Dec 15, 2019  
2004-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2004-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition, Fees and Financial Policies


By accepting admission to the Slippery Rock University, the student agrees to pay the fees and charges assessed by the university. Tuition, fees and other charges are subject to change at any time. Students cannot enroll in classes, receive transcripts of coursework taken while at the university, or graduate from the university unless all fees are paid. Past due account balances are submitted to the Attorney General’s office for collection. If any account is submitted to a collection agency to assist in collecting the account, the student is responsible for any/all collection costs associated with this account. Payment of fees can be made in a variety of ways either in full or through installment payment plans (fee involved).

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Tuition

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Slippery Rock University is a one of fourteen universities in the State System of Higher Education. The tuition rate is determined by actions by the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education.

Pennsylvania Residents

To attend Slippery Rock University, full-time students (students who are registered for 12 or more credit hours) who are legal residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pay a basic fee per semester for a maximum of 18 credits. Students who are permitted to carry more than 18 credits are charged for each additional credit. Part-time students (students who are registered for 11 or few credits) or extension students who are Pennsylvania residents pay a basic fee for each credit. For current information, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at 724-738-2088.

Non-Pennsylvania Residents

Students who are not legal residents of Pennsylvania and who are full-time students (students who are registered for 12 or more credit hours) pay a basic fee per semester for a maximum of 18 credits. Students who are permitted to carry more than 18 credits are charged for each additional credit. Part-time students (students who are registered for 11 or few credits) who are not legal residents of Pennsylvania pay for each credit. These rates apply to all curricula. For current information, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at 724-738-2088.

Fees

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Academic Enhancement Fee

This purpose of this fee is to support academic activities that enhance and extend the traditional instructional activities of the classroom. The fee is 10% of in-state tuition.

Aebersold Student Recreation Center Fee

Slippery Rock University students voted to establish this fee beginning in the fall semester of 1994. The fee is used to fund the construction and operation of the Aebersold Student Recreation Center. The fee is $7.25 per credit hour up to a maximum of $87.00 per semester. This fee also provides access to the Russell Wright Fitness center located in the student recreation center.

General Service (Student Activities) Fee

This fee helps to cover the admission of each full-time student to athletic events, concerts, lectures, dramatic events and to support student organizations on campus. The fee is 5.25% of in-state tuition. Summer session students pay a General Service Fee of $1.25 per week for the summer sessions.

Health Services Fee

This fee of $104 per semester supports the student health program including unlimited office visits for illness, injury and preventative care, walk-in urgent care service, inpatient service, and a comprehensive campus-wide health education service. Part-time students are assessed a health fee of $8.65 per credit hour. The same rate applies to summer.

Miscellaneous Fees

Advance Deposit for Basic Fee
This $90 advance fee is assessed to each new and transfer student at the time they make a firm commitment to attend Slippery Rock University.

Advance Deposit for Residence Hall
This $130 advance deposit fee is assessed all students at the time they make a firm commitment to reside in a university-owned residence hall. When the deposit is received, accommodations are reserved in the student’s name.

Alcohol Education Program Charge
Students who violate the university alcohol policy are charged either $45 or a $60 depending on the nature of the incident.

Application Fee - Physical Therapy Program
This $35 fee is to accompany the application for admission to the physical therapy program.

Application Fee - Undergraduate
This $25 fee is to accompany the application for admission to the physical therapy program.

Certification Fee
This $15 fee was established by and is submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for processing teacher certification applications.

Credit by Exam Fee (Per Credit)
This $50 fee is assessed to students to take a university-developed examination in order to receive credit for a course without participating in the class.

Career Assessment
Students pay this $10 charge when they purchase a career assessment package containing three vocational interest inventories.

Graduation Fee
This $20 fee is assessed students to cover the costs of the diploma, leatherette presentation case, reception and other services related to commencement exercises. Not transferable or updateable.

Gynecological/Contraceptive Service Charge
This annual $75 fee is optional and provides for a supplemental service at the university health center to female students for pap smear, contraceptives and follow-up care.

Identification Card Charges
The orientation fee includes $15 for the student’s initial identification card. The student is charged $15 for the first replacement card and $20 for each subsequent card.

Installment Payment Plan
A $25 processing fee assessed students who do not pay their charges in-full by the first billing due date and who choose to pay through the university’s installment payment plan.

Late Drop/Add/Withdrawal
This $15 fee is assessed on students who drop, add, or withdraw from classes after the university’s stated deadlines.

Late Payment/Bad Check Charge
A $15 charge assessed to students who do not pay fees and charges by the designated due date or who issue a check for payment which is returned to the university for insufficient funds.

Late Registration Fee
A $10 fee is assessed to students who register for a course after the designated registration period has ended. This fee is charged for each course added.

