Appeal to Reinstate Schedule Cancelled for Nonpayment of Tuition
Students whose schedules are canceled for non-payment of tuition and fees may appeal to the University Registrar for reinstatement and continuation of academic progress for the term. A written appeal must be submitted to the University Registrar by the end of the seventh week of the Fall and Spring semesters (consult the Registration Guide for Summer term deadlines). Prior to a student's appeal being approved, the Office of Student Business Services must verify that payment for the current term has been received or that appropriate arrangements have been made for tuition and fee payment. Students whose schedules are reinstated are subject to a $100.00 late registration fee and a $100.00 late payment fee. Check or credit card payments that are returned or refused will negate any tuition payment agreement for the reinstatement of a student's schedule. The University reserves the right to deny reinstatement when a demonstrated pattern of tuition delinquencies over two or more semesters has occurred.
Drop/Add Tuition Refund Appeal
During the first four days of classes, individual courses may be added, dropped, or sections of a course changed. Students are financially liable for all courses appearing on their schedule after the fourth day of classes. To add courses after the first four days of classes may require the academic dean's approval. Courses dropped during this period do not appear on the student's transcript. Courses may be dropped through the seventh week of classes with the exception of mandated college preparatory courses, freshman composition, and courses involved in allegations of academic dishonesty; however, tuition charges remain. Approval by the student's academic dean is required to reduce the academic load below twelve semester hours or increase an academic load above eighteen semester hours (to a maximum of twenty-one semester hours). Dean's approval for an overload or underload must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.
A cumulative maximum of two courses may be dropped between the eighth and twelfth week of classes during the semesters in which the student has earned fewer than sixty hours of college credit; tuition charges will remain. A student may only drop one course after earning sixty hours of college credit and until graduation; tuition charges remain. In addition to courses involved in allegations of academic dishonesty, other courses may be designated by the dean as not subject to this "late drop" provision. Courses dropped during this period appear on the student's transcript with the notation "W." See the "Academic Calendar" in the Registration Guide for the semester specific deadlines.
Except in cases where a student is petitioning to use one of the three drops allowed under the policy above, any course drop petition after the seventh week of classes (with dates prorated for individual Summer sessions), will be considered only in documented exceptional circumstances that are beyond the student's control, as determined by the student's academic dean. Course drops approved by the academic deans appear on the student's transcript with the notation "WD." Academic deans exercise their administrative and academic judgment in making final determinations about drop eligibility. Course drops are never approved when there are unresolved allegations of academic dishonesty in a course or when a course grade reflects an Academic Honor Policy penalty.
Students who register for courses but who do not attend the classes receive a grade of "F" if the courses are not officially dropped. Students changing from a previous bulletin year should consult their academic dean regarding limitations concerning the policy described above.
Note:Students who have a bachelor's degree and return for a second bachelor's degree may petition for a late drop within the same semester timelines as noted above.
Third Repeat Course Surcharge Refund Appeal
Section 1009.285, Florida Statutes, provides authority to universities to consider appeal of the repeat course surcharge based on documented evidence of financial hardship. Appeal forms are available in the Office of the University Registrar, A3900 University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2480, (850) 644-3403. Appeals must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar no later than the last day of classes for the term in which the surcharge is assessed.
University Refund Committee Petition
Students incur a liability for all credit hours that remain on their schedule of courses as of the end of the official drop/add period. The amount of this liability is identified on the Student Assessment Payment Schedule. Any amount paid in excess of the amount owed (assessed fee and outstanding University charges) during the term will be carried forward and will be applied against subsequent University charges incurred or may be refunded by request.
Full refunds of tuition fees may be granted in instances of withdrawal from the University under the following conditions:
- Involuntary call to active military duty
- Death of the student or death in the immediate family (parent, spouse, child, sibling)
- Illness of the student of such duration or severity, as confirmed in writing by a physician, that completion of the term is precluded
- Cancellation of the course by the University
- Exceptional circumstances that could not have been foreseen and were beyond the control of the student, as approved by the University Refund Committee.
For a comprehensive overview of policies related to academic status and retention please reference the Refund of Fees section of the Undergraduate Bulletin chapter Financial Information, Tuition, Fees, Aid, Scholarships, and Employment.