STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATIONS

Student Financial Services – Student Accounts

All charges for the entire session are to be paid prior to the first class meeting of the session unless satisfactory payment arrangements have been made. Students whose accounts are past due are subject to a late fee of $ 100.00, “holds” on registration, semester grades, transcripts and graduation and may not be able to participate in the plan for future semesters.

Institutional Refund/Withdrawal Policy

Students who officially withdraw from a session or from the University are entitled to tuition credits/refunds on the session tuition and fee charges according to the following policies:

  • All application fees are nonrefundable.
  • If a student wishes to cancel his/her enrollment agreement prior to beginning classes, the refund policy provides for cancellation of all obligations, except for books, supplies, or materials which are not returnable because of use, within 3 business days upon notification.
  • All refunds/credits for charges to the student‘s account will be granted on the basis of the date on which notification of the intent to withdraw is received by student services and the student‘s last date of attendance and will be made within 30 days of the established withdrawal date.
  • Courses Not Attended – For courses offered in modules, a refund/tuition credit of 100% will be given for all courses where no attendance has occurred.
  • Course Withdrawal – When student services receives notification of a students‘ intent to withdraw from a course prior to attending the first class meeting, a refund/tuition credit of 100% will be given for the course.
  • Once courses have begun, a refund percentage shall be processed based on when the course is dropped:


For Undergraduate, 5 Week Courses

        During the first week:100%

        During the second week:50%

        During or after third week: 0%


For Graduate, 8 Week Courses

       During the first week:100%

       During the second week:75%

       During the third and fourth weeks: 50%

       After the fourth week: 0%


  •  Program Withdrawal – When student services receives notification of a students‘ intent to withdraw from the University or in cases of an administrative withdrawal, students will receive a 100% refund/credit for all courses for which the student has not attended.
  •  In cases where a student‘s withdrawal is the result of extenuating circumstances such as student injury, prolonged illness or death or a natural disaster, Student Services should be contacted to obtain a qualified determination of whether the circumstance warrants an exception to the prescribed refund policy.

Students withdrawing after receiving federally funded Title IV financial assistance: If a student withdraws from a course it could result in a portion or all of financial aid funds being returned to the lender. Additionally, if a student withdraws from the University on or before the 60% point in time of the period of enrollment, calculated using calendar days, a portion of the total of Title IV funds awarded a student (Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, or Federal PLUS Loan) must be returned, according to the provisions of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. The calculation for the return of funds may result in the student owing a balance to the University and/or the federal government.

The refund to the Title IV programs must be returned in the following order:

  1.  Federal unsubsidized Direct Loan
  2.  Federal subsidized Direct Loan
  3.  Federal Perkins Loan
  4.  Federal Plus Loan
  5.  Federal Pell Grant
  6.  Federal SEOG
  7.  TEACH Grant
  8.  Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

If a student withdraws from all courses during a semester, regardless of the reason, federal regulations require Belhaven University to determine the amount of Title IV Federal aid the student has earned. The Title IV aid programs that are covered by this law are: Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), all Federal Student Loans, all PLUS Loans, TEACH Grants, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants. The requirements for Title IV program funds when you withdraw are separate from the Belhaven refund policy.

Though your aid is usually posted to your account early in each payment period, the funds are earned as you complete class time. If you withdraw during the semester, the amount of Title IV aid earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. The withdraw date used in the formula is the last date of attendance for courses for which attendance taking is required. For courses for which attendance is not required, the date of official notification of intent to withdraw or, if later, the last date of academically related activity as determined by Belhaven is used as your withdrawal date. If you withdraw without utilizing the official withdrawal process, the last date of academically related activity will be used if it can be determined. If such a date cannot be established, the midpoint date of the payment period will be used in the calculation.

Students who do not begin attendance in classes are not eligible for federal financial aid and must repay all federal assistance originally received for that semester.

Federal regulations require a recalculation of financial aid eligibility if a student:

  • officially withdraws from all courses for the semester;
  • stops attending before the semester ends without officially withdrawing;
  • does not complete all the sessions for which they were originally registered for in a period of enrollment.

The R2T4 calculation may result in the student and/or parents being responsible for directly returning previously refunded dollars to the U.S. Department of Education.

