The Florida State University General Bulletin
Registration Guide Spring 2005
Garnet E-mail Accounts for All Students at The Florida State University
The official method of communication at The Florida State University is your ACNS Garnet e-mail account. In order to stay informed and aware, you are required to set up and maintain your account, and check it three times per week. If you choose to have your Garnet account forwarded to another e-mail account, you still will be responsible for all information distributed by the University to your Garnet account. For more information (including how to set up your account) log on to http://cars.acns.fsu.edu or call the Office of Technology Integration Help Desk at (850) 644-8502, extension 1.
Your FSUCard is your key to university life while attending The Florida State University. Besides serving as a picture I.D., the FSUCard offers many important features. It is your library card, long-distance calling card, bank card, snack card, and copy card; you will need the card both to obtain Internet service and to gain entry into campus computer labs. Therefore, all students are required to have a photo FSUCard. There is a charge for the first card, which you will pay with your tuition. If you should lose or damage the card, the FSUCard Center (located in the Parking Garage) will replace it for a fee. The FSUCard Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; (850) 644-7777.
Your FSUCard is your library card. Students sixty (60) years of age and older registered for tuitionfree courses at The Florida State University may obtain a library card by presenting proof of enrollment and identification to the staff at Strozier Library. All library card users are subject to the regulations concerning library usage, the check-out of books and materials, and fines.
First Class Meeting Attendance Policy
Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory unless properly excused by the class instructor. Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered will be dropped from the course by the academic department that offers the course. This policy applies to all levels of courses and to all campuses and study centers. It remains the students responsibility to verify course drops and check that fees are adjusted.
The State Board of Education requires all entering students born in or after 1957 to present documented proof of immunity against measles (Rubella and Rubeola) prior to registration. College-age individuals living in residence halls, shared apartments, and other group housing are at an increased risk for developing meningitis and hepatitis B-serious infections that can have devastating consequences. State of Florida law mandates that all university students must be informed of the risks of these infections. Students currently enrolled and living in campus housing either must be vaccinated against meningitis and hepatitis B or must sign a waiver stating that they have declined to receive the vaccine. All students are required to show proof of immunization for measles, meningitis, and hepatitis B before they are permitted to register for classes. Students may sign a waiver stating that they have declined to receive the vaccinations for meningitis and hepatitis B.
Information about these vaccinations may be obtained for a fee at Thagard Student Health Center. If you have questions, please call us at (850) 644-6230 or visit us on the web at http://www.tshc.fsu.edu.
All degree-seeking students are expected to participate in academic advising and complete a trial schedule. A copy signed by the student and the adviser must be placed in the students file. It is the students responsibility to ensure that he or she has met prerequisites or corequisites for each course in which enrolled. Further, the student is responsible for any changes made in his or her schedule through the drop/add process without an advisers approval. All permits such as underloads, overloads (see the Course Load section of this chapter), graduate course requests while an undergraduate, DIS, and S/U must be completed during advising. The student is responsible for ensuring that the Office of the University Registrar has copies of these permits on file.
Personal Identification Numbers (PIN Codes)
At The Florida State University, students use multiple four-digit PINs to access personal services and accounts. Each of these PINs can be changed to (a) number(s) that each student may be reminded of either by contacting customer service or by visiting the appropriate campus office. The Florida State University recommends that students do not keep these PINs written in their wallets and that they change their registration PIN.
The following list describes the various PIN types, their individual functions, and the services to which each provides access:
The Florida State University Registration PIN
Register for classes via the Web or telephone; Use self-inquiry kiosks to look up grades, review class schedule and University accounts receivable, and change your address; Financial Aids ET system to check the status of financial aid applications. Make payments via http://www.fees.fsu.edu.
Your birth month and year (mmyy) have been assigned to you automatically as your registration PIN code. You will be required to change your registration PIN code from the birth month/year default to a unique four-digit code. You may also change your registration PIN code by calling (850) 644-8888 and selecting option 3 from the Student Access System or in person, with photo ID, at the Student Information Counter, Office of the University Registrar, A3900 University Center.
Your registration PIN code may be changed as often as desired and should be regarded as confidential and under your control. Please memorize your new registration PIN code. You will need it to register for classes.
