Academic Programs Catalog

General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

Costs

Michigan State University reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, and rates for fees, deposits, tuition, and housing. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

 


Advanced Payments and Deposits

Application Processing Fee

Domestic Undergraduate and Graduate Applicants $65.00
International Undergraduate and Graduate Applicants $75.00

An application fee, not applicable to any other charge and not refundable, is required of everyone requesting admission as an undergraduate, graduate-professional, or graduate student. Payment must accompany the application which is submitted to the Office of Admissions. A person requesting admission as an undergraduate, graduate-professional, or graduate student who is financially unable to submit the application processing fee may request an application fee waiver.

Advanced Enrollment Deposit $250.00

All entering undergraduate students are required to pay a $250 Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED). Payment by the student confirms acceptance of admission,  reserves the student a place in both the entering class and a residence hall (if student chooses to live on-campus), and allows the student to register for a required Academic Orientation Program which fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. An admitted student who is financially unable to submit the AED may request a deferral.  The $250 AED is fully refunded to fall domestic freshman students who cancel their admission prior to May 1.  There is no refund for other semesters, transfer students or international students.


Course Fees and Tuition (2017-18)

Each student is assessed charges each semester on the basis of the credit value (or credit value equivalent of zero credit hour carrier courses) of all courses carried and state residence. Charges will be assessed on a credit hour basis, except for graduate-professional student fees which are assessed on a semester basis and some graduate student fees which are assessed on a semester or program basis and beginning with 2014-15 will differentiate between "Core" and "Professional and Other" units. Units are listed below in footnote 1.

If there is any question of the student's right to an in-state classification, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of the Registrar at least one month before enrolling.

As amended by the Board of Trustees in the 2017-18 Budget Guidelines. Amounts subject to change for future years.

On-Campus Course Fees and Tuition

Undergraduate2

Michigan Resident

Core Units
Lower Division
$482.00
Upper Division
$543.00
Professional and Other Units
Lower Division
$482.00
Upper Division
$543.00
Eli Broad College of Business
Lower Division
$482.00
Upper Division
$555.00
College of Engineering
Lower Division
$482.00
Upper Division
$555.00

Out-of-State (Domestic and International)

Core Units
Lower Division
$1,313.50
Upper Division
$1,354.75
Professional and Other Units
Lower Division
$1,313.50
Upper Division
$1,354.75
Eli Broad College of Business
Lower Division
$1,313.50
Upper Division
$1,367.75
College of Engineering
Lower Division
$1,313.50
Upper Division
$1,367.75

Graduate2

Michigan Resident

Core Units
Master's
$726.50
Doctoral
$726.50
Professional and Other Units
Master's
$726.50
Doctoral
$726.50
College of Engineering
Master's
$809.50
Doctoral
$809.50
Michigan Resident - Special Programs
M.S. in Accounting
$930.50
M.A. and M.S. in Education
$759.50
Ed.S. and Ph.D. in Education
$759.50
Per Semester Basis
Broad M.B.A.
$15,300.00
D.O./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
$16,512.00
M.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
$16,634.00
Per Program Basis
Integrative Management (Weekend MBA) (Summer 2017 cohort) (includes required books with opt out provision)
$72,000.00
Integrative Management (Weekend MBA) (Summer 2016 cohort) (includes required books with opt out provision)
$69,000.00
M.S. in Business Research (Analytics concentration)
$36,000.00
M.S. in Finance
$37,500.00
M.S. in Marketing Research (Spring, Summer and Fall 2016 cohorts) (includes books but will be charged separately)
$27,000.00
M.S. in Marketing Research (Fall 2017 cohort) (includes books but will be charged separately)
$27,000.00
M.S.N. in Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) (Spring 2018 cohort)
$57,615.00
M.S.N. in Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) (Spring 2017 cohort)
$55,400.00

Out-of-State (Domestic and International)

Core Units
Master's
$1,427.50
Doctoral
$1,427.50
Professional and Other Units
Master's
$1,427.50
Doctoral
$1,427.50
College of Engineering
Master's
$1,517.25
Doctoral
$1,517.25
Out-of-State - Special Programs
M.S. in Accounting
$1,671.50
M.A. and M.S. in Education
$1,460.50
Ed.S. and Ph.D. in Education
$1,460.50
Per semester basis
Broad M.B.A.
$24,250.00
D.O./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
$29,723.00
M.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
$29,780.00
Per program basis
Integrative Management (Weekend MBA) (Summer 2017 cohort)
$72,000.00
Integrative Management (Weekend MBA) (Summer 2016 cohort)
$69,000.00
M.S. in Business Research (Analytics concentration)
$39,000.00
M.S. in Finance
$39,600.00
M.S. in Marketing Research (Spring, Summer and Fall 2016 cohorts) (includes books but will be charged separately)
$37,500.00
M.S. in Marketing Research (Fall 2017 cohort) (includes books but will be charged separately)
$37,500.00
M.S.N. in Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) (Spring 2018 cohort)
$88,840.00
M.S.N. in Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) (Spring 2017 cohort)
$85,425.00

Graduate-Professional2

Michigan Resident
Teacher Certification Internship Year (based on 12 credits) $7,617.00
Per semester basis
Human or Osteopathic Medicine
$15,048.00
Extended Curriculum
$10,037.00
Dual Degree Medical Scientist Training Program
$10,326.00
O.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
$16,512.00
M.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
$16,634.00
Veterinary Medicine
$15,200.00
Clinical Year - Fall and Spring
$13,441.00
Clinical Year - Summer
$9,523.00
Dual Degree Medical Scientist Training Program
$9,727.00
Out-of-State (Domestic and International)
Teacher Certification Internship Year (based on 12 credits) $16,053.00
Per semester basis
Human or Osteopathic Medicine
$29,033.00
Extended Curriculum
$19,365.00
Dual Degree Medical Scientist Training Program
$19,989.00
D.O./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
$29,723.00
M.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
$29,780.00
Veterinary Medicine
$28,235.00
Clinical Year - Fall and Spring
$25,138.00
Clinical Year - Summer
$16,773.00
Dual Degree Medical Scientist Training Program
$18,243.00

Online Programs2

Undergraduate
B.S.N. Accelerated Nursing (in state)
$716.25
B.S.N. Accelerated Nursing (out-of-state)
$741.25
R.N./B.S.N. (in state)
$622.25
R.N./B.S.N. (out-of-state)
$647.25
B.A. in Early Care and Education (courses offered through Great Plains IDEA)
$405.00
Graduate
M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (in state)
$776.50
M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (out-of-state)
$931.00
M.S. in Criminal Justice (includes Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis and Judicial Administration programs)
$716.00
M.A. in Education
$830.00
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (hybrid)
$1,141.00
M.A. in Family Community Services (through Great Plains IDEA)
$565.00
M.S. in Food Safety
$790.00
M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching
$695.00
M.S. in Integrative Pharmacology (and Certificate in Safety Pharmacology)
$824.00
M.S. in Management, Strategy and Leadership (or Certificates in Strategic Management, Leadership and Managing Teams, or Human Resource Management and Development) (offered through University Alliance)
$1,090.00
M.S.N. or CNS Certificate in Nursing Education (in state)
$775.50
M.S.N. or CNS Certificate in Nursing Education (out-of-state)
$800.50
M.S. in Packaging
$887.00
M.S. or Certificate in Pharmacology and Toxicology
$824.00
M.A. in Program Evaluation
$694.00
M.S. or Certificate in Public Health
$660.00
M.A. or Certificate in Youth Development (through Great Plains IDEA)
$565.00
M.S. in Supply Chain Management (plus $300 charge for onsite room and board when each onsite session is held)
$1,400.00


1Core Units: Arts and Letters, Natural Science, Social Science, University Undergraduate Division, Lyman Briggs, James Madison, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, and Communication Arts and Sciences. 

