2020-2021 Undergraduate/Online Catalog 
    
    Aug 13, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate/Online Catalog

Tuition Charges, Refund Policies and Business Office Policies



All undergraduate tuition, charges and policies listed in this publication are effective as of July 1, 2020 and are subject to change, without notice, by the University's Board of Trustees.

Admission Application Charge

There is no charge to apply for admission to the University.

Tuition Deposit

A non-refundable tuition deposit of $100 must be paid in advance of final course registration for the initial semester of attendance. A tuition deposit made for the Fall Semester is non-refundable after May 1. A deposit for the Spring Semester is non-refundable after November 1.

Tuition - Semester Schedule

Tuition payment or satisfactory arrangement to pay tuition is due generally one week prior to the beginning of the semester. Tuition is charged at the per semester hour rate shown below. Full-time tuition charges are for 12 to 17 semester hours. A student who registers for more than 17 semester hours is subject to additional tuition costs at the per-semester hour rate (for example, tuition charged for 18 semester hours will be $11,950 + $1,000 or $12,950). A student who registers for 11 semester hours or fewer is charged the per semester hour rate multiplied by the number of registered semester hours.

Undergraduate Registration Schedule per Semester
   
Full-Time Tuition Semester Hour Rate
(12 - 17 Semester Hours) (1 - 11 semester hours or each semester hour over 17)
   
$11,950 $1,000

Financial Aid Counseling and Financial Clearance Date

The student is encouraged to apply for federal and state grant program funding to determine the student's eligibility. A student seeking federal or state financial aid program assistance is required to contact the Office of Financial Aid at least 30 days prior to the start of a semester to complete the application process, submit all required documents and materials requested, and finalize a financial assistance plan by the end of the Add/Drop Period. A student whose financial assistance plan is not finalized by the end of the Add/Drop Period will not be allowed to attend class.

Tuition Payments

Payments may be made in the Business Office by cash, check, or money order. Electronic payment options including credit card, debit card, and electronic check/ACH are available online via the Finance page of MyHU. A preregistered student can view account information online.

A convenience fee of 2.75% will be added for any credit/debit card transactions involving student tuition payments or other services. Online ACH/electronic check payments will not incur a convenience fee.

Tuition Payment Plans

A monthly, interest-free payment plan is offered to the student and or parent to make four (4) monthly installment payments during the semester. There is an enrollment fee of $50 per semester for this service. A student may enroll in a payment plan via the Finance page of MyHU.

Many employers offer employees a tuition reimbursement benefit. Because reimbursement is usually dependent upon the employee's proof of grade completion, an Employee Deferred Payment (EDP) plan permits a student's allowable tuition payment to be deferred until the end of the semester. The service fee for the plan is $50 per semester. The application form is available online at the Finance page of MyHU.

Laptop Computer

A laptop computer with wireless capability and access to the internet is required for attendance in all programs of study and should be obtained prior to the first day of class. Minimum requirements are listed on the University's website at https://harrisburgu.edu/it-resource-center/. The cost is approximately $700 to $1,200.

Textbooks

Textbooks and other supplies (if specified for a course) must be obtained by the student prior to the first day of class. Textbooks may include both hard- and soft-bound books, journals, CDs, or software. Supplies may include a laboratory coat, goggles, gloves or any other required item specified. The estimated cost for textbooks and other supplies per course is $160.

Prior Learning Assessment Charge

A student who submits an application for prior learning assessment is charged a per semester hour amount of $225 for the number of semester hours of the course equivalent sought. This charge is imposed at the time of application. No refund will be made if the application is unsuccessful.

Other Charges

Tuition Payment Late Charge - A late payment charge of $250 will be assessed if the student fails to make payment arrangements or pay tuition on or before the payment due date.

Returned Check Charge - A charge of $20 will be assessed if a check or electronic check/ACH transaction processed for payment is returned by the issuing bank.

Campus ID Card Replacement Charge - Upon enrollment, a student receives, at no cost, a photo-imprinted Campus ID Card to be used as an identification badge, as a library card, and for building and elevator access. A student is required to wear the Campus ID Card badge when on campus. If a student desires a photo ID, submission of a 2" x 2" photo is required and a charge of $25 is assessed to replace the card. If a Campus ID Card is lost or stolen, a charge of $25 is assessed to replace the card.

Late Registration Charge - A charge of $50 will be assessed if the student registers for a course after the Add/Drop Period has ended.

Pay to Print Charge - On-campus printing is available to the student. A charge may be assessed depending upon the nature of the print job: paper size, ink color, and quantity.

Transcript Requests - The official transcript request form is available on the Harrisburg University website or electronically submitted via MyHU. Each official transcript requested will be charged $10.00 per transcript for standard domestic delivery.

Enrollment Status Determination and Financial Aid Payments

A student's enrollment status is determined at the end of the Add/Drop Period. The student is charged the applicable tuition rate for the number of semester hours in which the student is enrolled. Federal student financial aid program assistance for which the student may be eligible is then calculated and paid, in accordance with regulations, based on the student's enrollment status. Direct student loans and PLUS loans for first-time students are scheduled for disbursement on or after the 31st calendar day from the first day of the semester. University merit and need-based grants and scholarships, if any, are credited to the student's account in week 4 or thereafter during the semester. Advance payment of an estimated credit balance resulting from anticipated institutional financial aid awards is prohibited.