In order to provide security for a students confidential registration PIN, a lockout will occur after ten (10) consecutive access denials for attempting to access a students confidential records. This security lockout will prevent further access. Please call (850) 644-1050 to request reinstatement and be prepared to provide proper identification.
The Florida State University Communications PIN
Use when placing long distance calls which are billed to your current address and for The Florida State Universitys Seminole Circuit customer service.
FSUCard/SunTrust Banking PIN
ATM withdrawals and deposits for SunTrust, Honor, and Cirrus; and POS purchases through the Honor System.
Prior to Registration
- Contact your departmental office for any clearances or course authorizations you may need and resolve academic or administrative holds on your registration.
- Undergraduate Studies students and transfer students must see their academic adviser prior to registration. All students are urged to consult their adviser prior to registration.
Check your account status at http://www.fees.fsu.edu two weeks prior to your registration window. Tuition and fees owed to the University will prohibit registration.
- Note: first time students may be required to register for preparatory Math and/or English courses to complete registration.
The Registration Process
Step 1: Complete the Registration Worksheet
- Be careful not to select courses that meet at the same time. The system will not check for time conflicts.
- Consult the General Bulletin or Graduate Bulletin to check if a course requires a laboratory.
- Double check the five digit reference number that appears in the Course Look Up (http://registrar.fsu.edu).
- List alternate courses.
Step 2: Register by Touchtone Telephone or Via FSU Website at http://student.access.fsu.edu
If registering by telephone, do not use an automatic redial button. If you get a busy signal, the system is working but all lines are busy. Try again later.
- You can call or use the website to register any time during the window assigned to you by the number of credit hours you have earned toward graduation. You can also call back or use the website to Drop/Add during that time. You cannot register after the ending date of your assigned registration window.
- Follow the steps on the Telephone Registration Worksheet when using the telephone.
The system will not allow you to register for more than eighteen (18) semester hours. Your academic dean can provide overload authorization. To then register for overload hours you must go to the Office of the University Registrar. See the Course Load section of this chapter.
The system will allow you to register for an underload, but you still must obtain authorization from your academic dean.
- Note: be prepared to request non prime-time course sections to complete your schedule. Be persistent; the effort you spend during registration will save you a great deal of time and effort during the Drop/Add period.
Step 3: Obtain the Florida State University Card
See the FSUCard section of this chapter.
Step 4: Pay Tuition
Tuition must be paid by the date posted at http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu by selecting the Student Financial Services option in the Money Matters section. Visit http://www.fees.fsu.edu for account status and fee payment options.
A $100.00 fee will be assessed for students who register after January 4, 2005.
- Effective the first day of classes, a student cannot drop his/her last or only course (see Student Cancellation of Schedule below.)
- After the last day of Drop/Add, students may only add courses with the approval of their academic dean.
- Undergraduates who wish to drop chemistry laboratory courses at any point during the semester must obtain a signature from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry before returning the Drop/Add form to the University Registrar.
- Students who do not maintain attendance and who do not officially drop a course will receive an F.
- Courses added after the fifth day of classes must be paid for within five (5) calendar days.
Change of Schedule After Drop/Add
A Drop/Add form must be completed and returned to the Office of the University Registrar. The student must then pay for additional course hours within five (5) calendar days to avoid the late payment fee. Students should retain the student copy of the Drop/Add form for their records.
Students Will Be Assessed $100.00 for Late Registration and $100.00 for Late Payment
Undergraduate students in good standing may register for as many as eighteen (18) semester hours in one semester and as few as twelve (12) semester hours in one semester.
Should a student wish to register for fewer than twelve (12) semester hours or more than eighteen (18) semester hours in one term, an Overload/Underload permit must be approved by the appropriate academic dean. Only lower division students must submit forms to the Office of the University Registrar. No student may register for more than twenty-one (21) hours per semester. The minimum number of hours allowed for a graduate student is twelve (12) per semester; the maximum number of hours is fifteen (15).
Full-time undergraduate students should take an academic load that will enable them to graduate within four years. Students should take into account the requirement to take nine (9) hours of credit in the summer.
