Tuition and Fees Refund Appeal Policy†††††††††††††††††††††††† UPPS No. 02.01.12

Issue No. 5

Effective Date: 07/31/2014

Review: August 1 E3Y

 

 

01.†††††† POLICY STATEMENTS

 

01.01   This policy provides guidelines for exceptions to student tuition and fees refund deadlines due to reasons beyond a studentís control.

 

01.02   A student must submit their appeal before the last class day that the tuition and fees were paid. Only with a documented extenuating circumstance beyond the studentís control may an appeal be considered outside the term in which the tuition and fees were paid.

 

02.†††††† REFUND APPEALS

 

02.01Chapter 54, Subchapter A, Section 54.006, of the Texas Education Code sets tuition and fees refund deadlines. Students will not receive a refund for drops or withdrawals that occur after these deadlines unless one of the following situations has occurred between the first and last class day of the pertinent semester:

 

a.    a medical condition makes it impossible for a student to drop or withdraw from a university course by the stated deadline;

 

b.    university faculty or staff acknowledge providing incorrect advisement to the student;

 

c.    the course syllabus, departmental calendar, or similarly-related publication contained an erroneous deadline;

 

d.    the student is called to military active duty (see, AA/PPS. 4.09);

 

e.    a death in the immediate family; or

 

f.     a natural catastrophe or disaster.

 

02.02A student who attends class after the statutory refund deadline will not receive a refund for medical reasons.

 

02.03Appropriate documentation must be provided with the appeal and may include the following:

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a.    letters dated and signed by a physician;

b.    medical bills;

c.    other medical documentation;

d.    death certificate;

e.    obituary from newspaper (pamphlets from funeral home are not acceptable);

f.     copy of university publication with erroneous deadline;

g.    email, memo or letter from university faculty or staff member acknowledging incorrect advisement;

h.    deployment papers (must state ďactive duty,Ē not training); or

i.      other pertinent documentation.

 

03.†††††† PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL

 

03.01Appeal procedures are as follows:

 

a.    student submits formal appeal, including all pertinent documentation, to assistant or associate registrar via the online form;

 

b.    assistant or associate registrar reviews the appeal and documentation provided to determine if the studentís appeal is substantiated; and

 

c.    if the assistant or associate registrar grants the refund, he or she will initiate the refund.

 

††††††††††† 03.02Final appeal procedures are as follows:

 

a.†† If appeal is denied by the associate or assistant registrar, the student has the right to appeal to the Tuition Appeals Committee (Committee). This committee is comprised of a representative from the Student Business Services office, the Financial Aid and Scholarships office, a student from the Student Government, an academic advisor, and an academic department chair or school director.
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b.†† The student may submit a letter of explanation and any additional documentation, within 10 business days of the appeal denial. The assistant or associate registrar will forward it and all other previously submitted documentation to the Committee.

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c.†† The Committee will review the appeal and make a final decision.

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d.†† If the Committee denies the appeal, the assistant or associate registrar will notify the student. The decision of the Committee is final.

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e.†† If the Committee grants the appeal, the assistant or associate registrar will notify the student and generate the refund.

 

04.†††††† METHOD OF REFUND

 

04.01Refunds will be applied as follows:

 

a.    Following the appeal approval, the assistant or associate registrar will request a payment be made:

 

1)†† to Texas State University for installments, if the student has a balance;

2)†† to the student, mailed to his or her permanent address; or

3)†† as a direct deposit to the studentís bank account, if the student has set up a direct deposit option.

 

04.02All documentation will be filed in the Registrarís Office in compliance with the Stateís Records Retention Policy. After that time, all records will be destroyed.

 

05.†††††† REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

 

05.01Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

 

Position†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date

 

University Registrar†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† August 1 E3Y

 

Director, Student Business Services†††††† August 1 E3Y

 

06.†††††† CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

 

This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

 

University Registrar; senior reviewer of this UPPS

 

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing

 

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

President