Registration tuition and fees are assessed in accordance with University Board of Trustees rules, per USF System Regulation 4.0102, and are subject to change without prior notice. The USF System will make every effort to advertise any such changes if they occur.
Tuition and fee rates are posted on the websites for the USFSM Cashier and the USF System Controller. Schedules/Fee Statements are not mailed to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to review their financial account for accuracy and pay their tuition and fees in full by the appropriate due date as stated at http://www.usf.edu/business-finance/controller/student-services/deadline-dates.aspx. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the student’s registration.
Unless the student has received a tuition and fee payment deferment (i.e., Financial Aid or Veterans), tuition and fees are due by the fifth day of each academic term. Students may view and/or pay their current term tuition and fees online by accessing the “Tuition, Fees & Payments” menu option in OASIS at https://webauth.usf.edu. Cash, checks and money orders are accepted at the USFSM Cashier’s Office for payment of tuition and fees. Checks, made payable to USF, may be mailed to the USFSM Cashier’s office, but must be postmarked by the U.S. Post Office, not office metered, by the applicable fee payment deadline. The University cannot be responsible for lost or misdirected U.S. Postal mail. Payment of tuition and fees by MasterCard, Discover or American Express debit or credit cards must be made online through OASIS. Please note that the University no longer accepts Visa cards for payment of tuition and fees. E-checks are also accepted through OASIS.
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Excess Hours Surcharge
In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an “Excess Credit Hour Surcharge.” The provisions of this section became effective for students who entered a Florida community college or a Florida state university for the first time in the 2009-2010 academic year and thereafter. The bill requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total hours calculated, based on a percentage defined in law. See the following table:
|Students Entering as FTIC SUS (First Time in College State University System of Florida) or FTIC FCS (First Time in College Florida College System)
||Fees to be Charged
|Prior to Fall 2009
|Fall 2009 – Summer 2011
||50% for credits above 120% of total program hours
|Fall 2011 – Summer 2012
||100% for credits above 115% of total program hours
|Fall 2012 and thereafter
||100% for credits above 110% of total program hours
The surcharge is assessed only on the tuition portion of the semester hour cost, not on the fees. The number of total program hours required for the baccalaureate degree will be identified by the student’s declared major. This is typically 120 semester hours, although some programs have been approved to require more than 120 semester hours. For further information, see the Board of Governors Regulation 7.003(21).
Note: No institution may waive the excess hours surcharge as the language of the statute is mandatory.
Repeat Course Surcharge
Initiated by the Florida Legislature (H.B. 1545 of 1997) to reduce costs, Section 1009.285 Florida Statutes requires that all state universities must monitor undergraduate student progress and charge students the “full cost of instruction” for certain repeats of undergraduate courses. This policy became effective in Fall 1997 and requires USF System Institutions to charge students a substantial per credit hour surcharge when they attempt a course three or more times within the USF System, unless the course is specifically designed to be repeated or is required to be repeated by their major. Requirements to earn a passing or higher grade than previously earned in a course do not exempt the surcharge. Students will be required to pay the surcharge in addition to the appropriate in-state or out-of-state tuition rates. It is important to note that all attempts count, including withdrawals after the first week of classes and courses with incomplete grades.
The USF System may grant exceptions to this rule based on extenuating circumstances and financial hardship. However, the USF System may only approve one appeal per course. Documentation, regardless of the situation, must be submitted with the request for a waiver of this surcharge. Extenuating circumstances are those circumstances determined by the University to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student and may include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Serious illness
- Documented medical condition preventing completion
- Death of an immediate family member
- Involuntary call to active duty
- University error
- Other emergency circumstances or extraordinary situations
The criteria used by the USF System for determining financial hardship should include, but not be limited to, qualification for federal need-based financial aid. Students with other documented financial hardships may also be considered.
The student must complete a Fee Adjustment Request Form and indicate that the request is for a waiver of the repeat course surcharge. They must also submit a statement that explains their request and provide all documentation relating to it. The completed form, with documentation, should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for consideration.
Florida Prepaid College Program
Students participating in the Florida Prepaid College Program are responsible for paying all tuition and fees not covered under their Florida Prepaid Plan by the applicable payment deadline to avoid being assessed a $100.00 late payment fee.
Tuition Deferment for VA Students
The tuition deferment program for Veterans is set up through USF and the VA. Due to VA payments being delayed at times, a tuition deferment gives the student and the VA an extra 90 days past the start of the semester to pay for a student’s tuition and fees, per the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Section 103PL 115-407. For more information, contact USFSM Veteran Services.
Intern Certificate of Participation
Individuals who have supervised interns, and who have registered for courses during an academic term, may present their Intern Certificate of Participation to the USFSM Cashier’s Office. The Certificate of Participation entitles holders to a waiver of only matriculation fees for a maximum of six (6) credit hours of instruction during a single academic term. Certificates are valid for three (3) years from the date of issuance. Tuition and fees not covered by the Certificate of Participation must be paid by the fifth day of the academic term in order to avoid assessment of a $100.00 late payment fee.
