TUITION & FEES
Students taking courses totaling at least 12 credit hours per semester will be considered full-time students. All full-time students are charged a flat tuition rate. A student taking fewer than 12 hours will be considered part-time and will be charged a flat enrollment fee of $531 each semester enrolled as a part-time student plus $500 per credit hour.
With the approval of the Board of Trustees, Allen University may increase tuition and fees during the academic year without prior notice.
ACADEMIC FEE COST PER SEMESTER
Tuition & Fees $6,670.00
Room and board $3,796.00
Total Due Per Semester $10,466.00
Other fees and fines may be charged by the University, as necessary.
Please see the Office of Business and Finance for a full listing of fees and special assessments.
PAYMENT OF TUITION AND FEES
Students are required to pay all tuition and fees on or before the specified date. Any tuition and fees not covered by financial aid are due at registration. Students who do not complete their financial obligation to Allen University will have a “financial hold” placed on their academic record, which will prohibit receipt of a diploma, obtaining semester grades or a transcript, and registration for subsequent courses at the University. These students also may be subject to collection agency referral.
TUITION ADJUSTMENT FOR WITHDRAWALS
Students who are admitted and register for courses at Allen University are financially responsible for fees and charges associated with those courses. Students are encouraged to complete all courses for which they register. However, if it becomes necessary for a student to drop one or more courses or completely withdraw from the University, an academic charge adjustment will be applied using the following guidelines:
•Before the end of the 1st week of classes 100%
•Before the end of the 2nd week of classes 75%
•Before the end of the 3rd week of classes 50%
•Before the end of the 4th week of classes 25%
When a student who has been awarded and/or received Title IV funds withdraws, drops out, or is expelled during the refund period, the following actions are to be taken:
1. The Business Office makes a determination based on the institution’s refund policy as
to the percent or amount of money the student owes the University for services received.
2. The Financial Aid Office determines the portion of the refund to be returned to the
Department of Education based on the Return to Title IV regulations.
3. Funds that are required to be returned to the Department of Education will be
returned in the following order:
•Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
•Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan
•Federal Plus Loans
•Federal Pell Grants
•Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
•Other Student Financial Aid (SFA) Programs
Students who withdraw from the University or who move off campus for any reason during the semester will not receive any refund of their room and board and insurance fees. In addition, any student who is asked to withdraw for disciplinary reasons or is dismissed by the University, forfeits all rights to the return of tuition and fees already paid.
Tuition Assistance Policy
Return of Unearned Tuition Assistance funds:
The university will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basics up to 60% for which the funds were provided. The Service Member affected will be notified of the return of funds to the government.
Schedule of Returning unearned TA to the Government:
- During weeks 1-2 100%
- During weeks 3-4 75%
- During weeks 5-8 50%
- During weeks 9-10 25%(60% of course is completed)
- During weeks 11-18 0% Return
Allen University offers everything you are looking for: an interdisciplinary education informed by a global perspective, tons of academic opportunities, a vibrant campus life, a location in the heart of a dynamic world center and the lifelong support of the Yellow Jacket Family.
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office of Admissions
1530 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 765-6052 (Fax)
Mr. Charles Singley
Director of Financial Aid
Ms. Michelle Lucas
Mr. Elberee Gray
*** The University reserves the right to adjust fees, room and board, and revise pertinent policies during the year should conditions warrant. ***
Allen University offers a quality education at an affordable bundled price without excessive fees. Estimated annual costs are provided below to help undergraduate students plan for their attendance at Allen University. Exact costs will vary based on a student’s status, room and board selections, and course of study. Cost of attendance is equivalent for both South Carolina residents and non-residents (there is no differentiation between in-state and out-of-state costs; all students pay the same flat-rate).
NOTE: Books and supplies are not included in Tuition and Fees. Students must pay for books and supplies which cost approximately $500-$1,000 per semester.
Various loan programs are available to students attending Allen University. Unlike grants and scholarships, loans must be repaid. Outlined below are the various loan programs and their stipulations.
Federal Subsidized Direct loans are based on demonstrated financial need. The interest and payments are deferred while the student is enrolled. Repayment begins 6 months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least a half-time. A student can borrow up to $3, 500 for his or her first year of attendance, $4,500 for the second year, and $5,500 the third and fourth years. A student can borrow an aggregate of $23,000 for his or her undergraduate study.
Federal Unsubsidized Direct loans are non-need based loans. Interest on unsubsidized Direct loans accrues while the student is enrolled. Repayment begins 6 months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. If a dependent student does not qualify for a subsidized Direct loan, the dependent student may borrow from this program at the same loan limits as the Federal Subsidized Direct Loans. An independent or qualified dependent freshman or sophomore student may borrow up to $6,000 per academic year. The undergraduate loan limit for an independent or qualifying dependent student in his or her third year and beyond is $7,000 per academic year.
