Academic Programs Catalog

General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

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 Billing Statement for the semester. The bill is only available online in .the student portal. Paper bills are not mailed. Students will be notified by e-mail when the Registration Billing Statement is available in the student portal. Please refer to the Student Accounts Web site at: ctlr.msu.edu/costudentaccounts 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. Wire payments are facilitated through our partnership with Flywire. More information can be found in the payment portal for Flywire payments. Most 529 payments can be made electronically in the payment portal.


Payment Plan

Students may defer up to 50% of their tuition and related fees choose to enroll in the payment plan to assist with making their payments. A $40 non-refundable enrollment fee is required with the first payment. For fall and spring semesters, a 25% down payment is required at the time of enrollment, plus the $40 payment plan enrollment fee. The remaining balance will be paid in three equal amounts over the course of the semester (if enrolled by a certain date). For summer semester, a 33% down payment is required at the time of enrollment, plus the $40 payment plan fee. The remaining balance will be paid in two equal amounts. (if enrolled by certain date). 

Fall Semester

Initial Payment due date August 1
2nd installment due date September 1
3rd installment due date October 1
4th installment due date November 1

Spring Semester

Initial Payment due date December 1
2nd installment due date January 1
3rd installment due date February 1
4th installment due date March 1

Summer Semester

Initial Payment due date May 1
2nd installment due date June 1
3rd installment due date July 1

A $30 late payment charge will be made whenever any payment is made after the due date. Students will be held from enrolling for future semesters whenever current semester payment plan 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.

Students receiving  VA chapter 31 or 33 funding will not be subject to certain penalties, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, due to the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from the VA under chapter 31 or 33.


Financial Aid

All financial aid (except College Work Study) which has been authorized at the time the MSU Billing Statement is produced will appear on the bill as Anticipated Aid. 
Actual financial aid payments are not made until ten days before the first class day of the semester.  Until that time, aid which students are eligible to receive will be listed on the bill and will reduce the amount owed.

Aid that does not appear as Anticipated on the account may require additional actions in the Student Financial Planning (SFP) financial aid system. Students or authorized guests may visit the portal at https://student.msu.edu/splash.html to view requested documents or actions.

Eligibility for each award is monitored during the semester and may change due to changes in enrollment as of the time it is credited to the account through the end of the semester.  Refer to the Office of Financial Aid web page at https://finaid.msu.edu/ for further information on types of aid and the requirements for each.

If the total financial aid to the account exceeds the amount owed, the student may be entitled to a refund.  Refunds are sent via Direct Deposit by the Student Accounts Office according to their calendar and students are recommended to contact that office for information.

NOTE: Financial Aid for a current semester may be used to pay past due debts on the account up to a maximum of $200.  The student must contact the Student Accounts Office to request this service.  Some exceptions may be made for non-federal funds.  Students should review their financial aid resources to determine that they have excess funds before contacting Student Accounts.

Additional aid that is awarded after a semester's bill has been produced is automatically applied to the account and will pay on that semester's costs.  A prior debt of up to $200 will automatically be paid with financial aid unless the student informs the Student Accounts Office to the contrary in writing 10 days before the start of the semester.



Books

Costs for books vary widely for various academic programs.  The average costs for undergraduates is estimated to be $577 per semester.  For graduates, the cost estimate is $811 per semester.  Graduate/professional costs vary from law ($1414 per semester) to $888 per term for first year medical and veterinary students.


Returned Items

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

A $25.00 returned item service charge  will be assessed to a student whose registration check/ACH is returned from their financial institution 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 financial 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. Block the student and other authorized guest users from making online tuition payments.
  4. Transfer the debt to a collection agency.
  5. File a complaint with the police for possible prosecution.
  6. Refer the student to the Judicial Affairs Office for disciplinary action.
  7. 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.