Fees and Refunds
This section of the Preliminary 2015-2016 University Catalog includes revisions received after the 2014-2015 catalog's publish date of June 3, 2014. Revisions appear in red.
Tuition and other fees are due on or before the last day to pay (see the Academic
Calendar). A student is not considered officially registered and may not
attend classes until fees are paid or arrangements are made to pay fees. Arrangements
to pay fees include, but are not limited to: acceptance of a financial aid
award; acceptance of a tuition deferment for pending financial aid; third party
billing, including payment by the Florida Prepaid College Program; participation
in one of the University's
payment plans (not available during the summer semesters); or matriculation
or non-resident waivers. Florida Statutes do not allow FAU to register
any individual who has debts with the University.
Tuition and fees are charged for each credit scheduled based on the course level
and the residency status of the student. Tuition and fees are subject to change
by the Florida Board of Governors at any time. For the most current tuition
fees visit www.fau.edu/controller/student_information/tuition_breakdown.php or www.fau.edu/regulations/chapter8.
The tuition and fees apply to all courses, to all degree- and non-degree-seeking
students and for all semesters-fall, spring, summer term 1, summer term 2 and
summer term 3-unless specifically noted otherwise in official University publications.
To determine their fee schedule, students auditing classes should read the
last paragraph in Registration for Auditors in the Registration
and Records section of this catalog.
All degree-seeking students should read the Financial
Assistance Opportunities section of this catalog.
Students registering for summer term 3 courses during the summer terms 1 and
2 registration period must pay all fees in full (including summer term 3's
fees) by the summer terms 1 and 2's last day to pay fees deadline. See the Academic
Student Account Authorized Users
Students can authorize others, such as parents, guardians or sponsors, to view their accounts and pay their bills. To authorize a user, the student submits the new user’s email address and signs an electronic authorization on the FAU Billing website. Sign-up instructions can be found here.
Signing up for Direct Deposit will expedite receipt of refunds for financial aid and all other refunds due from students' accounts. Effective January 2013, refund checks will no longer be mailed, they will have to be picked up at the Controller’s Office in Boca Raton. Instructions can be found here.
A student enrolled in the same undergraduate college credit course more than
be charged a Repeat Course Surcharge for the third and subsequent enrollments
in the course. Individualized study courses and courses intended
to continue over multiple semesters may be excluded
from this charge. See Repeat Course Surcharge in the Academic Policies and Regulations section for more details.
and Supply Fee**
Photo ID Fee***
|eLearning Fee (per credit hour)
decal (fee non-refundable)****
* See Academic
Calendar for dates. An initial registration after
the end of the Drop/Add period will incur a $100 late
** Certain courses have been designated
to include material and supply fees.
*** A mandatory photo ID fee must
be paid during the first semester enrolled at FAU or for
replacement of a lost photo ID. This is a non-refundable
fee. Students must present a paid fee receipt at the photo
ID office in the Student Union, Boca Raton campus (or other
campus locations) to have the photo ID processed.
**** All students are assessed a transportation access fee at the time of registration
to be paid along with their tuition. This fee supports the University's transportation
infrastructure and increases student access to transportation services. Upon
registration, a student will be eligible to obtain a permit online through myfau.fau.edu. Parking and Transportation Services
is responsible for managing parking services on all FAU
campuses. All students, whether part-time, full-time, day
or evening or members of the Lifelong Learning Society,
are required to pay a transportation access fee, which
is included in the tuition at the time of registration.
Decals may be obtained online at myfau.fau.edu, under the "Students" tab. For
more information, call 561-297-2771 or visit the Parking and Transportation Services website for
a copy of the parking rules, an FAU map or visitor information.
of Living Expenses
Click here to
see budgets used in financial
aid processing. The figures provide
a rough estimate of the basic
expenses for full-time, Florida-resident
undergraduate and graduate students
at FAU for an academic year (fall
and spring semesters).
Fee Payment Drop
The Boca Raton campus is the only campus location that provides the convenience of a drop box. The drop box is available in the Student Support Services Building (SU 80). If the amount of fees due is known, students are encouraged to put checks in the drop box. Please write the Student ID number on the check. Do not deposit cash in the drop box. No envelopes are required. NOTE: By depositing check payments in the drop box, you are authorizing FAU to electronically process your check. The electronic debit to your checking account may be on the same day your check payment is processed.
Registration Cancellation by the University (Changes below effective immediately.)
Unless prior payment arrangements have been made with the Controller's Office,
failure to pay all tuition and fees by the last day to pay as posted in the Academic Calendar will result in cancellation of
the student's registration by the Controller's Office (i.e., all courses selected
by the student).
Students cancelled for non-payment of fees have the following
options: Reinstatement requires immediate fee payment in full using a Webcheck or credit card or requires other University-approved arrangements for fee payment (installment payment, deferment or third party billing), plus a $100 late payment and a $100 reinstatement fee. Reinstatement
after the cancellation of classes requires an appeal to be filed with the Registrar's
Pursuant to Florida law, individuals have 15 days from receipt of “notice to
tender payment to Florida Atlantic University” to pay for the full amount of
a dishonored check, plus a service charge of $25 if the face value of the check
does not exceed $50; $30 if the face value of the check exceeds $50, but does
not exceed $300; $40 if the face value of the check exceeds $300, but does
not exceed $800; and 5 percent of the face value of the check in the amount
of $800 or greater. Electronic check payments (WebChecks) returned due to entering an invalid account number will be assessed a $25 service charge.
