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TUITION, FEES AND EXPENSES

Registration Fees and Expenses Textbooks and Supplies Housing and Meal Tickets
University Apartment Housing Student Insurance Nonresident (Out-of-State) Fee
Drop, Add, and Change Fees Graduation / Thesis Binding Fees Installment Payment Plan
Returned Checks Cancellation of Registration Refund of Tuition Fee
National Guard Fee Exemption Other Fee Exemptions

REGISTRATION FEES, TUITION AND HOUSING EXPENSES

Application Fee

A non refundable application fee of $20 for United States citizens and $30 for others will be assessed each applicant for admission or readmission to the university.

Orientation Fee

A non‑refundable orientation fee of $100 will be assessed on each invoice for all undergraduate first-time freshmen and transfer freshmen.

Registration Fees and Expenses

Registration Policies

NEW POLICY – EFFECTIVE WITH THE FALL 2010 SEMESTER, STUDENTS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED TO ACTIVATE THEIR SCHEDULES.   UPON REGISTRATION, STUDENTS WILL BE ENTITLED TO ATTEND SCHEDULED CLASSES AND ARE IMMEDIATELY INDEBTED TO THE UNIVERSITY AND OBLIGATED TO PAY ALL TUITION AND FEES ASSOCIATED WITH REGISTRATION.

TO RELEASE HIM/HERSELF FROM THIS FINANCIAL OBLIGATION OR INDEBTEDNESS, A STUDENT MUST “UNREGISTER” BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THE LAST BUSINESS DAY BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN.

Undergraduate students are considered full-time when enrolled for 12 or more credit hours. Graduate students are considered full-time when enrolled for 9 or more credit hours.

LATE REGISTRATION CHARGE

A student who registers any time after regular registration will be charged a non-refundable late registration charge of $100.00. This charge will be in addition to any late payment charge.

LATE PAYMENT CHARGE POLICY

Tuition and fees as well as housing and meal charges are due in full by close of business on the last business day before classes begin to avoid late payment charges.

FALL and SPRING

Late Payment Charge – $100.00 will be assessed at close of business on the last business day before classes begin.

14th Class Day Late Payment – Students who have an unpaid balance at close of business on the 14th class day for Fall and Spring will be subject to a $125.00 late payment charge in addition to any previous late payment charges that may have been assessed.   In addition, any students who have not paid at least ½ of their total balance due may be denied campus privileges including but not limited to lab access,   library access, housing, meals, etc.

Additional Late Payment Penalties – Students who have not paid their total balance due by the close of business on the first business day of October for the Fall semester and the close of business on the first day of March for the Spring semester will be assessed $125.00 and will lose campus privileges and may be subject to removal from campus housing and denied meal ticket access.

Students who have still not paid their total balance due by the close of business on the first business day of November for the Fall semester and close of business on the first busines day of April for the Spring semester may have the amount  owed turned over to a collection agency.   Students will be responsible for paying all collection costs.

A registration hold will be placed on all student accounts that have a balance over $200.00 and these students will be prohibited from registering for future semesters.

SUMMER

Late Payment Charge – $100 will be assessed at close of business on the last business day before the first day of classes (time contingent on summer office hour schedule). Students are responsible for charges on account for courses enrolled in at the close of business and applicable late chages.

7th Class Day Late Payment – $125.00 will be assessed on the 7th class day at the close of business to unpaid accounts.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the academic year are assessed as follows:

RESIDENT TUITION AND FEES*

 

Fall or Spring Semesters

Summer Sessions

Hours Undergraduate Graduate Undergraduate Graduate
1 $626.50 $733.75 $529.75 $628.75
2 $656.75 $764.00 $556.50 $655.50
3 $687.00 $794.25 $583.25 $682.25
4 $861.00 $1,004.00 $798.30 $930.30
5 $1,035.00 $1,213.75 $951.05 $1,116.05
6 $1,209.00 $1,423.50 $1,103.80 $1,301.80
7 $1,505.10 $1,755.35 $1,256.55 $1,487.55
8 $1,679.10 $1,965.10 $1,402.55 $1,666.55
9 $1,853.10 $2,713.35 $1,548.55 $2,322.55
10 $2,027.10 $2,743.60 $1,694.55 $2,342.55
11 $2,201.10 $2,773.85 $1,840.55 $2,362.55
12 & over $2,368.35 $2,797.35 $1,986.55 $2,382.55
*Fees are subject to change

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OUT-OF-STATE TUITION AND FEES

 

