2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fees and Expenses

Coastal Carolina University reserves the right to change fees when deemed necessary, based upon approval by the Coastal Carolina University Board of Trustees and approved state policies. All charges are due and payable on the date that they are incurred, or the due date indicated on the ticket, invoice, or statement. Checks for the exact amount of the total charges should be made payable to Coastal Carolina University.

Any student who fails to pay all required registration fees on or before the cancellation date will be dropped from the class rosters.

A student who fails to relieve any other indebtedness to the University or to any of its auxiliary agencies on the date such obligations become due and payable may be dropped from his/her current class schedule, many not be issued a transcript or diploma, and may not be permitted to register for future semesters until the debt is paid in full.

Failure of a student to properly register and appear on class rosters and failure to pay tuition disqualifies the student from receiving credit for any coursework, even if the student attends class and takes exams and earns a grade with the permission of the instructor.

By registering for classes at Coastal Carolina University, a student accepts full financial responsibility for payment of tuition, fees and related expenses. If the student fails to make timely payment, his/her account may be referred to a collection agency, and he/she will be responsible for reimbursing the University for the collection agency’s fees and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, incurred in such collection efforts. A student is bound by these policies for the duration of his/her enrollment at Coastal Carolina University and until all final charges are paid in full.

Office of Student Accounts

The Office of Student Accounts at the University is responsible for billing and consolidating billed charges to students’ individual accounts and collecting those outstanding balances from self-pay, financial aid or other sources. Billed charges include tuition, room and board (meal plans), lab and technology fees, and certain miscellaneous charges including book charges, medical service charges, penalties and fines. Payments to accounts are accepted from personal resources (cash, checks, money orders, credit cards) and, when applicable, are coordinated from sources established through processes from Financial Aid and Scholarships.

The Office of Student Accounts is responsible for settling student financial aid credits when financial aid receipts exceed semester charges, and issuing student tuition and housing refunds as the University policy prescribes.

To minimize disruptions to class schedules, access to grades and diplomas, it is important that each student keeps up with his/her student account balances and associated timelines for payment. A student accounts calendar of dates for the academic year is provided to inform or remind students of bill issue and payment due dates. Refunds based on class schedule adjustments, Add/Drop, or withdrawals are applied based on the University Policies and Guidelines.

All financial aid settlement refunds are processed electronically by direct deposit. Direct deposit is the electronic transfer of funds into a checking or savings account. The checking or savings account must be a U.S. account. After enrolling in direct deposit, students must update their direct deposit enrollment information whenever their banking information changes.

Residence Status

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education establishes the regulations for determining in-state status. For a list of these regulations, visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. A copy of Residency information and the Application for Classification as a South Carolina Resident for Tuition and Fee Purposes may be found on the following website. More information is available on the South Carolina Residency website.

Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee that must be paid before you can submit your application to the University. Freshman applicants with financial need may request an application fee waiver by submitting the same form used to request a fee waiver for the SAT or ACT (this form can be obtained from your high school guidance counselor). The Office of Admissions must receive the application fee before the application is reviewed.

Enrollment Notification Deposit

For complete information, please go to the Enrollment Guide.

Upon acceptance to Coastal Carolina University, all freshmen and transfer students are required to make an enrollment deposit. This deposit is required to hold a student’s place in the class. Enrollment deposits must be made no later than May 1 for the fall semester. Refunds of enrollment deposits may be requested by writing to the Director of Admissions prior to the appropriate deadline for the term. No refunds will be honored after these deadlines:

  • Fall semester—May 1
  • Spring semester—December 15

Orientation Fee

Orientation fees are applicable to Freshmen and Transfer students, and allows each student to bring up to two guests. Orientation fees are non-refundable. Exact fees can be located on the Orientation Web page.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and technology fees per semester according to academic level and the number of hours for which a student is registered may be found on the website for the Office of Student Accounts.

Also included on this website are the following fees:

Additional Parking fee information may be found on the Department of Public Safety’s website.

Lab fees on select courses may be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Senior Citizens

Senior citizens (60 years of age or older) who are residents of South Carolina may be eligible to attend classes on a space availability basis without the payment of tuition (excludes required course fees) provided the applicant meets the regular admission requirements and other standards of the University. Senior citizens must complete either the Readmission and Non-Degree Student application or Freshman or Transfer application, depending on the status of enrollment that is desired. Under the free tuition program, senior citizens cannot register for classes until the day prior to the first day of class for the term in which they wish to enroll.

Course Auditing

Auditors may take any course with departmental approval and pay full fees for such a course.

Failure of a student to properly register and appear on class rosters and failure to pay tuition disqualifies the student from receiving credit for any coursework, even if the student attends class and takes exams and earns a grade with the permission of the instructor.

Tuition/Fee Credit/Adjustments

Coastal Carolina University credits all or a portion of tuition charges for adjustments to a student’s class schedule made after the start of classes depending on certain criteria. Coastal Carolina University credits all or a portion of tuition charges for students who voluntarily withdraw in conformance with the University Withdrawal policies and procedures located on the Office of the Registrar’s website. The schedules for these credits are listed on the Office of Student Accounts website under Refunds/Cancellation Fees.

Housing and Meal Plan cancellation policies are outlined on the Office of Student Accounts website under Refunds/Cancellation Fees.

Student Insurance

Student health and accident insurance is optionally available to all registered students. Please see Student Health Services for information.

All international students attending Coastal Carolina University, both F1 and J1 visa holders, must carry health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation coverage. Medical insurance should be purchased before arriving to the United States, and must be purchased by the first day of the semester. Health insurance must always be kept valid and current. Proof of insurance, including the policy’s coverage details and confirmation of purchase, must be submitted to the Center for Global Engagement upon arriving to the U.S., as well as each and every time a new insurance policy is purchased or renewed.

Transcript Fees

Coastal Carolina University will issue up to six standard service (paper) transcripts per student per calendar year at no charge. A non-refundable fee of $5.00 per copy must accompany subsequent requests that are made within the same calendar year. Please make your check or money order payable to Coastal Carolina University at the Office of Student Accounts located at 100 East Chanticleer Drive (Baxley Hall). Enhanced service (electronic ordering and delivery; express delivery of paper) official transcripts may be ordered for additional charges - please see the Office of the Registrar’s website for details.

Returned Checks (Paper and Electronic)

A $30 returned check fee will be charged for all returned checks. Returned checks and subsequent fees must be satisfied with cash, a bank cashier’s check, or a money order. Students with three returned checks will be placed on check restrictions and will no longer be allowed to present checks for payment of University fees.

Library Fines

A fee will be charged for all late, lost or damaged library materials. More information on Lost/Damaged Library Materials, Overdue Fines, and Fine Policy can be found on the following website: http://www.coastal.edu/library/about/policies.html.