Tuition Fees and Student Accounts 2019-2020 Catalog Year
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Fee payment deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar. Fees may be paid at the Cashier’s Office in person, by mail, or online via the Bill & Payment Center in Gulfline. Fee payment deadlines are strictly enforced. The university cannot extend the fee payment period beyond the time set in the official calendar. The university does not have the authority to waive late fees unless it is determined that the university is primarily responsible for the delinquency or that extraordinary circumstances warrant such waiver. The Office of the Bursar reserves the right to refuse any payment that is deemed to be intentionally disruptive towards day to day operations.
Financial assistance is available to qualified students. Students who receive or are applying for financial assistance should contact the Bursars Office immediately upon notification of any delay in receipt of funds to ensure that arrangements are made to meet published payment deadlines.
Other fees besides Tuition & Fees may be posted to the Student’s account. A list of some of the most common fees may be reviewed in the Special Fee, Fines, & Penalties section of the Bursar’s Website. These fees can be paid by one methods described below.
University policy prohibits registration or release of transcript or diploma for any student whose account with the University is delinquent. The University reserves the right to assign any past due accounts to an outside agency for collection. When an account has been assigned, the collection agency fee will be added to the University charges for collection at the current contract rate.
Online Via the Bill & Payment Center in Gulfline
Payment can be made online via the Bill & Payment Center by eCheck (no service charge) or by American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa via PayPath (2.85% service charge, $3 minimum fee). Students can access the Bill & Payment Center by following the steps listed below.
Go to Gulfline (https://gulfline.fgcu.edu)
Click on "Login to Gulfline"
Enter your "User ID" (this is your UIN) and your "PIN", then click "Login"
Click on "Bill & Payment Center"
Third Parties set-up by the student as an Authorized User must follow the log-in instructions that were emailed to them. The Authorized User will receive two separate emails.
Payment can be made in-person at the Cashier Office by Check, Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Eagle Dollars. Make checks payable to Florida Gulf Coast University and include the student’s ID number. The university will not accept a check on any student’s account that has had two previous dishonored checks. Checks will not be accepted for amounts greater than what is owed on the account. Checks may also be placed in the Night Depository Box. The university is not responsible for cash left in the Night Depository Box.
Tuition and Fees paid by mail must be received by the Cashier’s Office on or before the published due date. To avoid any possible late payment fees the payment should be mailed by the posted Last Day to Mail Payment date on the Academic Calendar.
Make checks payable to Florida Gulf Coast University and include the student’s ID number. The university will not accept a check on any student’s account that has had two previous dishonored checks. Checks will not be accepted for amounts greater than what is owed on the account.
Payments may be mailed to the following address:
ATTN: Cashier’s Office
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Check Conversion Notification
When you provide a check as payment, you authorize Florida Gulf Coast University either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic funds transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. For inquiries, please contact the Bursar's Office at 239-590-1213.
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Cancellation for Non-Payment:
Students are liable for tuition and fees associated with all courses in which they are registered at the end of the drop/add period. The fee payment deadline is published in the Academic Calendar. Any student who has not made any effort to pay their tuition and fees by the published deadline will have their courses cancelled. All students who make an effort to pay by the published deadline will not be cancelled from their courses and are considered fee liable. The following is determined by the University as an effort to pay:
Any type of personal payment made towards the current term’s tuition (i.e. credit card, check, cash) and/or any type of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Grants, Tuition Waivers, Florida Bright Futures, Florida Pre-paid, and Third Party Contracts that are listed under Estimated Financial Aid on the Bill & Payment Center for the respective term.
Reinstatement with Payment:
Requests for reinstatement of registration for classes cancelled for fiscal reasons must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar. Requests for reinstatement must meet one of the following conditions: 1) the student’s registration was cancelled through University error, or 2) the student was prevented from making timely payment due to extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control.
Reinstatement of registration must occur within 30 days after the date of cancellation. Notification of cancellation for non-payment is mailed to the student’s permanent address on file in the Office of the Registrar. Additionally, email notifications are sent through the FGCU Eagle email system.