International undergraduate students must enroll in at least twelve (12) semester hours during each of the Fall and Spring semesters to maintain legal immigration status. International graduate students must enroll in at least nine (9) semester hours, except in some specific cases. An international student advisor may authorize a reduced course load for a few specific reasons. Students who wish to enroll in a reduced course load for a given semester must submit a request for authorization to an advisor at the International Center before the end of the drop/add period for that semester. An unauthorized reduction in course load may result in serious immigration consequences. For a complete definition of full course of study for immigration purposes, to access the reduced course load information and request forms, please refer to http://www.internationalcenter.fsu.edu/.
Student Cancellation of Schedule
Note: students who cancel their registration and were not enrolled for the preceding semester (non-enrollment for two consecutive terms) must apply for readmission.
- Prior to the first day of classes a student may cancel his/her registration by dropping all courses using the telephone or website registration system.
- Prior to and during the first five days of a semester, or summer session, a student may cancel registration by submitting a written request to the Office of the University Registrar, A3900 University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2480; (850) 6441050 or Withdrawal Services, A4300 University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306; (850) 6441741. Students who cancel registration within this time frame are not liable for tuition; if tuition has been paid, students should request a refund from the Office of Student Financial Services.
- Beyond the fifth class day, students cannot cancel registration, but must officially withdraw from the University. Students allowed to register in error will have their registration canceled.
- The University does not automatically drop students for nonpayment of tuition.
International students who wish to cancel their registration must request and receive prior authorization from an International Center advisor. In addition, international students should submit the SEVIS Update Form, available at http://www.internationalcenter.fsu.edu/.
Required Summer Attendance
All students entering a state university as of August 1976, with fewer than sixty (60) semester hours must earn at least nine (9) semester hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer terms at one of the state universities. The University President may waive application of this rule in cases of unusual hardship to the student. Students initiate appeal through their academic dean to the Dean of the Faculties (Board of Governors Rule 6C-6.016). Students entering The Florida State University beginning with Summer C 2002 will be exempt from the summer term requirement if they have earned nine (9) hours of credit through approved acceleration mechanisms as identified in Florida Statues (AP, IB, CLEP, approved dual enrollment courses).
Note: Bright Futures scholarships are not awarded for Summer sessions.
All students (degree-seeking and special) who wish to leave the University after the fifth day of a term must officially withdraw from the University no later than four weeks prior to the last day of the semester or term. See the "Academic Calendar" for the specific deadline date. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students, (850) 644-1741. Students who withdraw within the first seven weeks of a term have no liability for grades; afterward, they will be assigned a grade of "W" or "F" at the discretion of their instructor. Students who do not officially withdraw will be assigned a grade of "F" for each course for which they are registered but fail to attend. These grading policies also apply to courses taken S/U.
International students who wish to withdraw must request and receive prior authorization from an International Center advisor. In addition, international students should submit the SEVIS Update Form, available at http://www.internationalcenter.fsu.edu.
For additional information regarding withdrawals, including fee liability, please refer to the "Withdrawals and Return of Financial Aid" section of this Registration Guide.
All student certifications will be by official request only. Students who need enrollment certification should make a written request directly to: Certification Section of the Office of the University Registrar, A3900 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2480 or go to http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu. Select "fill out a certification request." Follow the instructions on the screen in order to obtain your certification letter. Your letter will be processed the following business day.
For a complete listing of the current exam schedule please visit the Office of the University Registrars website at http://registrar.fsu.edu.
Undergraduate students should request a graduation check in the Office of the University Registrar two terms prior to their anticipated graduation date or at the time they have earned ninety (90) hours of credit. A second check should be completed in the office of their academic dean one term prior to their anticipated graduation. Registration stops will be placed on students who have earned one-hundred nine (109) semester hours but have not completed the graduation check. Graduate students should check with their department regarding degree requirements. Application for graduation must be made in the Office of the University Registrar by the published deadline; refer to http://registrar.fsu.edu for this information. There is no charge for the first application. Students who graduate in the Fall of 2004 must apply for and be readmitted to register for Spring 2005 or any subsequent term.
Friday, January 21, 2005 is the last day to apply for Spring 2005 Graduation.
Application period is December 1, 2004 - January 21, 2005.