 Professional and Other Units: Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education, Music, Osteopathic Medicine, and Human Medicine.

2Course Fees and Tuition are charged on a per credit hour basis unless noted as semester, summer session, or program basis.


Graduate Certification Course Fees

Students pursuing Graduate Certification are assessed course fees of $698.50 per credit for Michigan residents and $895.25 for Out-of-State. Graduate Certification students are not assessed student taxes. All International students are assessed an International Student Registration Fee of $25.00 per semester.  


Lifelong Education Course Fees

Undergraduate and graduate Lifelong Education students  are assessed course fees of $726.50 per credit for Michigan residents and $931.00 for Out-of-State. Lifelong Education students are not assessed student taxes. Certain lifelong-education online university courses may be assessed additional fees of $50-150 per credit hour.


Doctoral Students

All doctoral students must register and pay for a minimum of 24 credits of doctoral dissertation research (course number 999).

 


Minimum Registration

All students using university services (faculty consultation included) must be registered each semester. Minimum registration consists of one course, one credit. 


Other Costs


Mandatory, Refundable Fees (per semester) (2017-18)

Engineering Program Fee1

For students enrolling for more than 4 credits $670.00
For students enrolling for 4 credits or less

$402.00

Graduate and upper-division undergraduate students majoring in Engineering are assessed this fee. There is no fee assessed for students enrolling for 4 credits or less during summer session.

Science and Technology Program Fee1

For students enrolling for more than 4 credits $100.00
For students enrolling for 4 credits or less $50.00
Juniors and seniors majoring in science and technology intensive majors.

Health Science Program Fee1

For students enrolling for more than 4 credits $100.00
For students enrolling for 4 credits or less $50.00
Juniors and seniors majoring in health science majors.

Broad College of Business Program Fee1

For students enrolling for more than 4 credits $226.00
For students enrolling for 4 credits or less $113.00
Juniors and seniors in the Broad College of Business.

International Student Fee1
Undergraduate Students new to MSU fall 2012 or after - Full-time $750.00
Undergraduate Students new to MSU fall 2012 or after - Part-time $375.00
Undergraduate Students continuously enrolled prior to fall 2012 - Full-time $150.00
Undergraduate Students continuously enrolled prior to fall 2012 - Part-time $75.00
Graduate Students - Full-time $75.00
Graduate Students - Part-time $37.50
International students are assessed this fee.

Student Taxes
Undergraduate Students (ASMSU) $20.00
FM Radio Tax (all degree students) $3.00
Graduate Students (COGS)2 $11.00
Graduate-Professional Medical Students (COGS and COMS)3 $12.50
James Madison College Student Senate Tax $2.00

State News
All students enrolling for 6 credits or more $5.00


 1The major specific program fees and International Student Fee are refunded in the same percentage as course fees when withdrawing from the University or dropping from above 4 credits to 4 credits or less.
2 The COGS tax for summer session is $5.00.
3 The COGS and COMS tax for summer session is $6.50.


Mandatory, Non-Refundable Fees (per semester)

Late Enrollment

Fall and Spring Semesters:

Continuing students who do not enroll prior to the initial enrollment deadline $50.00
Students who initially enroll after the start of classes but before the middle of the semester $100.00
Students initially enrolling after the middle of the semester $200.00

Summer Sessions:

Continuing students who do not enroll prior to the first day of their class $50.00
Students who enroll for a class after the midterm of the term of instruction of their course $100.00

Enrollment After the End of the Term of Instruction Initial Enrollment and Course Add Fees:

Students initially enrolling after the last class day of the term of instruction $300.00
Fee for each course added to the academic record after the last class day of the term of instruction $200.00

These fees do not apply to students enrolling under the Lifelong Education enrollment status.

Late Registration Fees

Students who fail to return their payments or confirm their attendance (if no payment is required) by the registration bill due date will be assessed a late registration fee.  If your Minimum Amount Due (MAD) is $0.00, you must respond to the registration bill by confirming your attendance in STUINFO.  Failure to make payment by the due date will result in a $50 Late Registration Fee.  Failure to respond to a $0.00 MAD by confirming your attendance in STUINFO will result in a $25 Late Registration Fee.

Bad Check and Late Payment Charges (Includes rejected electronic checks, i.e. ACH)

This fee is assessed as the result of: 
A registration check/ACH or charge not clearing the bank when it is first presented $75.00
A non-registration check/ACH or charge not clearing the bank when it is first presented $25.00
Student Receivable or short term loan account payments being made after the due date $25.00

 


Rates for University Housing

The rates listed below are for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 year. In addition, students living in undergraduate housing will be charged a Residence Halls Association tax of $25 per semester.  Students living in Owen Graduate Hall will be assessed a $8 ($2.50 in summer) Owen Graduate Association tax per semester, and students in Spartan Village Apartments and 1855 Place Family Apartments will be charged a University Apartments Council of Residents tax of $3 ($2.00 in summer) per semester.

Dining Service for 2017-2018 includes expanded serving hours of 7:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, in at least one location per residential zone (East, South, Brody, North, and River Trail). Choices include cooked-to-order stations, retail coffee shops, grab-n-go options, pizza and subs, as well as new selections reflecting emerging dining trends. Note: All plans include free daily access to a Combo-X-Change meal at any of the Sparty's, Union Pizzeria, Serrano's, Union Deli, or Riverwalk Market retail dining locations on campus.

    Silver Plan - Anytime access. This is the base plan.
    Gold Plan - Anytime access, four guest meal passes and $150 per semester in Spartan Cash.
    Platinum Plan - Anytime access, eight guest meal passes and $300 per semester in Spartan Cash.

