GENERAL INFORMATION

  Cost of Education
  Fees
  Tuition and Student Fees
  Meal Plans
  Residence Hall Fees
  Student Account Information
  Deferred Payment of Fees
  Fee Refunds
  Rules Governing the Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes in the University System of Georgia


Cost of Education

The 2014-2015 estimated cost of education for a Georgia resident is $23,082 per academic year. This estimate includes two semesters of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and living expenses. An additional out-of-state fee assessed all non-Georgia residents increases this estimate to $41,272.

Students of forest resources, law, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine will find the cost somewhat more because of higher fees required.

The University reserves the right to change its fees, charges, rules, and regulations at the beginning of any term and without previous notice. This right will be exercised cautiously.

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Fees

APPLICATION FEES
Application Fee $50.00

Required of all undergraduate students applying for admission or readmission, and covers expenses of processing applications only. Make check or money order payable to the University of Georgia. DO NOT SEND CASH.

Commitment Deposit--Undergraduates $200.00

Required of a new student accepted by the University to reserve his or her place in the class. Must be paid by May 1 of the year in which admission is sought. Deposit is non-refundable, but is applicable toward payment of the first term tuition and fees.

Fee Deposit--Law School $300.00

Required of a new student accepted by the Law School to reserve his or her place in the class. Must be paid by April 1 of the year in which admission is sought, or within 30 days of acceptance, whichever comes later. Deposit is non-refundable, but is applicable toward payment of the first term tuition and fees.

Fee Deposit--College of Veterinary Medicine $100.00

Required from each applicant accepted for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Must be received by May 1 or within three weeks after the date of issuance of the acceptance. If deposit is not received within the specified time, an alternate candidate will be called to fill the place of the accepted applicant. Deposit is non-refundable, but is applicable toward payment of the first term tuition and fees.

AUDITOR'S FEE
Persons desiring to attend courses or lectures without examination or credit may register to audit a course. Fees for auditors are the same as those for students registered for credit.
BREAKAGE DEPOSIT AND COURSE FEES
Certain courses require laboratory fees, other special course fees, and fees for field trips. Students are held responsible for any breakage they cause and breakage fees are assessed.
SPECIAL FEES AND CHARGES
Late Fees (fees for late payment and late registration) $50.00 to $100.00
Reinstatement Fee (fee for approved schedule reinstatement) $150.00

Special Examination Fee
      The University reserves the right to charge a fee for any special examination given at the request of a student.

Transcript Fee
     Each copy $ 8.00

Replacement Fee
      Diploma $10.00

Special Programs Fees
       Agencies sponsoring regularly enrolled students who receive special academic programming or administrative services are expected to pay fees in addition to those normally charged for the usual services. While rates charged will be determined by contract arrangements, the scheduled fees for such services will be $125 per semester.

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Tuition and Student Fees

Tuition and fee information is available at http://www.reg.uga.edu/tuition .

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Meal Plans

Two economical meal plans as well as meals on a cash basis are available.

The 2014-2015 rates for the two meal plan contracts are shown below.

Plan Academic Year Contract Per Semester
5 days unlimited meals
(Monday-Friday)
$3,754 $1,877
7 days unlimited meals
(Monday-Sunday lunch)*
$3,956 $1,978

*No evening meal on Sunday

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Residence Hall Fees

Fees range from $2,238.00 to 3,587.00 per semester.

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Student Account Information

The student account includes charges and payments for tuition and student fees, University residence hall fees, meal plan fees, course and laboratory fees, parking permits/fines, certain fees for international students, and other campus charges.
BILLING AND STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Billing information and other student account correspondence will be e-mailed to the student's UGA e-mail account on record with the University. Bills will not be mailed. Any time charge or payment activity posts to a student account, the student will be e-mailed a notice to access his or her student account and review the account for recent activity. It is the student's responsibility to check his or her e-mail regularly in order to receive timely billing notification. The University recognizes e-mail as an official means of communication. In accordance with University of Georgia policy, students are required to have a UGA e-mail address to which official University communications can be sent.
PAYMENT OF THE STUDENT ACCOUNT
The following payment options are available to satisfy the student account balance:

Students whose payment method is check/cash can pay in one of the following manners:

TIME OF PAYMENT
Payment Deadlines
Please remember that it is Board of Regents policy that all fees (mandatory and elective) are payable upon registration. The payment deadlines for fall 2014 are available at www.bursar.uga.edu/deadlines_fall_2014.pdf. Payments must be made by the deadline indicated on the student's account summary to avoid late fees and schedule cancellation.