Fee Payment Regulations
Students who enroll must pay fees and tuition in full or initiate an installment contract by the tuition and fees payment deadline. Students who fail to pay tuition in full by the fee payment deadline will be assessed a late payment fee of $100.00. All waivers, vouchers, Intern Participation Certificates, agency billings, and department billings for all students, including those receiving financial aid, must be submitted no later than the fifth day of the semester. You may pay by check, cash, money order or FSUCard. Payments may be submitted by mail, drop box or in person. We also take FSUCard, American Express, Discover, and Mastercard (Visa does not participate). Check payments are also accepted via the Internet at http://www.fees.fsu.edu. The Florida State University will accept credit card payments only over the Internet at the site listed above. There is a fee to cover the cost of providing this service. Classes added after the drop/add deadline must be paid for within five (5) calendar days. Foreign and two-party checks are not accepted. Make checks payable to The Florida State University and include the students social security number, local phone and address on each check.
The basic Florida Prepaid College Program does not pay the full amount of tuition owed to the University, nor do Intern Participation Certificates. Students must pay the remaining balance due by the posted tuition payment deadline.
You may obtain financial status information on the web, at http://www.fees.fsu.edu, at the self-inquiry kiosks located in the University Center Building A, Krentzman Lounge in the Student Union, and other locations.
Internet Payments Seven (7) Days a Week
Students can make payments via the Internet by going to http://www.fees.fsu.edu. We accept FSUCards, most major credit cards and electronic checks for payment. You will be assessed a convenience fee for this service that will be displayed before you complete your transaction. Returned payments will be assessed the same fees as paper checks. The convenience fee is nonrefundable.
Students incurring tuition fees greater than $150.00 are eligible to execute an installment fee payment agreement for Fall and Spring semesters only. The initial payment, which must be one half of the total tuition, is due by the tuition payment deadline. Failure to pay the balance of tuition by the second installment deadline will result in a $100.00 late payment fee. All credit and records will be held if the balance is not paid by the end of the semester. A fee will be assessed at the time of first payment for this option. Students should make payment in person to initiate and sign the agreement/receipt. Once an installment contract is executed, any course added at a later date must be paid in full. It will not be covered under the previously executed contract. Failure to pay tuition in full for such a course will result in the assessment of a late payment fee ($100.00).
Note: students participating in continuing education courses held outside of Leon County must pay their tuition and fees in full by the tuition and fee payment deadline.
Mailin Fee Payments
When paying fees by mail, send a personal check, money order, or cashiers check for the full amount of fees due. Please do not send cash. Payments must be made payable to the order of The Florida State University and must include the name, last four digits of the social security number, local address and local telephone number of the student. Mailed payments for tuition must be received no later than the tuition payment deadline to avoid the late payment fee. Incomplete checks will be considered as late payment. Payments should be mailed to The Florida State University, Office of Student Financial Services, A1500 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2394.
Fee Payment Drop Box
Use the convenient fee payment drop box located on the outside wall of A1501 University Center across from the Heritage Fountain and Dick Howser Baseball Stadium. Be sure to use an envelope and include the last four digits of your social security number or your FSUCard number on your check. Tuition payments must be inserted by midnight of the tuition payment deadline to avoid the late payment fee. Incomplete checks will be considered as late payments.
Late Fee Waivers
Requests for waiver of the $100.00 Late Registration Fee may be submitted to Current Records, Office of the University Registrar.
Requests for waiver of the $100.00 Late Payment Fee may be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services. Forms are available on the web at http://www.vpfa.fsu.edu/control/student.html.
Waivers may be granted in situations involving administrative error or unusual circumstances beyond the control of the student. Students will be required to present written documentation of the circumstances involved.
Note: lack of knowledge of due dates or lack of funds are not valid reasons to waive the late payment fee or late registration fee.
Refund of Fees
Students who drop a course without fee liability after their tuition and fees are paid due to documented extenuating circumstance or administrative error may be eligible for a tuition refund. Any amount paid in excess of the amount owed to the University during the semester/term will be carried forward and may be applied against subsequent University charges incurred or may be refunded upon request. Any outstanding charges owed to the University will be deducted and the balance will be issued as a refund. At the beginning of a semester, refunds will not be processed until the end of the third week of class to ensure that all checks have cleared the bank. Refunds requested during the fiscal year close-out, during the last two weeks of June, will not be processed until the first week of July. The refund will be processed as a credit to the students FSUCard account for currently enrolled students, unless the student requests a check to be mailed to the address on file. Checks will be mailed to those students who are no longer enrolled. However, payments made by credit card will always be refunded to the credit card. Refund request forms are available at the Office of Student Financial Services, A1500 University Center or online at http://www.vpfa.fsu.edu/control/forms/printonly/mp371.pdf.
