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Registration Guide Summer 2004


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.

Telephone Paystation Registration

Students may now register for classes at all campus telephone paystations. To place the free call, pick up the receiver and push the pre-programmed "Registration" button only, labeled for your convenience. You will be connected automatically to the telephone registration system. Dialing the full number (644-8888) will result in a request for thirty-five cents. Should this happen, hang up and try again by pushing only the "Registration" button.

By registering you accept both Fee and Grade liability.

Student Business Hours

Registrar's Office

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., M - F

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., phone

Financial Aid Office

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., M - F

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., phone

Office of Student Financial Services

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M - F

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., phone

Office of Undergraduate Studies

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., M - F

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., phone

Immunization Requirements

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. Failure to comply will result in a stop being placed on your registration. Call the Thagard Student Health Center Immunization Office (850) 644-6573, or 644-6587 for more information.

Effective January 2003, new immunization laws enacted by the State of Florida mandate that all university students must be informed of the risks of meningitis and hepatitis B. Log on to http://www.tshc.fsu.edu for more information.

Academic Advisement

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 student's file. It is the student's 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 adviser's approval. All permits such as underloads, overloads (see the "Course Load" chapter 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.

The academic advising dates for all currently enrolled and readmitted degree-seeking students are March 2 - 19, 2004.

Personal Identification Numbers (PIN Codes)

Your birth month and year have been assigned to you automatically as your registration PIN code. When accessing your grades via the website, 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, to check your grades and to retrieve your financial aid distribution messages.

In order to provide security for a student's confidential registration PIN, a lockout will occur after ten (10) consecutive access denials for attempting to access a student's confidential records. This security lockout will prevent further access. Please call (850) 644-3403 to request reinstatement and be prepared to provide proper identification.

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 can remember 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 Communications PIN. Use when placing long distance calls which are billed to your current address and for The Florida State University's "Seminole Circuit" customer service.

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 Aid's ET system to check the status of financial aid applications. Make payments via http://www.fees.fsu.edu or at kiosks.

FSUCard/SunTrust Banking PIN. ATM withdrawals and deposits for SunTrust, Honor, and Cirrus; and POS purchases through the Honor System.

Prior to Registration

  1. Contact your departmental office for any clearances or course authorizations you may need and resolve academic or administrative holds on your registration.
  2. 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.
    • Note: first time students may be required to register for preparatory Math and/or English courses to complete registration.
  3. If you are repeating a course under the forgiveness policy, you must file such intention with the Office of the University Registrar prior to the deadline announced in the "Academic Calendar" in this Registration Guide. No Exceptions.
  4. 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.

The Registration Process

Step 1: Complete the Registration Worksheet

  1. Be careful not to select courses that meet at the same time. The system will not check for time conflicts.
  2. Consult the General Bulletin or Graduate Bulletin to check if a course requires a laboratory.
  3. Double check the five digit reference number that appears in the Course Look Up (http://registrar.fsu.edu).
  4. 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.

  1. You can call or use the web site 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.
  2. Follow the steps on the "Telephone Registration Worksheet" when using the telephone.
    • 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.
  3. The registration 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.
  4. The system will allow you to register for an underload, but you still must obtain authorization from your academic dean.

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.

Students Will Be Assessed $100.00 for Late Registration and $100.00 for Late Payment

Late Registration

Accomplished by telephone or website. A $100.00 fee will be assessed for students who register after late registration begins (see the "Academic Calendar" for session dates).

Drop/Add Regulations

  1. Effective the first day of classes, a student cannot drop his/her last or only course (see 'Student Cancellation of Schedule' below).
  2. After the last day of Drop/Add, students may only add courses with the approval of their academic dean.
  3. 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.
  4. Students who do not maintain attendance and who do not officially drop a course will receive an "F," and may be subject to federal financial aid refund regulations.

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 yellow copy of the Drop/Add form for their records.

Course Load (Summer)

  Maximum Minimum
A (13 weeks) 15 9
B (6 weeks 1) 9 6
C (6 weeks 2) 9 6
D (8 weeks 2) 14 9
E (8 weeks 3) 14 9
F (8 weeks 1) 14 9
Any combination 15 9

Note: E Session is not being offered for Summer 2004.

Should a student wish to register for fewer or more than the allowed hours, an "Overload/Underload" permit must be approved by the appropriate academic dean. No student may register for more than twenty-one (21) hours per semester.

