III. Student Fees
Student fees are based upon policies and decisions of the Montana University System Board of Regents. The 2010-2011 fee schedule is listed below. Additional information concerning tuition and fees may be obtained by accessing the Business Services website or contacting us at (406)657-2140.
Students are encouraged to have adequate funds available to properly pay their tuition and fees and other related expenses. Forms of payment accepted are cash, check and credit card. Foreign checks are not accepted.
Graduate Tuition and Fee Schedule
2010-2011 Academic Year
Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time by the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education. If you have questions on the current fees, please call the MSU Billings Business Office at 406-657-2140 or stop by McMullen Hall ground floor west. Comprehensive fee and extra fee tables are available through the MSU Billings website. Please call Business Services at 657-2301 or see our web page.
Tuition and fees for graduate studies, extended studies, summer session, workshops, and conferences may be in addition to or in lieu of the required fees. Please consult the publications pertaining to the special session, course, workshop or conference to determine those fees.
Determination of Resident Fee Status
The Montana University System classifies all applicants for admission and students as either in-state or out-of-state. The basic rules for making the classification are found in the Board of Regents’ policy. Each residency determination is based on the unique set of facts found in each individual’s case. It is the student’s responsibility to secure and review a copy of the policy. Failure to be aware of the rules will not be cause for granting exceptions to them. A copy of the policy is available from the Office of Admissions and Records at Montana State University Billings (McMullen first floor west, 406-657-2303). A complete explanation and residency questionnaire is found in the Montana University System’s Student Guide to Montana’s Residency Policy, a brochure available from the Office of Admissions and Records.
Fee Schedule Explanation
Required Tuition and Fees Per Semester
A $30.00 nonrefundable fee is assessed each enrolled student per semester.
There is a per credit hour charge of $199.40 up to 11 credits. For students taking 12 through 18 credits, there is a flat rate of $2392.80. Nonresident students will pay an additional $367.00 per credit hour.
Associated Students Activity Fee
Students enrolled for seven credit hours or more each semester are required to pay $38.50 for activities sponsored by the Associated Students of MSU Billings. Students enrolled for four through six credit hours pay $19.00 each semester and students enrolled for three hours or less pay $10.00 per semester.
Recreational Activity Fee
A $17.00 per semester fee is assessed to all students. The funds generated from this fee are used to support student recreational facilities and equipment.
Academic Building Fee
The Academic Building fee varies based on the number of credit hours taken. At 12-18 credits, the fee is $30.00. The funds generated from this fee are used to pay a portion of the costs of repair, maintenance, and operation of the state buildings.
Nonresident Building Fee
A $4.40 per credit nonresident building fee is collected from all students who are not residents of the State of Montana.
Building Renewal and Replacement Fee
Students enrolled for seven credit hours or more are required to pay a $121.00 fee per semester. Students enrolled for less than seven credit hours pay $63.00 per semester, and those enrolled for less than four credit hours pay $49.00 per semester.
Equipment Renewal and Replacement Fee
Students are assessed an Equipment Renewal and Replacement Fee of $3.50 per credit hour.
Student Union Fee
A $44.00 per semester fee is pledged for the operation of the Student Union for all students enrolled for four or more credit hours. Students enrolled for less than four credit hours pay $33.00 per semester.
Students are assessed a computer fee of $3.60 per credit hour.
Students are assessed a library fee of $40.30 each semester.
Students enrolled for more than seven credit hours are required to pay a $41.00 fee per semester. Students enrolled for seven credits or less are required to pay a $29.50 fee per semester.
Academic Support Center Fee
A $3.70 per credit hour fee is assessed to students.
Technology Replacement Fee
Students enrolled for 1 to 7 credits will pay $39.00 for technology replacement. Students with a course load greater than 7 credits will pay $82.00.
Comprehensive Health Plan
Student health coverage consists of two parts:
All students are entitled to services provided by the Student Health Center. Students enrolled in 7 or more credits are charged a mandatory fee of $53.50 per semester. Students enrolled for 7 credit hours or less may have the benefits of the Health Center services by electing coverage and paying the $53.50 per semester fee.
All students may enroll in the health insurance plan by electing the group health insurance plan and paying the health insurance premium. Students declining participation must sign a waiver at the time of fee payment or within one week following fee payment. Students who enroll for six credits or less may participate in the health insurance plan by paying the insurance premium and the $53.50 Health Service fee.