Students who withdraw after the fifth day of the semester/term, but prior to the end of the fourth week of the semester (or for summer sessions, by the first twenty-five percent [25%] of the term) are eligible for a twenty-five percent (25%) refund of tuition and fees. After this period, students who withdraw are held fully liable for fees. Students who withdraw and have received federal financial aid (Title IV programs) or state aid may be required to repay to the aid source the amount of unearned financial aid funds disbursed to them as of their withdrawal date as described in the section below on Withdrawals and Return of Financial Aid. In the case where a withdrawal petition is approved, a refund can be provided only if the refund withdrawal request is submitted within six months after the end of the semester/term in which the withdrawal occurred.
Note: the following fees are non-refundable: web payment convenience fees, admission deposit, admission application fee, FSU Card, and other fees as specified by certain schools or departments.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Is the Last Day to Pay Fees (Includes law students)
Stand In Line or Pay Online at http://www.fees.fsu.edu
Location: Student Financial Services A1500 UC 8:30 - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
(open to 6 p.m. January 11 and 19; office closed Monday, January 17)
See http://www.vpfa.fsu.edu/control/student.html for additional locations
Parking permits will be obtained online at https://student.access.fsu.edu/index.
Fees and Financial Aid Students
The University distributes aid in two ways for all registered financial aid students whose funds are available to the Office of Student Financial Services on the distribution dates as published. For the most current information go to http://www.vpfa.fsu.edu/control/student.html. Students must complete a Disbursement Authorization Statement (DAS) choosing one of the following two ways to receive financial aid:
- By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to your FSUCard Account at Sun Trust. Approximately 90% of the student body receiving financial aid at FSU have chosen to process their aid electronically and take advantage of the fastest and most reliable method of receiving their financial aid; or
- By a check mailed to your local address.
- Exceptions for holds on account:
- Students must check their status at http://financialaid.fsu.edu or at http://www.fees.fsu.edu. Your financial aid will be disbursed in accordance with your DAS selection after the hold has been resolved. You must present a picture ID to either remove holds or receive a short-term loan. In order to receive your aid, you must be enrolled for the required number of hours; and
- Students whose financial aid has not arrived by the beginning of the semester must confirm they received a tuition deferment. After the distribution dates at the beginning of the semester, additional funds that become available will be disbursed daily and mailed or sent to the FSUCard account in accordance with the selection made on the students Disbursement Authorization Statement (DAS.)
Students must confirm their application is complete during the first week of the semester by going to http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu and clicking on the check financial aid status subheading in the Money Matters section.
All financial aid students must check their financial aid status by visiting http://www.fees.fsu.edu or calling (850) 644-0539 on the scheduled call-in date. If your message says you have a deferment or tuition has been paid, you do not need to come to the Office of Student Financial Services.
Your administrative messages will not appear in your voice mail box until the call-in date. After dialing (850) 644-0539 and entering your social security number and your registration PIN, select the optional features menu according to the voice instructions.
The message for those students who have chosen to have their financial aid processed using EFT and their FSUCard account will provide a detailed description of each debit and credit involved in the transaction.
If you have any questions, please call (850) 645-2315, 645-2316, or 644-1264 at the Office of Student Financial Services. Call 1-800-786-8787 for information about your FSUCard account at SunTrust.
Deadline: if the financial aid is not sufficient to cover all charges, the student is responsible for paying the balance by the tuition payment deadline (see the Academic Calender in this Registration Guide). After this date a $100.00 late payment fee is assessed and grades will be held at the end of the semester until fees are paid in full.
Note: Financial Aid students who are having their tuition paid by an agency, department billing, or Florida Prepaid College Program should submit the required documents no later than the fifth day of the semester (see the Academic Calendar in this Registration Guide). The basic Florida Prepaid College Program does not pay the full amount of tuition owed to the University, nor do Intern Participation Certificates. Students must pay the remaining balance due by the posted payment due date.