Unless this amount is paid in full within the specified time, the dishonored
check may be turned over to the state attorney for criminal prosecution and/or
to a collection agency.
Individuals who do not tender payment within the 15-day period are also subject
to cancellation of registration with fee liability.
Individuals who have given two or more dishonored checks will be placed on
a cash, money order or cashier’s check basis for any subsequent registrations.
payment on a check is considered
the same as a dishonored check.
Once courses are selected for the semester, no changes in course status occur
unless the student initiates the changes. To drop a course(s), the University's
formal drop procedure must be followed by accessing the appropriate option
within FAU Self-Service, available through MyFAU. Failing to attend the course(s),
telling the instructor(s) of an intention to drop, failing to pay tuition and
fees for a course(s) or similar action will not change the student's course
selection status nor will it reduce fee liability. For more information regarding
the drop procedure, refer to the Academic Policies
and Regulations section of this catalog.
Fee liability (meaning payment is due for all tuition and fees) occurs when
a fee deferment is accepted (i.e., deferrals for financial aid applicants
who are approved to receive aid), arrangements for fee payment are made or
a partial payment is made. Formally dropping a course(s) before the end of
the drop/add period relieves the student of fee liability for the course(s)
that are dropped. Formally dropping a course(s) after the drop/add period
does not change fee liability. Students must still pay for the course(s)
that they drop.
of Registration Fees
Students who drop a class or
withdraw from the University
before the end of the first week
of classes will receive a full
refund, less non-refundable fees.
Students who withdraw from the
University for purposes other
than exceptional circumstances
during the second through fourth
weeks of the current semester
will receive a 25 percent refund,
less non-refundable fees. This policy does not apply to summer term 2 or summer term 3.
3. Students who drop a class after the fourth week of classes will not receive
a refund unless the drop takes place due to exceptional circumstances, such
as illness, military conscription or death of an immediate family member.
Situations such as employment changes, relocation of home, transportation
problems, dislike for the instructor/course, etc., are not considered "exceptional
circumstances." For more information, see Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawal
If a student drops a class after
the drop/add period, a full refund,
less any non-refundable fees,
may be provided upon approval
of the Fee Petition by the Office
of the Controller, Student Financial
Services Department, SU 130.
Petition form should be completed
online and then printed and submitted
along with the supporting documentation
to substantiate the petition. The Fee Petition form must be submitted within six months after the last day of classes for the semester. Situations such as employment changes, relocation of home, transportation problems, dislike for the instructor/course, etc., are not considered circumstances for filing a fee petition.
(See information below in red under the heading "Withdrawal from the University.")
5. Students receiving financial aid who withdraw from the University before completing 60 percent of a term must repay all or a portion of aid received, including grants, since the funds were awarded to meet educational expenses for the entire semester. The Office of Student Financial Aid is responsible for calculating the distribution of tuition refunds issued by the Controller's Office, and for determining amounts that must be repaid by the student. Before withdrawing, please read all of the information on this topic here.
of Housing Fees
The Housing Contract cannot be cancelled after the opening date for housing.
Any student who has not cancelled the Housing Contract before the opening date
of housing will be responsible for all University housing fees for the academic
A full refund of housing fees will be granted if a student is denied admission
to the University or is academically suspended and requests a cancellation
before the opening date for housing.
Each resident is encouraged to become familiar with the terms, conditions and
freshman residency requirement specified in the Housing Contract.
Circumstance Withdrawal (Medical Withdrawal)
Students withdrawing from all classes in
the current semester due to exceptional circumstances, such as illness of the
student, military conscription, becoming primary care-giver to immediate family
member or death of an immediate family member (parent, spouse, child, sibling
or grandparent), may receive a refund, less non-refundable fees, if the
request for ECW is granted. Students seeking Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawals
should contact the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at 561-297-2656
for the appropriate paperwork or visit www.fau.edu/dean.
from the University
Students who withdraw from the University for purposes other than exceptional
circumstances during the second through fourth weeks of the current semester
will receive a 25 percent refund, less non-refundable fees. No refunds for withdrawal
other than for exceptional circumstances will be granted after the fourth week
of classes. This policy does not apply to summer term 2 or summer term 3.
Financial aid recipients who withdraw from the University may be required to repay all or a portion of the grants and loans received if University records do not document attendance in one or more courses for at least 60 percent of the days of the term (for terms with modules, such as summer terms, the term length is based on the span of all modules in which the student was enrolled at the time of withdrawal). The Office of Student Financial Aid is responsible for calculating amounts that must be repaid by the student. Before withdrawing, please read all of the information on this topic here.
According to Florida Statutes 1010.03, each University is directed to exert every effort to collect all delinquent accounts, including utilizing a collection agency and restricting the release of transcripts, diplomas and other University services. Therefore, any student account with a balance more than 90 days past due is deemed eligible to be sent to collections. Once a student account is placed with a collection agency, the account will be assessed significant collection costs, up to 33.33 percent, in addition to the original account balance.