2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University


Costs/Arrangements/Terms

Payment Policy

Financial arrangements for all student charges must be settled by the published payment deadline. It is the student responsibility to make this payment even is a statement has not been received. If the student is unable to pay the total balance due (after guaranteed financial aid), the student may join an interest-free monthly payment program with Tuition Management Services, TMS. You may enroll on line at www.afford.com/belmont or call 1-800-722-4867.This program provides an opportunity to make monthly payments with no interest, borrowing, or hidden fees. For a low enrollment fee, the student can participate in this plan and take 8, 10 or 12 months (depending on the enrollment date) to pay for the tuition for the fall and spring semesters. Students who do not priority-register must be prepared to select a payment plan and make an initial payment at the time of registration.

If a student has any financial obligation to Belmont, the student will not be allowed to register for any subsequent semester, or reserve housing, until the account is paid in full. Belmont reserves the right to withhold the diploma and official transcript from students with delinquent accounts.


Statement of Liability

Should a student leave Belmont University owing on his/her account, he/she will be liable for all fees associated with collections. In addition to this the student will be responsible for collection agency/attorney fees of 33.33% - 50% of the unpaid balance.

Check Cashing

Using a valid I.D., Belmont Central and the Bookstore are authorized to cash checks up to $20 per day for students whose accounts are in good standing. The face of the check must have the student's name, local address, telephone number and social security number.

A student who presents a check to Belmont University that is not subsequently honored by the bank on which the check is drawn will be charged $25. If the check is not redeemed within 10 days of notification of a returned check, the student may be subject to disciplinary or legal action. After three returned checks in any office of Belmont University, all checking privileges are revoked.

Class Changes (Drop / Add Period)

Adjustments will be made to accounts during the drop/add period if the total number of credit hours is decreased or increased, i.e. less than 12 hours, more than 16 hrs. After the drop/add period, there is no credit to the account for decreasing the total number of credit hours, regardless as to when the course first meets.

Refund Schedule – Complete Withdrawals

Registration at the university is considered a contract binding the student for the entire semester. Many commitments of the university are based upon the enrollment anticipated at the beginning of the semester.

Any student refusing to conform to the disciplinary rules of the university or being suspended for academic reasons would forfeit all claim for any refund.

Note: Refund of tuition is not applicable when withdrawing from individual courses. (See "Class Changes Drop / Add Period" above for exceptions).

After late registration, there will be no refund of Academic Enrichment Fee, Student Activity Fee or Course Fees.

When a student officially withdraws from all courses (Fall or Spring), through submission of a university withdrawal form, any refund of tuition will be governed by the following policy calculated from the first official day of classes. However, additional cancellation fees may be assessed.

Within first week of classes 100% refund of tuition
Within second week of classes 80% refund of tuition
Within third week of classes 60% refund of tuition
Within fourth week of classes 40% refund of tuition
Within fifth week of classes 20% refund of tuition
After fifth week No refund
No refund will be considered past the fifth week of classes in any semester.
For possible refund of housing charges contact the office of Residence Life.
Dates and prorating percentages for Summer are printed in the schedule book.
 

Refund Appeal

Students who believe they have individual circumstances warranting an exception to published refund policies may appeal the application of the policy. Appeals must be submitted to

Office of Student Financial Services
Student Accounts Appeals Committee
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212-3757

Students choosing to appeal should submit a written letter of appeal accompanied by supporting documentation. This letter must be submitted within 30 days of the completion of the semester for which they are appealing. Appeals are reviewed monthly by an established committee.

Refund of Credit Balance

Any student who has a refundable credit balance on his/her account will receive a refund check. The first date for refunds for each semester is in compliance with federal mandates.

After the first refund date in each semester, refunds will be processed weekly. If an account has a refundable credit balance by noon on Tuesday, a refund will be processed and available the following Friday at Belmont Central. Refunds remaining in Belmont Central after 3:30 p.m. on Friday will be mailed to the billing address. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the University Registrar informed of any address changes. Belmont cannot be responsible for delays caused by inaccurate addresses.