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.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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] 644-3403) or Withdrawal Services (A4300 University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306; [850] 644-1741). 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The University does not automatically drop students for non-payment of tuition.


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, 644-1741. Students who withdraw within the first four 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.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Is the Last Day to Pay Fees for Sessions A, B, and F (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, May 1 - 20

See http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services

Student parking permits issued at the above location: May 1 - May 20

Refund of Fees

Students who drop a course without fee liability after their tuition fees are paid may be eligible for a tuition refund. Any amount paid in excess of the amount owed (assessed fee and outstanding University charges) during the term will be carried forward and may be applied against subsequent University charges incurred or may be refunded upon request. The refund will be processed as a credit to the student's FSUCard account for currently enrolled students unless a check is requested on the refund form. Checks will be mailed to those students who are no longer enrolled.* Any outstanding charges owed to the University will be deducted and the balance will be issued as a refund. Summer session refunds will start processing two weeks after the beginning of Session C. Students who withdraw after the fifth day of the semester, but prior to the end of the first four weeks of the term, (or for summer sessions, by the first twenty-five percent [25%] of the session) are eligible for a twenty-five percent (25%) refund of tuition and fees. After the first twenty-five percent (25%) of the session, students who withdraw are held fully liable for fees. Refunds will not be processed during the fiscal year close-out (last two weeks of June.) Students should submit a refund request form to Student Financial Services, A1500 University Center.

Note: in the case where a withdrawal petition is approved, a refund can only be provided if the refund or withdrawal request is submitted within six months after the end of the semester in which the withdrawal occurred. If financial aid is received by the student during the term in which the refund is granted, federal regulations may require that the refund be returned to the aid source.

*Accounts paid by credit card will be refunded to the credit card.

Return of Federal Funds

Students who withdraw, officially or unofficially, and have received federal financial aid (Title IV programs) will be required to repay to the federal 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 federal program funds is calculated based on the percentage of the semester completed before the date of withdrawal. Both the University and students receiving federal 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 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 federal government by the University will reduce the student's total liability of unearned funds. However, students will owe the University the amount returned to the federal 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 new federal requirements for Title IV financial aid programs and students should consider their repayment responsibilities for these programs as part of any withdrawal decision.


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 ten (110) 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. There is no charge for the first application. Students who graduate in the Spring of 2004 must apply for and be readmitted to register for Summer 2004 or any subsequent term.

Exit Interviews

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. Graduating students planning to continue their academic studies at The Florida Sate University should contact the Office of Student Financial Services to ensure that their exit interview stop is removed. Students should go to the "Money Matters" section of http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu and click on the "Exit Interview for Financial Aid" link.

Special Student Information

All new special students on the main campus will be assessed a non-refundable fee of $20.00, paid at the time of application. For specific policies concerning the registration and status of special students, consult the 2003-2004 edition of the General Bulletin or 2003-2005 edition of the Graduate Bulletin. For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions, University Center Building A2500, (850) 644-6200. Procedures and residency requirements for special student registration are the same as for regularly enrolled degree seeking students as described on the preceding pages.

Registration for FAMU-FSU 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 FSU-FAMU Cooperative Coordinator in the Office of the University Registrar.

Auditing Courses

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.


  1. Pick up an "Audit Approval Form" from the Office of the University Registrar during the first week of classes.
  2. Fill out the form and obtain both the instructor's approval and clearance from the University Student Health Center.
  3. Return the approved form to the Office of the University Registrar for final approval and class registration.
  4. Pay fees during fee payment in the cash line at the designated fee payment location. No waivers or deferments may be used, except for those age sixty (60) or over.
  5. Present the form to your instructor at the next class meeting.

Note: if already registered for the course, you must drop it 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.

Tuition-free 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.

  1. Under this tuition-free option, registration is allowed on a space available audit basis only (see above) and does not include thesis, dissertation, applied music courses or other courses requiring individual instruction.
  2. No credit will be given and no permanent record will be maintained.
  3. Audit forms are available from the Office of the University Registrar. Proof of age and Florida residency must be presented to the Office of Student Financial Service before returning completed audit forms to the University Registrar.

Library Cards

Students sixty (60) years of age and older registered for tuition-free 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.


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.