To request reinstatement, complete the Request for Reinstatement of Registration form and submit to the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline date. Reinstatement will apply to the student’s entire schedule of classes and cannot be requested selectively for certain classes. All reinstated students will be assessed a late registration fee and a late payment fee. If reinstatement is granted, payment of all fees must be received by the Cashier’s Office prior to reinstatement.
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If you are enrolled in the Florida Prepaid College Tuition and/or Housing Plan the corresponding amount(s) will be posted on your account once the rates have been released for that semester by Florida Prepaid; no additional steps are needed on your end. When the initial amount(s) is posted on your account you will receive notification through your Eagle E-mail address. Partial billing is not possible against your FPCP monies. You either have to use the full billing amount or opt not to use it for that specific semester. If you decide not to utilize your Florida Prepaid benefits for a particular term you must submit a Non-Usage of Florida Prepaid form on a per term basis to the Bursar's Office by the respective Tuition & Fee Payment Deadline as noted on the Academic Calendar.
For additional information please refer to the Bursar website at https://www.fgcu.edu/bursar/floridaprepaid/
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Tuition and fees at each member institution of the State University System of Florida are set by the Florida Legislature and from policies approved by the State Board of Education and the University Board of Trustees (UBOT). These fees are assessed on the basis of residency, i.e., enrolling students are classified either as “Florida” or “non-Florida” students. The following information is summarized from the Florida Statutes and from policies approved by the State Board of Education and the UBOT in establishing residency criteria.
To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, a student must
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, parolee, Cuban national, Vietnamese refugee, or other refugee or asylee so designated by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; and
- Have established a legal residence in this state and maintained that legal residence for 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term in which Florida residency classification is sought. The student’s residence in Florida must be as a bona fide domiciliary rather than for the purpose of enrollment in an institution of higher education, and should be demonstrated as indicated below (for dependent students, as defined by IRS regulations, a parent or guardian must qualify); and
- Submit the following documentation (or in the case of a dependent student, the parent must submit documentation) prior to the last day of the drop/add period for the term in which resident status is sought; along with a residence affidavit with the Office of Admissions:
- Documentation establishing bona fide domicile in Florida which is not temporary or merely incidental to enrollment in a Florida institution of higher education. The following documents will be considered evidence of domicile even though no one of these criteria, if taken alone, will be considered as conclusive evidence of domicile:
- Declaration of Domicile.
- Florida voter registration.
- Florida vehicle registration.
- Florida driver’s license.
- Proof of real estate ownership in Florida (i.e., deed, tax receipts).
- A letter on company letterhead from an employer verifying permanent employment in Florida for 12 consecutive months before the term in which resident status is sought.
- Proof of membership in or affiliation with community or state organizations or significant connections to the state.
- Proof of former domicile in Florida and maintenance of significant connections while absent.
- Proof of reliance upon Florida sources of support.
- Proof of admissions to a licensed practicing profession in Florida.
- Any other factors peculiar to the individual which tend to establish the necessary intent to make Florida a permanent home and that the individual is a bona fide Florida resident, including the age and general circumstances of the individual.
- Documentation establishing legal residence in Florida (this document must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of the term in which resident status is sought). The following documents will be considered in determining legal residence:
- Declaration of Domicile.
- Proof of purchase of a home in Florida in which a student resides (permanent primary Florida home).
- Proof that the student has maintained residence in the state for the preceding year.
- No contrary evidence establishing residence elsewhere.
- Documentation of dependent/independent status (notarized copy of most recent IRS tax return). Federal Income tax returns filed by resident(s) of a state other than Florida disqualify the student for in-state tuition, unless:
- The student’s parents are divorced, separated or otherwise living apart and either parent is a legal resident of Florida, or
- The student becomes a legal resident and is married to a person who has been a legal resident for the required 12 month period, or
- The student is a member of the Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Florida, or a spouse or dependent, or
- The student is a member of the full-time instructional or administrative staff of a state public school, community college or university in Florida, or a spouse or dependent, or
- The student is a dependent and has lived five years with an adult relative who has established legal residence in Florida.