Residence Halls — Room and Board (per semester)1, 2, 3

Double Room (per person)

Silver 

Gold 

Platinum

Room rates

$2,060

$2,060

$2,060

Board rates

$2,928

$3,078

$3,228

Total

$4,988

$5,138

$5,228

*  Designated Single Room (add $1,336 per semester)
    Permanent Single Room (add $820 per semester)

Owen Graduate Hall (per semester)1,2,5

Double Room (per person) $3,788.00
Permanent Single Room $4,414.00
Designated Single Room $4,973.00

1855 Place Single Student Apartments (monthly rates)6

One Bedroom Studio (Per Resident) $995
Two Bedroom Standard (Per Resident) $895
Two Bedroom Efficiency (Per Resident) $875
Four Bedroom Townhome (Per Resident) $850
Four Bedroom Flat (Per Resident) $810
Four Bedroom Efficiency (Per Resident) $785

University Apartments,2,4
1855 Place Family Apartments (monthly rates)6

One Bedroom $800
Two Bedroom $925

University Village Apartments (monthly rates)3

Four Bedroom (per resident) $733

1   Although these rates are for each semester, the Housing Contract is signed for fall and spring. To determine costs for fall and spring, multiply the rate by two.
2    The Housing Contract details the contract termination procedure. Further appeals shall be subject to judicial review as provided in Student Rights and Responsibilities at Michigan State University.
3    Rates do not include resident student government taxes of $25 per semester for undergraduate students who live in residence halls and in University Village Apartments. 
4    Quoted rates are student rates.
5    Rates include $300 Owen Dining Credit plus 75 residence hall access passes but do not include student government taxes of $8 ($2.50 in summer) per semester for students who live in the graduate hall.
6    Rates do not include $3 per semester for University Apartments Council of Residents tax. The University Apartments Council of  Residents tax for Summer session is $2.

For more information on living at MSU visit www.liveon.msu.edu


Miscellaneous Fees and Deposits

Field Trips

Certain courses require field trips. The costs must be paid by the participating students in addition to the usual course fees.

Administrative Fee for Sponsored International Students

For administration and services (per semester) $350.00
No fee collected for summer session.

Health Insurance Program

International students, and students in the Colleges of Human, Osteopathic, and Veterinary Medicine are required to purchase the Michigan State University health insurance plan unless they have other comparable insurance coverage. Health insurance coverage is provided from August 15 through August 14. Insurance premiums for student annual coverage are collected in two installments.

Fall 2017 Registration Billing Statement: International Student $1,086
Medical Student $1,086
Spring 2018 Registration Billing Statement: International Student $1,086
Medical Student $1,086

These amounts are included in the Minimum Amount Due on the Registration Bill and must be paid to complete registration. Insurance premiums for coverage of spouse/dependents are to be paid directly to the insurance company.  Students may waive the MSU plan (within certain deadlines) by providing proof of comparable health insurance coverage through another plan. For information on waivers and spouse/dependent coverage, contact the MSU Human Resources, 110 Nisbet Building, 1-517-353-4434 or e-mail Student Insurance at Human Resources at SolutionsCenter@hr.msu.edu.

2017-2018 Annual Premium Rates Domestic Student International Student
Student $2,172.00 $2,172.00
Student/Spouse $4,344.00 $4,344.00
Student/Spouse, One Child $6,516.00 $6,516.00
Student/Spouse, Two or More Children $8,687.00 $8,687.00
Student, One Child $4,344.00 $4,344.00
Student, Two or More Children $6,515.00 $6,515.00
Note: Premiums are subject to change each fall.

Student Motor Vehicle Registration2, 3

Vehicles and Mopeds operated or parked on MSU property by MSU students must be registered with the MSU Parking Office. Failure to do so may result in parking violations and/or visit www.police.msu.edu  to register your vehicle and to view the Student Parking and Driving Regulations. Refer to the Web site for dates to register vehicles.

2017-2018 STUDENT VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES

Moped Permit $50.00
Resident Student (by lot location) (Fall, Spring, and Summer)            $127.00-306.00
Graduate Assistant (Semester) $127.00
Commuter Student (Fall, Spring, and Summer) $104.00
University Apartment Residents (Fall, Spring, and Summer) $127.00

Bicycle Registration

Any bicycle possessed, operated, or left unattended on campus must be registered, parked and locked at a bike rack and in operable condition; otherwise, it may be impounded and fees assessed to retrieve it. MSU, City of Lansing, City of East Lansing, Lansing Township and Meridian Township registrations (permits) are acceptable. Permits must be current, valid and adhered to the biike's stationary frame-post below the seat, facing the handlebars. Failure to properly display and/or affix the permit may result in bicycle impoundment. Visit www.police.msu.edu to register a bike (make, color and serial number must be included). There is no charge for the permit.

Campus Bus Service4

All campus bus service is provided by the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) . CATA  bus service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all University apartments, residence halls, commuter lots, and the main campus during fall and spring semesters. MSU students who lose their bus pass are allowed one replacement pass at no cost per semester only if the original pass is linked to their student ID at the time of purchase or at the MSU ID Office in the International Center. This pertains to student semester and commuter lot passes only. Replacement passes are issued through the MSU ID Office.

Student single ride-with valid MSU ID 

$0.60

Student 31 Day Pass $18.00
Student Semester Pass $50.00
Student 10 Ride Card $6.00
Commuter Lot Route Pass (Semester) $20.00
Commuter Lot Route Pass (Two-Semester) $33.00

All fares and passes (with the exception of the Commuter Lot Route pass) are good for all on and off-campus fixed route transit service
in the greater Lansing area with CATA.

Paratransit Service is curb-to-curb service designed for persons with disabilities. The CATA cash fare for this service is $2.50 per trip.
Discount fare cards are available for certified students through MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Passes are available online at www.cata.org. After August 7th, it is recommended students purchase a bus pass on campus at: select  Sparty Store locations in each neighborhood or Department of Police and Public Safety. For more information, e-mail CATA at info@cata.org or call 1-517-394-1000.


Spartan Marching Band Fees

Gloves (per pair) $5.00
Locker Rental (required) $10.00
Shoes $42.00
Uniform Cleaning $90.00

Specific charges are listed in the Marching Band Handbook sent to qualifying students. Early arrival housing fees vary depending on student's housing accommodations. See the Marching Band Handbook for more information.

Certified Copy of Diploma $25.00
Duplicate or Replacement Diploma $50.00
Microfilming Fee for Master's Thesis $20.00
Microfilming Fee for Doctoral Dissertation $20.00
Copyright Fee for Master's Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation $55.00
    This optional fee covers the cost of supplying a microfilm copy of the thesis or dissertation
     to the Library of Congress and copyright processing.

Student Activity Admission

Student discounts on tickets at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts:

MSU students are able, WHEN APPLICABLE, to purchase up to two $19.00 Performing Art Series and up to two $29.00 MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway tickets per valid ID.

Athletic Event Admission

Students who are assessed fees for 12 or more credits (6 or more credits for doctoral students) are eligible for:

  • Student discounts on football, basketball, and/or hockey season tickets for themselves and their spouses.
  •  Free admission to MSU Olympic Sports regular-season, non-championship home games when presenting a current MSU Student ID card. 