Any amount of unearned grant funds that must be returned is called an overpayment. Arrangements can be made through Belhaven or the U.S. Department of Education to return the unearned grant funds. Belhaven will notify the student within 45 days of the date of the withdrawal determination, the amount being returned and options for payment reconciliation.

For Students Enrolled in Modules (Adult Campuses and Online)
A student is considered withdrawn if the student does not complete all of the days in each session that the student was originally scheduled to attend. If a student is registered for a module and fails to attend class, Belhaven must recalculate the percent of time attended and adjust aid earned accordingly.

When a student is enrolled in a series of modules, Belhaven determines if a withdrawal is subject to recalculation of federal financial aid eligibility based on the following questions:

  • After beginning attendance in the semester did the student cease to attend or fail to begin attendance in a course or module he or she was scheduled to attend? If the answer is no, there is no need for aid adjustment.

If the answer is yes, then:

  • Was the student still attending any other courses when the student ceased to attend or failed to begin attendance in a course? If the answer is yes, there is no need for aid adjustment.

If the answer is no, this is a withdrawal and the R2T4 calculation will be performed.

Any amount of unearned grant funds that must be returned is called an overpayment. Arrangements can be made through Belhaven or the U.S. Department of Education to return the unearned grant funds. Belhaven will notify the student within 45 days of the date of the withdrawal determination, the amount being returned and options for payment reconciliation.

Post-Withdrawal Disbursement of Title IV Funds
If a student does not receive all of the funds earned, the student may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement. Prior to disbursal of a post-withdrawal disbursement, the student must provide Belhaven with permission to do so. The student may choose to decline some or all of the loan funds so that no additional debt is incurred. Belhaven is entitled to use all or a portion of the student’s post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds for tuition, fees, and room and board charges..

Other Financial Policies
Any account balance due for any preceding session/term must be paid before a student will be enrolled for the succeeding term unless satisfactory payment arrangements have been made. The Registrar is not permitted to release transcripts until all indebtedness to the University is paid. A student who has not made satisfactory arrangements with the student accounts office in Student Financial Services regarding his account may be administratively withdrawn from Belhaven University. Additionally, a student will not be allowed to graduate until he/she has settled with the student accounts office in Student Financial Services all his/her indebtedness to the University.

Students who withdraw voluntarily or administratively and have an unpaid balance, for which satisfactory payment arrangements have not been made, will have their account sent to an outside collection agency for collections. Should this action be taken by the University, the student will be responsible for the balance and any additional collection charges and fees related to the collection of the debt. The outstanding balance will also be reported to the credit bureau. All transcripts and diplomas will be held until the balance is paid in full.

Students who are admitted to the University accept as contractual all the terms and regulations set forth in this catalogue and are liable for the payment of all charges and fees incurred during their stay at the University.

Expenses

Since economic conditions do fluctuate, Belhaven reserves the right to change its fee charges at the beginning of any program if such a change is necessary in the judgment of the board of trustees. The support of Presbyterian churches, the earnings from endowment investments, and the gifts of alumni and other friends provide funds which enable the University to charge fees that are considerably less than the actual cost of instruction and other services provided.

Online Tuition - http://online.belhaven.edu/college_tuition.htm

Special Fees (in addition to tuition)

​Application fee
​$25
​Academic Plan
​$10
​Degree/Certificate Completion audit fee
​$100
​Incomplete charge/change grade fee
​$25
​Letter of good standing
$7​
​Portfolio assessment fee
​$150
​Portfolio credit fee
​$75/hour
​Program change fee
​$200
​Resource fee**
​$75/per course
​Return check fee
​$35
​Transcript fee
​$10 (for first two copies, additional copies are $2, per request)

** A resource fee per course is required for the following materials/benefits/services:

  • Library usage-Online periodicals, tutorials, extensive web page, inter library loans, and an 800 number for 8 + hours of availability for questions to be answered by Belhaven University librarians.
  • Student-Intranet availability from any location where there is internet access.
  • Registrar access-provides view and print capability to course schedule, grades, and transcripts from Registrar’s Office through IQ web.
  • Turnitin.com subscription.
  • Online course delivery software access for online classes.

NOTE: Belhaven University reserves the right to change the fees, rules, and calendar regulating admission and registration, instruction in, and graduation from the University, and to change any other regulations affecting the student body. Changes go into effect whenever the proper authorities so determine and apply not only to prospective students but also to those who at that time are enrolled in the University.