Fall or Spring Semesters

Summer Sessions

Hours Undergraduate Graduate Undergraduate Graduate
1 $626.50 $733.75 $529.75 $628.75
2 $656.75 $764.00 $556.50 $655.50
3 $687.00 $794.25 $583.25 $682.25
4 $861.00 $2,329.00 $798.30 $2,134.30
5 $1,035.00 $2,870.00 $951.05 $2,621.05
6 $1,209.00 $3,411.00 $1,103.80 $3,107.80
7 $3,823.85 $4,074.10 $3,363.55 $3,594.55
8 $4,329.10 $4,615.10 $3,810.55 $4,074.55
9 $4,834.35 $6,688.35 $4,257.55 $5,934.55
10 $5,339.60 $6,718.60 $4,704.55 $5,954.55
11 $5,844.85 $6,748.85 $5,151.55 $5,974.55
12 & over $6,343.35 $6,772.35 $5,598.55 $5,994.55
*Fees are subject to change

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Below is a breakdown of mandatory fees which are included in tuition and fees listed above

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
FEE DESCRIPTION TOTAL
Registration fee
($10 yearbook;
$10 building use;
$15 ID card activation;
$10 library fee;
$10 institutional evaluation;
$25 academic enhancement;
$15 enrollment services;
$60 student union operations)
$165.00
University assessed fee for students registering for 7 or more hours $90.85
Student body self-assessed fee for students registering for 7 or more hours $31.25
Student assessed recreation center fee at $6.75 per credit hour up to a maximum of $74.25 $74.25
Student assessed athletic fee at $3.50 per credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours $42.00
*Legislative Fee-Technology fee of $5.00 per credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours $60.00
*Legislative Fee-Operational fee of $5.00 per credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours $60.00
*Legislative Fee-Academic excellence fee of $10.00 per credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours or $120.00 $120.00
Energy Surcharge fee of $5 per student credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours – Fee has been suspended effective Fall 2010 $0.00
Lab fees ranging from $1 to $350 per course varies
Vehicle registration fee for all vehicles used on campus for  August to  August $50.00
*Also assessed for Winter Session and exceptional sessions

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SUMMER SESSION
FEE DESCRIPTION TOTAL
Registration fee($10 yearbook;
$10 building use;
$15 ID card activation;
$10 library fee;
$10 institutional evaluation;
$25 academic enhancement;
$15 enrollment services;
$30 student union operations)
$125.00
University assessed fee for students registering for 4 or more hours $47.80
Student body self-assessed fee for students registering for 4 or more hours $14.50
Student assessed recreation center fee at $6.75 per hour up to a maximum of $47.25 $47.25
Legislative Fee-Technology fee of $5.00 per credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours $60.00
Legislative Fee-Operational fee of $5.00 per credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours $60.00
Legislative Fee-Academic excellence fee of $10.00 per credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours or $120.00 $120.00
Energy Surcharge fee of $5 per student credit hour up to a maximum of 12 hours – Fee has been suspended effective Fall 2010 $0.00
Lab fees ranging from $1 to $350 per course varies
Vehicle registration fee for summer only $15

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There is a $10 replacement fee for the first lost, stolen, or damaged ID card. The replacement fee is $15 for all subsequent replacement ID cards issued.

Students enrolled for fewer than 7 hours in fall and spring semesters and fewer than 4 hours in the summer who do not pay the assessment fees and are therefore not entitled to attend sponsored events such as Crawfish Day and Winter Fest.   However, students wishing to attend these events may pay the assessment fees at the Fee Collection Center after completing the registration process.   Students will be required to pay the total of all assessment fees.

A graduate student enrolled solely for a qualifying or comprehensive examination or an undergraduate student enrolled for undergraduate comprehensive courses offered for no credit, such as Music 300, will be assessed a fee equivalent to the university registration fees of $155.00 (fall and spring) or $125.00 (summer).     If taking additional hour(s) over and above such examinations, the student will also be assessed tuition and fees for the additional hour(s).

 All credit balance checks, refunds, student payroll checks or other amounts due to a student shall be applied to any indebtedness or amount owed by the student to the university. Any remaining balance shall be paid to the student in the form of a refund check which is mailed to the student.   Direct deposit is available for students who wish to have their credit balance refunds electronically deposited. Students owing past due tuition and fees are not allowed to register for classes, and students indebted to the university, for any reason, are not allowed to receive a transcript.