1    For additional information refer to Student Health Service at Olin Health Center  in this section and in the Other Departments and Offices for Research and Services section of this catalog.
2    Permits purchased subsequent to fall semester are reduced in price proportionately.
3    Freshmen residing in Residence Halls are not eligible to operate a motor vehicle on campus.
4    For additional information refer to the Transportation Services on Campus section of this catalog.


Refund Policy


Refund of Course Fees and Tuition

If a student withdraws from the university or drops a course, the refund policy will be:

  1. For changes made through the first ¼ of the term of instruction (measured in weekdays, not class days), 100 percent of the semester course fees and tuition for the net credits dropped will be refunded.
  2. For changes made after the first ¼ of the term of instruction and through the end of the session, no refund will be made for any credits dropped.  Any courses approved for late add will be billed in the next monthly bill.

When dropping a course, the date the notification from the department is received in the Office of the Registrar will determine the amount of refund applicable.

Appeals concerning the refund policy should be referred to the Office of the Registrar.

Net refunds due to a drop of credits or withdrawal from the university are processed daily and posted to students' accounts. Amounts due students will be applied against outstanding balances owed the University or returned to students. Questions regarding account balances should be referred to the Student Accounts Office, Hannah Administration Building, 426 Auditorium Road, Room 140.


Financial Aid Refund Policy

Dropping Credits

  1. Students may be billed for a portion or all of their financial aid awards if they drop credits or do not carry the minimum number of credits required for aid eligibility.
  2. View the enrollment chart at www.finaid.msu.edu/enrlchrt.asp to determine if particular grants or scholarships will be reduced when dropping credits. Students will be billed for aid adjustments caused by changes in enrollment status.

Withdrawal from the University

  1. In addition to billing for the dropping of credits associated with withdrawal, there may be additional billing, particularly if a student has received federal financial aid funds (including Federal Stafford Loan), which were to have covered the entire semester educational costs. Refer to the next section for more detailed information on Title IV withdrawal refund rules.
        Withdrawal up until the end of the first quarter of the term of instruction will result in 100 percent billing of federal grant aid (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Pell Grant) and Michigan Competitive Scholarship and may also result in a partial or complete billing of loan aid (Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, and other financial aid).
  2. The bill calculated as a result of withdrawal will depend on the official date of withdrawal and/or the last date of attendance and the percentage and amount of institutional refund to be received.
  3. Withdrawal for any semester during the aid year may result in cancellation of a student's financial aid award for the remainder of the aid year. If a student wishes to reapply for funds for spring semester, a written request must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid within 30 days of withdrawing from the university.

Return of Funds Policy for Title IV Aid Recipients Who Withdraw

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998, as well as the program integrity regulations in 2010, set forth regulations governing the treatment of Title IV funds when a student withdraws from an institution.

There are three types of withdrawals that fall under the return to Title IV (R2T4) federal calculation regulations:

  1. Official Withdrawals – student contacts the Registrar’s Office or their advisor to initiate an official withdrawal for a semester, or the student drops all of their courses using the online enrollment system.
  2. Unofficial Withdrawals - If a student begins to attend class, receives federal Title IV aid, but then ceases to attend class without providing official notification to the University, the Federal Government considers this to be an "unofficial withdrawal". For Title IV purposes, the withdrawal date for students who unofficially withdraw is considered to be the midpoint of the semester unless a documented last date of attendance can be determined. However, if the University determines that a student did not provide official notice of the intent to withdraw due to illness, accident, grievous personal loss or other circumstances beyond the student’s control, the University may use a date that is related to that circumstance. The refund rules for Title IV aid recipients who withdraw are then followed to determine the unearned portion of Title IV aid that must be returned to the appropriate aid program(s).
  3. Modular withdrawals – If a student is enrolled in a standard, term-based program offered in modules (subterms) and ceases attendance at any point prior to completing the payment period or period of enrollment, unless the school obtains written confirmation from the student at the time of the withdrawal that he or she will attend a module that begins later in the same payment period or period of enrollment, the student is considered a withdrawal for Title IV purposes.  If written confirmation of future attendance is received from the student but the student does not return as scheduled, the student is considered to have withdrawn from the payment period or period of enrollment and the students withdrawal date and the total number of calendar days in the payment period or period of enrollment would be the withdrawal date and total number of calendar days that would have applied if the student had not provided written confirmation of future attendance.

When a student is considered to have withdrawn, as described above, during an enrollment period in which they have begun attendance and received federal Title IV financial aid, Michigan State University is required to determine the amount of earned and unearned Title IV aid. A student is only eligible to retain the percentage of Title IV aid disbursed that is equal to the percentage of the enrollment period that was completed by the student (calculated daily). The unearned Title IV aid must then be returned to the appropriate federal aid program(s). If more than 60% of the enrollment period has been completed by the student, no Title IV aid needs to be returned.

According to university policy, when a student withdraws prior to the quarter of the semester and/or receives a 100% tuition refund from the university, all of that semesters federal Title IV grant aid (SEOG, Pell Grant, Federal Teach Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant) will be billed back to the students account. Most non-federal aid will also be billed back to the students account. All Title IV aid will be included in the calculations outlined below. Depending on the results of the calculations, some or all of the federal grant aid may be re-disbursed to the student account.

The following steps will be followed when determining the amount of Title IV aid to be returned upon withdrawal:

  1. Determine percentage of enrollment period completed by student. Divide the number of days attended by the number of days in the enrollment period. If the calculated percentage exceeds 60%, then the student has earned all Title IV aid for the enrollment period.
  2. Calculate the amount of earned Title IV aid. Multiply the percentage of the enrollment period completed by the total Title IV aid disbursed (or could have been disbursed as defined by late disbursement rules).
  3. Determine amount of unearned aid to be returned to Title IV aid program accounts. Subtract the amount of earned federal aid from the total amount of federal aid disbursed. The difference must be returned to the appropriate Title IV aid program(s).
  4. Return of Title IV funds by institution and student:
    1. MSU will return unearned Title IV aid up to an amount that is equal to the total institutional charges for the payment period multiplied by the percentage of the Title IV aid that was unearned. Generally, a student’s tuition and fee refund and/or University Housing refund will satisfy this liability. On occasion, however, particularly when the student remains in University Housing beyond the withdrawal date, a bill will result.
    2. The student will be responsible for the balance of unearned Title IV aid. In most cases, this will be the amount of federal aid funds a student received in the form of a refund for non-institutional expenses multiplied by the percentage of Title IV aid that was unearned.
      1. If the student’s portion of aid to be returned is a loan, then the student is not immediately required to repay the loan. The terms of the original loan repayment agreement will apply.
      2. If the student’s portion of aid to be returned is an overpayment of a grant, the student is required to only repay the amount exceeding 50% of the total grants. MSU will restore the grant funds to the appropriate federal account, with a resulting charge to the students account. The student will be responsible for repaying MSU for the grant overpayment.
  5. Unearned Title IV Funds will be returned to federal programs in the following order:
    1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
    2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
    3. Federal Perkins Loans
    4. Federal Parent PLUS Loan
    5. Federal Pell Grants
    6. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
    7. Federal Teach Grants
    8. Iraq and Afghanistan Grant
    9. Other Grants

Example of a Title IV return of funds calculation for a Title IV recipient who is considered to have withdrawn:

Institutional Charges         $5,000
Title IV Loans                  $2,000
Title IV Grants                 $1,000
Total Title IV Aid              $3,000

Student withdrew on 35th day of a 110 day enrollment period.