Student Financial Services - Financial Aid

Belhaven University believes that no qualified student should be denied an education because of financial need. Therefore, through a program of scholarships, grants, loans, and payment plans, Belhaven University provides a comprehensive plan to assist students who establish a definite financial need and who qualify for financial aid.

Students should complete the following application procedures:

  • Apply formally for admission through the office of admission, if not currently enrolled.
  • Apply for Federal Student Financial Aid EACH YEAR by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Internet at www.fafsa.gov .

IMPORTANT: Be sure to list Belhaven University as one of the colleges to receive the results of your evaluation. Our code number is 002397.

In the event of a necessary interruption of scheduled attendance, the student should request a course withdrawal in writing from the appropriate program Student Services office. Failure to return on schedule, a second unscheduled interruption, or an absence not requested in writing may result in the adjustment or cancellation of student financial aid.. This may result in beginning the grace/repayment period of a Federal Direct Loan effective the last date of attendance.

In the event a student drops from a course before the course begins may result in the adjustment or cancellation of student financial aid.

If a withdrawal occurs after the course begins, the student may find that financial aid may not cover all course work toward the end of his/her program. Each case is considered individually based on Federal regulations for Title IV funds. Students must be personally responsible for the financial ramifications of any withdrawal from the adult studies program.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the financial aid office to reactivate his/her financial aid upon reentry into the program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, mandates institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). In order to comply with these requirements [Department of Education Federal Regulations 668.16(e), 668.32(f), and 668.34], Belhaven University has established the following definition or standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress for undergraduate students. A student not making SAP, as deemed by the following conditions, will lose his or her financial aid eligibility [668.329(a)(7)].

Financial aid will be defined as Title IV HEA federal grants, loans, and work-study, and state grants.

Institutional aid will be defined as scholarships offered by Belhaven University.

Financial aid and institutional aid policies are not directly related to policies for academic admission. The Registrar’s Office sets and monitors academic admission policies such as academic suspension and academic dismissal. Reinstatement to Belhaven University after an academic suspension or dismissal does not ensure that financial aid will also be reinstated.

A student’s SAP will be evaluated at the end of each semester [668.34(a) (3)]. To maintain SAP, a student must meet the following standards.

1. A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
   A. Transfer students – Belhaven University does not transfer grades from previous schools (credits toward a degree are accepted, but grades are not accepted). Cumulative GPA will be calculated based only on the student’s work at Belhaven.
   B. Some financial aid programs require a higher GPA than what is required to maintain SAP. A student could meet the requirements for SAP, but still lose eligibility for one or more financial aid programs. Some examples are Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), Mississippi Emanate Scholars Grant (MESG), and TEACH Grant. This is not an exhaustive list. A student should be aware of the requirements necessary to maintain eligibility for all of his or her financial aid programs.
   C. A student receiving an institutional academic scholarship (Belhaven University Scholarship, Transfer Academic Scholarship, or a PTK Scholarship) from Belhaven University must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better to keep his or her institutional scholarship.

2. A student must successfully complete at least 67% of his or her cumulative course work attempted [668.34(a)(5)]. This is calculated by the number of hours earned divided by the number of hours attempted.
   A. All courses attempted at Belhaven University and those taken elsewhere, which are recognized by the Registrar’s Office as part of the student’s current program of study, with the exception of remedial courses, are counted as hours attempted. Remedial courses are not considered part of the student’s attempted hours.
   B. Classes from which a student withdraws (W), withdraws passing (WP), or withdraws failing (WF) are counted as hours attempted. Classes with a grade of W, WP, and WF are not considered part of a student’s GPA calculation.
   C. Credit hours earned by testing or other non-standard means are counted in the SAP calculations as both hours attempted and hours earned. This includes hours earned from exams, AP courses, CLEP, PEP, DANTES, and military credits.
   D. Repeated classes are considered part of the hours attempted. A student can receive financial aid for repeating a class as long as he or she earned an “F” in the class. A student can receive financial aid once for repeating a class that he or she has passed.
   E. A course with a grade of incomplete will be counted as hours attempted [668.34(a)(6)], but not earned. A student may request his or her SAP be reevaluated once a final grade has been posted.

