All fees are payable by the deadlines published in the Schedule of Classes directory for each academic quarter. Registration is not complete until all fees have been paid.
Payment may be made either by cash, VISA or MasterCard, or by check payable in United States currency and drawn on a financial institution located in the United States of America. (The university reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all checks.) Checks must be made payable to Georgia State University and have the checking account number encoded. All checks not drawn in this manner will be returned to the remitter of the check. Payments (checks only) may be mailed to the Office of Student Accounts and must be received (not postmarked) by 7 p.m. on the fee deadline.
The university reserves the right at any time during the quarter to drop any student from classes for failure to pay fees. Students who continue to attend classes under these conditions will be held liable for the fees due plus any service fees assessed, applicable collection costs, court costs, and legal fees. A Student Accounts "Hold" will be placed on the records of any student who has a financial obligation to the university. This student will not be permitted to register for further coursework or receive, or have for~-ward~-ed to external third parties, transcripts of grades until the obligation is settled. Any person who has a credit card payment rejected or a check returned by the bank for any reason should settle that obligation with the university promptly. Failure to do so will result in nonpayment of fees.
If a check or credit card given in payment of a student's fees is not paid upon presentation to the banking institution, a Student Accounts "Hold" will be placed on the student's records. All returned checks will be assessed a returned check fee of $15 or five percent (5%) of the face amount of the check, whichever is greater. Georgia State University reserves the right to place a student on "cash only" for issuing a check that is not honored upon presentation to the bank.
It is the responsibility of the student to be informed of, and to observe, all regulations and procedures regarding the payment of fees and the entitlement to refunds. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception be granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation or asserts that he or she was not informed of it by an adviser or other authority. All questions concerning fees and refunds should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts only. Verbal misinformation is not grounds for a waiver of a regulation.
All matriculation and other charges are subject to change without notice.
For your convenience, GSU accepts VISA and MasterCard in payment of fees. Students pursuing this option may register and pay fees by telephone, thus eliminating the need to mail or deliver fee payments to the Office of Student Accounts.
Refunds for students paying with VISA or MasterCard will be credited to the credit card account upon withdrawal from classes.
All applicants to Georgia State University must submit a twenty-five dollar ($25) application fee with their application forms before they will be given consideration as prospective students. The application fee is nonre~-fund~-able and will not apply toward the student's registration fees. Applicants must place their social security numbers on all checks submitted.
A student activity fee of $42 is charged each quarter to every student registered for courses to be conducted at Georgia State University and in the metropolitan area. (College of Law students are charged $110 each fall and spring semester; $89 each summer semester.)
A student athletics fee of $35 is charged each quarter to every student registered for courses to be conducted at Georgia State University and in the metropolitan area. (College of Law students are charged $52.50 each fall and spring semester; $35 each summer semester.) These fees must be paid at the time of registration.
Students registered for courses to be conducted outside the metropolitan area need not pay the activity and athletics fees.
The opportunity for students to enhance their total college environment and more fully appreciate the esthetics of cultural, religious, social, and athletic participation is an integral part of a sound educational process. Student activity and athletics fees are utilized to provide cultural, social, and athletic programs for the entire student body. In addition, these fees provide financial support for student facilities at the university, guest speakers and lecturers, student publications, and many special events that are available exclusively for the students of Georgia State University.
A student health fee of $10 is charged each quarter to every student registered for courses to be conducted at Georgia State University and in the metropolitan area. (College of Law students are charged $15 each fall and spring semester; $10 each summer semester.)
The University System of Georgia requires no general tuition fee of students who are legal residents of the state of Georgia, and there is no charge for instruction, except for certain courses requiring instruction on an individual and small-group basis.
Each student is required to pay matriculation fees. A student who is a legal resident of the state of Georgia, according to the regulations of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and who has been a legal resident of the state for at least twelve months preceding the date of registration must pay resident student fees. These fees must be paid before a student is officially registered each quarter.
(See "Special Fees and Charges" below.)
|$49.50 per quarter hour|
|College of Law||$91 per semester hour|
Each student who has not been a legal resident of the State of Georgia under the regulations of the Board of Regents (See "Regents' Requirements for Georgia Resident Status" listed in an earlier section of this catalog.) for at least twelve months preceding the last day to register without penalty shall pay the following matriculation and tuition fees before the student is officially registered.
