Financial Information

Special Courses

The College reserves the right to set appropriate fees and tuition for any special courses which may be offered after publication of this catalog.

Financial Obligations/Admittance to Class

  • A student who is indebted to South Texas College will not be allowed to register until he/she has cleared all financial obligations due to the College and cleared all Business office and other applicable holds;
  • Failure to pay a debt owed to the College may result in dismissal from attending classes after a specific announced date, ineligibility to take final examinations, or to register until such debts are paid.
  • No transcripts, grades, or information about the student will be released until such debts are paid.
  • Any unpaid and outstanding balance(s) may be forwarded within 90 days after the semester has ended to a contracted Third Party (Collection Agency) to reflect the student's credit worthiness. (The student will be responsible for the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 30% of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, late fees, interest and/or court costs, incurred with the collection of any monies due to the College).
  • Bankruptcy: College tuition, fees and other charges are a debt Incurred for educational purposes and are considered a Qualified Educational Loan as defined in section 221 (D)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore this debt is not dischargeable pursuant to United States Bankruptcy Section 523(a)(8) and may not be dischargeable in bankruptcy. In addition, student may still owe the debt to the college after the bankruptcy.

Registration

A time period will be set aside each term or semester to permit students to register. Total tuition and fees will be paid at this time. Installment payment plans and an emergency loan program are available during the open enrollment period.

Payments

  • During registration, students are responsible for paying the total cost for tuition and fees on the day of registration by means of cash, personal check, credit card (Visa, Discover, and Master Card), money orders or a cashier's check. Students may mail-in their payment.
  • Failure to pay the required amount for tuition and fees may cause your classes to be automatically dropped; however, be aware that you will still be liable for certain fees. This also applies to student accounts that have a remaining outstanding balance and are under financial aid or are being sponsored by a third party, i.e., Texas Rehabilitation Commission, employer or any other source.
  • Failure to make payment may result in the account being sent to a contracted Third Party (Collection Agency) to file an adverse report with credit bureaus. Student will be responsible for the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 30% of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, late fees, interest and/or court costs, incurred with the collection of any monies due to the College. Fees will be assessed regardless of payment method.
  • Financial Aid credits may be applied to any prior term balances. It is the student's responsibility to follow up on any unpaid balances; and have to be paid by the student directly.
  • Failure to pay a debt owed to the College may result in dismissal from attending classes after a specific announced date, ineligibility to take final examinations, or to register until such debts are paid.
  • Transcripts, grades, or information about the student will not be released until such debts are paid.

Insufficient Funds, Stop Payment and Other Returned Checks

  • Immediate restitution of funds must be made when a check is returned by a bank. Students who have established an insufficient check status on their student account will be required to pay by means of cash, cashier's check, money order or credit card. Checks will not be accepted.
  • To clear a returned check, the student must contact the Cashiers' office to pay for the check. A $30 fee will be charged on all returned check items.
  • If the check is not paid by the end of the semester, the account becomes delinquent and consequently will be released to one of the external collection agencies or to the District Attorney. Any fees assessed by the collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 30% of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, late fees, interest and/or court costs incurred will be the student's responsibility.
  • Checks returned by the bank due to accounts closed or stop payments are not re-deposited.
  • Stopping payment on tuition checks will be considered as an NSF item. Stop payments do not constitute an official withdrawal from the College. An official withdrawal must be processed at the office of Admissions and Records.
  • A student who is indebted to South Texas College will not be allowed to register, request official transcripts, receive grades, or receive any other information.

Schedule Changes

(Adding and Dropping Courses)

  • If you add a class after your initial payment, it is your responsibility to pay the additional tuition and fees immediately. Failure to do so may result in a drop for non-payment and fees may apply.
  • Students must not assume that they will automatically be dropped or withdrawn from their classes if they do not attend.
  • Stopping payment on a tuition check does not constitute an official withdrawal from classes. An official withdrawal occurs when a Schedule Change Form is submitted to and processed at the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Dropping and adding a course of equal value is considered an even exchange when done on the same day before the twelfth class day during the Fall and Spring semesters, and fourth class day during the Summer sessions. The student is responsible for the drop/add fee.
  • South Texas College will refund a percentage of collected tuition and mandatory fees to students who officially withdraw from their classes, according to the refund schedule established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Students who officially withdraw from all classes at South Texas College will be assessed a one-time withdrawal fee.