Library Overdue Book Fine
Students are assessed a overdue book fine of $0.05 per day for books due in 3 weeks and $0.10 per day for books due in 1 week.

Non-Credit Basic Fee
This is a variable fee that is assessed for non-credit coursework such as for workshops. The fee varies according to the length, content, or other feature of the experience.

Orientation Fee
All new degree seeking freshmen and transfer students are assessed a non-refundable $90 fee ($75 for orientation and $15 for the student’s identification card) that is collected through the advance deposit. Attendance is mandatory for all new freshmen and transfer students.

Overnight Charge Per Campsite Per Night
The charge that assessed persons visiting the campus who prefer to bring campers/trailers for overnight accommodations is $5 for a non-electric setup and $7 for an electric setup.

Parents/Spouses of New Students
A $25 fee is assessed a student’s parent or spouse for participation in an orientation program.

Parking Decal
A $25 charge is assessed students for automobile registration.

Parking Tickets
A $15 charge is assessed persons who park illegally on the university campus.

Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
Students who enter an educational certification program are assessed a $35 fee to take the pre-professional basic skills test in reading, writing and mathematics.

Room Change Charge
This $25 fee is assessed to students for a student-initiated room change in residence hall after fourth week of class.

Transcript Fee
A $3 fee ($10 for same day service) is charged to prepare and mail each transcript. Every graduating student receives a complimentary copy of the transcript; each subsequent transcript charged at the established rate. An additional $5 ($12 for the same day service) is charged when documents are faxed.

Transient Guest Room Charge
Students or others who are guests at and visiting the university may stay in a university residence hall. A $22.50 per night fee is charged for a double occupancy room and $25.75 for a single occupancy room.

Room and Board Fees

Board Fees
Students who reside in a university-owned residence hall are required to take a meal or board plan through the university food services. Students who live in off-campus housing also may purchase a board plan and eat in the university dining halls. The dining halls are available to students only when the university is officially in session.

Room Fees
All freshmen are required to live on campus. Freshmen students who live with their parents or legal guardian and live within a reasonable commuting distance may request release from this requirement in order to commute from home. All written requests for this exception will be reviewed by the Residence Life Housing Appeals Board.

Freshmen and returning students who live in university housing, must sign a Residence Hall Agreement or contract that is binding on the student (or his/her guardian if the student is under 18 years of age) for the entire academic year. The Residence Hall Agreement must be accompanied by a required advance deposit. The advance deposit is credited to the spring semester room fee. The advance deposit must be paid by a check or money order made payable to Slippery Rock University (cash cannot be accepted), and the student’s name and social security number is to be printed on the check or money order.

  • A student’s written notice of his/her intention to withdraw from Slippery Rock University or his/her desire to be released from the Residence Hall Agreement must be received by the housing office prior to the last day of final exams week in May for a $75.00 refund.
  • A student’s notification to withdraw from the university that is received after the last day of final examination week in May results in the students’ forfeiture of the entire $130.00 advance deposit.
  • A student’s request for release from the Residence Hall Agreement for the forthcoming academic year that is received after the last day of classes in May cannot be guaranteed. Any request for release from the residence hall agreement must be submitted in writing to the housing office; a release request form can be obtained from the housing office. The Housing Appeals Board determines whether the release is granted and notifies the student of its decision.
  • Students who paid the $130.00 advance deposit to reserve a room for the forthcoming academic year and who are academically suspended at the end of the spring semester or summer session will receive a refund of the $130.00 deposit.
  • Students who withdraw, are released, or are academically suspended at the end of the fall semester are not entitled to a refund of the $130.00 deposit.

The Residence Hall room fees per semester are available by calling Residence Life at 724-738-2082.

R.O.C.K. Apartment Complex
Upper class students can reside at the ROCK apartment complex. A lottery type system that is based on a student’s credit hours is used to select the students who will reside in the apartments. A non-refundable advance deposit fee per student is required. The per semester fee includes electricity, gas, and water. Refunds for students withdrawing during the semester are prorated according to the university’s refund policy. Any moneys due the university are deducted before a refund is processed. Students who reside in the ROCK apartments may choose to purchase a university meal plan, but are not required to do so.

Privately Owned Residence Halls
A listing of privately owned residence halls and their fees is available from the Office of House and Residence Education.

Student Community Building Fee

Mandated by state law, this fee is required to retire the general obligation bonds for the University Union building. The amount paid is determined by the number of credits taken and is pro-rated as follows: 1-6 credits, $6.25 per semester; 7-9 credits, $12.50 per semester; 10 or more credits, $25 per semester. The Summer Session fee is 1-3 weeks, $3.50; 4-6 weeks, $7.

Technology Fee

This fee was established by the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education. The fee is $31.00 for part time PA resident students or $62.50 for full time PA state resident students. The fee is $47.00 for part time, non resident students or $94.00 for full time non resident students.