(See "Special Fees and Charges" below.)
|$ 49.50 per qtr. hour|
|Tuition||$146.00 per qtr. hour|
|Total||$195.50 per qtr. hour|
|College of Law|
|Matriculation||$91.00 per sem. hour|
|Tuition||$223.00 per sem. hour|
|Total||$314.00 per sem. hour|
Special Fees Gwinnett County: Courses offered in Gwinnett County by Georgia State University are subject to the Gwinnett County consortium fee of $47.20 (resident) per quarter hour or $186.20 (nonresident) per quarter hour. Georgia State University does not charge the $42 student activity, the $35 athletics fee, or the $10 health fee to students who are taking classes in Gwinnett only.
A student who initially registers during late registration will be required to pay a $25 late registration fee. The fee is nonrefundable.
A student who has discharged all obligations to Georgia State University is entitled to receive on written request a transcript of his or her permanent record from the Office of the Registrar at no charge. Transcripts that bear the seal of the university are not issued to students. There is a 48-hour processing period for transcripts that are to be picked up. Picture identification is required when requesting and picking up transcripts.
Routine copies of other information in the student's education records, with the exception of transcripts from other institutions and other items excluded from copying by practice or regulation, will be provided upon written request. Special certifications based on education records will be provided upon written request, when permissible, at a rate based upon personnel time, preparation costs, and copying costs.
Every student receiving a degree must pay a graduation fee of: $20 for an associate degree; $30 for a bachelor's degree; $40 for master's and specialist degrees; and $40 for doctorate degrees to cover all expenses, including the rental of cap and gown and the cost of the diploma. Students should first procure the necessary form from the Graduation Office (231 Sparks Hall) and then pay the graduation fee at the Office of Student Accounts, Room 100 Sparks Hall.
Revisions of graduation dates after the third week of the quarter in which graduation is expected will result in a liability for the actual cost of an additional diploma if the revision is made too late to prevent the preparation of a diploma with the incorrect graduation date.
The university reserves the right to charge a fee for the use of university property and to levy fines for the improper use of university property.
Students eligible for tuition reimbursement by their employers must submit their tuition reimbursement forms to the Office of the Registrar/Student Services, Room 227 Sparks Hall, accompanied by an addressed, stamped envelope. Forms will be processed and mailed within five work days if grades are available for the applicable quarter.
A person's legal residence is his or her permanent dwelling place. It is the place where he or she is generally understood to reside with the intent of remaining there indefinitely and returning there when absent. There must be a concurrence of actual residence and of intent to remain to acquire a legal residence.
Students are responsible for registering under the correct residence classification, for notifying promptly the residence auditor of incorrect residence classifications or changes of residence status, and will be liable for additional fees. For example, residence status may change for students if their parents' states of legal residence change or if their visas change. Individuals who are classified by Georgia State University as nonresident but who later claim to qualify as legal residents must file a "Petition for Georgia Residence Classification" form with the residence auditor in the Office of Admissions. Residence status is not changed automatically, and the burden of proof rests with the student to demonstrate that he or she qualifies as a legal resident under the regulations of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. To insure timely completion of required processing, a student/applicant requesting a change of residence classification for a specific quarter should file the "Petition for Georgia Residence Classification" and all supporting documentation not later than three weeks (15 working days) prior to registration. Decisions prior to registration cannot be guaranteed when petitions and all supporting documentation are received after the specified deadline.
Petitions for Georgia Residence Classification and all supporting documentation must be filed with the residence auditor no later than sixty (60) days after the beginning of a specific academic quarter for which classification as a legal resident for fee payment purposes is requested. Petitions received after that time will not be considered for that quarter. If the petition is approved, classification as a legal resident for fee payment purposes will not be retroactive to prior quarters.
A student/applicant wishing to appeal a denial decision resulting from his or her Petition for Georgia Residence Classification may request a review of that decision before the University Committee on Residence, and shall submit such request in writing to the assistant director of admissions/residency within twenty (20) days of the decision.
If the petition is denied and the student/applicant wishes to petition for a later quarter, a new Petition for Georgia Residence Classification must be submitted for that quarter.
Legal residents of Georgia, as well as certain categories of nonresidents, may be enrolled upon payment of resident fees in accordance with the following Regents' rules:
* In order to apply for waivers under 6(b) and 6(h), students should contact their academic colleges. Additional waivers for international students may be available through the Office of International Services and Programs.
For purposes of these regulations, a resident student is defined as a student domiciled in the state of Georgia. A nonresident is defined as one whose domicile is elsewhere. A student shall not be considered domiciled in Georgia unless he or she is in continuous physical residence in this state and intends to make Georgia his or her permanent home, not only while in attendance at an institution of the University System of Georgia, but indefinitely thereafter as well, and has no domicile or intent to be domiciled elsewhere.