3. A student who exceeds 150% of the required hours for his or her program is not making SAP. Once a student, pursuing a 124 hour degree, attempts 186 hours (150% X 124 hours) he or she will no longer be making SAP. Hours used in determining whether a student has reached 150% are defined as hours attempted in #2.
* Students deemed not making SAP and taking classes during the summer can have their SAP reevaluated with their summer work included. It is the student’s responsibility to request a reevaluation.

A student’s SAP status will fall into one of four categories.

Good Standing – eligible to receive financial aid

    A status assigned to a student that is meeting all the SAP requirements.

Financial Aid Warning – eligible to receive financial aid

    A status assigned to a student who fails to meet standard #1 and/or #2 at the end the semester. A financial aid warning letter will be emailed to the student reminding him or her that failing to meet all the SAP standards will result in Financial Aid Suspension. A student does not lose financial aid as a result of being on financial aid warning. A student can lose financial aid because he or she was not making SAP without receiving a financial aid warning [668.32(a)(8)(i)].

Financial Aid Suspensionnot eligible to receive financial aid

    A status assigned to a student who following a semester on Financial Aid Warning fails to make SAP. The student’s appeal was not granted. A student will remain on Financial Aid Suspension until he or she meets all of the SAP standards or has a successful appeal.

Financial Aid Probation - eligible to receive financial aid

The status assigned to the student who successfully appeals and is eligible for financial aid on a probationary status until the student can meet all of the SAP standards. The student’s progress is evaluated at the end of the next payment period to determine if he/she is meeting the requirements of their academic plan. If the requirements are being met, the student is eligible to receive federal student aid as long as the student continues to meet the requirements and is reviewed according to the academic plan. See “Instructions for Preparing a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal” for more guidance concerning an appeal.

Appeal Process – See “Instructions for Preparing a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal” for more details.

Appeal – A process by which a student who is not meeting the institution's satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards petitions the institution for reconsideration of his or her eligibility for student financial aid.

    A student placed on Financial Aid Suspension has the option to appeal. The student must submit an official appeal to the Student Financial Services - Financial Aid Office at Belhaven University explaining, in detail, any extenuating circumstances (death of a relative, an injury or illness, or other special circumstances) that led to the student’s Financial Aid Suspension [668.32(a)(9)(ii)]. Any documentation supporting the student’s case is welcomed [668.32(a)(9)(iii)]. The appeal should also consist of a comprehensive academic plan detailing how and when the student plans to able to meet all of the SAP standards. The appeal and any documentation will be presented to the Financial Aid SAP Appeal Committee. If the appeal is approved, the student will have his/her financial aid based on conditions outlined in the academic plan. The student must meet any specific requirements as determined by the committee. [668.32(a)(8)(ii)] [668.32(a)(9)].

Following an appeal, the student will be sent a letter and an email with the ruling of the Financial Aid SAP Appeal Committee. If the appeal is granted, the letter will explain any specific requirements the committee will require the student to fulfill. Failure to comply will result in the immediate suspension of financial aid. Financial aid disbursed based on the committee’s decision may have to be returned. [668.32(a)(11)].

A successful appeal to the Registrar’s Office concerning an academic suspension or dismissal does not imply a successful Financial Aid appeal. A student will have to submit a separate appeal to the Financial Aid Office to have his or her SAP status reconsidered.

Reestablishing Financial Aid

For a student to reestablish his or her financial aid, the student must bring his or her cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or better (see #1) and successfully complete at least 67% of his or her cumulative course work attempted (see #2) [668.32(a)(9)(i)] [668.32(a)(10)]. Students who have exceeded the maximum timeframe will not have their financial aid reestablished without a successful appeal.

Veterans’ Benefits

Certain armed service veterans and dependents who qualify under federal laws administered by the Veterans Administration are eligible to receive educational benefits. Belhaven University participates in the VA Yellow Ribbon Program. Information about these programs may be obtained by accessing the state Veterans Administration web site at www.gibill.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551.

SPECIAL NOTE: A veteran student who has been placed on probation for three consecutive three-hour courses and does not achieve the required GPA of 2.0 will be reported to Department of Veteran Affairs as not meeting the standards of progress.

Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

Individuals with physical disabilities classified as vocational handicaps may receive financial aid from state departments of vocational rehabilitation. Detailed information is available through the departments of vocational rehabilitation in the student's home state.