351.1 Tuition Charges for Overloads and Underloads

Created by: Pat Teague on 02/06/1999
Category: 3 - Finance and Administration; 50 - Fees/Tuition
 
Originator: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Current File: 351.1
Adoption Date: 12/15/1998
Reviewed for Currency: 05/24/2007
 
Replaces File: 351.1
Date of Origin: 07/20/1976
 
Classification:
 
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351.1 Tuition Charges for Overloads and Underloads

 

A. Background

A full course load for Furman students is twelve (12) credit hours during the fall and spring terms and eight (8) credit hours during the winter term. Students enrolled in a greater number of credit hours are considered to be overloading and students enrolled in fewer hours are considered to be underloading. Students may only overload if their grade point average satisfies the conditions stated in the chapter on "Academic Regulations" in the current Furman Catalogue. Students' tuition charges are not dependent on their academic course load except under the conditions stated in the Policy and Guidelines below.

 

B. Policy

Furman charges a comprehensive tuition fee for all students enrolled for up to sixteen (16) credit hours in the fall or spring terms and up to twelve (12) credit hours in the winter term. Students may request an exception to be charged on a per-course basis by completing an application in the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. This should be done at least one week prior to the first day of classes so that, if approved, charges may be adjusted appropriately before the term begins. The following students are eligible to request an exception to the comprehensive fee:

(1) Students who are financially independent;

(2) Students who have documented financial, medical, or learning difficulties; and

(3) Students who have earned ninety-six (96) hours or more toward graduation as of September 1 of the current academic year.

 

C. Guidelines

1. Students who enroll for more than sixteen (16) hours in a fall or spring term or more than twelve (12) hours in the winter term (as allowed by the academic regulations) will pay tuition for each credit hour over sixteen (16) in the amount of 1/12 of the fall comprehensive tuition fee.

2. The sixteen (16) hours (fall or spring term) or twelve (12) hours (winter term) provided by the comprehensive tuition fee may include the hours for a course registered for under the "credit by examination" procedure (with no additional administrative fee charged), a course registered for on an "audit" basis, or an Undergraduate Evening Studies course (taken only with special permission from the Associate Academic Dean) that is to be applied toward an undergraduate day student's B.A., B.S., or B.M. degree.

3. Students requesting an exception to the comprehensive tuition fee must complete a form and provide appropriate documentation to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean.

a. For students who request an exception on financial grounds, the Financial Aid Office will verify students' financial independence or financial difficulties warranting an exception to the comprehensive fee.

b. For students who request an exception on the basis of a disability, the Coordinator of Disability Services will verify the disability and need for accommodation in the form of a reduced course load.

c. For students who request an exception on the basis of a learning difficulty, the Director of Special Services will verify the need for a reduced course load.

d. For students who request an exception on the basis of medical difficulties, the Associate Academic Dean will make a determination after reviewing information provided by appropriate medical professionals.

4. In rare cases of students who have successfully appealed for continuation at the University following academic suspension or dismissal, the Faculty Appeals Committee may advise a student to underload in order to meet grade criteria it specifies. In these cases, the Associate Academic Dean will authorize an exception to the comprehensive fee and communicate this information to the Financial Aid Office, if applicable.

5. If an exception is granted for any reason listed under Guideline 3 or 4, a code will be entered in the student data system in the Office of the Associate Academic Dean.

6. Students with Furman scholarships that cover their entire tuition (Goodwill scholarships, Founders' scholarships, Lay scholarships, Alden Pre-Engineering, Alden Transfer, faculty/staff scholarships, tuition exchange arrangements, and full athletic grants) are not exempt from the comprehensive fee in the sense that they may apply for and be granted an exception. However, since for these students both the tuition charges and the payments originate with Furman, the charges and payments will be adjusted internally to reflect a per-hour tuition rate whenever students have enrolled for fewer than twelve (12) hours in the fall or spring or fewer than eight (8) hours in the winter. These students will be identified by the Financial Aid Office (except for full-scholarship athletes who will be identified by the athletic office), and then a code will be entered in the student data system so that an internal bookkeeping adjustment can be made automatically in their charges. The code will be entered by the University Bursar or someone designated by the Bursar. The Financial Aid Office will make the necessary adjustments in the award packages and payments.

7. The Bursar is responsible for adjusting students' accounts for tuition reductions resulting from underloads, for computing refunds, if applicable, and for answering students' questions regarding refunds or other account balance information.

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