Percent Earned   35/110 = 32%

Percent Unearned   100% - 32% = 68%

Amount of Title IV aid unearned $3,000 x 68% = $2,040

MSU is responsible for returning the lesser of unearned Title IV aid ($2,040 from above) or unearned institutional charges ($5,000 x 68% = $3,400). MSU will return aid as follows:

Title IV Loans $2,000 (students remaining loan debt = 0)
Title IV Grants $40

The students responsibility is amount of aid unearned ($2,040) less school responsibility ($2,040), which is zero.

The example shown above does not reflect every student refund situation that may exist. More detailed calculation examples are available in the Student Accounts Office, Hannah Administration Building, 426 Auditorium Road, Rm 140, East Lansing, MI 48824, 1-517-355-5050, Fax 1-517-353-9640. Questions regarding the Return of Title IV Funds Policy for students who withdraw should be addressed to the Student Accounts Office.

The University reserves the right to amend the Title IV Return of Funds Policy at any time in order to comply with Federal regulations.

Refund Rules for Other Fees, Taxes, Assessments

The Engineering Program Fee, Science and Technology Fee, Health Science Program Fee and Broad College of Business Program Fees or the differential is refunded in the same percentage as course fees when withdrawing from the University or dropping from above 4 credits to 4 credits or less.

Student government taxes, FM Radio tax, and The State News assessments are refundable upon presentation of the appropriate receipt at the respective organization's office.

Late registration fees will not be refunded.

Residence Hall housing fees are refunded on a pro-rata basis, based on certain variables. In some instances, the cost of room and board may be prorated as of the day following departure. Details and procedures are found in the On-Campus Housing Handbook: Terms and Conditions.

University Apartment rent refunds - Tenants with leases will be held to the June 30th end date so no proration will occur if they move out early. Refunds for tenants who have been officially released from their lease will be prorated as of the day following the official check out time.

In general, all fees collected by Michigan State University and their respective refund policies shall be subject to judicial review as provided in Student Rights and Responsibilities at Michigan State University.


Other Information


Fee Payment

All fees, tuition, and housing charges noted above except those in the sections labeled Advanced Payments and Deposits and Miscellaneous Fees and Deposits are due and payable upon issuance of a Registration Billing Statement for the semester. The Registration Bill is only available online in STUINFO. Paper bills are not mailed. Students will be notified by e-mail when the Registration Billing Statement is available in STUINFO. Please refer to the Student Accounts Web site at: www.ctlr.msu.edu/costudentaccounts. Please refer to the Billing and Fee Payment Schedule for the appropriate semester for more detailed information. Payment may be made by check or money order payable to Michigan State University or by electronic check/ACH or credit card through STUINFO. Payments made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards are only accepted via the Web and carry a convenience fee. Checks are accepted subject to collection.

 


Deferred Payment Plan

Students may defer up to 50% of their tuition and related fees. Tuition and related fees which do not appear on the Registration Billing Statement (such as subsequent course adds) will be deferred if they appear on your account prior to your becoming a registered student for the semester (you will become registered when at least the minimum amount due on the registration bill is paid, attendance is confirmed if no payment is due, and any holds are cleared). Otherwise they will be included on the next monthly bill. Students living in University Residence Halls are able to defer up to two-thirds of their residence hall charges. The amount deferred is divided into two installments. Approximate installment due dates are listed below. If a student enrolls by the date specified in the Billing and Fee Payment Schedule, the Registration Billing Statement will list several payment options (if a student enrolls subsequently, they will not have the option to defer tuition). If the student's payment is at least the "Minimum Amount Due" and less than the "Amount to Avoid Deferment,"  then the deferred payment plan option will be assumed. Both actual and pending financial aid is first applied against the "Minimum Amount Due."  Financial Aid exceeding the "Minimum Amount Due" will then reduce the tuition deferment and subsequently reduce any housing deferment. A $10.00 payment plan service fee will be charged whenever the option to defer either tuition or housing for a semester is elected. A finance charge of 7.9% per year will be assessed on deferred tuition and related charges. There is no finance charge assessed on unpaid housing charges.

First Payment Final Payment
Fall Semester  October 1 November 1
Spring Semester  February 1 March 1
Summer Session  July 1 August 1

A $25 late payment charge will be made whenever either installment for the semester is made after the due date. Students will be held from enrolling and registering for future semesters whenever current semester deferred payments are past due. Failure to make deferred payments on a timely basis may also result in the loss of the opportunity to defer payments.

The deferred payment option for summer session is subject to the student's class end date for the summer session.


Financial Aid

All financial aid (except College Work Study) which has been authorized at the time the Registration Billing Statement is produced will appear on the bill. There are two types of financial aid — actual and anticipated.

Actual financial aid is aid which students are eligible to receive, as of the date of the registration bill. This aid will be listed in the detailed transaction section of the bill. It has been applied to the fees owed, reducing the amount owed.

Anticipated financial aid will be listed separately on the bill, in the anticipated financial aid section. Anticipated aid is not an actual payment on the account; it does not reduce the amount owed. Anticipated aid is only used to reduce the 'Minimum Amount Due' on the Registration Billing Statement. In order for anticipated aid to become actual aid, further action on the student's part may be needed. Please refer to 'Financial Aid (check your aid)' on STUINFO, the student online system (www.stuinfo.msu.edu) for information on actions that may be required.

Eligibility for each of the different awards is monitored at various points in the semester, ranging from the point of time it is credited to the account, to the end of the semester. Refer to the financial aid award notification, or contact the Office of Financial Aid, for more specific information.

If the total of actual financial aid (no longer anticipated aid) exceeds the amount owed and registration has been completed, the student may be entitled to a refund. Refunds will be directly deposited or mailed to the current address if available during the week before classes begin. If your aid and registration are finalized after this mailing, refunds are produced nightly and mailed or directly deposited the following workday through the 3rd day of classes (approximately). After this period, refunds are produced and directly deposited or mailed weekly.  NOTE: Financial aid for a current semester may be used to pay past due Controller's Office debts up to $200 maximum to enable a student to become registered.  The student must contact the Student Accounts Office in 140 Administration Building to request this service.  If the student is unable to enroll because of a past due debt, the student must meet in person with a Financial Aid Officer to determine available resources before contacting the Student Accounts Office.  Once a student is registered, financial aid for the current semester will be automatically used to pay any past due Controller's Office debts up to a maximum of $200 unless the student informs the Student Accounts Office to the contrary in writing 10 days before the start of the semester.