Financial Aid Deferments may be granted to students whose aid has not arrived by the published distribution date. Not having applied for financial aid is not a valid reason for applying for a deferment. The deadline to request a deferment is the tuition payment deadline. When deferments expire, students must pay their unpaid tuition balance in full or receive a late fee after the deadline. If tuition is not paid, students will not be able to register for classes, receive a delayed delivery loan, grades or transcripts. Students must confirm their financial aid has arrived and all requirements have been met by the deferment expiration date. Go to http://www.fees.fsu.edu and log in; you then will see your courses and fees detailed. To view your deferment amount and deadline, click on the "Details" button next to "Arrangements." With your temporary deferment, your total balance due may show "$zero" for the "Current Term Tuition." When your financial aid arrives, the screen will show how much has been paid toward your tuition. You must ensure your financial aid pays your tuition by the deferment deadline. If you have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850)644-9452. Also, check your financial aid status at http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu.
Federal regulations require delays in disbursements of loans. Undergraduate students who take out a loan for the first time at The Florida State University will receive their disbursement thirty (30) days after the beginning of the semester. Students who take out a loan for one semester (i.e. only Fall or only Spring) will receive one-half of their loan at the regular disbursement period and the second half at the mid-point of the semester. This split disbursement rule also applies to all Summer semester students in Sessions A, B, and F.
Withdrawals and Return of Financial Aid
Students who withdraw or stop attending class during a given semester and have received federal financial aid (Title IV programs) or state aid may be required to repay to the appropriate program the amount of unearned financial aid funds disbursed to them as of their withdrawal date. Title IV programs includes Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and Parent Loans (the Federal PLUS program). The unearned amount of program funds is calculated based on the percentage of the semester completed before the date of withdrawal. Both the University and students receiving certain financial aid are required to return unearned financial aid to the federal government. The University is required to return the unearned portion of the Title IV funds and certain state aid it received from withdrawing students that was used to pay institutional charges such as tuition, fees, housing and other educationally-related expenses assessed by the institution. The funds returned to the government by the University will reduce the students total liability of unearned funds. However, students will owe the University the amount returned to the government for institutional charges.
Students must repay the unearned Title IV funds to any Title IV loan program in accordance with the terms of the loan. For Title IV loan programs, unearned grant program funds are considered overpayments and students are required to return fifty percent (50%) of the grant. Students who owe grant overpayments remain eligible for Title IV program funds for 45 days if during those 45 days the student: 1) repays the overpayment in full to the University, or, 2) enters into a repayment agreement with the University. However, entering into a repayment agreement does not mean the student is eligible to register for additional classes, receive a transcript, diploma, etc. Students can lose Title IV financial aid eligibility if they do not comply with the options above. These are federal requirements for Title IV financial aid programs and students should consider their repayment responsibilities for these programs as part of any withdrawal decision.
Federal and University regulations require that all recipients of federal loans participate in an exit interview counseling session upon graduating, withdrawing from the University, or dropping below six (6) semester hours. These loans include Perkins (NDSL), Subsidized Stafford (GSL), Unsubsidized Stafford (UGSL) and SLS loans. Failure to complete this procedure will result in the witholding of diploma and/or official transcripts. Counseling sessions can be completed by going to the Money Matters section of http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu and clicking on exit interviews for financial aid. Completed forms must be mailed to Student Accounts Section, A1500 University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2394. Graduating students planning to continue their academic studies at The Florida State University should contact the Office of Student Financial Services to ensure that their exit interview stop is removed. A financial hold which prohibits the release of diplomas, transcripts and other University services will be placed on a students account if this requirement is not completed.
All delinquent University accounts must be paid before students may complete registration. Payment should be made by cash, money order or cashiers check. Outstanding accounts, including delinquent current semester tuition, will prevent you from registering until all delinquent fees are paid. Diplomas and official transcripts will not be issued when any amount is owed the University. Delinquent accounts are referred to a collection agency if fees are not paid in full. Collection costs are added to your outstanding balance. Delinquent accounts should be paid by cash, money order or cashiers check.
Dishonored Checks or Electronic Payments
Return Check Charge/Stop Payment Charge: $25.00 or five percent (5%) of the amount of the check, whichever is greater (subject to change). A returned check/stop payment charge is assessed against a students account who has a check or electronic authorization for payment returned by the bank to The Florida State University. The Florida State University automatically submits all personal checks twice for payment if the check was returned once for nonsufficient or uncollected funds. This is an automated process and the second submission cannot be stopped; there is no charge, however, assessed by The Florida State University for this second submission. Repayment of returned checks must be made with cash, FSUCard, money order or cashier's check.