Refund Policy for Traditional Semesters

A student who withdraws from the University prior to the end of the third week of the semester may be due a credit for the unearned portion of the tuition charge.

The rate of tuition refund for withdrawal from the University is as follows:

  • prior to the first day of a semester 100%
  • during the first week 75%
  • during the second week 50%
  • during the third week 25%
  • after the third week 0%

See the Academic Calendar at https://harrisburgu.edu/records-registration-academic-resources for withdrawal deadlines.

Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition for the semester is considered fully-earned at the end of the third week of classes. For refund purposes, the semester begins on the first day of class for that semester, regardless of the student's first class day of attendance during week one. The period of time used to calculate the tuition refund is the first day of class of the semester to the University's determination date of official or unofficial withdrawal.

There will be no refund or additional charges for a student who adds and drops an equal number of semester hours within the same semester prior to the end of the Add/Drop Period.

If a student reduces the number of courses and/or semester hours during the published Add/Drop Period, a tuition adjustment for that course or semester hour reduction will be made, except when the student maintains full-time enrollment status with 12 semester hours or more.

There is no tuition refund when a student withdraws from one or more courses after the Add/Drop Period but remains enrolled in one or more other scheduled courses.

A scholarship payment received from a company or organization is applied to the student's tuition balance. The refund policy does not apply separately to the various types of payments credited to the student's account.

Official Withdrawal from University Procedure

A student is encouraged to contact the Financial Aid and Business Offices in advance of any decision to withdraw from the University to obtain an explanation of the tuition and financial aid adjustments that will occur, if any, as the result of withdrawal from the program of study.

A student who intends to officially withdraw is encouraged to contact Records and Registration by telephone (717.901.5136), RegHelp Student Portal, or in person. It is recommended that a Withdrawal Form be completed or the student will be unofficially withdrawn.

The determination date for withdrawal purposes shall either be the actual date of formal notification by the student or some future date specified by the student as the intended last date of attendance. The determination date is used to calculate the tuition refund, if any, and the student financial assistance program refund, if applicable.

Unofficial Withdrawal

A student who discontinues attendance in all courses during a semester and does not officially withdraw from the University is considered to have unofficially withdrawn. The determination date for unofficial withdrawals shall be the end of the semester, unless other evidence is provided to Records and Registration. There are serious federal student financial aid program implications for a student who unofficially withdraws, as explained below.

Federal Student Financial Aid Program Refund Calculation

Refunds are calculated upon official withdrawal from all classes and, if the student was deemed eligible for Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) student financial assistance program funds, any refund due will be paid within 45 days from the date the student is determined to have withdrawn.

A student who officially withdraws up to the 60 percent point in time of the semester will incur an adjustment to the amount of financial aid program funds awarded and/or disbursed for the term based on the percentage of time attended from the first day of class to the University's determination date of withdrawal. If a student officially withdraws after the 60 percent point in time of the 14-week semester, 100 percent of the student's financial assistance program awards are considered earned and will be applied to the total amount of institutional charges due for the term. The refund order of Title IV, HEA program funds (as applicable to the student) is: Unsubsidized Direct Loans; Subsidized Direct Loans; Direct PLUS Loans; Federal Pell Grants; and, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

For a student who unofficially withdraws during a semester, the withdrawal date shall be the end of the semester. The student is then responsible for all tuition charges due resulting from this reduction in awards and/or payments previously credited to the student's account.

Institutional Financial Assistance Awards, Payments and Refunds

Merit- and need-based financial aid assistance awarded by the University for a semester are earned ratably through week 9 of the 14-week academic term, similar to the federal student assistance program refund calculation described above.

While payments of institutional aid may be credited to the student's account on or after week 4 of a semester, the student must remain enrolled through week 9 of the semester to fully earn the award.

For example, a student with a merit award of $2,000 who officially withdraws in week 6 of the 14-week semester would only have $800 of institutional financial aid assistance applied toward tuition due for the term [$2,000 x 6/14 = $857]. The difference of $1,143 is rescinded and the student is responsible for any remaining tuition balance due.

Veteran Student Tuition and Fees Policy

Pursuant to Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, a student who is entitled to education assistance under chapter 31‐Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33‐Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits will be permitted to attend and participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date in which the student submits a written request to use such entitlement and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

‐ The date on which payment from the Veterans Administration is made to the institution
‐ 90 days after the date the institution submitted a certification of enrollment/tuition and fees to Veterans Administration

Harrisburg University will not impose any penalty, including late fees, limited access to university resources, or require additional borrowed funds on any eligible student due to the inability to meet their financial obligation to the university based on delayed disbursement of Veterans Administration funding.

A student who is entitled to education assistance under any of the available Veterans Administration  Education Benefits is expected to provide the Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits to the  Certifying Official no later than the start of the initial semester in which the entitlement is intended to be used. In addition, each semester the student must submit a written request (VA Benefits eForm) as confirmation of their intention to use the entitlement before the Enrollment/Tuition and Fees  Certification can be reported by the Certifying Official to Veterans Administration for processing.