 


National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship appears as a temporary credit on your registration bill until Michigan State University receives actual funds from National Merit at the beginning of the semester.

 


Books

Costs for books vary widely for the various academic programs. The average cost for undergraduates is estimated to be approximately $542.00 per semester and for graduates is $762.00 per semester.


Returned Items

[Includes rejected electronic check/Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments]

A $25.00 returned item service charge and a $50.00 late registration fee will be assessed to a student whose registration check/ACH is returned from their financial institution to MSU unpaid. Students failing to make payment in full for returned items (and any applicable fees) by the date stated on the notification letter will have their registration canceled.
There is a $25.00 returned item service charge assessed for each non-registration check/ACH that is returned to MSU unpaid.

In addition to the returned item service charge, the university reserves the right to take one or more of the following actions: 

  1. Place an immediate enrollment and registration hold.
  2. Place the individual on the University Bad Check/ACH List which precludes the individual from presenting checks to the University for any reason and may be a cause for denying future short term loans.
  3. Transfer the debt to a collection agency.
  4. File a complaint with the police for possible prosecution.
  5. Refer the student to the Judicial Affairs Office for disciplinary action.
  6. Bring civil action against the individual for the amount of a returned check/ACH not redeemed within 30 days of the date of the notification letter and $250 in costs. In addition, the court could rule that you must also pay the greater of $100 or two times the amount of the returned check/ACH. If you pay the total amount due within 30 days, no civil action will be taken against you.

 


Principles and Instructions Governing MSU Student Identification


Principles

  1. Each student of Michigan State University is issued an identification (ID) card following initial enrollment.
  2. The ID card is the property of Michigan State University.
  3. Library privileges, access to university buildings, facilities and classrooms, and purchase of tickets and entry into athletic and entertainment events may require the possession and presentation of the ID card upon request.
  4. Alteration, falsification, or misuse of the ID card is a violation of General Student Regulation 5.00 and other regulations as applicable.

 


Instructions

  1. Each student is responsible for all use of the ID card whether authorized or unauthorized. The ID card should not be loaned, or left where it might be used by an unauthorized person.
  2. In case the ID card is lost, go online at www.spartancash.com  to deactivate meals and Spartan Cash and call the main Library 1-517-355-2333 immediately. Each student is responsible for all materials checked out of the libraries with the ID card.
  3. Replacement Costs -   $20.00

Replacement ID cards are made in the MSU ID office, 170 International Center. Pictured ID is required. The charge will be applied to a student receivables account.

 


Student Spouses

Spouses of registered students may obtain IDs entitling them to certain privileges. The student and spouse must appear in person in  170 International Center and present the student’s Michigan State University ID and proof of marriage. There is no charge for the initial spouse card.

 


Administrative Ruling on Holds on Enrollment, Registration, Readmission, and University Services

A.    AUTHORITY FOR HOLD USE

  1. Financial Holds
    The Vice President for Finance and Treasurer is responsible for the collection, custody, and accounting for all monies due the University. Holds may be employed to collect any financial obligations due to the University's operating funds or to student loan funds.
  2. Judicial Holds
    The procedures for student discipline are specified in Student Rights and Responsibilities at Michigan State University, Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities. Administrative officers and judicial bodies are specifically authorized under this administrative ruling to request of the Provost or the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services the use of the judicial hold to enforce a 'suspension' decision against a student, and to contact a student to notify him or her of an alleged violation of a regulation and pending judicial or administrative proceedings.
  3. Academic Holds
    Academic holds are used to assure that students abide by reasonable rules and regulations as a condition of admission to and retention in the University. Agencies of the University and academic administrators are authorized under this administrative ruling to initiate use of the academic hold for this purpose.
  4. Administrative Holds
    Administrative holds are also used to assure that students abide by reasonable rules and regulations as a condition of admission to and retention in the University. Agencies of the University and academic administrators are authorized under this administrative ruling to initiate use of the administrative hold for this purpose.

B.    CRITERIA FOR HOLD USE

  1. Financial Holds
    Criteria for use of the financial hold shall be as follows:
    1. Holds may be employed to collect any financial obligations due to the University's operating funds or to student loan funds.
      Examples of these obligations are: student tuition, residence hall room and board, deferred payments, traffic violations, charges for damages to University property, University housing apartment rent, past due loans (including ASMSU Student Loan Fund), library fines, bad checks cashed by students or presented in payment of student indebtedness, charges originating in various operating units (such as the Health Center, MSU Union, Veterinary Clinic, etc.), overdrafts in student organizations accounts, etc.
    2. Holds may not be used for collection of debts owed to any non-University agency. For purposes of this administrative ruling, registered student organizations, and student media groups (newspapers and radio) are defined as non-University agencies.
    3. Except in the case of bad checks, holds may be used only in those cases in which the student has been given or sent adequate notice of his or her indebtedness and warning of hold use prior to issuance of the hold.
    4. A current list of all University agencies authorized by the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer to issue financial holds shall be maintained by the Student Receivables Division, Controller's Office.
    5. Students are entitled to appeal the legitimacy of charges placed against them through established due process procedures. Students are expected to exercise these rights at the time of original notification of indebtedness.
    6. A student will not be permitted to enroll for courses, be registered, be readmitted to the University, have an application for admission to a new program of study processed, or receive services such as transcripts and diplomas, if a financial hold has been placed on the student. Additionally, in some circumstances, financial aid processing may be withheld if a financial hold has been placed.
    7. If a student has enrolled for courses and has not paid the financial obligation which created the financial hold by a specified due date, the student will be dropped from the courses in which he/she is enrolled.
  2. Judicial Holds
    Judicial bodies and administrative officers may make use of judicial holds in two cases:
    1. Holds may be issued against a student who has been suspended, under the procedures outlined in Student Rights and Responsibilities at Michigan State University, Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities, or Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities, to prevent the student's reenrollment and/or registration.
    2. Holds may be issued against a student in order to require the student to appear at an administrator's office so that the student can be provided with a written statement of an alleged violation of regulations and impending judicial or administrative proceedings when attempts to reach the student by certified mail and by telephone have proven unsuccessful.
    3. A judicial hold may prevent a student from being readmitted to the University, having an application for admission to a new program of study processed, enrolling in courses, and registering (paying of fees) depending upon the time within the academic semester when the hold is placed.
    4. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services or the Office of the Provost shall authorize each instance of judicial holds under the terms of the criteria in the above sections.
  3. Academic Holds
    1. The Provost and College deans and their designees are authorized to issue an academic hold which prevents a student from enrolling in courses and registering (paying of fees) because the student (1) has not met or needs to complete an academic requirement, e.g., has not declared a major, has failed to meet conditions of reinstatement or readmission, has failed to take the international student English proficiency test, has failed to supply required transcripts; (2) has been recessed or dismissed; (3) needs to see an academic advisor due to academic-related issues; or (4) has not met or needs to complete a recognized obligation incurred in the regular course of an academic program or in using an academic service.
    2. The student shall have had reasonable opportunity to be informed of and to comply with the academic requirement and shall have been given or sent warning prior to issuance of a hold.
    3. To ensure that the above conditions and criteria are being met, the persons and agencies authorized to issue academic holds shall provide a copy of their hold use procedures to the Office of the Provost for review and approval.
  4. Administrative Holds
    1. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services will authorize agencies which may place an administrative hold which prevents students from enrolling in courses and registering (payment of fees) and/or financial aid processing. Administrative holds are placed on students who have failed to meet a requirement which has been established by University policy or regulation such as, but not limited to, financial aid requirements, student housing policy, and international student health insurance. Within this category are those regulations with which a student must comply prior to enrollment. A current list of all University agencies authorized by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services to issue administrative holds shall be maintained by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services.
    2. The student shall have had reasonable opportunity to be informed of and to comply with the administrative requirement and shall have been given or sent warning prior to issuance of a hold.
    3. To ensure that the above conditions and criteria are being met, the persons and agencies authorized to issue administrative holds shall provide a copy of their hold use procedures to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services for review and approval.

