2020-2021 Undergraduate/Online Catalog 
    
    Dec 04, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate/Online Catalog

Online Degree Programs 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

Online Bachelor’s Degree Tuition
Full-Time Semester Hour Rate
Online Degree Program (1 - 11 credits)
Tuition  
(12 credits)  
$500/credit $500

See the Academic Calendar on MyHU for withdrawal deadlines.

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 registered 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 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 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 start of the course; ideally one-to-two weeks prior to allow time to complete any assignment(s). Textbooks may include both hard- and soft-bound books, journals, CDs, or software. The estimated cost for textbooks and other supplies per course is $100-200. Students can find textbook information at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/harrisburgu.htm. Some courses have textbooks or learning materials embedded in the course structure and at no additional cost.

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 credits 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. Refer to the section on Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for further information.

Other Charges

Tuition Payment Late Charge - A late payment charge of $150 will be assessed if the student fails to make payment arrangements or pay tuition on or before the first day of the semester or term.

Returned Check Charge - A charge of $20 will be assessed if a check 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.

Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition is considered fully-earned at the end of the first 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 credits within the same semester prior to the end of the Add/Drop Period.

If a student reduces the number of courses and/or credits during the published Add/Drop Period, a tuition adjustment for that course or semester hour reduction will be made.

There is a 75% tuition refund when a student withdraws during the Add/Drop period, but no tuition refund when a student withdraws after the Add/Drop Period.

Official Withdrawal from the 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 the Office of 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 the Office of 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.

Refunds are calculated upon official withdrawal from all classes and, if the student was deemed eligible for Title IV, 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 before the 60 percent point in time of the session 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 during or after week 4 of the 7-week session, 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. For a student who unofficially withdraws during a session, the withdrawal date shall be the end of the session. 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.

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 Veterans Administration is made to the institution ‐ 90 days after the date the institution submitted 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.