The Office of Admissions reserves the right to require additional documentation in order to determine the resident status of any student. Rent receipts, leases, employment records are not evidence of a legal Florida residence. If Florida residency status for the purpose of tuition is denied, the student may file an appeal to the residency officer in to Office of Admissions.
Reclassification is NOT automatic. All requests for change in residency for tuition purposes with supporting hard copy documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Requests will be reviewed and approved if documentation meets the requirements. If the reclassification request is denied, the student may file an appeal to the Office of the Registrar. The decision of the Residency Appeals Committee shall be final.
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Things you NEED to know about Residency Reclassification
- Residency Reclassification criteria are established by Florida law and Florida Department of Education regulations. The Registrar's Office CANNOT waive State/DOE criteria for ANY reason.
- Living in Florida for a year or longer DOES NOT automatically qualify you for in-state tuition (Florida Resident).
- Under Florida law, there is a difference between being a "Florida Resident" and being a "Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes."
- To be considered a "Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes," you MUST prove through OFFICIAL and/or LEGAL DOCUMENTS that you have moved to Florida permanently and not merely living in Florida temporarily while you attend FGCU.
- All supporting documents (for example; driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration card) MUST be dated 12 CALENDAR MONTHS prior to the first day of classes for the requested reclassification term. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this requirement.
- The Office of the Registrar CANNOT consider personal justifications for documents not meeting the 12-month requirement. For example, "I have a Florida driver's license now, but I did not get it when I moved here a year ago because . . .", is a personal justification that cannot be considered.
- Leases and employment verification show physical presence ONLY. By themselves, they DO NOT qualify you for Residency Reclassification.
- Ties to another state or country WILL DISQUALIFY you from Residency Reclassification.
- Evidence that you are the financial dependant of an out-of-state resident WILL DISQUALIFY you from Residency Reclassification.
- Financial hardship CANNOT be considered in Residency Reclassification.
- Despite the length of time you attend FGCU, you MAY NOT qualify for "Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes."
Policy for Reclassification of Current Students
The offices of Undergraduate Admissions (239-590-7915) and Graduate Admissions (239-590-7988) determine first term residency at FGCU for tuition purposes for all newly-admitted students.
Reclassification of residency for the purpose of tuition is not automatic. Enrolled students who are classified as non-Florida residents for tuition purposes and who believe they may qualify for in-state tuition effective with the next academic semester must submit the Request for Change in Residency for Tuition form to the Office of the Registrar prior to the last day of the drop/add or late registration period for the term in which resident status is sought. Supporting documents (as noted in the Initial Classification section) must be attached to the form. If claiming independence status and under the age of 24, a copy of the most recent federal income tax filing for the student and parent are required. The claimant, under the age of 24, who has annual financial resources totaling half the cost of attendance or more, must provide their most recent tax return along with copies of their W2 forms; or with documents establishing other sources of income from within Florida.
The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to require additional documentation in order to determine the resident status of a current student. Rent receipts, leases, employment records are not evidence in itself of legal Florida residence. If Florida residency status for the purpose of tuition is denied, the student may file an appeal to the Office of the Registrar. The decision of the Residency Appeal Committee is final, as provided by law.
Approved residency reclassification will not be applied retroactively to previous terms.
NOTE: The provisions under both state laws will apply to initial and reclassification procedures as well as degree and non-degree seeking students at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Residency - The State Laws
Florida Virtual Campus is Florida's official online student advising system. It is provided free by the Florida Department of Education to help students make informed choices about their education.
To view Residency Reclassification information, select the following link:
After selecting this link, view Section 5.0. If you have additional questions regarding only 'Residency Reclassification', contact the Office of the Registrar at 239-590-7914 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Fees, Fines and PenaltiesToggle More Info
Special fines, fees, and penalties may be assessed. These include the following:
- Admissions Deposit
- Application Fee (initial)
- Course-related Fee for Materials and Supplies consumed during instructional activities
- Eagle ID Card Fee
- Eagle ID Replacement Fee
- Equipment or Facilities Use, Damage or Loss
- Excess Hours Surcharge
- Late Payment Fee
- Late Registration Fee
- Library Fees and Fines
- Official Transcripts
- Orientation Fee
- Parking Fines
- Repeat Course Surcharge
- Returned Check Fee
- Vehicle Registration and Transportation Access Fees
For additional information please refer to the Bursar website at:
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Student's due refunds are not required to submit refund requests; refunds are automatically calculated. If there is an amount due in the accounts receivable system, that amount will be deducted from any refund due.