 All students should obtain a valid university ID card that also serves as a library card, a meal ticket (when validated), and an admission ticket to special university events such as cultural attractions and athletic contests. Students should present a valid university ID card when picking up checks from the Fee Collection Center. Students without a valid university ID will be required to provide other valid picture identification as well as proof of enrollment when claiming checks.

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Textbooks and Supplies

Students should expect to pay from $500.00 to $600.00 each semester for books and related supplies, depending upon the number and nature of courses. Textbooks and necessary supplies are sold at the university bookstore. The selection of textbooks required for class is the responsibility of the academic departments.

Housing and Meal Tickets

A Housing and Food Service contract is offered through Housing and Residence Life located in the La Maison du Bayou clubhouse. Undergraduate students with less than 90 hours are required to live on campus. Exceptions are granted for married students, students with dependents, and students living at home.   For more information, contact Housing and Residence Life   or call (985) 448-4479.

Cost of the most recent Housing and Food Service  contract are presented below.   All rates are subject to change.

2011-2012 Housing and Food Service Contract Rates
Residence Halls

Room and Board Costs Per Semester (All fees are subject to change)

Building Occupancy Price with Silver Meal Plan Price with Gold Meal Plan Price with Platinum Meal Plan
Scholars Hall, Millet and Zeringue Semi-Private (separate bedroom with no door) $4,120 $4,205 $4,290
Scholars Hall, Millet and Zeringue Private (Fully private bedroom with door) $4,370 $4,455 $4,540
Ellender, Calecas, and Babington Double $3,070 $3,155 $3,240
Ellender, Calecas, and Babington Single $3,795 $3,880 $3,965

2011-2012 Housing and Food Service Contract Rates
La Maison du Bayou Apartments

Room and Board Costs Per Semester/Session (Fees are subject to change)

 

Building

 

Occupancy

Price with LMDB Declining Balance Meal Plan

 

Price with bronze Meal Plan

LMDB 2 Bedroom

2 Semester Lease

$4,100

$4,410

LMDB 2 Bedroom

Summer 2011 Session

$1,695

N/A

LMDB 4 Bedroom

2 Semester Lease

$3,725

$4,035

LMDB 4 Bedroom

Summer 2011 Session

$1,545

N/A

 

Building

 

Occupancy

Price with Silver Meal Plan

Price with Gold Meal Plan

Price with PlatinumMeal Plan

LMDB 2 Bedroom

2 Semester Lease

$4,995

$5,080

$5,165

LMDB 2 Bedroom

Summer 2011 Session

$2,100 (15)

$2,340 (19)

N/A

LMDB 4 Bedroom

2 Semester Lease

$4,620

$4,705

$4,790

LMDB 4 Bedroom

Summer 2011 Session

$1,950 (15)

$2,190 (19)

N/A

Applications for Housing and Food Service Contracts may be submitted at any time and must be accompanied by a room deposit of $200.00 and a non-refundable room application fee of $50.00 for an initial payment of $250.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Nicholls State University. This deposit, held until the student is no longer in residence at the university, will be returned provided no damage has been charged to the occupant, the student has met all obligations of the Housing and Food Service Contract, and all indebtedness owed by the student has been paid in full. If any indebtedness is owed by the student, the deposit will be used to pay the indebtedness and any remaining balance will be refunded to the student. This deposit will be forfeited if the student has not canceled a contract prior to July 15 for contracts beginning with the fall semester, December 15 for spring only contracts, and May 15 for summer session contracts.

 Students not living in residence halls may purchase a meal ticket at a cost of $1,370 – $1,540 per regular semester and $650-$890 for the summer session. Applications for student housing and/or meal plans should be directed to the Director of Housing and Residence Life.

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Family Housing

Twenty unfurnished apartments (one- and two-bedroom) are available with complete kitchen facilities.

 A deposit equal to one month’s rent is required. This deposit, held until the lessee is no longer in residence at the university, will be returned provided no damage has been charged to the occupant, the lessee has met all obligations of the Family Housing contract, and all indebtedness owed by the lessee has been paid in full. If any indebtedness is owed by the lessee, the deposit will be used to pay the indebtedness and any remaining balance will be refunded to the lessee. A one‑bedroom rents for $435 per month and a two‑bedroom for $495 per month. Applications and fees for Family Housing should be directed to the Director of Housing and Residence Life.

 To avoid forfeiture of a deposit, a lessee must cancel a reservation at least 30 days prior to moving out of the Family Housing complex.

