Jan 23, 2019  
2018-2019 South University Academic Catalog Version I 
    
2018-2019 South University Academic Catalog Version I

Catalog Addendum 2018-2019 version I - Tuition and Fee Changes


*Addendum for South University
2018-2019 Academic Catalog, Version I

SOUTH UNIVERSITY 2018-2019 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Please see the Winter Quarter changes in observed holidays in the calendar listings on the 2018-2019 Academic Calendars  pages.

  • All campuses will observe President’s Day on Monday, February 18, 2019 no classes will meet.
  • South University, Savannah will have classes on Monday, March 18, 2019.  There will be no holiday for St. Patrick’s Day.

Financial Information

Tuition

Changes in tuition and fees become effective January 2019 and apply to all students unless otherwise specified. In-state and out-of-state tuition are the same. Tuition and fees are subject to change at the end of any term. Unless otherwise stated, the cost of books, technology charges, lab coats, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in tuition or fees.

Tiered Tuition Structure:

Students who persist and successfully earn academic credits in their educational programs* are eligible for a reduced tuition structure that decreases the students’ actual tuition. 

Associate’s level programs:

Based on the length of the associate degree program, students will receive a tuition reduction by 10% to 15%†.  Students may qualify as long as they remain enrolled and participate in an eligible program of study, making them eligible for the reduced tuition within the program.  Program lengths vary in the number of credits required. This reduction will occur once the following thresholds are reached:

  • Students who complete greater than 45 credits will receive a 10% tuition reduction
  • Students who complete greater than 90 credits will receive a 15% tuition reduction
     

Bachelor’s and higher level programs:

Students who persist and successfully earn academic credits in their educational programs* are eligible for a tiered tuition structure that decreases the students’ actual tuition cost, ranging from 10%-20%†. Students may qualify as long as they remain enrolled and participate in an eligible program of study, making them eligible for the tiered tuition at different thresholds within the program.  This reduction automatically occurs as students reach the following thresholds: 

  • Students who successfully earn greater than 25% of the credits in their program will receive a 10% tuition reduction
  • Students who successfully earn greater than 50% of the credits in their program will receive a 15% tuition reduction
  • Students who successfully earn greater than 75% of the credits in their program will receive a 20% tuition reduction
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Program lengths vary in the number of credits required; the tuition credit occurs once credits earned surpass the percentages above.

Reductions in tuition are applied at the beginning of each term (quarter). If the percentage of earned credit above is reached after the term starts, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.  All reductions’ calculations are based on the original cost per credit hour.

For the purpose of eligibility for reduced tuition, transfer of credits that are accepted by the institution into a student’s specific program of study will qualify towards credits that are successfully earned. If transfer of credit is received after a term begins, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.

* The following programs are not eligible for tiered tuition: Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science, Master of Science in Physician Assistant, all undergraduate and graduate Nursing programs, all post-graduate certificate programs, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Information Systems, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Public Health programs.

†  Students utilizing partnership agreements or enrolling as a Continual Transfer Waiver will not be eligible for the reduced tuition.  The students will receive the tuition reduction as outlined in the partnership agreement or transfer waiver. 

Campus Program Tuition

Graduate Tuition for programs with no tiered tuition:

Tuition for the Doctor of Ministry degree program is as follows: $500 per credit hour. The digital textbook fee for the Doctor of Ministry program, is $400 per quarter for the first six (6) quarters for a customized South University Logos package. The customized South University Logos package is not refundable.

Tuition for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is as follows: $500 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, effective June 2018, will be $12,324 per quarter. Tuition does not include text books ($10 per credit hour for digitial textbooks) or a $1,000 nonrefundable acceptance fee, which is applied to tuition for the first quarter upon enrollment. Pharmacy students taking 16 hours or more are considered full time students and tuition will be based on the “per quarter” rate. Students taking less than 16 hours or who are remediating courses will be charged on a per quarter hour rate. The cost per credit hour is $671; the maximum quarterly tuition is $12,324.

Tuition for the Master of Business Administration (after the completion of the Doctorate of Pharmacy degree program) is as follows: $650 per credit hour.  