Tuition & Fees
100% of tuition and related fees will be refunded if notice of complete withdrawal or course withdrawal from the university is approved prior to the end of drop/add period (please refer to the Academic Calendar)
25% of tuition and related fees will be refunded if notice of withdrawal from ALL courses from the University is approved prior to the end of the fourth week of classes (please refer to the Academic Calendar)
0% of tuition and related fees will be refunded once the respective 100% or 25% refunding periods have ended (please refer to the Academic Calendar)
Once Financial Aid has been disbursed the Bursar's Office will apply the payment(s) to any outstanding Account Balances and will process the refund. This process will begin the first day after drop/add and will typically take 5-7 business days from the date your funds have been disbursed. To receive your refund as quickly as possible it is recommended that you elect to receive your check electronically. To choose this option please follow the directions listed in the e-Refunds section.
Student's can now elect to receive their refund electronically. This option will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to process and receive your funds. To choose this option please follow the simple steps listed below:
- Login to Gulfline using your UIN and PIN
- Click on Bill & Payment Center
- Click on eRefunds under My Profile Setup
- Click on Set Up Account and follow the steps
Once your e-Refund has been processed you will receive an email with the amount of check and the date it has been processed. Once you receive this email your bank account will typically be credited the funds within 1-2 days.
If a student decides that they would like to receive a paper refund check instead of an e-Refund no additional steps are needed. The student will receive an email notification with the amount and the date that the check will be available for pick-up. If the student does not pick-up the check during the designated time the check will automatically mailed to the most current address on file with the Registrar' Office. Please make sure that your address is up-to-date before a paper check is processed.
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The university may approve a fee adjustment of 100 percent after the fifth day of the term if a student drops a course or formally withdraws from the university due to circumstances determined by the university to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student. Request for fee adjustments must meet one of the following conditions:
- Death of the student or immediate family member (parent, grandparent, spouse, child or sibling) as confirmed by documentation indicating the student's relationship to the deceased. Death certificate is required.
- Involuntary call to military service. Copy of orders is required.
- Illness of student of such severity or duration to preclude completion of course(s). Written confirmation by a physician is required.
- A situation in which the university is in error as confirmed in writing by an appropriate vice president.
Appeals for tuition refunds must be submitted in writing to the, Fee Appeals Committee within six months after the end of the term for which the refund is requested. There are no exceptions to this policy. The decision of the Fee Appeals Committee is final.
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Tuition & Fees
Students are assessed tuition and fees based on rates and policies established by the State Board of Education, the Florida Legislature, and the University Board of Trustees. Tuition, fees, and the terms and conditions relating to the payment of tuition and fees, including cancellation of classes and requests for refunds, are subject to change without notice.
Students should review their Gulfline account to verify the accuracy of the information and charges. At the time of payment, the student should also review the payment receipt to verify that the payment was correctly posted and to verify the accuracy of any outstanding charges owed or arrangements noted.
Registration fees for course audits are the same as for resident fees. There is no ceiling (maximum) on the amount which a student may be assessed for a single term. Lab fees may be charged on certain courses. Consult the Registration Guidebook to locate the courses that require lab fees and the amount. Fees are subject to change as permitted by law. Additional fees may be added and special purpose fees may be assessed in some instances.
Tuition and Fee Schedule
Tuition is defined as fees assessed to students for enrollment in credit courses at the university. Tuition is assessed according to resident or non-resident student classification and undergraduate or graduate course classification. Undergraduate level courses are numbered 1000 through 4999, and graduate level courses are numbered 5000 and above. For additional information please refer to the Bursar website at https://www.fgcu.edu/bursar/tuitionandfees/index.aspx