Late Fees
Failure to make payment by the due date indicated on the student account summary will result in late fees. A late fee of $50 is assessed to the student account the day following the due date. If payment is still outstanding by the end of the drop/add period, the late fee will increase to $100. Please review the Payment Deadline calendar at www.bursar.uga.edu/deadlines_fall_2014.pdf for a schedule of late fees.

Schedule Cancellation
To avoid schedule cancellation, payment in full must be cleared by the Bursar's Office by the due date indicated on the student account summary. Please see www.bursar.uga.edu/deadlines_fall_2014.pdf for the fall 2014 schedule of cancellation dates. Failure to make payment by this date will result in schedule cancellation. Students receiving approval to have schedules reinstated must add their classes back with the Registrar and pay their full account balance plus a $150.00 reinstatement fee within three business days or their reinstatement will be reversed.

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Deferred Payment of Fees

Board of Regents policy requires that all tuition and fees (mandatory and elective fees) be paid at the time of registration. Students who meet one of the following requirements may defer payment upon approval by the Student Accounts Department, Business Services Building, 424 East Broad Street:

  1. Students whose fees are guaranteed and will be paid by an outside agency under an agreement with the University of Georgia up to the amount authorized for a specific academic term.
  2. Students who have a University-administered loan or scholarship in process up to the amount of the aid granted for a specified academic term.
  3. Foreign students who have a certificate or other acceptable documented evidence that payment of fees will be made after a statement of charges for the student has been presented for payment. The deferment will be limited to the amount stated in the certificate or other document for a specified academic term.

Deferred fees will be due and payable as follows:

SEMESTER Due date
Fall October 10
Spring March 10
Summer July 10

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Fee Refunds

Students who formally withdraw from the University within the time period described below will be entitled to a refund. Withdrawal from the University cannot be accomplished through drop/add after the first day of class.

The refund percentage shall be computed on a pro rata basis determined by dividing the number of calendar days remaining in the semester (from the student’s official withdrawal date through the last day of scheduled exams) by the total calendar days in the semester. The total calendar days in a semester includes weekends and exam periods but excludes scheduled breaks of five or more calendar days. Students who withdraw from the University when the calculated percentage of remaining days is 40% or less are not entitled to a refund of any portion of institutional charges.

The following are not entitled to any refund of fees paid: students suspended for disciplinary reasons, students who leave the University when disciplinary action is pending, or students who do not formally withdraw.

No refunds for reduction in hours after the drop/add period are allowed unless such reduction is the fault of the University.

Refunds for elective charges due to withdrawals during the term will be made on a prorated basis depending on the date of withdrawal. Students who withdraw from the University when the calculated percentage of remaining days in the term is 40% or less are not entitled to a refund of any portion of institutional charges.

Financial Aid and the Refund Policy
In the event a student receives financial aid, completes registration, and subsequently reduces his/her enrollment status or withdraws, the amount of funds to be returned to the federal, state, private, or University programs will be in accordance with regulations concerning refunds and repayments to those appropriate programs. A calculation will be made on all financial aid recipients to determine whether a student who completely withdraws during a term has “earned” the monies disbursed. A student “earns” his/her aid based on the period of time they remain enrolled. During the first 60% of the term, a student earns financial aid funds in direct proportion to the length of time the student remains enrolled. Beyond the 60% point all aid is considered earned. The responsibility to repay “unearned" aid is shared by the University and the student in proportion to the aid each is assumed to possess. For more details concerning refunds for students with financial aid, please contact the Student Accounts Department in 105 Business Services for further information. All refunds, up to the amount of the aid received for the term, will be returned to financial aid sources, according to the following priority:

  1. Federal Direct Student Loans
    1. Unsubsidized Loan
    2. Subsidized Loan
  2. Federal Perkins Loans
  3. Federal Direct Plus Loan
    1. Graduate
    2. Parent
  4. Federal Pell Grant
  5. Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
  6. Other federal sources of aid
  7. Other state, private, or institutional aid
  8. Student
Any refund due to the student will be direct deposited into the student's bank account if the student has enrolled for this service. If not, it will be mailed to the "Financial Mail" address specified by the student in the Athena registration system.

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Rules Governing the Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes in the University System of Georgia

Residency

    1. If a person is 18 years of age or older, he or she may register as an in-state student only upon a 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 registration.
      Exceptions:
      1. A student whose parent, spouse, or court-appointed guardian is a legal resident of the State of Georgia may register as a resident providing the parent, spouse, or guardian can provide proof of legal residency in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of registration.
      2. A student who previously held residency status in the State of Georgia but moved from the state then returned to the state in twelve (12) or fewer months.
      3. Students who are transferred to Georgia by an employer are not subject to the durational residency requirement.

    2. No emancipated minor or other person eighteen (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 this State, in the absence of a clear demonstration that he or she has in fact established legal residence in this State.

