine Arts Hall.
non-resident fees, matriculation fees, and other required fees paid for
the semester will be refunded in the event of the death of a student at
any time during a semester. A separate refund schedule will be in effect
during summer terms, the intersession, and for continuing education
courses. Students who do not formally withdraw, those suspended for
disciplinary reasons, or those who leave the university when
disciplinary action is pending are not eligible for a refund of any
portion of any fee. Refunds for recalculated fees and 100 percent
withdrawals will be mailed within approximately two weeks after the
semester begins. All other refunds will be mailed within two weeks of
withdrawal or adjustment to records.