Tuition for the Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science, effective June 2018, will be $10,600 per quarter.  Tuition does not include text books ($10 per credit hour for digitial textbooks) or a $500 nonrefundable acceptance fee, which is applied to tuition for the first quarter upon enrollment. The tuition cost is for a full-time course load and does not include expenses for such required items as lab coats (approximately $30), textbooks (approximately $2,000), stethoscope and chest pieces (approximately $100), and laboratory fees of $100 per quarter of laboratory coursework.  Anesthesiologist Assistant students are not eligible for part-time enrollment.

Tuition for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant, effective January 2019, is $9,400 per quarter,. Tuition does not include text books ($10 per credit hour for digitial textbooks) or a $500 nonrefundable acceptance fee, which is applied to tuition for the first quarter upon enrollment.

This is for a full-time course load and does not include expenses for such required items as uniforms (approximately $40) and professional instruments (approximately $1000). Students pay a $75 membership fee to the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Students are required to purchase a laptop computer with privacy screen (approximately $1500).  Students in the Physician Assistant program at all South University campuses where the program is offered are required to have criminal back ground checks prior to matriculation and prior to clinical placement through a third party vendor (approximately $200-$400). Students at the Richmond and Savannah campuses are required to purchase an ExamSoft license (one-time fee of $135). PA students are not eligible for part-time enrollment.  All South University students pay a graduation fee of $125.

Tuition for the RN to Master of Science in Nursing degree program are as follows: $199 per quarter hour for undergraduate level classes and $500 per quarter credit hour for graduate level classes.  

Tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing degree programs are as follows: $500 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for Post Graduate Certificates in Nursing degree programs are as follows: $500 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Public Administration and Masters in Public Health degree programs are as follows: $325 per quarter credit hour.

Graduate Tuition for Programs eligible for Tiered Tuition

Tuition for the Doctor of Business Administration degree programs are as follows: $700 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program is as follows: $700 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Human Resources Management, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, and Master of Science in Leadership degree programs: $650 per quarter credit hour. 

Tuition for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is $600 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for the BS to MS in Accounting degree program is as follows: $375 per credit hour for undergradate level classes and $575 per quarter credit hour for graduate level classes.

Tiered tuition plan:

Student Earned Credits  
0 to 25% of program credits earned 0% tuition reduction
26% to 50% of program credits earned 10% tuition reduction
51% to 75% of program credits earned 15% tuition reduction
76% to 100% of program credits earned 20% tuition reduction

Notes: Students utilizing partnership agreements or enrolling as a Continual Transfer Waiver will not be eligible for the tiered tuition.  The students will receive the tuition reduction as outlined in the partnership agreement or transfer waiver. 

Reductions in tuition are applied at the beginning of each term (quarter). If the percentage of earned credit is reached after the term starts, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.  All reductions’ calculations are based on the original cost per credit hour.

For the purpose of eligibility for tiered tuition, transfer of credits that are accepted by the institution into a student’s specific program of study will qualify towards credits that are successfully earned. If transfer of credit is received after a term begins, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.

Undergraduate Tuition for programs not eligible for tiered tuition

Tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program (entry level) is $470 per credit hour.  Tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program (professional level) is as follows: $600 per quarter credit hour. There is a $500 nonrefundable acceptance fee into the professional phase, which is applied to tuition for the first quarter upon enrollment. 

Tuition for the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is as follows: $199 per quarter credit hour. 

Undergraduate Tuition for programs eligible for tiered tuition

Tuition for Bachelor in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, Associate of Science in Medical Assisting, Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and Bachelor of Science in Public Relations degree programs is as follows: $470 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree programs is as follows: $375 per quarter credit hour.

Tiered Tuition plan for Bachelor Degree Programs:

Student Earned Credits  
0 to 25% of program credits earned 0% tuition reduction
26% to 50% of program credits earned 10% tuition reduction
51% to 75% of program credits earned 15% tuition reduction
76% to 100% of program credits earned 20% tuition reduction

Tiered Tuition plan for Associate Degree Programs:

Student Earned Credits  
0 to 45 credits earned 0% tuition reduction
46 to 90 credits earned 10% tuition reduction
Greater than 90 credits earned 15% tuition reduction

 

Notes: Students utilizing partnership agreements or enrolling as a Continual Transfer Waiver will not be eligible for the tiered tuition.  The students will receive the tuition reduction as outlined in the partnership agreement or transfer waiver. 