  1. If a parent or legal guardian of a student changes his or her legal residence to another state following a period of legal residence in Georgia, the student may retain his or her classification as an in-state student as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled in the University System of Georgia, regardless of the status of his or her parent or legal guardian.

  2. In the event that a legal resident of Georgia is appointed by a court as guardian of a nonresident minor, such minor will be permitted to register as an in-state student providing the guardian can provide proof that he or she has been a resident of Georgia for the period of 12 months immediately preceding the date of the court appointment.

  3. Aliens shall be classified as nonresident students, provided, however, that 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.

Students are responsible for registering under the proper residency classification. Those who believe they are entitled to be classified as a legal resident may petition for a change in status. The petition must be filed no later than sixty (60) days after the term begins in order to be considered for that term. Reclassifications will not be considered for prior terms. Currently enrolled students may petition for reclassification by completing the petition form available from the Residency link on the Registrar's website at www.reg.uga.edu. New or readmitted students will be classified by the respective admissions office as residents or non-residents based upon information the students provide as part of their standard admissions application. Questions concerning classification for tuition purposes should be directed to one of the following persons:
Currently enrolled students:
Assistant Registrar
Holmes/Hunter Academic Building
(706) 542-8796

Undergraduate applicants for admission or readmission:
Director of Admissions
212 Terrell Hall
(706) 542-2112

Graduate applicants for admission or readmission:
Director of Graduate Admissions
534 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
(706) 542-1739

Out-of-State Tuition Differential Waivers

An institution may waive out-of-state tuition and assess in-state tuition for:
  1. Academic Common Market. Students selected to participate in a program offered through the Academic Common Market.
  2. International and Superior Out-of-State Students. International students and superior out-of-state students selected by the institutional president or an authorized representative, provided that the number of such waivers in effect does not exceed two (2) percent of the equivalent full-time students enrolled at the institution in the fall term immediately preceding the term for which the out-of-state tuition is to be waived;
  3. University System Employees and Dependents. Full-time employees of the University System, their spouses, and their dependent children;
  4. Medical/Dental Students and Interns. Medical and dental residents and medical and dental interns at the Medical College of Georgia;
  5. Full-time School Employees. Full-time employees in the public schools of Georgia or of the Department of Technical and Adult Education, their spouses, and their dependent children. Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia shall also qualify for this waiver;
  6. Career Consular Officials. Career consular officers, their spouses, and their dependent children 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;
  7. Military Personnel. Military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children stationed in Georgia and on active duty. The waiver can be retained by the military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children if the military sponsor is reassigned outside of Georgia, as long as the student(s) remain(s) continuously enrolled and the military sponsor remains on active military status;
  8. Research University Graduate Students. The University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the Medical College of Georgia shall be authorized to waive the out-of-state tuition differential for a limited number of graduate students each year;
  9. Border County Residents. Residents of an out-of-state county bordering a Georgia county in which the reporting institution or a Board-approved external center of the University System is located;
  10. National Guard Members. Full-time members of the Georgia National Guard, their spouses, and their dependent children;
  11. Students enrolled in University System institutions as part of Competitive Economic Development Projects. Students who are certified by the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade, and Tourism as being part of a competitive economic development project;
  12. Students in Georgia-Based Corporations. Students who are employees of Georgia-based corporations or organizations that have contracted with the Board of Regents through University System institutions to provide out-of-state tuition differential waivers;
  13. Students in Pilot Programs. Students enrolled in special pilot programs approved by the Chancellor. The Chancellor shall evaluate institutional requests for such programs in light of good public policy and the best interest of students. If a pilot program is successful, the tuition program shall be presented to the Board for consideration;
  14. Students in ICAPP® Advantage programs. Any student participating in an ICAPP® Advantage program;
  15. Direct Exchange Program Students. Any international student who enrolls in a University System institution as a participant in a direct exchange program that provides reciprocal benefits to University System students;
  16. Families Moving to Georgia. A dependent student who, as of the first day of term of enrollment, can provide documentation supporting that his or her supporting parent or court-appointed guardian has accepted full-time, self-sustaining employment and established domicile in the State of Georgia for reasons other than gaining the benefit of favorable tuition rates may qualify immediately for an out-of-state tuition differential waiver which will expire 12 months from the date the waiver was granted. An affected student may petition for residency status according to established procedures at the institution;
  17. Recently Separated Military Service Personnel. Members of a uniformed military service of the United States who, within 12 months of separation from such service, enroll in an academic program and demonstrate an intent to become a permanent resident of Georgia. This waiver may be granted for not more than one year.

Questions concerning waivers of out-of-state tuition fees should be directed to:
Assistant Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Holmes/Hunter Academic Building
(706) 542-8796

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