Student Insurance

Every student registered for seven or more hours during a regular fall or spring semester or for four or more hours during a summer session must automatically pay a student self‑assessed fee per semester for student insurance. The policy offers twenty‑four-hour coverage for accidents or illness occurring on or off campus during the semester. Students taking fewer than seven hours in the fall or spring and four hours in the summer may opt to pay the student insurance premium.

Student insurance claim forms are available in the University Health Services (UHS) Office in the student union.

 For students who do not pay the self-assessment fees, student insurance and the student health fee are optional fees. Student insurance is an additional charge of $29.25 for the fall or spring semester and $17.85 for the summer session. The student health fee is an additional charge of $40.00 for the fall or spring and $20.00 for the summer session. Students should contact University Health Services.

Nonresident (Out-of-State) Fee

Residence status of a student for fee purposes is determined by the Office of Admissions. A fee ranging from $1,325 to $3,975 for the fall and spring semesters and for the summer session is charged nonresident graduate and undergraduate students each semester. (Graduate students will be charged full-time out-of-state fees when enrolled for 9 or more credit hours.) In certain limited cases the out‑of‑state fee may be waived. Contact the Office of Office of Admissions for details.

International Student Fee

An additional fee is levied for students classified as international students  upon admission. This is in accordance with the policy of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System for State Colleges and Universities. The additional fee is $60 per semester or session.

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Drop, Add, and Change Fees

A $5 processing charge may be assessed beginning with the first day of classes for each add, drop and/or change of section when the transaction is for the convenience of the student.

Graduation and Thesis Binding Fees

A graduation fee of $36 is required of each baccalaureate degree candidate, and a graduate fee of $35 is required of each candidate for the master’s, specialist, or associate degrees. These fees are paid at registration or when the student applies for graduation. Graduation fees are not carried forward to subsequent semesters; therefore, when a candidate does not meet graduation requirements in the current semester, the entire fee must be paid when application is made subsequently. The graduation fee covers the printing cost of a diploma and is non‑refundable.

 All caps and gowns must be ordered and purchased or rented from the university bookstore prior to graduation.

 A fee will be charged for a duplicate diploma.

An additional fee, payable directly to the library, is charged for thesis binding when applicable.

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GENERAL INFORMATION


Returned Checks

Any person who issues a check to the university or pays fees online through web-check that is returned by the bank will be charged a $15 processing fee per check or payments through web-check, over and above the amount for which the payment was originally made. In addition, students issuing checks or payments through web-check not honored by their banks may be subject to dismissal from the university. Nicholls reserves the right to refuse to cash or accept checks from students who have had checks returned. Stop-payment orders and inputting errors are treated in the same manner as checks returned because of insufficient funds.

A stop-payment order on a check for registration fees may not be used in lieu of following the correct resignation procedures. Only those who follow correct resignation procedures are entitled to refunds. Anyone who registers is responsible for the payment of registration fees, even though a stop-payment order is issued. Returned checks not paid in a timely manner will be presented to the Lafourche Parish DA’s Office for collection proceedings. Students having checks for their accounts turned over to the DA will be placed on a permanent “CASH ONLY” basis.

Cancellation of Registration by the University

Cancellation of registration originates in the Office of Records and Registration when a registration is found to be illegal or fraudulent, in which case no refund of fees will be made.

 A registration may be canceled when an outstanding amount is due for registration fees. This includes, but is not limited to, obligations pertaining to returned checks for tuition and fees or student deferments of fees which are not paid when due.

 In lieu of canceling registration, the university may refuse to allow a student to register until all outstanding amounts are paid in full. As such, students will not be allowed to use financial aid from a current semester to pay for an indebtedness of a prior semester.   Students indebted to the university will not be allowed to receive transcripts until all debts or financial obligations are paid in full.

Refund And/Or Credit for Resignation from the University

When a student officially resigns from the university, refunds/credits will be based on the official date of resignation as it relates to the following schedule. Whether or not a student attends class does not factor into the refund/credit calculation.

Fall and Spring Semesters
Before classes begin 100% of all tuition and fees
During first and second day of classes 75% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
From the third through the fifth day of classes 50% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
From the sixth through the 14th class day 25% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
After 4:15 p.m. of the 14th class day 0% refund

Regular 8-Week Summer Sessoin

Before classes begin 100% of all tuition and fees
During first and second day of classes 75% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
During the third and fourth day of classes 50% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
From the fifth through eighth day of classes 25% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
After 4:15 p.m. of the eighth day of classes 0% refund

Mini 4-Week Summer Session

Before classes begin 100% of all tuition and fees
During first day of classes 75% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
During the second day of classes 50% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
During the third and fourth day of classes 25% of all tuition and fees less $150 for processing
After 4:15 p.m. of the fourth day of classes 0% refund

For applicable dates used to calculate refunds for specific semesters or sessions, see the Academic Calendar in this Catalog.