Returned check charges are assessed for all personal checks written and electronic payments authorized for tuition, fees, or any services provided by the University which are returned to The Florida State University for nonsufficient funds, uncollected funds, closed accounts, stop payments, etc., placed on checks. In addition to the returned check charge, if the initial payment is for tuition and redemption of the returned check is not made prior to the tuition payment deadline, a $100.00 late payment fee is assessed to tuition. The Florida State University places a hold on accepting any personal checks or electronic payment authorizations on the students account for ninety (90) days after redemption for any services, tuition, or fees that are owed to the University if a personal check or electronic payment authorization is returned. If a second check or electronic payment is returned or a stop payment is placed on it, the student will be permanently listed on all departments ACCEPT CASH ONLY list, and no personal checks or electronic payment will be accepted from anyone on the students account from that day forward.
Notification will be given to the student via mail to the address on the check or to the last maintained address in The Florida State Universitys records. A copy of the notification letter will be sent to the maker of the check at the address on the check, if the student is not the person on whose account the funds are drawn. After notification that a check has been returned, redemption including the service charge must be made within seven (7) working days. The Florida State University forwards all returned payments to the State Attorneys Office for redemption and prosecution after collection efforts are exhausted. After a returned payment is forwarded to the State Attorneys Office, redemption of the check will not prevent prosecution.
Parental Access to Financial Records
Students may give a designated parent(s) authority to review their University financial status by completing and returning a Release of Financial Records form found at http://www.vpfa.fsu.edu/control/forms or by going to the Office of Student Financial Services at A1500 University Center. Students may grant designated parent(s) access to their account via the Internet at http://www.fees.fsu.edu by providing them with their access code.
Special Student Information
For specific policies concerning the registration and status of special students, consult the 20042005 edition of the General Bulletin or 20032005 edition of the Graduate Bulletin. For additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar, University Center Building A3900, (850) 644-1050. Procedures and residency requirements for special student registration are the same as for regularly enrolled degree seeking students as described on the preceding pages.
State Employee Registration
State employees may use the state employee tuition waiver to register for Florida State University classes. Individuals using the state tuition waiver must be fully admitted degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students. Registration in classes using the state employee tuition waiver is limited to a space-available basis. The Florida State University does not consider the following as space-available courses: approved undergraduate limited access programs; remedial courses; dissertation, thesis, and directed individual study (DIS) courses; internship courses; distance learning courses; Center for Professional Development (CPD) courses; College of Medicine courses; College of Law courses; all graduate program courses in the College of Business; and other one-to-one instruction courses. Accordingly, state employee tuition waivers may not be used for these courses.
The Florida State University accepts only the official FSU State Employee Tuition Wavier Form. Agencies may require additional paperwork or forms that will not be accepted unless accompanied by the FSU State Employee Tuition Waiver Form.
State employees using a tuition waiver must complete the registration process and submit the tuition waiver to the Office of the University Registrar on the fifth day of classes only. State employee tuition waivers may not be used for any course that is registered for prior to this space-available registration window. Thus, for any class obtained prior to the fifth day of classes, the student assumes personal financial liability for tuition.
Additional restrictions and deadlines apply. See the Office of the University Registrars website at http://registrar.fsu.edu/services/emp_tuit_waive/ for additional information including the link to download the State Employee Tuition Waiver Form.
FSU Employee Tuition Scholarship
Employees of The Florida State University intending to take FSU classes may do so through the FSU Employee Scholarship program. See the Human Resources website at http://hr.fsu.edu for details, restrictions, and deadlines.
Registration for FAMUFSU Cooperative Program
Consult the "Academic Calendar" in this Registration Guide for registration dates. Under a cooperative arrangement with Florida A&M University, Florida State University students may take courses at FAMU that will count as credit earned at The Florida State University. Such courses normally will be taken on an S/U basis. Courses offered at The Florida State University may not be taken at FAMU. Exceptions may be granted by your academic dean, whose office also determines eligibility based on courses already completed at The Florida State University. After receiving the approval of the academic dean, contact the FSUFAMU Cooperative Coordinator in the Office of the University Registrar.