Reductions in tuition are applied at the beginning of each term (quarter). If the percentage of earned credit is reached after the term starts, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.  All reductions’ calculations are based on the original cost per credit hour.

For the purpose of eligibility for tiered tuition, transfer of credits that are accepted by the institution into a student’s specific program of study will qualify towards credits that are successfully earned. If transfer of credit is received after a term begins, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.

Online Program Tuition

Graduate Tuition for programs with no tiered tuition:

Tuition for the Doctor of Ministry degree program is as follows: $500 per credit hour. The digital textbook fee for the Doctor of Ministry program, is $400 per quarter for the first six (6) quarters for a customized South University Logos package. The customized South University Logos package is not refundable.

Tuition for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is as follows: $ 650 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for the RN to Master of Science in Nursing degree program are as follows: $199 per quarter hour for undergraduate level classes and $500 per quarter credit hour for graduate level classes.  

Tuition for the Masters of Science in Nursing degree programs are as follows: $500 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for Post Graduate Certificates in Nursing degree programs are as follows: $500 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Public Administration and Masters in Public Health degree programs are as follows: $325 per quarter credit hour.

Graduate Tuition for Programs eligible for Tiered Tuition

Tuition for the Doctor of Business Administration degree programs are as follows: $650 per quarter credit hour.

Tuition for the Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration, Master of Science in Human Resources Management, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, and Master of Science in Leadership degree programs: $575 per quarter credit hour. 

Tuition for the BS to MS in Accounting degree program is as follows: $375 per credit hour for undergrad level classes and $575 per quarter credit hour for graduate level classes.

Tiered tuition plan:

Student Earned Credits

Student Earned Credits  
0 to 25% of program credits earned 0% tuition reduction
26% to 50% of program credits earned 10% tuition reduction
51% to 75% of program credits earned 15% tuition reduction
76% to 100% of program credits earned 20% tuition reduction


Notes: Students utilizing partnership agreements or enrolling as a Continual Transfer Waiver will not be eligible for the tiered tuition.  The students will receive the tuition reduction as outlined in the partnership agreement or transfer waiver. 

Reductions in tuition are applied at the beginning of each term (quarter). If the percentage of earned credit is reached after the term starts, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.  All reductions’ calculations are based on the original cost per credit hour.

For the purpose of eligibility for tiered tuition, transfer of credits that are accepted by the institution into a student’s specific program of study will qualify towards credits that are successfully earned. If transfer of credit is received after a term begins, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.

Undergraduate Tuition for programs not eligible for tiered tuition

Tuition for the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is as follows: $199 per quarter credit hour. 

Undergraduate Tuition for programs eligible for tiered tuition

Tuition for Associate of Science in Allied Health Science, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management,Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and Bachelor of Science in Public Relations degree programs is as follows: $375 per quarter credit hour.

Tiered Tuition plan for Bachelor Degree Programs:

Student Earned Credits  
0 to 25% of program credits earned 0% tuition reduction
26% to 50% of program credits earned 10% tuition reduction
51% to 75% of program credits earned 15% tuition reduction
76% to 100% of program credits earned 20% tuition reduction

Tiered Tuition plan for Associate Degree Programs:

Student Earned Credits  
0 to 45 credits earned 0% tuition reduction
46 to 90 credits earned 10% tuition reduction
Greater than 90 credits earned 15% tuition reduction

 

Notes: Students utilizing partnership agreements or enrolling as a Continual Transfer Waiver will not be eligible for the tiered tuition.  The students will receive the tuition reduction as outlined in the partnership agreement or transfer waiver. 

Reductions in tuition are applied at the beginning of each term (quarter). If the percentage of earned credit is reached after the term starts, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.  All reductions’ calculations are based on the original cost per credit hour.

For the purpose of eligibility for tiered tuition, transfer of credits that are accepted by the institution into a student’s specific program of study will qualify towards credits that are successfully earned. If transfer of credit is received after a term begins, the reduction will occur at the start of the next term.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

All charges are due and payable on or before the start date of each quarter. For students in Online Programs, all charges are due and payable on or before the start date for each course. Circumstances which prevent a student from adhering to these dates should be discussed with the business office. Students attending school under a grant or loan should confer with the director of financial aid concerning the payment of fees; students attending school under the G.I. Bill® can discuss payment of school fees with the director of financial aid. Failure to make proper payments, unless otherwise cleared with the business office, will result in dismissal from the University. Grades will not be issued, degrees granted, or academic transcripts furnished until all financial obligations have been satisfied and all university property returned.