Federal Parent PLUS Loans are loans taken out by parents of dependent undergraduate students, enrolled at least half-time, to help pay for their child’s college expenses. Parents are responsible for repaying Parent PLUS loans. PLUS loans are in addition to the loans taken out by your child, and your PLUS loan will cover the entire cost of tuition, room and board, and other school-related expenses that your child’s financial aid doesn’t cover. These PLUS loans also have a fixed interest rate, which is currently 6.31%.
Note: Parents cannot borrow more than the cost of attendance for the child’s education minus other financial aid received.
Alternative loans are private loans offered through banks and other organizations. A private student loan is available for a student (at the age of majority), his or her parents or guardian, or related ”co-maker.” Individuals can borrow from $2,000 to $15,000 per academic year, based on cost of attendance minus other financial aid. Rates, repayment plans, and borrowing limits vary by lender.
All loans except the PLUS Loan are borrowed in the student’s name and are the student’s responsibility. Not repaying a student loan can seriously damage a student’s credit rating. Defaulted loans also endanger the availability of future financial aid at Allen University.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
All students must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You may learn more about FAFSA on their website.
Before you apply, you will need tax information and a FSA ID. The 2016-2017 FAFSA and the 2017-2018 will require tax information from your 2015 taxes. It will be helpful to have a copy of your taxes when you complete your FAFSA. Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.
If you want to create an FSA ID now, go for it!
Use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: for instance, if you are filling out the 2016–17 FAFSA, you will need 2015 tax information. (Starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA, you’ll need to report income information from the tax year two years prior to the academic year.
Go to www.fafsa.gov to complete your FAFSA. You will use your FSA ID to login to the FAFSA. As you complete the application, you will be asked for your 2015 tax information. We advise you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to provide this information. However, if you experience difficulty with the tool, you can use your tax forms to provide the information.
Enter the School Code 00341700 in the school section of the FAFSA
When the Financial Aid Office receives a completed FAFSA application it is reviewed to determine a student’s eligibility. If a student is selected by the federal government to verify the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA, the following additional forms must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid:
- Tax Return Transcripts and W2 forms
- Verification worksheet (either Independent or Dependent)
- Statement of untaxed income: social security, TANF, VA benefits, etc.
The Office of Student Financial Aid may require additional information to process the FAFSA. Students should provide any requested information promptly; the University’s priority consideration date is March 15.
Students and parents applying for one of the Federal Direct Loan programs may be required to complete a MPN and loan counseling prior to receiving a loan. The MPN and entrance loan counseling can be completed online at https://studentloans.gov. To receive a student loan, a valid FAFSA must be on file.
Once the FAFSA and all other documents have been processed, a Fall/Spring award letter will be sent to the student/parents. The award letter is based on full-time attendance and will indicate grants, scholarships and loans for which the student is eligible. After the award letter is printed, the aid amount may change due to changes in enrollment status, EFC, scholarships, and other reported aid.
Financial Aid Forms
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Financial Aid Team
Allen University’s Office of Student Financial Aid provides assistance to qualified students who would find it difficult or impossible to attend Allen University without financial assistance. Nearly 92% of Allen University students receive some type of financial assistance: grants, loans, work aid or scholarships. All students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to begin the aid process. Please go to www.fafsa.gov to complete your FAFSA now.
Having long recognized the need for assistance navigating the host of financial aid options, we aim to enhance your understanding of our financial aid programs and processes, including our application process. We are ready to help you with general financial aid planning and to answer your questions about specific state, federal, private and institutional aid programs.
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office of Student Financial Aid
1530 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Ms. ‘Lola L. Kennedy
Director of Financial Aid
Ms. Deslyn Haywood
Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Case Load: G-M
Mrs. Antoinette Crawford
Financial Aid Counselor
Case Load: A-F
Mrs. Erika Lotts
Financial Aid Counselor
Case Load: N-Z
Financial Aid News
Allen University’s Office of Student Financial Aid would like to introduce you to our new AU Financial Aid Portal. Once logged into the portal, students can accept, reduce, or decline all or some of their financial aid. Students are also able to obtain and complete their pending documents. Please follow the step-by-step instructions below to access your award and to accept, reduce, or decline all or a portion of the financial aid offered to you:
Financial Aid Portal Instructions
- Log in to the AU Financial Aid portal using your social security number and click on ‘first time user’. Answer the questions and create your password.