Normally a person from another state who comes to an institution of the University System of Georgia does so for the primary or sole purpose of attending the institution rather than to establish a domicile (residency) in Georgia. Thus, one who enrolls in a system institution as a nonresident is presumed to remain a nonresident throughout his or her attendance at the institution unless and until he or she demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that his or her previous domicile has been abandoned and that Georgia domicile has been established.
No person shall be eligible for classification as an in-state student unless he or she has been domiciled in Georgia and has resided in Georgia continuously for not less than 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration. However, there is a strong presumption that such person shall continue to be classified as a nonresident throughout the entire period of his or her enrollment. Ordinarily, such periods (while enrolled in school) will not count as periods of domicile for purpose of the twelve-month durational residency requirement.
The following facts and circumstances, although not necessarily conclusive, have probative value to support a claim for in-state status after twelve months continuous domicile in Georgia (durational residency requirement):
Other factors indicating an intent to make Georgia the student's domicile may be considered by the system institution in classifying a student.
Normally, the following circumstances do not constitute sufficient evidence of domicile sufficient to effect classification as an in-state student under regents' policies:
Students formally withdrawing from class(es) will be subject to the application of the following refund policy for matriculation and tuition. Students formally withdrawing from all classes will also be subject to the application of the following refund policy for activity, athletic, and health fees.
The Schedule of Classes may include short-term classes in addition to the regular full-term classes. These classes may begin after the normal "first day" of classes. The refund schedule given below will apply to these classes.
A stop payment of a check does not constitute a formal withdrawal. The student will be held liable for tuition and fees unless the date of official withdrawal from Georgia State University is within the refund schedule, in which case the student will be liable for that portion of fees that is not refundable, plus the returned check fee and any applicable collection costs.
Refer to the Schedule of Classes for specific dates and times of each refund period. The date to be used in determining eligibility for a refund will be the date the withdrawal is executed in the Office of the Registrar.
Refunds for students paying with VISA or MasterCard will be credited to the credit card account upon withdrawal from classes. Refunds for students paying with cash or check will be in the form of checks payable to the student and mailed to the student's address on file with the Office of the Registrar. Refunds for withdrawal from classes for students who receive financial aid will be audited to determine amounts to be returned to the financial aid program and any balance due to the student will be processed and mailed as indicated above. Mailing addresses should be kept current with the Office of the Registrar at all times to ensure proper mailing of refund checks.
The Office of Student Financial Aid provides financial assistance to needy students who, without such help, would be unable to attend Georgia State University. The university believes that the principal responsibility for financing a college education lies with the student and the family. A student who needs financial assistance is expected to contribute by working or borrowing a reasonable portion of the funds needed to meet expenses. The student's family is expected to make a maximum effort to assist in the payment of the expenses involved. The assistance available includes scholarships, grants, loans, and employment. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. Information concerning application for financial assistance is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid. Application packets for the next school year are available after January 1. Students are urged to apply early for optimum financial aid benefits.
In order for a Georgia State University student to continue to receive financial aid from federal or state financial assistance programs, the student must exhibit satisfactory academic progress. Copies of Georgia State University's policy for determining satisfactory academic progress are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Information on financial aid can be obtained in Room 122 Sparks Hall (404/651-2227).
Graduate students must be enrolled at least half-time (five quarter hours) in required graduate-level coursework to be considered eligible to participate in student financial aid programs administered by the university's Office of Student Financial Aid. No undergraduate courses will be used in determining their eligibility.
Some students may be entitled to benefits from the federal or state governments. These benefits may or may not be related to attendance at GSU. Students who believe they may be eligible for these benefits should apply as soon as possible, as the process can be lengthy.
Most types of social security educational benefits expired in April 1985. Applicants who believe they are members of an exceptional group still covered should contact their social security office to determine eligibility. If benefits are available, the social security office will send a verification of enrollment form to the Student Records Section of the Office of the Registrar, which will be returned promptly and directly to the Social Security Administration.
Georgia State University maintains a veterans coordinator in the Office of the Registrar to certify and assist students who are eligible for veterans benefits and to coordinate veterans affairs.
