Fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents of the University
System of Georgia. Current fee information is published each semester in
the Columbus State University Schedule of Courses. All fees are payable at
the scheduled time each semester. Students are not officially registered
until all fees have been paid.
Tuition and Fees
* The tuition and fees listed in this catalog are for the
2006-2007 Academic Year. A current listing of tuition and fees can be found on the
Columbus State University: Registration - Tuition and Fees.
Guaranteed tuition. New freshmen and transfer students enrolling in the University System of Georgia's 35 colleges and universities will pay a guaranteed tuition rate aimed at providing tuition stability and encouraging their "on-time" graduation. The tuition rate will be guaranteed for four years for incoming freshmen and two years for students transferring in to the University System of Georgia from a non-USG institution. Tuition for transfer students within the University System of Georgia will be guaranteed for four years from entry into the University System as an incoming freshman.
Each year, the Board of Regents will approve a new tuition rate for the entering class, to be guaranteed for that class for four years (12 consecutive semesters) at the USG's four-year institutions. Students who do not graduate in four years will pay the guaranteed rate in effect for new USG students at the time the original guarantee expires.
This new tuition policy applies to degree-seeking undergraduate students only, and does not include mandatory fees or expenses for room and board.
In-state tuition. Students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours are
assessed tuition of $1,280 at the undergraduate level and $1,522 at the
graduate level. Students carrying less than 12 credit hours pay at the
rate of $107 per credit hour at the undergraduate level and $127 per credit
hour at the graduate level.
Out-of-state tuition. Non-residents of Georgia pay tuition of
$5,121 at the undergraduate level and $6,086.00 at the graduate level if
enrolled for 12 credit hours or more. If enrolled for less than 12 hours,
the undergraduate out-of-state tuition per credit hour is $427 and the
graduate out-of-state tuition per credit hour is $508.
Mandatory Fees (Student activity, athletic, health, and campus access fees). For the fall semester and spring semester, there is a student activity fee of $33 for students taking one to five hours and $53 for students taking six or more hours. The athletic fee is $102 for students taking one to five hours and $132 for students taking six or more hours. All students are assessed a health service fee of $32, a campus access fee of $16, and a technology fee of $42. For the summer term, the student activity fee is $20 for students taking one to five hours and $34 for students taking six or more hours. The athletic fee is $59 for students taking one to five hours and $78 for students taking six or more hours. All students are assessed a health service fee of $18, a campus access fee of $12, and a technology fee of $26.
Fee and Tuition waivers. Residents of Georgia enrolling under Georgia
Constitutional Amendment 23 (62 years of age or older) may have fees
and tuition waived. Students must pay special lab fees if applicable.
Arrangements should be made in advance through the Admissions Office.
Graduate Assistantships. Students approved for graduate
assistantships are assessed tuition of $25 for up to 10 semester hours of
credit plus applicable student activity, athletic, technology, health, and
campus access fees.
Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes
Definition of Legal Residence
The Board of Regents has adopted the following policies for the purpose
of determining in-state tuition status of students:
- If a
person is 18 years of age or older, he or she may register as an
in-state student only upon showing that he or she has been a legal
resident of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months immediately
preceding the date of enrollment.
emancipated minor or other person 18 years of age or older shall be
deemed to have gained or acquired in-state status for tuition purposes
while attending any educational institution in Georgia, in the absence
of a clear evidence that he or she has in fact established legal
residence in Georgia.
- If a
person is under 18 years of age, registration may be made as an
in-state student only upon showing that the supporting parent or
legal guardian has been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least
12 months immediately preceding the date of registration.
- If the
legal residence of a parent or legal guardian of a minor changes to
another state following a period of legal residence in Georgia, the
minor may continue to take courses for a period of 12 consecutive
months on the payment of in-state tuition. After the expiration of the
12-month period, registration may be continued only upon the payment
of fees at the out-of-state rate.
- In the
event that a legal resident of Georgia is appointed as guardian of a
nonresident minor, such minor will not be permitted to register as an
in-state student until the expiration of one year from the date of
court appointment, and then only upon a proper showing that such
appointment was not made to avoid payment of the out-of-state fees.
shall be classified as nonresident students; however, an alien who is
living in this country under an immigration document permitting
indefinite or permanent residence shall have the same privilege of
qualifying for in-state tuition as a citizen of the United States.
Non-Resident Fee Waivers
The Board of Regents has adopted the following policies for the purpose
of determining eligibility for waiver of
- Students who have been legal
residents of Lee and Russell Counties in Alabama for at least 12
consecutive months immediately preceding the date of enrollment.
- Full-time employees of the University
System of Georgia, their spouse, and dependent children.
- Full-time employees in the public
schools of Georgia, their spouse and dependent children. Teachers
employed full time on military bases in Georgia shall also qualify for
- Career consular officers and their
dependents who are citizens of the foreign nation which their consular
office represents, and who are stationed and living in Georgia under
orders of their respective governments. This waiver shall apply only
to those consular officers whose nations operate on the principle of
educational reciprocity with the United States.
- Active duty military personnel
stationed in Georgia and their dependents.
- Full-time Georgia National Guard
- Students who have moved to Georgia
due to full-time employment of self or court-appointed guardian
within 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of
- Students recently separated from
uniformed military service.