Please visit our Student Consumer Information page to find the average time to completion for continuously enrolled students for each credential level offered. This data is available at the average credit load, full-time or at full load. Changing programs, beginning programs at the mid-term start date, taking remedial courses, taking time off from coursework, registering for fewer hours or unsuccessful attempts at course completion will increase the total length of the program and overall cost of education from what is disclosed. Transfer credits awarded toward your program will likely decrease the overall length and cost of education.

Fees

Application Fee

South University does not charge application fees for any of its programs.  However, some programs (Pharmacy (PharmD), Physician Assistant (MS), and Anesthesia Science (MMSc)) utilize external application processing services and students may be charged a fee for using these services.  Students should contact the Senior Director of Admissions at their desired location to determine if this applies to their program.  Please see the Appendix for specific contact information.

Acceptance Fee

There is a non-refundable $500 acceptance fee for those applicants accepted into Anesthesiologist Assistant and Physician Assistant programs.

There is a non-refundable $500 acceptance fee for those applicants accepted into the professional phase of the BSN degree program. The acceptance fee does not apply to the RN to BSN degree program.

The non-refundable acceptance fee for applicants accepted through the General Admissions Procedure into the Pharmacy program is $1,000.

The acceptance fees for these programs will be applied to the student’s first quarter tuition payment. If an applicant accepted into the Pharmacy or Anesthesiologist Assistant programs encounters circumstances that prevent their matriculation, any amount paid by the applicant that is above the nonrefundable application fee and acceptance fee will be refunded.

Auditing Fee

Audited courses are subject to the same tuition and fees as courses taken for credit. Refer to the Tuition section. Requirements for auditing are published in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Diploma Fee

Each student is entitled to have one official diploma sent to them upon graduation. Students may request duplicate diplomas for a fee of $75 each.

Final Project Extension Fee (Doctor of Ministry)

A fee of $200 will be collected for each extension course a student enrolls in to complete the Doctor of Ministry Degree.

Graduation Fee

A graduation fee of $125 will be collected from each candidate for graduation and is due and payable the quarter in which the candidate is to graduate. If the candidate is to receive a second degree at the same graduation ceremony, an additional fee of $50 will be charged. The fee will be $95 for a second degree awarded at a subsequent graduation ceremony.

Membership Fees

Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program may become a student member with full benefits of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for a yearly fee of $75.00. On campuses with a local Student Occupational Therapy Association students may join for a nominal fee which may vary by campus.  Students should check with their program director at the campus for additional information.

Students enrolling in the Physician Assistant Studies program will incur a one-time fee for membership in the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). The fee of $75 is subject to change.

Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant program may become student members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for a yearly fee of $80.00 plus any state chapter dues.

Nurse Entrance Examination Fee

Applicants for the pre-licensure nursing programs are required to take an entrance examination (TEAS). The fee for this test is $55 and must be paid upon registration for the test.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Entrance Inventory Fee

Applicants for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program  (AS or AAS) are required to take the ATI TEAS. The fee for this test is $55 and must be paid upon registration for the test.

Physical Therapist Assistant Entrance Exam Fee

Applicants for the technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program (AS or AAS) are required to take an entrance examination (ATI TEAS). The fee is $55 and must be paid upon registration for the test.

Student I.D. Replacement Fee

Photographs for student IDs are taken during orientation and student IDs are issued to new students during their first week of classes. There is no charge for the initial student ID. Students who lose their IDs may obtain a replacement through the office of the Dean of Student Affairs for a charge of $10 per occurrence.

Transcript Fee

The charge for official copies of transcripts is $7 each. Requests for transcripts can be submitted to the administrative office at the applicable campus or online through their student portal. Students who are current on their payment plan will have transcripts released regardless of their balance.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree Program

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program should be aware that throughout the process of their graduate education they will incur additional expenses beyond the normal tuition and book fees. Such expenses include travel to/from West Palm Beach, Florida for their On Campus Intensives (OCI), as well as, course materials and equipment, such as, the Clicker Technology device used to authenticate course attendance and validate course learning.  Please refer to the OTD Student Manual (General Expenses for the On Campus Intensives-OCIs), for a general overview as to the additional expenses while attending the mandatory OCIs.