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Students receiving federal financial aid must comply with federal regulations regarding the return of Title IV funds. Federal financial aid regulations have defined that a student who withdraws from all courses prior to completing more than 60% of a semester or session has not earned 100% of the federal financial aid that was received, and the student and/or the school may be required to return a portion of his or her federal aid. If you are thinking about withdrawing from all classes prior to completing more than 60% of the semester or sessions, you should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine how your withdrawal will affect your financial aid.

Refunds and/or credits will be applied based upon the following policies:

  1. All refunds/credits due a student shall first be applied to any indebtedness due the university; any remaining refund balance shall be paid to the student.  
  2. Any indebtedness remaining after refunds/credits have been applied must be paid in full before re-entry into the university or before receiving a transcript.
  3. The applicable date used to calculate refunds for students who attend only off-campus, only night, or seven-and-seven program classes shall be the date of their first class meeting rather than the first class day as listed on the university calendar.
  4. When a student resigns from the university because of approved medical reasons, the date used in calculating refunds/credits shall be the date when the student became medically unable to continue class attendance or the last class attended as verified by instructor.
  5. If a student dies during a semester, a full refund/credit will be made exclusive of premium paid for student insurance.
  6. Whenever a student must reduce the number of courses because a course was canceled, or rescheduled at another time, or because the student was advised to enroll in a course in which he or she was ineligible to enroll, a full refund/credit will be made for the hours dropped. No refund will be made when a student drops a class for his or her convenience after regular registration ends.
  7. The policy and procedures for handling refunds or reduction of charges for housing and food services can be reviewed at www.nicholls.edu/housing/policies-handbooks/   A printed copy of the policies and procedures is available at the Housing office in the LaMaison Club House.
  8. No refund/credit of tuition, fees or other costs paid in association with attendance at the university, including room and meal costs, will be made in the case of students who have been subject to disciplinary action which deprived them of privileges and services for which they paid.
  9. Requests for exceptions to the university refund/credit policy as stated in numbers 3, 4, and 6 above must be made in writing by the student’s academic dean with a letter addressed to the Assistant Vice President for Finance. This letter must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Also, for number 4, an attending physician’s statement must be attached to the letter.
  10. The above policies are subject to change without notice.

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FEE EXEMPTIONS

National Guard Fee Exemption

Louisiana Revised Statute 29:36.1 provides a tuition exemption to all members of the Louisiana Army National Guard and Air National Guard who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Seventeen years of age or older.
  • Domiciled in the State of Louisiana.
  • Registered to vote.
  • Active member of the Louisiana Army National Guard or Air National Guard at the beginning of a semester and throughout the entire semester for which exemption is received.
  • Not on academic probation or suspension prior to or while receiving National Guard tuition exemption.

This exemption may be claimed for five separate academic years of work toward or until receipt of a baccalaureate degree, whichever occurs first. Students must be listed on the Notice of Eligibility for Exemption form approved by the education services officer. Student self assessment‑fees and other registration fees are not covered by the National Guard Fee Exemption.

Other Fee Exemptions

Nicholls honors various fee-exemption programs which have been approved by the Louisiana Legislature or the University of Louisiana System. Students may contact the Controller’s Office regarding these exemptions to see if they qualify.

 Veterans Affairs provides educational assistance in state-supported colleges and universities for children of certain deceased war veterans.

 Student Government Association Program provides the equivalent of four tuition waivers to the top elected and appointed SGA officers at the universities and colleges governed by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

 Firefighters Disability Program provides scholarships and financial assistance for children of firefighters injured in the course and scope of their employment resulting in their inability to be employed and to provide for related matters.

 Disabled Police Officers Program provides scholarships and financial assistance for children of police officers or deputy sheriffs who were either killed or permanently disabled after January 1, 1973, in the course and scope of the performance of their duties.

 Senior Citizen Program provides a tuition and registration fee waiver for any person over the age of sixty years; the exemption is limited to three credit hours per semester.

 Faculty, Staff and Dependents Program provides for a fee exemption for faculty and staff members as well as for the undergraduate dependents of faculty and staff members who qualify for the exemption.

 The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) provides for a fee exemption for those students who qualify under the CODOFIL program in Louisiana.

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