Employee Tuition Program
The USF System Employee Tuition Program authorizes full-time USF System employees who are appointed to permanent established positions to enroll in USF credit courses for a maximum of six (6) credit hours per academic term. Summer sessions A, B, and C are considered to be parts of one academic term. The employee must be appointed prior to the first day of class and expected to be employed full-time past the end of the academic term for which enrolled. For additional information, please visit the Human Resources website.
Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Program
Florida residents who are 60 years of age or older as of registration day, and have lived in Florida for the last 12 months, may enroll, on a space-available basis, in certain undergraduate and graduate courses without paying fees. The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver covers a maximum of twelve (12) credit hours per academic term and is applicable only if the student registers for these courses during the designated registration period. Due to the audit status, academic credit is not awarded, examinations are not required, and grades are not assigned. A parking permit, purchased from USFSM Parking Services, is required.
Students need not be present in order to register for courses; the Application and Registration worksheet may be submitted by mail, fax, or in person. It is the student’s responsibility to complete and submit the waiver forms allowing sufficient time for the forms to reach the Registrar’s Office by the registration deadline. Forms submitted after the registration deadline will not be processed.
Some courses require college approval, prerequisites, or have other restrictions which may limit registration. The necessary permits should be acquired in advance of registration. Additionally, the permits may be submitted electronically in OASIS by the issuing college. Under no circumstances will notes on plain paper without college letterhead be accepted.
Students may not pre-register for courses in which they plan to use the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver. The waiver will not be processed if a senior citizen pre-registers and then submits a Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver form for those courses.
More information about the program can be found at the Office of the Registrar’s website. The Application Packet and Registration worksheet are on the USFSM Registration website, usfsm.edu/registration/.
Cancellation for Non-Payment of Tuition and Fees
USF System Regulation USF4.010: Cancellation of Registration for Nonpayment of Tuition and Fees and Returned Checks In Payment of Tuition
Students not on an authorized deferred payment of tuition and fees and who have not paid their tuition and fees in full by the USF System designated payment deadline date will have their registration for the academic term canceled and will be dropped from classes. Students dropped from classes will receive no credit for courses taken during the academic term.
Returned Checks for Registration Tuition and Fees
A student’s current term registration is subject to cancellation if a check or an e-check presented in payment of tuition is returned to the University by the bank unpaid. A $100 Late Fee Payment and a $25 administrative charge will be assessed on any registration check returned to the University unpaid. Dishonored fee payment checks and associated fees must be paid within 10 calendar days to avoid cancellation of a student’s registration for the academic term.
Reinstatement from Cancellation for Non-Payment of Tuition and Fees
Students who successfully petition for reinstatement from registration cancellation due to non-payment of tuition and fees will be assessed a $100.00 late registration fee and a $100.00 late payment fee. Upon approval for reinstatement, all fees and other debts owed to the University must be paid in full before academic reinstatement will be affected.
Payment of Accounts Due the University
Charges assessed to students for loss or breakage of University equipment and/or books, fines, and other fees are due immediately. Delinquent accounts may be considered sufficient cause for cancellation of registration. USF System regulations prohibit registration, or release of transcripts, diplomas, or grades for any student whose account with the University is delinquent. Delinquent accounts may be turned over to a collection agency, and all collection costs, including legal fees, will be added to the student’s account balance. Financial aid from a succeeding academic year cannot be used to repay prior academic year debts.
Refund of Tuition and Fees Payments
The following refunds, less deductions for unpaid debts to the University, are authorized. A Refund Request Form must be completed to initiate the refund process. The form may be submitted to the USFSM Cashier’s Office or mailed to the address indicated on the bottom of the form.
- One-hundred percent (100%) of registration fees and tuition will be refunded if notice of withdrawal from the University is approved prior to the end of the drop/add period and written documentation is received from the student.
- Twenty-five percent (25%) of registration fees and tuition paid, less building and capital improvement fees, will be refunded if notice of withdrawal from “ALL” courses from the University is approved prior to the end of the fourth week of classes (Summer term is prior to the end of the third week of classes) and written documentation is received from the student.
- There is no refund of late registration and late payment fees unless a waiver has been approved.
Fee Adjustment Under Exceptional Circumstances
One-hundred percent (100%) of tuition and fees may be refunded if, within six (6) months of the end of the academic term to which the refund is applicable, a student who has withdrawn or dropped a course completes and files a Fee Adjustment Request Form with supporting documentation clearly citing extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control with the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will review the form based on the following criteria:
- Illness of the student, confirmed in writing by a physician, of such severity or duration to preclude completion of the course(s).