C.    FURTHER GENERAL STIPULATIONS

  1. Agencies and authorized personnel of the University shall make every effort to minimize the use of holds and shall employ alternative methods to accomplish their purposes whenever feasible.
  2. Procedures for financial hold use shall be developed by the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. Procedures for judicial hold use shall be developed by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services and the Office of the Provost. Procedures for academic hold use shall be developed by the Office of the Provost. Procedures for administrative hold use shall be developed by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services. All procedures shall include provision for the following:
    1. Adequate prior notice to the student (including all pertinent details) of pending placement of a hold, prior to issuance except in the case of bad checks.
    2. Procedures for the student to challenge the placement of a hold, prior to the issuance of a hold.
    3. While a student is in the process of appealing the case in question, the hold will not be issued.
    4. Review by the offices responsible for developing hold use procedures to ensure that the administrative ruling on holds is being accurately and consistently followed.
  3. When a student has satisfied the conditions which precipitated a hold, the responsible agency or administrator placing the hold will ensure that the hold is removed.

D.    JUDICIAL REVIEW
        This administrative ruling and all procedures and administrative decisions stemming therefrom shall be subject to
         judicial review as provided in Student Rights and Responsibilities at Michigan State University.

 


Regulations for Qualifying for In-State Tuition (effective Spring 2016)

These regulations establish the criteria for eligibility to receive in-state tuition rates at Michigan State University.  Based on information supplied in the application for admission, a student will be classified as an in-state or out-of-state student. Any student who believes he/she has been incorrectly classified may complete an Application for Classification to In-State Fee Status (see section V., below).

Students may qualify for in-state tuition status in any of the following ways:  

  1. Establishing domicile in Michigan;
  2. Establishing that they (a) have attended for at least three (3) years an accredited Michigan high school; (b) have graduated from an accredited Michigan high school, or obtained a Michigan General Educational Development High School Equivalency Certificate (GED); and (c) will start their education at the University within forty (40) months of high school graduation or receipt of a GED; or
  3. Establishing that they have met one of the criteria listed in section III.

I.  Establishing Eligibility through Domicile

For purposes of these Regulations, “domicile” is defined as the place where an individual intends his/her true, fixed, and permanent home and principal establishment to be, and to which the individual intends to return whenever he/she is absent from the University.

Generally, an individual whose activities and circumstances, as documented to the University, demonstrate that he/she is domiciled in Michigan will be eligible for in-state tuition status. An individual whose presence in the State is based on activities or circumstances that are indeterminate or temporary will not be eligible for in-state tuition status. 

A.  Dependent Students

The domicile of a dependent student1 is presumed to be the same as that of the student's natural or adoptive parents.2 If only one parent is domiciled in Michigan, the student will be presumed to be a Michigan domiciliary whether or not that parent is the student's custodial parent.

A parent will be considered to be domiciled in Michigan if he/she:

(1) is permanently employed in Michigan; 
(2) has established a household in Michigan; and 
(3) has severed out-of-state ties.

B.  Non-dependent Students

A non-dependent student will be considered domiciled in Michigan if he/she has resided in Michigan for the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the semester for which he/she is seeking in-state tuition status,3 and also meets either of the following criteria:

  1. The student, or the student’s spouse, is employed in Michigan in a full-time, permanent job, and the employment is the primary purpose for the student's presence in Michigan; or
  2. The student has not enrolled in any academic courses at any two-year or four-year degree granting institution during this twelve-month period.
C.  Legal Permanent Resident Aliens and Immigrants

Non-U.S. citizens who are entitled to reside permanently in the United States are eligible for in-state tuition by showing that they have established a Michigan domicile as defined in sections I(A) or I(B) of these Regulations. At present, non-U.S. citizens who are entitled to reside permanently in the United States include:
 

  1. Permanent Resident Aliens: must be fully processed and possess Permanent Resident Alien card or stamp in passport verifying final approval by filing deadline for applicable term.
  2. Refugees: I-94 card must designate "Refugee."
  3. A, E (primary), G, and I Visa holders: Based upon current law, these non-immigrant visa classifications are the only ones that permit the visa holder to establish a domicile in the United States. The Registrar shall update this list as changes occur in applicable law. 

D.  Circumstances that do not Demonstrate Michigan Domicile

None of the following conclusively demonstrates Michigan domicile:

  1. Enrollment in a Michigan high school, community college, or university.
  2. Employment in Michigan that is temporary or short-term.
  3. Employment in Michigan in a position that is normally held by a student.
  4. Ownership of property in Michigan.
  5. Presence of relatives (other than parent of a dependent) in Michigan. 
  6. Possession of a Michigan driver's license or voter's registration.
  7. Payment of Michigan income or property taxes.
  8. A statement of intent to be domiciled in Michigan.
  9. The payment of University fees on behalf of a student.

II.  Establishing Eligibility through Michigan High School Attendance and Graduation.

Students who meet all of the following three (3) requirements will be eligible for in-state tuition status:

  1. Attend an accredited Michigan high school for three (3) years;
  2. Graduate from an accredited Michigan high school, or obtain a Michigan general Educational Development High School Equivalency Certificate (GED); and
  3. Start their education at the University within forty (40) months of high school graduation or receipt of a GED.  

Students are eligible to receive in-state tuition under this section regardless of whether they are domiciled in Michigan, residents of Michigan, or citizens of the United States.