- Students may also be eligible for a
general waiver. New or returning students with a 2.75 or higher
GPA may request a general out-of-state waiver.
See the Office of Admissions for
details and deadlines on the above listed waivers.
Petition to Change Residency Status
Students are responsible for registering under the proper tuition
status. Students classified as non-residents for tuition purposes who
believe they are entitled to be reclassified as legal residents must
petition the director of admissions for a change in status. The petition
must be filed no later than the schedule change (add only) deadline of the semester in order
for students to be considered for reclassification for that semester. If
the petition is granted, reclassification will not be retroactive to
prior semesters. Information about necessary documentation to support a
petition for reclassification is available in the Admissions Office.
Other Expenses and Penalties
Application fee. A non-refundable, one-time application fee
of $25 is required of all applicants except Georgia residents 62 years of age or older,
and active duty military personnel.
Housing fees.* Residents of CSU apartments and other housing must be enrolled full-time at Columbus State University. Fees are due at the time of registration. Fees for housing range from $1,860 to $3,000 per semester, depending on whether students share a bedroom or bathroom and, in some instances, how many students share an apartment. Meal plans that offer students five to 10 meals per week on CSU�s main campus are available from $825 to $1,197 per semester. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. For an overview of options related to living at CSU, visit
For more information on living at CSU�s main campus, visit http://life.colstate.edu/default.asp.
For more information on living at CSU�s RiverPark campus, visit http://www.colstate.edu/riverparkhousing/.
Housing applications are available online, linked to the above pages, which offer more information on housing fees. A damage deposit must accompany a housing application before it will be processed.
Among other amenities, all CSU apartments feature 24-hour security, high-speed Internet access, a full kitchen and on-site laundry and fitness facilities. Utilities, local phone service and free extended cable television service are included in the housing fees. A free shuttle bus transports students hourly between CSU housing and the two campuses. Both campuses offer shopping and dining opportunities within walking distance.
Additional registration fees. First-time registrations
during the schedule change period, $25; registrations approved after
schedule change, $50.
Class fees. A special class fee is added to certain courses
to cover the costs of instructional materials. Refer to the Schedule of
Courses booklet for the amount of these fees.
Applied music fees. Special fees are added for individual
and class instruction in applied music. Refer to the Schedule of Courses
booklet for the amount of these fees.
Textbooks. All book sales are final; no refunds will be
made. Approximate cost of books and supplies is $400 per semester.
Delinquent Fees and Fines. Students may be dropped from
Columbus State University at any time they become delinquent in the
payment of fees, the clearing of fines, or the repayment of loans.
Registration will be stopped and copies of educational records will be
withheld if a student has either outstanding financial obligations or
Returned check charge. A returned check charge of $25 or
five percent of the amount of the check, whichever is greater, will be
charged for returned checks. After one returned check, personal checks
will not be accepted. Any student enrolled who fails to clear a returned
check for tuition within 10 days of notification will be disenrolled.
Records will be held and the check must be redeemed prior to further
registration or receipt of transcript. Students referred to a collection agency will be responsible for additional collection fees.
Fees will be recalculated and appropriate adjustments made for students
who register and then find it necessary to drop a course before the end
of the schedule change period. No refund will be made for a reduction in
credit hours after the schedule change period. Students who formally
withdraw from the university before the official first day of the
semester will be entitled to a complete (100%) refund of all
registration fees. Students withdrawing from all courses after the
official first day of the semester will be entitled to a prorated
refund of the tuition, fees, and other elective charges. The proportion
refundable is determined by the date of withdrawal and is equal to that
portion of the period of enrollment for which the student has been
charged that remains on the last day of attendance, up to the 60 percent
point in time of the semester.
All students receiving financial assistance who formally withdraw or who
stop attending all classes are subject to regulations regarding the
return of funds to the appropriate aid program.
Refunds are applied in the following order:
- Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan
- Subsidized Direct Stafford Loan
- Perkins Loan
- Direct PLUS Loan
- Pell Grant
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Other Title IV programs
- HOPE Scholarship
- Other non-Title IV programs
NOTE: The student must return unearned aid for which he/she is responsible by repaying funds to the applicable aid program.
The following steps are performed in refund determination:
Step 1. Determine the student's Title IV aid
and HOPE for the term
Step 2. Calculate the percentage of Title IV aid and HOPE earned
Step 3. Determine the amount of Title IV aid and HOPE earned by the student
Step 4. Determine the total Title IV aid and HOPE to be returned
Step 5. Determine the amount of unearned Title IV aid and HOPE due from the school
Step 6. Determine the amount of unearned Title IV aid and HOPE due from the student
Examples are available in the Financial Aid Office, Fine Arts Hall.
non-resident fees, matriculation fees, and other required fees paid for
the semester will be refunded in the event of the death of a student at
any time during a semester. A separate refund schedule will be in effect
during summer terms, the intersession, and for continuing education
courses. Students who do not formally withdraw, those suspended for
disciplinary reasons, or those who leave the university when
disciplinary action is pending are not eligible for a refund of any
portion of any fee. Refunds for recalculated fees and 100 percent
withdrawals will be released within approximately two weeks after the
semester begins. All other refunds will be released within two weeks of
withdrawal or adjustment to records.