Fees are subject to change by Columbus State University and/or the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Current fee information and payment deadlines are published online each semester. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of current fees and applicable payment deadlines. Students are not officially registered until all fees have been paid.
* The tuition and fees listed in this catalog are for the 2009-2010 Academic Year. Also, a current listing of tuition and fees can be found on the Web at Columbus State University: Registration - Tuition and Fees.
Guaranteed tuition. New freshmen and transfer students enrolling in the University System of Georgia's 35 colleges and universities will pay a guaranteed tuition rate aimed at providing tuition stability and encouraging their "on-time" graduation. The tuition rate will be guaranteed for four years for incoming freshmen and two years for students transferring in to the University System of Georgia from a non-USG institution. Tuition for transfer students within the University System of Georgia will be guaranteed for four years from entry into the University System as an incoming freshman.
Each year, the Board of Regents will approve a new tuition rate for the entering class, to be guaranteed for that class for four years (12 consecutive semesters) at the USG's four-year institutions. Students who do not graduate in four years will pay the guaranteed rate in effect for new USG students at the time the original guarantee expires.
This new tuition policy applies to degree-seeking undergraduate students only, and does not include mandatory fees or expenses for room and board. For more information on guaranteed tuition, please see the University of System of Georgia’s Tuition Information website at http://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/tuition.
The following tuition rates are based on the Guaranteed Tuition Rate for new incoming freshmen for the 2008-2009 academic year.
In-state tuition. Students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours are assessed tuition of $1,549 at the undergraduate level and $1,705 at the graduate level. Students carrying less than 12 credit hours pay at the rate of $130 per credit hour at the undergraduate level and $143 per credit hour at the graduate level.
Out-of-state tuition. Non-residents of Georgia pay tuition of $6,195 at the undergraduate level and $6,817.00 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 $517 and the graduate out-of-state tuition per credit hour is $569.
Mandatory Fees (Student activity, athletic, health, campus access, technology, and parking deck fees). The following mandatory fees are assessed to all students* for fall and spring semester:
*All fees except the technology fee may be waived for certain distance education programs. Mandatory fees for summer term may be charged at slightly lower rate. The Activity Fee is charged at a rate of $37 for students enrolled in less than 6 credit hours.
Fee and Tuition waivers. Residents of Georgia enrolling under Georgia Constitutional Amendment 23 (62 years of age or older) may have fees and tuition waived. Students must pay special lab fees if applicable. Arrangements should be made in advance through the Admissions Office.
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, campus access, and parking deck fees.
Definition of Legal Residence
The Board of Regents has adopted the following policies for the purpose of determining in-state tuition status of students:
**It is presumed that no student shall have gained or acquired in-state classification while attending any postsecondary educational institution in this state without clear evidence of having established domicile in Georgia for purposes other than attending a postsecondary educational institution in this state.
The Board of Regents has adopted the following policies for the purpose of determining eligibility for waiver of out-of-state tuition:
See the Office of Admissions for details and deadlines on the above listed waivers.
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 the schedule change (add only) deadline of the semester 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.
Application fee. A non-refundable, one-time application fee of $30 is required of all applicants except Georgia residents 62 years of age or older, and active duty military personnel.
Housing fees.* Residents of CSU apartments and other housing must be enrolled full-time at Columbus State University. Fees are due at the time of registration. Fees for housing range from $1,900 to $3,000 per semester, depending on whether students share a bedroom or bathroom and, in some instances, how many students share an apartment. Meal plans that offer students five to 10 meals per week on CSU’s main campus are available from $860 to $1,250 per semester. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. For an overview of options related to living at CSU, visit http://www.colstate.edu/future/live.asp.
Housing applications are available online, linked to the above pages, which offer more information on housing fees. A damage deposit must accompany a housing application before it will be processed.
Among other amenities, all CSU apartments feature 24-hour security, high-speed Internet access, a full kitchen and on-site laundry and fitness facilities. Utilities, local phone service and free extended cable television service are included in the housing fees. A free shuttle bus transports students hourly between CSU housing and the two campuses. Both campuses offer shopping and dining opportunities within walking distance.
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 or other expenses. Refer to the online fee information for the amount of these fees.
Applied music fees. Special fees are added for individual and class instruction in applied music. Refer to the online fee information 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. Effective Fall 2009, a $50 Delinquent Account Fee will be charged to accounts that are 60 days past due in the payment of tuition, fees, housing, or meals. Registration will be stopped and copies of educational records will be withheld if a student has either outstanding financial obligations or delinquent loans. If a student has early registered for a future term and has either outstanding financial obligations or delinquent loans, their registration for the future term may be cancelled. Students referred to a collection agency will be responsible for additional collection fees and may have their account status reported to major Credit Reporting Bureaus.
Returned check charge. A returned check charge of $30 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 may be disenrolled. Records will be held and the check must be redeemed prior to further registration or receipt of transcript. Students referred to a collection agency will be responsible for additional collection fees and may have their account status reported to major Credit Reporting Bureaus.
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 allowable schedule change period. No refund will be made for a reduction in credit hours after the last day to drop during the schedule change period. Students who formally withdraw from the university or cancel their registration (in writing) before the end of the allowable schedule change period will be entitled to a complete (100%) refund of all registration fees. Students withdrawing from all courses after the end of the allowable schedule change period 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:
The following steps are performed in refund determination:
All 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 released within approximately two weeks after the semester begins. All other refunds will be released within two weeks of withdrawal or adjustment to records.
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