- Death of the student or immediate family member (i.e., parent, spouse, child, or sibling), confirmed by death certificate and obituary indicating the student’s relationship to the deceased.
- Called to active military duty, involuntary or voluntary, confirmed by military orders.
- A situation in which the USF System is in error, confirmed by the appropriate USF System official in writing on official USF System letterhead.
- Other exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the student which precluded completion of the course(s), accompanied by both an explanatory letter and verifiable written documentation clearly supporting the student’s explanation.
Special requests for an extension of the six (6) month deadline must include specific facts supported by written explanation and verifiable documentation. These requests must indicate special circumstances beyond the control of the student which clearly impaired the student’s physical or mental ability to correct their academic/financial record at the USF System.
Pursuant to Public Law 102-325, the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, students attending the University for the first time who withdraw are entitled to a pro-rata refund of tuition, fees, room and board.
A student who receives financial aid and subsequently changes enrollment status which results in a refund in accordance with this section will have the appropriate share of the refund returned to the USF System financial aid programs in accordance with the Financial Aid Policy on Refunds and Repayments.
USF System Regulation USF3.0120: Financial Aid
USF System Regulation USF3.0121: Financial Aid Administration, Distribution and USF of Financial Aid Resources
USF System Policy 10-013: Financial Aid Policy on Refunds and Payments
USFSM makes every effort to ensure that all qualified students have access to an education. All student financial aid programs are administered or coordinated through the USFSM Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. The above website provides step-by-step guidance through the financial aid application process and lists all deadlines. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid communicates important information regarding your aid via OASIS and official USF e-mail throughout the year.
The USF System Online Access Student Information System (OASIS) allows students to monitor the status of their financial aid from application to disbursement of funds. OASIS can be accessed through your USF NetID at http://my.usf.edu.
The first step in obtaining financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to list the University of South Florida System school code 001537 to receive your information. All students wishing to receive financial aid are encouraged to start the financial aid process as early as possible each year (beginning October 1). The USF System priority FAFSA deadline is January 1. Many programs are funded on a limited basis, so it is to your advantage to apply early. Priority application dates and detailed information regarding financial aid are provided each year on our website.
Tuition deferments are automatically posted for qualified financial aid applicants. Please check with the USFSM Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for eligibility. Upon satisfaction of eligibility criteria, financial aid will be credited to student accounts after the drop/add period. Monies in excess of charges will be electronically deposited to each student’s checking account via eDeposit, or checks will be mailed to student’s local address.
If you withdraw from USFSM, either officially or unofficially, before the end of a semester, you may be required to repay all or a portion of the aid you received. For detailed information on the Federal Return of Title IV Funds requirement visit http://www.usf.edu/financial-aid/know-this/withdraw.aspx.
The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid office at USFSM provides prospective and currently enrolled students with a central location to access scholarship information. The office monitors the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and a variety of privately-funded scholarships made possible through the generosity of friends and alumni of the University. The Financial Aid office also manages the scholarship renewal process for students who have been awarded scholarships through USFSM. An online search for USF System scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid webpage.
The USF System Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the USFSM Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers a number of scholarships based on academic merit to students planning to enter USFSM for the first time as a Freshman or an upper-level transfer student. These scholarships are highly competitive. The criteria noted for the various scholarships are used as minimum starting points for consideration and meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements will not guarantee selection. For non-Florida residents, a limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers are available based on academic performance.
New freshmen and transfer students are advised to contact the USFSM Office of Admissions and Financial Aid about the individual college scholarship opportunities. A list of scholarship opportunities can also be accessed by using the USF System Scholarship Search on the Financial Aid website.
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Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits
The USF System is approved for the education of veterans, eligible dependents, members of the selected reserve, and active-duty personnel who are eligible for benefits under public laws now in effect. All degree programs currently offered at USFSM are approved by the State Approving Agency.
Students who may be eligible for benefits are urged to contact Veterans Services for information, procedures, and forms as early as possible. To initiate, change, or renew benefits at USFSM, a request must be submitted through that office every semester.
To be eligible for full-time VA benefits at USFSM, undergraduate students must enroll for 12 or more semester hours, and graduate students must enroll for 9 or more semester hours each normal academic term. Pro-rated benefits are available for students enrolled less than full-time.
VA regulations require that students take only courses that are applicable to their degree program or other approved programs and make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Students should log on to USF Veterans Services web site for information on various programs/services and VA rules and regulations. Under no circumstances will the VA pay benefits to a student taking a course by audit. It is the student’s responsibility to inquire concerning all VA rules and regulations and to report any change in number of registered hours, change of majors, or adding a double major or dual degree which affects his/her benefits. Additionally, VA benefits will be terminated for students who are dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons and can only be reinstated after academic counseling.
The VA toll-free number is 1-888-442-4551.