Tuition/Fee Regulation Policy

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Cancelled Course or Workshop
A refund of all fees is paid for a cancelled course or workshop.

Installment Payment Plan
The Slippery Rock University Installment Payment Plan provides students and/or their parents or guardians the opportunity to complete payment of financial obligations through a four-installment program. The fall and spring semester billing packages that are sent in July and December, respectively, may be divided into four installments each. The fall semester installment payments are due in August, September, October and November. The spring installment payments are due in January, February, March and April. To enroll in the Installment Payment Plan, simply pay the Plan B amount at the bottom of the billing statement. An additional fee of $25 per semester is assessed to cover the administrative costs of operating the Installment Payment Plan. Although interest is not charged against the outstanding balance, a $15 late payment fee is assessed if a payment arrives after the due date.

Payment of Fees
By accepting admission to the university, the student agrees to pay all fees and charges assessed by the university. Prior to the start of each semester, a billing statement is mailed to students who have preregistered. Students will have the option to pay in full or utilize SRU’s installment plan. Payment must be made by the due date on the billing statement. The university reserves the right to deny registration or release transcripts and/or diploma if any bill remains unpaid. Unpaid bills may be referred to the PA Attorney General’s Office for collection. Other collection agencies may be utilized. The student would then be responsible for the original amount owed plus any collection costs incurred.

Refunds
The refund policy applies to all students (undergraduate, graduate, credit, and non-credit) and all terms (regular semesters, summer school, mini-courses, and workshops). It applies only to fees paid directly to the university. It does not apply to fees paid to others, such as off-campus housing and insurance.

Scheduled Course or Workshop is Changed by the University.
If the student elects not to attend the university, a full refund of all fees paid for the course or workshop that has been changed will be made.

Students Refused Readmission for Academic Reasons.
Student will receive a refund of all fees paid for the new semester or term.

Withdrawal from the University on or Before the First Day of Class of a Semester, Summer Sessions or Workshop.

Academic Year Withdrawal Refund Policy

  • Written notice. The student must notify the Office of Retention Services in writing, and this notice must be received not later than the first class day.
  • Withdrawal from the university means that the student is withdrawing from all courses for a semester or summer session. When the student withdraws from some courses but remains in the university, refund is computed as in OVERPAYMENT section at the end of this policy.
  • All fees paid for this semester, summer session or workshop will be refunded except the application fee.

Withdrawal from the University After the First Day of Class of a Semester, Summer Session or Workshop. The student must complete the official withdrawal procedure.

  • The basic fee, general service fee, academic enhancement fee, recreation complex fee, and health service fee will be refunded based on the percentage scale of refund. Residence hall and dining hall charges will also be refunded based on the percentage scale of refund listed below. In addition, students will forfeit the $130 room deposit and will be charged a $25 administrative dining hall fee.
  • The application fee, community building fee, late payment fee, installment payment plan fee, and advanced tuition deposit will not be refunded.
  • Regular Semester:
    • Voluntary withdrawal. The university will refund the following percentage of all fees in section A above, when the termination is during the weeks shown below for all students.
    Weeks

1 week 90%
2 weeks 80%
3 weeks 70%
4 weeks 60%
5 weeks 50%
No refund after week 5

This refund policy is in compliance with the policy mandated by the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education.

- Students withdrawing from the university for any reason will forfeit $55.00 of their residence hall deposit for the upcoming academic year if the withdrawal occurs before the last Friday in May, if the withdrawal occurs after the last Friday in May, the $130.00 deposit will be forfeited.

Return of Title IV funds (Federal Aid/Loans). The federal government requires Slippery Rock University to return financial aid money to the Title IV programs for any student withdrawing through 60 percent of the semester. Student withdrawing with Title IV aid may owe the university a balance once the aid is returned. Title IV aid must be returned to the Title IV program before any refund can be returned to a student.

Summer Sessions Withdrawal/Refund Policy

  1. Withdrawal on or before the First Day of class: A student may obtain a full refund if the registration is officially cancelled through the Office of Academic Records and Summer School on or before the first day of class for the summer session.
  2. Withdrawal on or after the First Day of Class:
    Voluntary withdrawal: Students withdrawing after the first day of class will have refunds processed based on the following:
    Withdrawal after the first day of class through 7 percent of the enrollment period will be refunded 90 percent of the institutional charges.
    Withdrawal after 7 percent of the enrollment period for which the student has been charged through 13 percent of the enrollment period will be refunded 80 percent of institutional charges.
    Withdrawal after 13 percent of the enrollment period for which the student has been charged through 20 percent of the enrollment period will be refunded 70 percent of institutional charges.
    Withdrawal after 20 percent of the enrollment period for which the student has been charged through 27 percent of the enrollment period will be refunded 60 percent of institutional charges.
    Withdrawal after 27 percent of the enrollment period for which the student has been charged through 33 percent of the enrollment period will be refunded 50 percent of institutional charges.
    There will be no refund for students withdrawing after 33 percent of the enrollment period has passed.