Payment Options

Fall/Spring Semesters - Available during the processing period: up until the twelfth day of semester ONLY!!

Summer Semesters - Available during the processing period: up until the fourth day of the semester ONLY!!

Installment Plans

  • Online log on to http://finance.southtexascollege.edu/businessoffice/cashiers/installment_plans.html or visit Cashier Offices
  • To qualify the student must:
    • Be enrolled at South Texas College for the semester
    • Complete the installment plan agreement available on-line or at the Cashiers’ Office
    • Must be current on any prior term payment arrangements
    • Be 18 years old.
  • Eligible students may select a payment plan
    • Payment of tuition and registration fee by Installment is available each semester during the open enrollment period. Visit the Cashiers' website at www.southtexascollege.edu. Click: Cashiers under Services Menu.
    • Eligible students may select a payment plan during the open enrollment period. For payment plan details visit us online at: www.southtexascollege.edu/ under Services Menu, Click Cashiers.
  • Incidental fees associated with the installment payment plan are as follows:
    • $30.00 processing fee due at time of enrollment
    • $30.00 late payment fee assessed if total balance outstanding is not paid by “each” scheduled due date.
  • Students who fail to make full payment of tuition and fees, including any incidental fees, by the due date may be prohibited from registering for classes until full payment is made.
  • Installment Due dates as per Installment Agreement and Cashiers' website.

Emergency Loan Program

(subject to availability)

  • Is a short-term loan to pay for tuition and fees, and textbooks therefore, it must be repaid.
  • Student may apply for an emergency loan during the processing period until funds are exhausted.
  • Processing period:
  • To qualify the student must:
    • Be enrolled for a minimum of three credit hours
    • Must be current on any prior term payment arrangements and not be in default with any student loans
    • Be 18 years old
  • Eligible students:
    • The Textbook Loan applications are is available at the Cashiers' Office and the Tuition & Fees Loan application is available on-line.
      • On-line Tuition & Fee Emergency Loan:
        • Initial payment of required percentage to be paid by student
        • Emergency Loan will cover the remaining balance
      • Textbook Emergency Loan:
        • No Initial payment is required
        • Textbook loan will be disbursed on the next scheduled refund date
  • Due dates as per the Emergency Loan Application and Promissory Note and Cashiers' website.
  • Please note that the student is responsible for 100% of tuition and fees if Emergency Loan funds are not available.

Third Party Contracts and Scholarships

Third Party contracts constitute written agreements between a third party (i.e., Texas Rehabilitation Commission, WIA) and South Texas College; wherein, payment for tuition and fees for a student is to be paid to South Texas College by a third party. The student must provide the written agreement prior to or during registration and present such agreement or document as a third party voucher, deferment form, or contract to the Financial Aid office.

If the donor issues a scholarship check made payable to the student or South Texas College and the student is initially presented a scholarship award letter to South Texas College, it is the student's responsibility to present the check to South Texas College.

Concurrent Enrollment Fees

Students enrolled at two Texas public institutions of higher education.

The total amount of tuition charged at South Texas College may be determined differently if the student registers at more than one Texas public institution of higher education at the same time. Incidental fees are billed by each institution at its regularly authorized rates. The student in this situation is liable for full tuition payment at registration. Proof of dual enrollment in the form of a receipt is required at the office of Admissions and Records on a semester basis.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, proof must be submitted before the twelfth "class day". During the summer sessions, proof must be submitted before the fourth "class day" for evaluation and necessary adjustments. "Class day" refers to South Texas College's scheduled class day, not the students' class meeting days.

Appropriate refunds will be determined by payment method and will be issued either by mail to the student’s address on file at the office of Admissions and Records, or by credit card.