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 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: 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.

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 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 ( 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 the student's 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.



Costs for books vary widely for the various academic programs. The average cost for undergraduates is estimated to be approximately $554.00 per semester and for graduates is $779.00 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. Block the student and other authorized guest users from making online tuition payments via STUINFO.
  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.