Grade Reports

Semester grades are reported via The Florida State University Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System and by The Florida State University homepage on the Web.

Using the IVR, students may obtain grades by dialing (850) 644-8888 and selecting option number "2" and following the voice response prompts. A unique registration PIN may be required if a student has not previously done so.

Summer 2004 Session B grades will be available June 30, 2004 and all other sessions (A, C, D, F) on August 17, 2004.

Semester grades are also available via the FSU homepage on the Web on the same dates as above. Students may obtain their grades at http://www.fsu.edu/students. To access grades using the website, students will be required to change their registration PIN from the birth month/year 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.

Installment Contracts Are Not Available for Summer Sessions

Fee Payment Regulations

Students who enroll must pay fees and tuition in full 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 by the fifth day of the session. You may pay by check, cash, money order or FSUCard. These payments may be submitted by mail, drop box or in person. We also take FSUCard and credit card payments 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 student's social security number, local phone and address on each check.

The basic Florida Prepaid College Plan 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 or at the self-inquiry kiosks located in the University Center Building A or Krentzman Lounge in the Student Union and other locations.

E-mail Notification

Student Financial Services notifies students via the students' Garnet e-mail account regarding the status of their account. Students shall maintain and check their accounts regularly.

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 American Express, Mastercard, Discover Card 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. Tuition payments must be made by the tuition payment deadline to avoid the late payment fee.

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.

Delinquent Accounts

All delinquent university accounts must be paid before students may complete registration. Payment should be made by cash, money order or cashier's 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 cashier's check.

Important Information about the Summer 2004 Financial Aid Distribution Schedule

All Sessions:

Students are required to apply for Summer financial aid seperatly from the Fall/Spring applications.Students are required to be attending a minimum of six (6) semester hours to receive financial aid. If a student is attending three (3) semester hours in A, B, F, Sessions and three (3) credit hours in C Session, the student will not be eligible to receive his financial aid until the distribution for C Session.

All Loans for A, B, F Sessions:

Students receiving loans for the first time at The Florida State University and attending A, B, F Sessions will receive one half of their loan 30 days after the beginning of the session, on June 10. The second-half of their loan will be disbursed on June 30.Students who have received loans at the University previously and are attending A, B, F Sessions will receive one half of their loan on May 19 and the second half of their loan on June 30.

Loans for D Sessions:

Students receiving loans in D Session will receive their entire summer loan on June 30.

Loans for C Sessions:

Students receiving loans in C Session will receive their entire summer loan on July 7.

Fees and Financial Aid Students

Students who are attending class for three (3) semester hours in A, B, or F Sessions and three (3) hours in C, D or E Sessions (i.e. only six[6] hours) will not be eligible to receive financial aid until distribution for C, D or E Session. Please note that E Session is not being offered for Summer 2004.

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://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services. Students must complete a Disbursement Authorization Statement (DAS) choosing one of the following two ways to receive financial aid:

  1. By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to your FSU Card Account at SunTrust. Approximately 80% 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
  2. By a check mailed to your local address.
  3. Exceptions:
    1. Students must check their status at http://financialaid.fsu.edu or at http://www.fees.fsu.edu. You may pick up your check on the published date after the hold has been resolved. You must present a picture ID to either pick-up your financial aid or receive a short term loan. In order to receive your aid, you must be enrolled for the required number of hours; and
    2. Students whose financial aid has not arrived by the beginning of the semester should receive a tuition deferment if application was made by the financial aid deadline. 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 student's Disbursement Authorization Statement (DAS). Students must confirm their application is complete by the first week of the session by going to http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu and clicking on the appropriate category under "check financial aid status" subheading in the "Money Matters" section.

Changes to Disbursement for Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Student (PLUS)

Section 428G (a)(3) and (b)(1) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, provided exceptions to the multiple disbursements requirement for low-default rate schools in the Federal Family Education Loan program (FFEL). Unfortunately, these exceptions expired on September 30, 2002. Consequently, all Federal Stafford and Federal Parent loans certified on or after October 1, 2002, are subject to the multiple disbursement requirements. The first disbursement each semester is restricted to half of the loan funds scheduled to be received for that respective semester. The balance of the loan funds for the semester cannot be disbursed until after the midpoint of the semester.

First-time Borrowers

Students enrolled in the first year of an undergraduate program of study, including students that have not previously received a Stafford, Direct Subsidized, or Direct Unsubsidized loan are not eligible for disbursement of that loan until thirty (30) days after the first day of the student's program of study.