    Dates, which apply, to these percentages may be obtained by calling the Office of Student Accounts and/or they will be printed on the back of each summer billing statement. Each summer session will be treated as a separate enrollment period for refund calculation purposes.

    After the cut-off, no basic tuition and fees will be refunded. Refund of Residence Hall rent and meal Plan fee will be based on the dates and percentages listed above. The Student Community Building Fee is not refundable after the first day of class.

    Charges for withdrawal from an Internship will be calculated on an individual basis. The internship start date, scheduled length of the internship and the date of withdrawal from the internship will determine the charge/refund.

    Return of Title IV funds (Federal Aid/Loans). The federal government requires Slippery Rock University to return financial aid money to the Title IV programs for any student withdrawing through 60 percent of the semester. Student withdrawing with Title IV aid may owe the university a balance once the aid is returned. Title IV aid must be returned to the Title IV program before any refund can be returned to a student.

Overpayment of Account with Student Remaining in University: When the student’s account is overpaid for one of the following reasons, the unearned fees will be refunded.

  • Reduction of the number of credit hours when the student is paying on an hourly basis:
    • Regular Semesters - The percentage of tuition refunded for the credits dropped will be as stated under “Regular Semester Voluntary Withdrawals” in the section of this policy concerning withdrawals from the university after the opening date of regular semester.
    • Summer Sessions - The percentage of tuition refunded for credits dropped will be as stated under Summer Sessions Withdrawal Refund Policy.
  • Approved withdrawal from the residence hall and/or dining hall (applicable only when withdrawal is pre-approved by the appropriate vice president or designee). The student will be charged the percentage indicated under Regular Semester Voluntary Withdrawals.

Suspension or Dismissal from University other than for Reasons of Academic Standing. No refund will be made to any such student; all money paid will be forfeited.

  • Residency Status Policy
    Students who enter Slippery Rock University with an out-of-state address will generally continue to be classified as non-Pennsylvania residence for tuition programs during their years at the university. An exception is made if the student’s parents establish a legal residence in Pennsylvania. Establishing a Pennsylvania mailing address and obtaining a certificate of registration for voting purposes, however, does not change a student’s out-of-state status for tuition purposes as long as their parents reside out-of-state. Neither does establishing a residence with a relative who is a Pennsylvania resident change a student’s out-of-state status unless the relative legally adopts the student. In order to qualify for Pennsylvania resident status for purposes of determining tuition, a student must meet State System of Higher Education criteria, as summarized below:

- Continuous residence in Pennsylvania for a period of 12 months prior to registration as a student at an institution of higher education in Pennsylvania.

- U.S. citizenship or formal declaration of intent to become a citizen or admission to the United States on an immigrant visa. A tourist or student visa, that is a non-immigrant visa, is not proof of intent of residence.

- Pennsylvania residency by the parents or guardians of students who are minors. The age of majority in Pennsylvania for establishing an independent residence for tuition purposes is 22; however, a minor may prove financial emancipation and independence through clear and convincing evidence.

United States government employees or members of the United States armed forces who were residing in Pennsylvania immediately prior to entering government service and who have continuously maintained Pennsylvania as their legal residence shall be presumed to be a Pennsylvania resident. Others in military service stationed in Pennsylvania shall be deemed Pennsylvania residents.

Students receiving a scholarship or grant dependent on place of residence from a state other than Pennsylvania will not be considered a Pennsylvania resident.

Students who change their residence from Pennsylvania to another state are required to give prompt written notice to the university. The university may reclassify students in the event it believes they are no longer a Pennsylvania resident.

Students may challenge their residency classification by filing a form “Residency Classification Data Collection Form” available in the Office of Student Accounts in Room 103, Old Main.

Financial Aid Timeline - A General Guide of What to Do and When

ITEMS TO COMPLETE   Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug
(CURRENT AID RECIPENTS)                    
Receive a Renewal FAFSA in the mail from federal processor   Dec                
Gather financial aid documentation necessary for completion of the FAFSA     Jan Feb Mar Apr        
(new aid applicants)                    
Obtain a Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or file on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov     Jan Feb Mar Apr        

Mail your FAFSA to the Federal Processor. THE EARLIER THE BETTER! (keep a copy for your records)

    Jan Feb Mar Apr        
Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for errors and make necessary corrections       Feb Mar Apr May      
Provide the Financial Aid Office with all requested information         Mar Apr May June    
MAY 1 - FAFSA deadline for PHEAA State Grant (FAFSA must be received by processor by this date)             May      
File Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note with lender (new Stafford borrowers)           Apr May June July Aug
Receive determination of PHEAA Grant eligibility             May June July Aug
Receive billing statement from Office of Student Accounts                 July  

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