- Once you are logged in, click on menu in the top left corner and click on “My Financial Aid” to review your financial aid award(s) carefully.
- To accept, reduce, or decline your award(s), click on the “Accept My Financial Aid Offer” You will need to accept the terms and conditions of your award(s) first. You may determine the award amount(s) of your student loan(s) you would like to accept. Once you have made adjustments and accepted your award(s), click the “Submit” button. It is strongly recommended that you complete this process prior to registration for the upcoming semester to avoid interruptions in eligibility. If you choose not to accept your awards, your award will remain in the pending status and will not be disbursed. Keep in mind, however, funding may no longer be available after the end of the semester/term.
- Click on the “My Financial Aid” tab to review your accepted financial aid award carefully.
- If you have documents pending, click on menu in the top left corner and click on “My Document” to view your documents.
- For the items listed in blue, you may simply click on the name of the document and you will be directed to the required website to complete the document. For all other documents, click on “View Forms Here” to complete, download, and sign the document(s). Once completed, the document(s)can be faxed, mailed, or scanned into an email to email@example.com.
If you experience any trouble logging in, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (803)255-4999 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Student Account Billing
As a student, you have an account that includes individual charges and credits for each term. Charges include course tuition and other fees, such as room, board, health, and activity. Credits applied to your account may include a combination of payments, such as credit cards, personal checks, and financial aid.
To view your student account, log in to Self Service and select Finance then Balance.
If you register online, you receive a registration and payment confirmation by email. If additional charges are applied to your account at a later date, an e-mail notification is sent to you stating that you have a balance due. The balance is due within 15 days of the date of the US mail/email notification.
If you register using a paper registration form, be sure to log in to Self Service to view your course schedule from the course registration and schedule menu. If additional charges are applied to your account at a later date, an US mail/e-mail notification is sent to you stating that you have a balance due. The balance is due within 10 days of the date on the notification.
Stopping Payment on Checks or Credit Cards
Stopping payment on checks or credit cards is not a valid method of dropping or withdrawing from your courses. if you stop payment on a check or credit card without following Allen University’s policies and procedures for dropping or withdrawing from your courses, you are responsible for all course tuition and fees posted to your student account.
Past Due Student Accounts
Your student account is considered past due if charges are not paid in full or a payment plan approved within 15 days of the date of your first e-mail notification showing a balance due. An approved payment plan (which requires a down payment based on the amount due) will allow you to spread any unpaid balance over three consecutive months. If your account becomes past due, you are notified by US mail/email and offered an opportunity to complete your payment. If your account remains past due, you may be removed from your classes, and you remain responsible for all unpaid course tuition and fees. You continue to receive email notifications of a balance due until your balance is paid in full.
You are not eligible to register for any classes at Allen University or to receive a transcript until your account is paid in full. If you are a candidate for a degree, you must be in good financial standing with Allen University before your degree will be awarded.
Returned Check Policy
If your check is returned unpaid by your bank for insufficient funds, stopped payment, or account closure, the Business Office notifies you and allows you 15 days to make full payment by bank check, or money order.
If full payment is not received within 15 days, you are removed from your course(s).
You are charged a $35 fee for any check returned unpaid for any reason.
If your check is returned unpaid by your bank, for one year, you may only use bank checks or money orders as methods of payment to Allen University.
Invalid Credit Cards and Credit Card Chargebacks
If you request a credit card chargeback or attempt to pay with an invalid card, you are removed from your course(s) immediately.
If you use a credit card without the cardholder’s knowledge or permission, you are removed from your course(s) immediately, and you may face prosecution.
If you use another’s credit card and the cardholder requests a credit card chargeback, you are removed from your courses immediately.
You are responsible for all course tuition and fees on your account.
Refunds (non-financial aid)
Non-financial related refunds are made by check, payable to you, the student, and mailed to the current mailing address on record. You must notify the school of any address changes either by way of online services or in writing by submitting the change of address form to ensure correct delivery of refund checks.
Amount of Refunds
The amount refunded for course changes depends on the date the change request is submitted online or received by the Registrar’s Office.
Financial Aid Refunds
Refunds for students with financial aid in excess of tuition and fees will be professed within 14 business days of the credit balance showing on the account and all charges being applied.
Student payroll is processed by the Business Office based on a schedule prepared in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office. All time sheets must be submitted by the due dates as specified in the schedule and list signatures of the student employee and supervising managers. Students may enroll in direct deposit for receipt of payroll checks. The direct deposit form is completed by the student during orientation in the Financial Aid Office. A voided check is requested from the student employee to ensure accuracy of the account and routing numbers.