Payment of Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees may be paid after courses are selected. Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes for each semester. Summer semester tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes for the first session which you are attending. Tuition and fees may be paid by mail. Student bills may be accessed on the MSU Billings secure student website at www.msubillings.edu
Students may elect to pay their fees in installments. The installment payment method requires 1/4 down, 1/4 within 30 days, 1/4 within 60 days and 1/4 within 90 days. Summer session installments will require 1/3 down, 1/3 on June 1, and 1/3 on July 1. A $30.00 administrative charge is assessed to students using the installment method. Students not paying in accordance with the terms of the deferred fee contract will be charged a $15.00 late payment fee per installment, and may have their enrollment canceled. If a bank declines payment on a personal check and returns it to Montana State University Billings, a late registration fee shall be charged to the student offering the check as a payment of fees.
If the student withdraws from the University and the installment contract is not paid in full, any refund due the student is applied first to the unpaid balance of the contract. Withdrawal from the University does not void the contract.
The student is responsible for payment of his/her tuition and fees. Students failing to pay the University for tuition and fees are responsible for all collection costs incurred in the collection of that debt.
Payment may be made by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover) in person or via the MSU Billings secure website at www.msubillings.edu.
Late Registration Fee
A nonrefundable fee of $40.00 is payable by all students who do not pay during the designated fee payment period unless their late payment was due to the fault of Montana State University-Billings. If a bank declines payment on a personal check and returns it to Montana State University-Billings, a late registration fee shall be charged to the student offering the check as payment of fees. The late registration fee applies to students enrolled for seven or more credits on the date specified in the Schedule of Courses. It applies to those enrolled for six credits or less beginning the second week of classes.
Non-Payment of Fees
No person who owes Montana State University any fees, fines or other charges will be permitted to (1) receive academic credit or grades; (2) register; (3) secure a transcript, diploma, or other record; or, (4) access any MSU Billings facilities or services, regardless of the relationship thereof to the amount owed, until the full amount due has been paid or satisfactorily adjusted with Business Services. Any attorney’s fees or other costs or charges necessary for the collection of the amount owed may be added to the balance due, including collection agency fees. MSU Billings shall have the right to apply any portion of any amount it may owe such individual for any reason, including wages, to payment of the balance owed MSU Billings.
Unless otherwise required by the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended, students withdrawing from Montana State University Billings are refunded the fees paid in accordance with the schedule established by the Board of Regents. In order for a student to receive a refund under the Board of Regents’ policy, an official withdrawal form must be on file in the Admissions and Records Office. The following policies govern the amount refunded:
- Registration fee is nonrefundable.
- 90 percent of all remaining fees will be refunded to the end of the fifth classroom day.
- 75 percent of all remaining fees will be refunded to the end of the 10th classroom day.
- 50 percent of all remaining fees will be refunded to the end of the 15th classroom day.
- Refunds will not be made after the 15th day of classes.
- Refunds are determined as of the day the student officially withdraws from college and not from the date of last class attendance.
- Classroom days are determined by the college calendar, not by the student’s class schedule.
MSU Billings students receiving Title IV funds and who officially or unofficially withdraw or are expelled, up to the 60% point of the semester, may be required to return federal funds. Students may also be entitled to a post withdrawal refund up to the 60% point of the semester. Examples of the Federal Title IV policy may be obtained at the MSU Billings Financial Aid Office. Financial aid recipients will not receive refunds until their financial aid is repaid (Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, SSIG Grant, Perkins Loan, FFEL Loans, fee waivers, and some scholarships). If the refund is insufficient to repay the financial aid programs, students will be billed for the over-awards.
Students who owe repayments to any federally sponsored student aid program cannot receive any type of federal student aid. Students are responsible for repayment of all financial aid returned on their behalf by the University. Students failing to make satisfactory repayment are responsible for all collection costs incurred in the collecting of the debt.
Changes in Credit Load after Payment of Fees
Students adding classes after payment of tuition and fees are required to pay any additional tuition and fees created by the change in credit load.
Students dropping some classes (but not withdrawing) will receive a 100 percent refund on classes dropped before the end of the 15th classroom day. Refunds will not be made for classes dropped after the 15th classroom day. A $5.00 drop processing fee will be assessed for each class dropped during any given semester.
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