Any veteran who wishes to attend Georgia State University under any of the veterans' benefit programs provided by public law should apply to the Georgia State University admissions office in the normal manner. It is advisable for a veteran who has not previously used any educational benefits to apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs for those benefits, and for a veteran who will be transferring to Georgia State from another institution where educational benefits were received to process a "Request for Change of Program or Place of Training" form with the Department of Veterans Affairs concurrently with his or her application to Georgia State University. As soon as the applicant is notified of acceptance by the Georgia State University admissions office, the GSU veterans coordinator should be contacted for further instructions.
Continuing students who wish to continue to receive benefits must complete the GSU Veterans Information Sheet through the Veterans Coordinator each quarter. Students whose attendance was interrupted must renew their certifications at the beginning of the next quarter of attendance in which they wish to receive benefits. Learning Support Programs students, students on active military duty, and students attending on a less-than-half-time basis must renew their certifications each quarter. These students who are certified on a quarterly basis will routinely experience a break in benefit payments between terms and should contact the Veterans Administration Regional Office to ascertain the amount and schedule of their checks.
Certain physically or mentally handicapped individuals enrolled at Georgia State University may qualify to receive financial aid through the State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Students who think they may qualify under this program should contact one of the area vocational rehabilitation centers.
Repayable assistance for students and/or parents of dependent students used for educational expenses.
Federal Loan Programs: Effective July 1994, Georgia State University began participating with the federal government in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Eligible students may borrow funds from the Federal Direct and Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan programs. Parents of eligible, dependent undergraduates may borrow from the Parent Loan Program. The university will determine eligibility for each of these programs, originate and disburse the loans directly to the student and/or parent borrower.
M. Guyton Christopher Loan Fund: The M. Guyton Christopher Loan Fund was established in his memory by the family of M. Guyton Christopher, a Georgia State University alumnus who was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during World War II. Income from the fund is used to make small emergency loans as part of the Emergency Loan Fund described below.
Emergency Loan Fund: A limited number of emergency loans for assistance in paying registration fees are available at the beginning of each quarter. Loans vary in amount and cover a portion of tuition and fees. Loan information may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Emergency Tuition Loan Fund for International Students: The Emergency Tuition Loan Fund for International Students was begun by the Georgia State University Foundation. It provides a limited number of partial or complete loans of out-of-state tuition to students on nonimmigrant visas who are in temporary financial difficulties and are awaiting the arrival of their tuition money from their home country. These loans are limited to one per student, per year, and they must be repaid before the end of the quarter in which they are incurred. To apply for an emergency tuition loan, contact the foreign student adviser.
Federal Direct Loans Program: Federal Direct Student Loans are available to assist students with costs associated with attendance at GSU. While GSU does not encourage borrowing, loans are frequently necessary to meet educational costs not covered by the student's income, the family's contribution, or grant and scholarship awards. When student loans are necessary, GSU advises borrowing conservatively. Undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need may borrow through the Federal Direct Subsidized Student Loan program. Independent undergraduate students may borrow additional funds through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan program, and parent(s) of dependent undergraduates may borrow through the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Loan program. The Office of Student Financial Aid will determine loan eligibility by year in school, prior indebtedness and academic standing.
Federal Perkins Loan (FPL): Federal funds are provided to the university for the purpose of making low interest, long-term loans available to students who have a need for assistance. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. These loans bear no interest until six or nine months after a student graduates or drops to less than half-time enrollment for a specified length of time. A portion of the loan may be cancelled for service as a teacher of handicapped children or for teaching in schools that have a special designation from the Commissioner of Education. Under special conditions, service in the Armed Forces may cancel a portion of the loan. Students who serve as law enforcement officers or corrections officers after graduation may be able to have up to 100 percent of their loan cancelled. Eligible students with complete applications for student financial aid will be considered.
The Pickett and Hatcher Educational Fund: This fund was established by Claude A. Hatcher of Columbus, Georgia, founder of Nehi Corporation. Inquiries should be addressed to Pickett and Hatcher Educational Fund, P.O. Box 2128, Columbus, Georgia 31902.
Working part time while attending school is another way students can help pay college expenses such as tuition, books, transportation and meals. It can also provide valuable experience for resum‚s.
Scholarships are onrepayable assistance awarded to students based on academic excellence, civic achievements, course of study or other specific criteria developed by the sponsor. The following is a listing of commonly awarded scholarships at Georgia State University. Students may check the Reference Section in the Pullen Library for additional sources of private scholarships. Information on scholarship sources may also be obtained by making an appointment to use the "scholarship search" in the Career Development Center (404/6541-2215).
Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified students in the College of Education. Further information regarding availability and qualifications for these positions may be secured by contacting the Office of the Dean (404/651-2580) or individual departments.