III.  Other Ways to Establish Eligibility.

Students who meet any of the following standards will receive in-state tuition:

  1. If a student, or the parent of a dependent student, is a missionary funded by a Michigan church, and the student or parent was domiciled in Michigan at the time he/she went on the mission.
  2. If the parent of a dependent student, or an independent student (as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965, section 480(d)), has been employed as a migrant worker4 in Michigan for a minimum of two (2) months each year for three (3) of the five (5) years prior to the date of the proposed in-state tuition status, or for a minimum of three (3) months each year for two (2) of the five (5) years prior to the date of the proposed in-state tuition status, the student shall be classified as in-state. Proof and verification of employment is required.
  3. A person using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty Program), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®) of Title 38 of the United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) while attending Michigan State University (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
  4. A student who, or whose spouse, or parent in the case of a dependent student:
    (1) is serving on active duty in the United States Uniformed Services;
    (2) is serving in the guard or reserves in one of those reserve components; or
    (3) has received an honorable discharge from one of those Services or reserve components.
  5. A student who has served as a volunteer of the Peace Corps and who has satisfactorily completed his/her Peace Corps contract.
  6. Graduate students during the period of their appointment as Graduate Assistants.
  7. A student who is employed full-time by the University, or whose spouse, or parent in the case of dependent student, is employed full-time by the University.

IV.  Absences from Michigan

If a student, or the parent of a dependent student, is domiciled in Michigan, but has been temporarily transferred outside Michigan by his/her employer (but has not become domiciled outside Michigan), the student will receive in-state tuition.

If the student, or the parent of a dependent student, moves out of Michigan after the completion of the student’s sophomore year in an accredited Michigan high school, the student will receive in-state tuition if: (1) the student and his/her parent resided in Michigan for a minimum of ten (10) years prior to departure; and (2) the student attends the University the fall semester following high school graduation.

If a student, or the parent of a dependent student, moves out of Michigan during the time the student is enrolled as a full-time student at the University, the student's in-state tuition status will be maintained as long as he/she continues to be enrolled. If a student moves out of Michigan for more than twelve (12) months while enrolled as a less than full-time student, the student will not be eligible for in-state tuition, unless the student presents clear and convincing evidence that he/she has maintained his/her domicile in Michigan despite the move.

A prospective student who qualifies for in-state tuition under sections I., II., or III. above will be eligible for in-state intuition even if he/she attends a college or university outside of Michigan prior to enrolling at the University.

V.  Applying for In-State Tuition Status

Any student who has been classified as out-of-state and who believes he/she is eligible for in-state tuition status under the above provisions must submit:

  1. An Application for Classification to In-State Fee Status;
  2. A written statement explaining how he/she meets the criteria for in-state tuition status as set forth in these Regulations; and
  3. A copy of the student’s driver's license.

A student requesting in-state status based on his/her residence, or a dependent student who is establishing domicile through his/her parent(s), must also provide:

  1. A copy of a lease agreement(s), mortgage, property deed, or property title;
  2. In the case of a dependent student, a copy of the parent’s driver’s license; and 
  3. A copy of the first, second, and signature pages of the most recent year’s federal and State income tax returns (forms US 1040 and MI-1040) with all accompanying W2s (including Schedules C and E, if self-employed).

A student requesting in-state status based on the permanent, full-time employment of herself or himself, a parent, or a spouse must provide all of the above items listed in this section, and:

  1. A letter from the employer on letterhead that provides the employer’s physical address; and
  2. A copy of the most recent pay stub showing Michigan taxes being withheld.

The application and documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, Hannah Administration Building, 426 Auditorium Road, Room 150, East Lansing, MI 48824, at least thirty (30) days before the start of the semester for which in-state tuition status is sought. The average processing time is two (2) to four (4) weeks after all documents have been received. In-state status applies only to entire semesters. Students will not be granted in-state status for part of a semester. The application and documentation will not be returned. The student is advised to keep a copy for his/her records.

The application will be given to a Review Committee comprised of at least three (3) members, including the University Registrar. In cases where the documentation appears to be unclear or incomplete, a member of the Review Committee will attempt to contact the student and explain the need for further clarification and/or supportive documentation.

VI.  Appeal of a Decision of Ineligibility for In-State Tuition. 

A student desiring to challenge the decision of the Review Committee shall have the right to appeal the determination. The appeal should consist of a written statement and any supporting documentation explaining why the decision of the Review Committee is wrong.  

The appeal will be reviewed by the Out-of-State Fees Committee.  The Out-of-State Fees Committee consists of the Executive Vice President, Administrative Services, Chairperson; the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services; the Associate Controller; the Dean of the Graduate School; the Dean of Undergraduate Studies; one (1) undergraduate student representing ASMSU; one (1) graduate student representing COGS; the Director of Admissions, ex officio; and the University Registrar and his/her designee, ex officio. Ex officio members are non-voting.

If a student's appeal is denied by the Out-of-State Fees Committee, the student may ask to appear in person before the Out-of-State Fees Committee to further clarify his/her position. A student wishing to appear in person should file a written request with the Office of the Registrar. The request should specify the documentation about which the student intends to speak.

VII.  Miscellaneous. 

The University will correct any errors that have occurred in determining eligibility for in-state tuition. When a student provides evidence that he/she was eligible for in-state tuition in a prior semester, the student may seek retroactive in-state tuition status and a refund of the out-of-state tuition differential.  The student should send a written request with supporting documentation to the Office of the Registrar, Hannah Administration Building, 426 Auditorium Road, Room 150, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-2603.

If a student has accepted a bona fide offer of permanent, full-time employment in Michigan following graduation from the University, the student may seek a refund of the out-of-state tuition differential paid in any semesters falling completely within the twelve (12) months preceding the date of the student's acceptance of the offer of employment. Students who received financial aid during this twelve-month period will have their eligibility recalculated and their tuition refund will be reduced by the amount of aid for which they are determined ineligible. 

Falsification of records is prohibited. According to Article 5.01 of the University's General Student Regulations, "No student shall provide false information for the purpose of gaining benefit for oneself or others to any office, agency, or individual acting on behalf of the University." The University reserves the right to audit enrolled or prospective students at any time with regard to eligibility for in-state tuition.


For purposes of these regulations, a student is presumed to be a dependent of his/her parents if the student:
(1) is 24 years of age or younger; and
(2) has been involved primarily in educational pursuits or has not been entirely financially self-supporting through employment.
 
The domicile of a dependent student's legal guardian will be presumed to have the same effect as that of a dependent student's natural parent, and references to parents in these regulations shall include legal guardians when (a) the student is the dependent of the legal guardian, and (b) such guardianship has been established due to the complete incapacity or death of the student's natural parent(s). A parent's inability to provide funds necessary to support a college education does not constitute complete incapacity.

A non-dependent student's failure to have continuously resided in Michigan for the twelve-month period will not automatically prevent the student from obtaining in-state tuition status. If the student presents clear and convincing evidence which demonstrates the establishment of a Michigan domicile, the student will be eligible for in-state tuition status even if the student has not resided in Michigan continuously for twelve (12) months prior to the first day of classes in the applicable semester.

A migrant worker in Michigan is defined under these Regulations as an individual who travels from location to location pursuing seasonal agricultural or related industry employment. The term migrant worker does not include any family member of a person who owns or operates a farm, ranch, or other agricultural (or related industry) business.