Additional Costs:  
On Campus Intensives (OCI)  $650-to-$1,000 (Four OCIs = $2,600-to-$4,000)
Clicker Technology (querying-students) $45.00

 

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program
Application

Individuals seeking admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program must apply through PharmCAS, the organization that processes centralized applications to schools of pharmacy in the U.S. Information on the PharmCAS application fee and process can be found at www.pharmcas.org.

School of Pharmacy Acceptance Fee

There is a nonrefundable $1,000 acceptance fee for applicants accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. The acceptance fee will be applied to the student’s first quarter tuition payment. If an applicant accepted into the School of Pharmacy encounters circumstances that prevent their matriculation, any amount paid by the applicant that is above the nonrefundable acceptance fee will be refunded.

College of Nursing and Public Health Program Fees
Practicum Evaluation Fee

There is a nonrefundable $525 practicum evaluation fee charged for each practicum course in all Nursing programs.

*This fee is refundable in accordance with the cancellation refund policies outlined in the Refund of Tuition section of the catalog and for students withdrawing from their course(s) who are residents of Iowa and Wisconsin, per the applicable state refund policy outlined in the Refund of Tuition section of the catalog.

Please visit our Student Consumer Information page to find the average time to completion for continuously enrolled students for each credential level offered. This data is available at the average credit load, full-time or at full load. Changing programs, beginning programs at the mid-term start date, taking remedial courses, taking time off from coursework, registering for fewer hours or unsuccessful attempts at course completion will increase the total length of the program and overall cost of education from what is disclosed. Transfer credits awarded toward your program will likely decrease the overall length and cost of education.

Other Cost Information

Digital Textbooks

A digital textbook will be provided for applicable courses and will be automatically secured through South University’s contracted third-party vendor. The student cost for digital textbooks will be charged to the student account in addition to tuition. The student cost is per quarter credit hour is $10.

For the Doctor of Ministry program, the student cost is $400 per quarter for the first six (6) quarters for a customized South University Logos package. The customized South University Logos package is not refundable and students may not opt out.

For students opting out of the digital textbook, the associated charge will be reversed on the student account after the Drop/Add Period. Not all courses include a Digital Textbook.  Courses that include a Digital Textbook will be noted in the registration material. The purchase of the Digital Textbook is not refundable. Students who do opt out will be responsible for purchasing the required textbook. If a course does not use a Digital Textbook, the student is responsible for purchasing the required textbook.

Provision for Books and Supplies

South University automatically provides required digital textbooks to its students through a contracted third-party vendor.

The student cost for these digital textbooks are charged to the student’s account. This automatic process is the only way to obtain digital textbooks through South University.

Title IV funding will be used to pay for required digital textbooks for students who are eligible. Any books charged in excess of Title IV and other financial aid funding on the student account are the responsibility of the student.

Students may opt out of this method of receiving and paying for required digital textbooks. Opting out means a student will not be able to purchase any digital textbooks through South University.

Students who opt out are still responsible for purchasing their own textbook copies as a requirement for successful completion of South University courses. The opt out selection does not mean students do not have to purchase textbooks - only that they do not want to use South University’s automatic system for digital textbook purchases.

If a student opts out of South University’s method, the student’s account will not be charged and the student will still be responsible for purchasing the required books for her/his courses.  For courses using a digital textbook, the charge will be reversed on the student account after the Drop/Add Period.

If a student opts out of South University’s method, s/he will receive any Title IV credit balance, if one is created for the payment period in question, no later than fourteen (14) calendar days after the first day of class or fourteen (14) calendar days of the date the Title IV credit balance appears on the student account. If a Title IV credit balance is not created and, therefore, the student is not due to receive one, s/he is responsible for purchasing the required books and supplies for her or his courses.

Digital Textbook (for courses using Digital Textbooks) charge information is disclosed on South University’s Enrollment Agreement and in the Catalog, or a supplemental disclosure.

Students may request to modify your book selection payment option at any time for a future payment period by contacting the Student Financial Services or Student Accounting Department. The choice cannot be made retroactively.