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.

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.

You will use your registration personal identification number (PIN) to gain access to your administrative messages using this voice mail system.

If you have any questions, please call (850) 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 Calendar" in this Registration Guide). After this date a $100.00 late payment fee is assessed and grades will be held at the end of the semester until fees are paid in full. Students must confirm their financial aid has arrived and all requirements have been met by the deferment expiration date. Go to http://www.fees.fsu.edu and log in; you then will see your courses and fees detailed. To view your deferment amount and deadline, click on the "Details" button next to "Arrangements." With your temporary deferment, your total balance due may show "$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 sfs@admin.fsu.edu or (850)644-9452. Also, check your financial aid status at http://www.studentsfirst.fsu.edu.

Federal regulations requiring delays in disbursements of loans. 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.

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 session (see the "Academic Calendar" of this Registration Guide.) The basic Florida Prepaid College Plan 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.

Mail-in 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 social security number, local address and local telephone number of the student. Send payment to: Office of Student Financial Services, Florida State University, A1500 University Center, Tallahassee, Fl. 32306-2394. Mailed payments for tuition must be received no later than the tuition payment deadline for each session (see "Academic Calendar") or a $100.00 late payment fee will be assessed.

Fee Payment Drop Box

Use the convenient fee payment drop box located on the outside wall of A1501 University Center in the T.K. Wetherell Building across from the Heritage Fountain. 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.

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 (fee subject to change). A returned check/stop payment charge is assessed against a student's 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.

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 student's 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 student's account from that day forward. Repayment of a returned check or electronic payment must be made with cash, FSUCard, money order or cashier's check.

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 University's 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 Attorney's Office for redemption and prosecution after collection efforts are exhausted. After a returned payment is forwarded to the State Attorney's Office, redemption of the check will not prevent prosecution.

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.

Required Summer Attendance

All students entering a state university as of August 1976, with fewer than sixty (60) semester credit 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.

First Class Meeting

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 student's responsibility to verify course drops and check that fees are adjusted.

Official Transcripts

A $5.00 charge will be assessed for each official transcript issued. Transcripts will not be issued until all University debts have been paid in full.

Enrollment Certification

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.

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:

  1. Name.
  2. Date and place of birth.
  3. Local address.
  4. Permanent address.
  5. Telephone number (if listed).
  6. Classification.
  7. Major.
  8. Participation in official University activities and sports.
  9. Weight and height of athletic team members.
  10. Dates of attendance.
  11. Degrees, honors and awards received.
  12. Most recently attended educational institution.
  13. Digitized FSUCard photo.

Phone Monitoring

Students should be aware that phone calls placed to The Florida State University's 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.

Bicycle Parking

In accordance with the Florida Americans with Disabilities Act of 1993, State of Florida Fire Marshal's Rules and Regulations and University Rules, it is unlawful and dangerous to park bicycles in locations where they impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Prohibited areas include: 1) any area within six feet in front and to the side of any entrance to or exit from any building; 2) within any sidewalk; 3) on any access or egress ramp, steps, stairs or handrails; 4) in corridors; and 5) within any roadway or motor vehicle parking spaces. The FSU Police Department and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety are authorized to cut security chains and remove for impoundment any bicycle parked or stored in violation of this rule. Any person whose bicycle has been impounded may claim that bicycle within thirty (30) days of impoundment by contacting the FSU Police or Environmental Health and Safety. The burden of proving ownership shall rest upon the person claiming the bicycle. Bicycles not claimed within thirty (30) days shall be considered abandoned and will be disposed of in accordance with State and University rules governing abandoned property. For more information on bicycle registration, where to park your bike, and how to operate it safely, please contact the FSU Police at (850) 644-1239, or the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 644-6895.

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 student's 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.

State Employee Registration

State employees may use the state employee tuition waiver to register for Florida State University classes. Registration in classes using the state employee tuition waiver is limited to a space-available basis. Individuals using the state tuition waiver must be fully admitted degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students. The Florida State University does not consider the following as space-available courses: 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 Registrar's website at http://registrar.fsu.edu/services/emp_tuit_waive/ for additional information including the link to download the State Employee Tuition Wavier 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/Scholar.html for details, restrictions, and deadlines.

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