Seating privileges will be afforded to currently enrolled students and non-students, after registration, on a space available basis. Admission to The Florida State University is not required; no credit will be given and no permanent record will be maintained for audited courses.
- Pick up an "Audit Approval Form" from the Office of the University Registrar during the first week of classes.
- Fill out the form and obtain both the instructor's approval and clearance from the University Student Health Center.
- Return the approved form to the Office of the University Registrar for final approval and class registration.
- Pay fees during fee payment at A1500 University Center. No waivers or deferments may be used, except for those age sixty (60) or over.
- Present the form to your instructor at the next class meeting.
Note: if already registered for the course, you must drop it within the first week of class, before the audit request can be processed.
Policy on Refunds for Audited Courses
Refunds may be granted for courses in which a student has requested permission to audit and subsequently rescinds this request before the fifth day of class. Verification that the audit request has been discontinued must be received in writing by the University Registrar before the fifth day of class. After this period, no refunds will be authorized unless exceptional circumstances are documented in writing and approved by the University Refund Committee.
Note: the refund request form or withdrawal form must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services within six months from the end of the term from which the student withdrew.
Tuitionfree Courses for Those Sixty Years of Age and Older
All fees are waived for persons sixty (60) years of age or older who are Florida residents and who attend credit classes.
- Under this tuition-free option, registration is allowed on a space available audit basis only (see above) and does not include thesis, dissertation or applied music courses or other courses requiring individual instruction.
- No credit will be given and no permanent record will be maintained.
- Audit forms are available from the Office of the University Registrar. Proof of age and Florida residency must be presented to the Office of the University Registrar to validate audit waiver eligibility.
Semester grades are reported via the Florida State University Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System and at http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu. To access grades using either telephone or the website, students will be required to change their registration PIN from the birth month/year (mmyy) default to a unique numeric four-digit code. The registration PIN may be changed as often as desired and should be regarded as confidential. Please remember your new registration pin. You will need it to register for classes.
Using the IVR, students may obtain grades by dialing (850) 644-8888 and selecting option number 2 and following the voice response prompts. Please refer to the "Academic Calendar" in this Registration Guide concerning the grade availability date.
Student Business Hours
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Monday Friday
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., phone
Financial Aid Office
8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Monday Friday
8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m., phone
Office of Student Financial Services
8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Monday Friday
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., phone
Office of Undergraduate Studies
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Monday Friday
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., phone
Students should be aware that phone calls placed to The Florida State Universitys interactive telephone network for course registration, CLAST registration, financial aid, or admissions services may be periodically monitored to ensure that the appropriate quality control is maintained.
To Prevent Publication of Directory Information
The educational record designated as Directory Information may be released or published by the University without prior written consent of the student unless exception is made in writing by the student. Appropriate forms are available in the Office of the University Registrar. Such written exception must be received prior to the first class day of the academic year. Once received, that request will remain in effect until notification to the contrary is received by the Office of the University Registrar. Directory Information includes:
- Date and place of birth.
- Local address.
- Permanent address.
- Telephone number (if listed).
- Participation in official University activities and sports.
- Weight and height of athletic team members.
- Dates of attendance.
- Degrees, honors and awards received.
- Most recently attended educational institution.
- Digitized FSUCard photo.
Center for Civic Education and Service
Working closely with the faculty at The Florida State University, the Center for Civic Education and Service has helped to identify a list of courses as service-learning courses currently offered. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, as the process of discovering classes that combine service with learning is ongoing. Students should be aware that only selected sections of each course are service-learning, and therefore they should ask the proper academic department which sections have been designated service-learning.
A commonly accepted definition views service-learning as a teaching/learning methodology: 1) in which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community; 2) that is integrated into the students academic curriculum or provides structured time for a student to think, talk, or write about what the student did and saw during the actual service activity; 3) that provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities; and 4) that enhances what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community and helps to foster the development of a sense of caring for others.
Please contact staff at the center, located at 930 W. Park Ave or call (850) 644-3342 if you would like to discuss any ideas or suggestions about service-learning at The Florida State University. Visit our website at http://thecenter.fsu.edu/students.html.